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4:00 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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
What Goeth Before the Fall  —  The Reverend Elmer Gantry was reading an illustrated pink periodical devoted to prize-fighters and chorus girls in his room at Elizabeth J. Schmutz Hall late of an afternoon when two large men walked in without knocking.  —  "Why, good evening, Brother Bains — Brother Naylor!
Bill Sammon / Examiner:
Cheney: GOP 'will retain control'
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Deirdre Shesgreen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Defiant Shimkus says he'll keep post
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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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 …
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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).
Associated Press:
Reynolds deflects questions about aide's role  —  AMHERST - U.S. Rep. Thomas Reynolds Tuesday denied knowing what his top aide might have done on behalf of a disgraced lawmaker in the days before he resigned following revelations of sexually explicit messages sent to underage male pages.
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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.
Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Poll: Dems Lead GOP Incumbents in Three Key Senate Races; Control of Chamber Still Uncertain  —  Races for two other GOP seats in Ohio, Tennessee are tied  —  Democrats in U.S. Senate races across the country are leading their Republican opponents and appear poised to gain ground …
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Results in key Senate races - Reuters poll
Discussion: Left in the West
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 …
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.
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
ABC Ignored Teen-Sex Scandal of Democrat Mel Reynolds Until 1995 Conviction  —  Congressman Mel Reynolds, the Democrat convicted of 12 charges, including sex with 16-year-old Beverly Heard and asking her to take pornographic photographs of a 15-year old, was indicted on August 21, 1994.
Associated Press:
Congressman apologizes for affair in TV ad  —  Rep. Don Sherwood, R-Pa. also denies abusing mistress  —  SCRANTON, Pa. - Rep. Don Sherwood, a Republican fighting for re-election in northeastern Pennsylvania, says in a TV ad that he is "truly sorry" for cheating on his wife but denies ever abusing the woman he had the affair with.
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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 …
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.
 
 
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