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1:20 AM ET, October 6, 2006

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Drudge Report:
CLAIM: FILTHY FOLEY ONLINE MESSAGES WERE PAGE PRANK GONE AWRY  —  According to two people close to former congressional page Jordan Edmund, the now famous lurid AOL Instant Message exchanges that led to the resignation of Mark Foley were part of an online prank that by mistake got into the hands …
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Fox News:
INTERNAL POLL SUGGESTS HASTERT COULD DEVASTATE GOP  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican candidates will suffer massive losses if House Speaker Dennis Hastert remains speaker until Election Day, according to internal polling data from a prominent GOP pollster, FOX News has learned.
The Blotter:
Three More Former Pages Accuse Foley of Online Sexual Approaches  —  Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz & Maddy Sauer Report:  —  Three more former congressional pages have come forward to reveal what they call "sexual approaches" over the Internet from former Congressman Mark Foley.
Tony Karon / Time:
TIME Poll: The Foley Sex Scandal Has Hurt G.O.P. Election Prospects  —  Two-thirds of those aware of the scandal believe Republican leaders attempted a cover-up, according to a new survey  —  Two-thirds of Americans aware of the congressional-page sex scandal believe Republican leaders tried …
Collin Bishop / WGRZ-TV:
DAVIS SLIPS INTO LEAD OVER REYNOLDS  —  A new scientific telephone survey that was commissioned by 2 On Your Side shows Democratic challenger Jack Davis with a small lead over Republican Congressman Tom Reynolds.  —  The poll conducted by the company SurveyUSA asked the opinion of 482 likely voters …
Rasmussen Reports:
61% Believe Republican Leaders Have Been Protecting Foley  —  Sixty-one percent (61%) of American adults believe that Republican leaders have been "protecting [Mark] Foley for several years."  A Rasmussen Reports national opinion survey conducted Tuesday and Wednesday nights shows …
Discussion: NewsHog, MyDD, TIME and Scared Monkeys
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Voters Say Scandals Will Affect Votes  —  Voters Polled by AP Say Scandals Will Affect Whom They Choose in Midterm Elections  —  Congressional Republicans, already struggling against negative public perceptions of Congress, now face voters who say new scandals will significantly influence their vote in November.
Associated Press:
Hastert takes blame for page scandal  —  House speaker says will work to protect teens working for Congress  —  WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert apologized and took responsibility on Thursday for the unfolding page sex scandal involving fellow Republican Mark Foley.
Andrew Buncombe / Independent:
Republicans face election disaster as e-mail sex scandal gathers pace  —  Beleaguered Republicans have been dealt a fresh blow by the publication of a new poll which suggests the Democrats are leading in 11 of 15 crucial races for the House of Representatives ­ the clearest indication yet …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Bush's Megaphone Unable to Reach Above the Din
CNN:
Page's family: Leave our 'hero' son alone
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Cheney: GOP 'will retain control'
Discussion: TAPPED, Democrats.com and The Fix
Hartford Courant:
Ned And Ted Counter Joe  —  Everything, it seems, can be linked to partisan politics these days if you're U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman.  —  Wednesday, it was the struggling middle class, the Foley scandal, the failure of the Democratic Party to get a presidential candidate elected for eight years …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Connecticut Senate: Lieberman Lead Reaches Double Digits
Discussion: Hyscience
Pew Research Center:
Iraq Looms Large in Nationalized Election  —  Congressional Race Unchanged After Foley's Resignation  —  Summary of Findings  —  Iraq has become the central issue of the midterm elections.  There is more dismay about how the U.S. military effort in Iraq is going than at any point since the war began more than three years ago.
Discussion: Pollster and Donklephant
Washington Post:
Hastert Holds a Media Availability  —  SPEAKER: U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS HASTERT (R-IL),  —  HASTERT: Well, thank you very much for everybody showing up today.  —  I'm sorry — you know, when you talk about the page issue and what's happened in the Congress, I'm deeply sorry that this has happened.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
C&L Video Contest: Blue America needs you!  —  Today marks the first day of a special Blue America video contest at Crooks and Liars.  I'm looking for videomakers, animators and flash designers who want to be part of the Blue team and help take Congress back from the rubber stampers.
Discussion: Firedoglake and DownWithTyranny!
Little Green Footballs:
Moronic Convergence: Last Gasp of the Socialist Geezers  —  It's a Michael Moore remake of Todd Browning's Freaks, in the World Can't Wait Day of Mass Resistance.  El Marco was there and has a photo gallery at Flickr: Last Gasp NYC Oct. 5, 2006.  —  "Mass Resistance," in this case, being defined as: about a thousand people.
Ellen Si / Associated Press:
Dow Hits 3rd Straight Record Close  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street rose modestly Thursday, nudging the Dow Jones industrial average to its third straight record high close as investors welcomed upbeat retail sales and jobless claims figures.  —  The Dow closed at 11,866.69, surpassing the record of 11,850.61 set Wednesday.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
 
 
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