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9:25 PM ET, October 4, 2006


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The Blotter:
Top GOP Staffer Forced Out for Role in Page Scandal  —  Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz Report:  —  ABC News' Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper reports that Kirk Fordham has resigned.  —  The chief of staff for Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds, Kirk Fordham …
Hastert Was Warned About Foley Two Years Ago, GOP Aide Says  —  House Speaker's Spokesman Disputes Kirk Fordham's Claim That He Previously Alerted Hastert's Office About Foley's Behavior  —  Despite claims by senior congressional aide Kirk Fordham that he notified House Speaker Dennis Hastert's office …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Congressman questions what Hastert knew  —  WASHINGTON - A third figure in the page scandal threatening to the envelop House Speaker Dennis Hastert suggested Wednesday the speaker knew of an inappropriate e-mail that Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record) sent to a Louisiana boy before the matter became public.
Gay Patriot:
More Foley Fallout: The Gay GOP Witchhunt Begins  —  **UPDATE BELOW** Welcome readers from Instapundit, The Corner and Mary Katharine Ham!  —  From liberal blogger David Corn (of The Nation and "outing Valerie Plame" fame) comes this disturbing development in the Foley saga. … Full citizen?
Wild Bill / Passionate America:
Meet Jordan Edmund One Mark Foley Instant Messanger  —  Jordan Edmund is 21 years old  —  Mark Foley is a scumbag!  Mark Foley is a scumbag!  Mark Foley is a scumbag!  —  Now that that is out of the way I will reveal how I (and a few others) discovered Jordan Edmund was one of the former house pages …
A statement released by Kirk Fordham, former senior aide to ex-Rep. Mark Foley and Rep. Tom Reynolds  —  "I've learned within the last few hours that unnamed sources have purported that I intervened on behalf of Congressman Foley to prevent a page board investigation.  This is categorically false.
Discussion: Andrew Sullivan
THE BOGUS BLOG BEHIND FOLEY'S FALL  — brought Mark Foley's boy-chasing to national attention, but it wasn't the first website to flog the story.  That dubious honor belongs to StopSexPredators, a pseudo-vigilante blog filled with plagiarized, hastily-assembled posts …
Hotline On Call:
Fordham Resigns; Blames Democrats — Update  —  Why did Kirk Fordham resign today?  —  Accounts vary.  According to a senior Republican official in Washington, Fordham, in the spring of 2006, promised Rep. John Shimkus, the chairman of the page board as well as a staff member …
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
The Open And Closeted Lives of a Gay Congressman
Discussion: Palm Beach Post, The Blotter and TIME
Brian Ross Reports / The Blotter:
Forced Out Staffer Issues Statement
Discussion: First Draft
John Cochran / ABCNEWS:   Pols Debate Future of Hastert
Gateway Pundit:
Get Your Lawyers... Foleygate Scandal About to Bust Open!
Michelle Malkin:
Banned on YouTube  —  Back in February, you may remember, I cobbled together a little mini-movie called "First, They Came" inspired by the Mohammed Cartoon riots.  It's a simple slideshow highlighting the victims of Islamic violence over the years.  We posted it at YouTube a while ago.  No problems.
Kos Irhabi / The Jawa Report:
YouTube Suspending Anti-Jihad Accounts  —  The YouTube Jihad continues.  Michelle's video account has been suspended.  We just received notice from YouTube that the account for Sout al Kuffar is in also in jeopardy of being suspended:  —  Just so there is no mistake …
Jordan / Confined Space:
Bush Labor Board Takes Organizing Rights Away From Millions Of Nurses And Other Workers  —  This afternoon, George W. Bush's National Labor Relations Board, in a party-line 3-2 decision, took away bargaining rights for millions of American nurses and other workers.
Dale Russakoff / Washington Post:
Some Workers Change Collars  —  NLRB Rules Some Nurses Are Supervisors, a Potential Blow to Unions  —  The National Labor Relations Board ruled yesterday that nurses with full-time responsibility for assigning fellow hospital workers to particular tasks are supervisors under federal labor law …
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
Tequila Mockingbird  —  JUSTICE SCALIA OPENS THE 2006 TERM WITH A BANG.  —  My cabdriver seems to be taking pains to stick to the back streets on his way to the Supreme Court this morning; he's steering clear of the streets that bound the Capitol Building, as if all the sex/influence peddling …
Discussion: Redstate and Hot Air
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Bible-Spouting Group Plans to Picket Amish Funerals  —  ( - A Kansas-based group that says "God hates fags" plans to picket the funerals of the Amish girls killed by a disturbed man in Lancaster County, Pa.  —  The Westboro Baptist Church — described as a hate group …
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Man Sues Secret Service Agent Over Arrest After Approaching Cheney and Denouncing War  —  A Colorado man who was arrested in June on harassment charges after he approached Vice President Dick Cheney to denounce the war in Iraq filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday accusing a Secret Service agent of civil rights violations.
Austin Bay / StrategyPage:
Al-Qaida's Narrative of Doubt  —  Several declassified al-Qaida documents — one discovered after the June 2006 air strike that killed al-Qaida's Iraqi emir, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — strongly suggest al-Qaida's leaders fear they are losing the War on Terror.  —  On Sept. 18, Iraqi National …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Secular Blasphemy
Reuters/Zogby Poll: Dems Hold Leads in Races for Key House GOP Seats as Republicans grapple with sex scandal  —  Democrats hold leads in races for 11 out of 15 key Republican-held House seats, the first in a series of Reuters/Zogby tracking polls shows.  This sets the stage for a full-tilt battle …
William H. Pryor Jr / Wall Street Journal:
'Neither Force Nor Will, But Merely Judgment'  —  Recently some leaders of the bench and bar — including, on this page last week, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor — have decried what they describe as unprecedented threats to the independence of the judiciary.  I respectfully disagree.
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