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11:25 PM ET, October 2, 2006

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Associated Press:
U.S. Senate majority leader calls for efforts to bring Taliban into Afghan government  —  QALAT, Afghanistan U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan guerrilla war can never be won militarily and called for efforts to bring the Taliban and their supporters into the Afghan government.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Frist says U.S. can't win, should bring Taliban into Afghan government; Update: Frist backs off — somewhat; Update: Brits in secret truce with Taliban?  —  The Commissar has decided to vote Democratic this fall.  —  Why not?  What's the difference? … Yep.  That'll solve it.
Senator Bill Frist:
America will Never Negotiate with Terrorists or Support their Entry into Afghanistan's Government  —  I'm currently overseas visiting our troops in Afghanistan, but I wanted to take a moment to address an Associated Press story titled, "Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't."
Discussion: NewsHog
Commissar / politburo diktat 2.0:
WHY I AM VOTING DEMOCRATIC IN 2006  —  I have decided to vote Democratic this fall.  —  I am a conservative and a Republican party member.  I believe in small government, free markets, strong defense, etc., but Bush's snafu in Iraq is just too much.  It overwhelms those issues which for 30 years have made me vote GOP.
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Frist: Give the Taliban Part of the Afghan Government; The War Is Unwinnable  —  That's it for me.  —  Goodbye GOP.  —  Perhaps we should make peace with Zawahiri as well?  Let's negotiate, and see what terms we can get as good dhimmis.  —  The hell with the lot of them.  —  (Photoshop courtesy of Slublog.)
Opinion Journal:
The GOP Record  —  The roots of Republican failures in Congress.  —  The 109th Congress has gone home to fight for re-election, and the best testament to its accomplishments is that very few Republicans are running on them.  They're running instead against the peril to the country if the Nancy Pelosi Democrats take power.
Mary Katharine Ham / Townhall.com:
Frist Says We Can't Win, Should Bring Taliban Into Afghan Government (Update: Frist Says He Was Taken Out of Context)  —  Give me "angry estrogen" over the GOP excuse for testosterone any day. … Well, by all means, invite them into the process, then.  Perhaps we should send self-addressed …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Slublog
Michael Smith / Times of London:
British troops in secret truce with the Taliban
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Frist, why hast thou forsaken us?
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Real Cities:
9/11 Commission saw the 'scary' briefing of 2001
Discussion: The Mahablog and Taylor Marsh
New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Corner
The Blotter:
E-mails Show Foley Sought to Rendezvous with Page  —  Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  In addition to explicit sexual language, former Congressman Mark Foley's Internet messages also include repeated efforts to get the underage recipient to rendezvous with him at night.
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Judd / Think Progress:
Snow on Foley Scandal: 'Simply Naughty Emails'
CNN:
Hastert: GOP leaders knew nothing of alleged sex IMs
Discussion: Hot Air and QandO
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Eggman Says Kids Are "Egging the Congressman On"  —  The Republican coverup for La Cage Aux Foley has put all the tentacles of the Mighty Wurlitzer into overdrive.  Did you ever wonder how low they could go to keep themselves in power?  Wonder no more!
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Matt Drudge blames the kids for Predatorgate: They are 16 and 17 year old beasts  —  (Update below) Here comes Matt "The Eggman" Drudge to (Mr. Predatorgate) Mark Foley's defense.  He uses that age old "attack the messenger" conservative technique-only in a creepier way.
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John Holusha / New York Times:
Students Killed by Gunman at Amish Schoolhouse  —  A lone gunman walked into a one-room schoolhouse in a largely Amish community in southeastern Pennsylvania today and shot as many as 10 girls, killing three immediately and then turned the gun on himself, dying at the scene, according to the state police.
Discussion: PoliBlog
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Markos Moulitsas / Cato Unbound:
THE CASE FOR THE LIBERTARIAN DEMOCRAT  —  It was my fealty to the notion of personal liberty that made me a Republican when I came of age in the 1980s.  It is my continued fealty to personal liberty that makes me a Democrat today.  —  The case against the libertarian Republican is so easy …
New York Times:
Wal-Mart to Add Wage Caps and Part-Timers  —  Wal-Mart, the nation's largest private employer, is pushing to create a cheaper, more flexible work force by capping wages, using more part-time workers and scheduling more workers on nights and weekends.  —  Wal-Mart executives say they have embraced …
 
 
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