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11:05 AM ET, October 3, 2006

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Washington Times:
Resign, Mr. Speaker  —  The facts of the disgrace of Mark Foley, who was a Republican member of the House from a Florida district until he resigned last week, constitute a disgrace for every Republican member of Congress.  Red flags emerged in late 2005, perhaps even earlier …
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Los Angeles Times:
Foley Saga No Shock to Some  —  The Florida Republican was known to have an interest in younger men, Capitol Hill workers say.  —  WASHINGTON — Years before sexually explicit electronic messages sent by Rep. Mark Foley to teenage House pages became public last week, some on Capitol Hill say …
Opinion Journal:
Paging Mr. Hastert  —  Could a gay Congressman be quarantined?  —  Florida Republican Mark Foley's sexually explicit emails to a Congressional page certainly warranted his resignation from the House, and they may well merit prosecution.  But this being five weeks from an election …
Washington Post:
After Foley, New Fears For the GOP  —  Some Say Party Could Lose House and Senate  —  Republican strategists said yesterday that public revulsion over the sexually graphic online conversations between Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and former House pages could compound the party's problems enough …
New York Times:
Pressure Grows for G.O.P. Over Foley Scandal  —  Speaker J. Dennis Hastert faced intensifying questions on Monday about why Republicans had not reacted more assertively to Representative Mark Foley's messages to a teenage page, as members of his party, fearing a political debacle, demanded a strong response.
New York Times:
The Foley Matter  —  History suggests that once a political party achieves sweeping power, it will only be a matter of time before the power becomes the entire point.  Policy, ideology, ethics all gradually fall away, replaced by a political machine that exists to win elections and dispense the goodies that come as a result.
Discussion: PoliBlog, Norwegianity and Daily Kos
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Warnings About Foley's Behavior Failed to Move Congress to Action  —  Brian Ross Reports:  —  Despite repeated warning signs going back at least five years, almost nothing was done in Congress to stop Foley's suspect behavior with pages.  —  Today, Republican leaders said they had no idea …
Miami Herald:
Foley's shame; Congress' stumble
Discussion: Macsmind
Maria Newman / New York Times:
Foley Checks Into Clinic for Alcoholism
Discussion: TAPPED and The Next Hurrah
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Why Foley Teen Boy Scandal Can Fuel GOP Defeat (UPDATED)
Jim Krane / Associated Press:
Frist: Taliban Should Be in Afghan Gov't  —  world-news, afghanistan, bill-frist, frist  —  QALAT, AFGHANISTAN — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and urged support for efforts to bring …
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Arthur Silber / Once Upon a Time:   Springing the Trap
Senator Bill Frist:
America will Never Negotiate with Terrorists or Support their Entry …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lieberman says he has been promised seniority  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman, the longtime Democratic senator from Connecticut running for re-election as an independent, says the party leadership has assured him he would keep his seniority if he returns to Congress.
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Robert Novak / Chicago Sun Times:
Former President Clinton warns Dems to watch out for right-wing onslaught
Discussion: Sirotablog and LamontBlog
New York Times:
C.I.A. Chief Warned Rice on Al Qaeda  —  President Bush, Condoleezza Rice and George J. Tenet met after the Sept. 11 attacks.  An earlier meeting by Ms. Rice and Mr. Tenet, who have long had a contentious relationship, is now the subject of dispute.  —  A review of White House records …
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James Rosen / Fox News:
RICE OFFERED TO RESIGN FOLLOWING BUSH'S 2004 RE-ELECTION
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
Real Cities:
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft said to have received warning of attack
Discussion: First Draft
Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:
North Korea says it will stage nuke test  —  SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea said Tuesday it will conduct a nuclear test in the face of what it claimed was "the U.S. extreme threat of a nuclear war," ratcheting up tensions amid international pressure to return to negotiations on its atomic program.
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Bo-Mi Lim / Associated Press:   N. Korea Says It Will Conduct Nuke Test
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Exclusive Interview with a Man Who Has Spoken to the Terrorists at Guantánamo (Part Two: Stashiu Arrives at GTMO and Describes the Terrorists)  —  [This is Part Two of my exclusive interview with "Stashiu," an Army nurse who worked at Guantánamo …
Discussion: The Belmont Club and Hot Air
Pete Hegseth / Opinion Journal:
More Troops, Please  —  "Not losing" isn't the same as winning.  —  I've heard President Bush repeatedly state he will send more troops to Iraq if the commanders on the ground ask for them.  I think, having returned home from Iraq two months ago, that there must be a breakdown in communication somewhere along the line.
David Adesnik / OxBlog:
SANTORUM APPEALS TO OXBLOG: Looking to climb out of a very deep hole, Senator Rick is now sending direct-mail fundraisers to DC residents.  Here are my favorite parts of his four-page appeal. … I certainly dislike the radical left, but I don't find them very scary.
Discussion: Angry Bear
Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
Three Years Of CQ  —  Three years.  8,156 posts.  Over 109,000 comments and 16,000 trackbacks. 23 million visits.  And the best blog community in the 'sphere.  —  It all started with this post: … When I first started this blog, I expected it to serve two purposes …
theweeklystandard.com:
The Buck Starts Here  —  George W. Bush was never a fiscal conservative.  —  WHEN THE Washington Monthly recently asked seven conservatives to explain why they were rooting for GOP defeat this November, some of them complained about the Iraq war, some about the Bush administration's expansive view …
Discussion: The Corner and The American Scene
Washington Post:
Outside Groups Shoveling Cash Into Tight Races  —  As the race for control of Congress turns toward its final sprint to Election Day, independent organizations with ideological or commercial stakes in the outcome are pouring record amounts of money into the closest contests …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard and The Caucus
 
 
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Reuters:
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