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6:20 PM ET, October 3, 2006


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The Blotter:
New Foley Instant Messages; Had Internet Sex While Awaiting House Vote  —  Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer Report:  —  Former Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) interrupted a vote on the floor of the House in 2003 to engage in Internet sex with a high school student who had served as a congressional page …
Nico / Think Progress:
Hastert: Foley Scandal Is A Liberal Conspiracy To 'Get To Me' And 'Affect Our Election'  —  Interviewed by Rush Limbaugh today, House Speaker Hastert said Mark Foley's inappropriate behavior was "a political issue" and promised Rush that "we are going on offense."
Paul Bedard / US News:
Hastert may have just days to save his job  —  House Speaker Dennis Hastert, under fire for his handling of the Foley page scandal, may have just one or two days to turn the affair around-or quiet it- or face being forced to step aside, say senior GOP House and party officials.
Discussion: TAPPED, The Next Hurrah and Wonkette
Investor's Business Daily:
Did Democrats Page Mark Foley?  —  Scandal: Right after Mark Foley was revealed to have had inappropriate e-mail conversations with a 16-year-old page, he resigned and checked into rehab.  Now, what did Democrats know, and when did they know it?  —  Yes, you read that right: the Democrats.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert  —  RUSH: We're happy to be joined now by the Speaker of the House, Denny Hastert.  Mr. Speaker, welcome to the EIB Network.  Great to speak to you again, sir.  —  SPEAKER HASTERT: Thanks, Rush.  Great to be with you today.  —  RUSH: Now, I guess the big news is …
Hastert won't resign over Foley scandal  —  Washington Times opines House Speaker 'must do the only right thing'  —  WASHINGTON - Despite a call from a conservative newspaper for his resignation over his handling of a congressional sex scandal, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., intends to retain his leadership position.
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
Swing Back.  —  The Washington Times wants Speaker Hastert to resign.  To do so would be to capitulate to Democratic-activist-induced and MSM-abetted hysteria.  Not only should Hastert not resign, he should use every opportunity to swing back hard at a MSM deeply compromised …
New York Times:
Papers Knew of Foley E-Mail but Did Not Publish Stories  —  At least two news organizations were tipped off to e-mail messages sent by Representative Mark Foley long before the story of his sexually explicit remarks to teenage pages broke last week and forced him to resign.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
NRCC Uses Small Children As Human Shields  —  Uh.  Mah.  Gawd.  —  I...words simply fail me.  —  In the fine tradition of George W. Bush standing under the "Mission Accomplished" sign, or any one of the Katrina backdrops (where no expense was spared to bring power to an area for a photo op …
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.
New York Times:
North Korea Vows First Nuclear Test  —  North Korea announced today that it plans to conduct its first nuclear test, sharply escalating its standoff with the United States and setting off ripples of alarm in Japan and South Korea.  —  A State Department spokesman said a test would pose …
John Kerry / The Democratic Daily:
The "Retreatican Party?"  —  So Bill Frist wants the Taliban to be a part of the government in Afghanistan?  If we can't beat them, join them?  —  Reading the coverage of Bill Frist's trip to Afghanistan, there's a lot to say.  —  I could say it's Dr. Frist's worst diagnosis since …
Associated Press:
Frist Says Afghan War Can't Be Won
Discussion: TalkLeft and Wonkette
Glenn Reynolds /
The Glenn and Helen Show: John Fund on Election Fraud and its Cures  —  With the elections only a month away, we talk to John Fund, Wall Street Journal writer and author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy.  Fund talks about high-tech problems with electronic voting machines …
Discussion: Tapscott's Copy Desk
Politics Central:
Discussion: Dr. Helen
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 …
Judd / Think Progress:
CBS Turns Over News Broadcast To Man Who Blames School Shootings on Teaching Evolution and Abortion  —  Last night, the CBS Evening News turned their broadcast over to a man named Brian Rohrbough, who lost his son during the Columbine massacre.  Mr. Rohrbough proceeded to blame recent school shootings on …
Martha Bayles / Boston Globe:
Blasphemy in the church of art  —  IN BERLIN last week, a great offense was committed against one of the world's major religions: the high church of art.  —  When the director of the city's leading opera company, the Deutsche Oper, responded to a possible terrorist threat by canceling …
Discussion: The Corner and Hit and Run
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 and Outside The Beltway
David Goldstein / The Huffington Post:
8 Million American Workers Just Lost the Right to Organize  —  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its much anticipated "Kentucky River Decision" today, and it pretty much went exactly as expected.  Voting along party lines, the Republican dominated NLRB gutted long …
Discussion: AFL-CIO Weblog, MyDD and Facing South
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.
'Pope protesters' hijack airliner  —  A Turkish airliner flying from Tirana to Istanbul has been hijacked and flown to Brindisi in southern Italy in an apparent protest against the Pope.  —  It sent out an SOS twice in Greek airspace, and both Greece and Italy scrambled fighter jets to escort it before it landed in Brindisi.
Michael Melia / Associated Press:
High-calorie diet fattens U.S. detainees  —  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Offered a high-calorie diet and kept in their cells almost around the clock, many detainees at Guantanamo Bay are becoming fat.  —  Meals totaling a whopping 4,200 calories per day are brought to their cells …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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