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7:15 PM ET, October 5, 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.
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 …
Judd / Think Progress:
Pajamas Media, Instapundit Facilitate Outing Of Foley Victim  —  An obscure right-wing blogger, Wild Bill, has outed one of Mark Foley's victims, a former Congressional page.  It is a despicable act.  Wild Bill however, gets almost no traffic, so the damage done to the victim's life could have been minimal.
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 …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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.
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: MyDD
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Cheney: GOP 'will retain control'  —  ABOARD AIR FORCE TWO - Vice President Dick Cheney said he "can't tell" how a Republican sex scandal will impact next month's elections, but insisted "it makes no sense" for House Speaker Dennis Hastert to resign.  —  In his first public remarks …
Discussion: TAPPED, Democrats.com and The Fix
CNN:
Former FBI head Freeh to examine page system … WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Speaker Dennis Hastert will ask former FBI director Louis Freeh to examine the congressional page system and make recommendations on how to improve the program, CNN has learned.  —  That word came as Hastert prepared …
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.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:   Bush's Megaphone Unable to Reach Above the Din
Chicago Tribune:
Hastert dodges Foley heat, denies report of repeated warnings
Deirdre Shesgreen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Defiant Shimkus says he'll keep post
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Rasmussen Reports:
Connecticut Senate: Lieberman Lead Reaches Double Digits  —  Lieberman (I) 50% Lamont (D) 40%  —  Senator Joseph Lieberman (I) has increased his margin over Democrat Ned Lamont by eight points.  He now leads the antiwar candidate 50% to 40% (see crosstabs).
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Ali Eteraz / Eteraz:
Stand Against Women Stoned to Death You Apathetic Monsters  —  This is a call for action to do our small part in coming to the assistance of the women in Iran who have been sentenced to death by stoning.  —  1. Read the background and an explanation of the punishment for stoning to death in Islamic Law.
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog
 
 
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