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1:45 PM ET, October 5, 2006


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Chicago Tribune:
Hastert dodges Foley heat, denies report of repeated warnings  —  WASHINGTON — A defiant House Speaker Dennis Hastert fought Wednesday to hold on to his leadership post while fractures appeared among his lieutenants and a former senior aide to Mark Foley said he repeatedly had warned Hastert's top aide …
Jim Davenport / Associated Press:
Gingrich on page scandal: Democrats have done far worse  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Democratic sex scandals have been far worse than the suggestive Internet messages sent to teenage congressional pages by former Rep. Mark Foley.
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Cheney: GOP 'will retain control'
Discussion: Unclaimed Territory and TAPPED
Deirdre Shesgreen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Defiant Shimkus says he'll keep post
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Eliana Johnson / New York Sun:
At Columbia, Students Attack Minuteman Founder  —  Students stormed the stage at Columbia University's Roone auditorium yesterday, knocking over chairs and tables and attacking Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minutemen, a group that patrols the border between America and Mexico.
Michelle Malkin:
Mob rule at Columbia University  —  Minutemen Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist spoke at Columbia University tonight.  He tried to speak, that is.  During his remarks, a mob of students stormed the stage and sabotaged the event.  Every Columbia U. alum should be assailing the administration.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
THE ZOO IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS  —  Last night the Columbia University College Republicans hosted what was to be a speech by Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project.  Within moments of Gilchrist taking the podium, however, the event was disrupted by left-wing students mounting a coordinated attack on the stage.
Discussion: USS Neverdock
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Mysterious blog scooped media on Foley messages  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Capitol Hill controversies are nothing new, but as details emerge about former Rep. Mark Foley's e-mails and instant messages with underage congressional pages it's clear that the Internet is reinventing the Washington scandal.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Longtime Republican was source of e-mails
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 …
Don Michak / Journal Inquirer:
Lamont writes another check as Lieberman aides surprised on D.C. fundraiser by Bush buddies  —  Greenwich Democrat Ned Lamont on Monday invested $500,000 more in his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, bringing the cable company executive's total contribution since last winter to $6.75 million.
Rasmussen Reports:
Connecticut Senate: Lieberman Lead Reaches Double Digits
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.
David Rennie / Telegraph:
Muslims are waging civil war against us, claims police union  —  Radical Muslims in France's housing estates are waging an undeclared "intifada" against the police, with violent clashes injuring an average of 14 officers each day.  —  As the interior ministry said that nearly 2,500 officers …
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Waterboarding Historically Controversial  —  In 1947, the U.S. Called It a War Crime; in 1968, It Reportedly Caused an Investigation  —  Key senators say Congress has outlawed one of the most notorious detainee interrogation techniques — "waterboarding," in which a prisoner feels near drowning.
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.
New York Times:
A Complex and Hidden Life Behind Foley's Public Persona  —  Mark Foley, until last week a fixture on this town's lofty social circuit, once recounted a party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's fabled estate.  —  "Miss Germany was my date," he told a writer at Washingtonian magazine for an article about "How to Date a Congressman."
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.
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
British Find No Evidence Of Arms Traffic From Iran  —  Troops in Southeast Iraq Test U.S. Claim of Aid for Militias  —  ON THE IRAQ-IRAN BORDER — Since late August, British commandos in the deserts of far southeastern Iraq have been testing one of the most serious charges leveled …
Discussion: NewsHog and Booman Tribune
Nico / Think Progress:
CBS Evening News Uncritically Reports 'Gay Cabal' Conspiracy Theory  —  Josh Marshall warned last night that the House leadership's "last gambit" may be "to blame the Foley debacle on a cabal of gay staffers who hid and/or enabled Rep. Foley's behavior for years."
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
Patterico's Exclusive Interview with a Man Who Has Spoken to the Terrorists at Guantánamo (Part Four: The Treatment of the Detainees)  —  [This is Part Four of my exclusive interview with "Stashiu," an Army nurse who worked at Guantánamo, and who spoke on a regular basis …
Discussion: ShrinkWrapped
This Is London:
MUSLIM PC WINS RIGHT NOT TO PROTECT ISRAELI EMBASSY  —  A Muslim police officer has been excused from guarding London's Israeli Embassy after he objected to the duty on 'moral grounds'.  —  PC Alexander Omar Basha - a member of the Metropolitan Police's Diplomatic Protection Group …
Discussion: BBC and USS Neverdock
Peter C. Glover / TCS Daily:
Green Hypocrisy at 30,000 Feet  —  They sit in economy class occasionally wiping their clammy hands.  Their eyes dart furtively about.  They wonder whether the stewardess or passenger next to them might have become suspicious.  Some even grow moustaches or beards - to cover the 'giveaway' sweating top lip.
Jonathan Alter / Newsweek:
The Illinois Democrat may be more serious about '08 than you think  —  Ask Washington insiders about Sen. Barack Obama's presidential hopes, and you'll get a pat response: great idea, a cycle or three from now—or maybe this time as veep.  But they need to get out more.
Donald Sensing / One Hand Clapping:
Trampling the Constitution  —  Voltaire once remarked to an adversary, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to death your right to say it."  Those words could never pass the lips of the city officials of my town of Franklin, Tenn. They seem to believe in crushing our right to say anything they don't approve of.
Discussion: The Sundries Shack and Redstate
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Democratic Organizer Quits After Calling Allen 'Macacawitz'  —  A field organizer for Democratic congressional candidate Al Weed resigned yesterday after it was discovered that she referred to Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) as "Macacawitz."  —  In an e-mail sent last night …
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Associated Press:
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