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4:35 PM ET, October 6, 2006

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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Hastert Vows to Overcome Scandal  —  J. Dennis Hastert, who was installed as House speaker eight years ago through backroom maneuvering in a moment of crisis for his party, has no distinct power base in Congress, not much of a national reputation and, in an age of television politics, little polish in front of the camera.
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Associated Press:
House Ethics Panel to Subpoena Documents  —  WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee on Thursday launched an investigation of a congressional page sex scandal that has imperiled Republican election prospects, approving dozens of subpoenas for documents and testimony.
Washington Post:
House Ethics Committee Holds a News Conference
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and TAPPED
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bleu America's John Laesch on Hastert: " He says he listens …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Philip Shenon / New York Times:
Rice, in Baghdad, Insists That Iraqis Are 'Making Progress'  —  Wearing a helmet and a flak jacket and flanked by machine-gun-toting bodyguards to defend against insurgents, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice came here Thursday, insisting that there were new signs of progress in Iraq …
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Josh White / Washington Post:
Warner Downbeat After Iraq Trip  —  U.S. at Risk of Losing Bid to Control Baghdad, Senator Says  —  The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday offered a stark assessment of the situation in Iraq after a trip there this week, saying that parts of the country have taken …
Alan Cooperman / Washington Post:
GOP's Hold on Evangelicals Weakening  —  Party's Showing in Midterm Elections May Be Hurt as Polls Indicate Support Dropping in Base  —  ANOKA, Minn. — Lynn Sunde, an evangelical Christian, is considering what for her is a radical step.  Come November, she may vote for a Democrat for Congress.
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David Espo / Associated Press:
Pelosi says she would drain GOP 'swamp'  —  WASHINGTON - Franklin Roosevelt had his first hundred days.  —  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is thinking 100 hours, time enough, she says, to begin to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule.
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
In Border Fence's Path, Congressional Roadblocks  —  No sooner did Congress authorize construction of a 700-mile fence on the U.S.-Mexico border last week than lawmakers rushed to approve separate legislation that ensures it will never be built, at least not as advertised, according to Republican lawmakers and immigration experts.
Josh Hirschland / Columbia Daily Spectator:
Investigation to Look at Facebook  —  University Says Social Networking Site 'Not Exempt'  —  Columbia will review information and images posted on students' Facebook profiles as part of its investigation into Wednesday night's Minutemen brawl, a University spokesman confirmed Thursday evening.
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Asia Times:
Kim's message: War is coming to US soil  —  Speaking Freely is an Asia Times Online feature that allows guest writers to have their say.  Please click here if you are interested in contributing.  —  The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea announced on October 3 …
Charlie Savage / Boston Globe:
Bush cites authority to bypass FEMA law  —  Signing statement is employed again  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush this week asserted that he has the executive authority to disobey a new law in which Congress has set minimum qualifications for future heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
USA Today:
Race for Senate control tightens  —  WASHINGTON — Democrats are within striking distance of winning control of the Senate in the Nov. 7 elections, USA TODAY/Gallup Polls in six key states show as the campaigns head into their final month.  —  The number of Republican-held seats …
John Robertson / Scotsman:
'Boy snatched off street, set alight and murdered for being white'  — Evidence given in Kriss Donald murder trial  — One of accused apparently sought revenge for previous assault  — Kriss Donald may have been targetted simply due to being white  —  Story in full
Marc Ambinder / National Journal:
A Calamity For Gay Republicans  —  Less than 24 hours after Rep. Mark Foley resigned in disgrace, some 50 gay Republicans gathered at a friend's house in Virginia.  They were in a brittle mood.  Foley — one of their own, in terms of sexual orientation and party ID — had, by his misconduct …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Angels and Intelligence Estimates  —  Lost between the Foley tsunami and the Woodward hurricane is the storm that began the great Republican collapse of 2006.  It was only a few weeks ago that the Republicans were clawing their way back to contention for the November elections …
 
 
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Dan Froomkin / Washington Post:
Olbermann's Special Comments
Ezra Klein / TAPPED:
PLUS, I DON'T LIKE OPERA.  I think Peter Beinart's TRB this week deserves a response.
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Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Job Growth Slows, Unemployment Rate Dips
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Conspiracy Theories Abound as Oil Prices Fluctuate
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:
Judged Dred  —  What a new book on the Dred Scott case teaches us …
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David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MAKE SCHOOLS SAFE FOR KIDS, NOT CRIMINALS: In a new podcast …
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Associated Press:
Purported spokesman for an Iraqi insurgent group offers negotiations …
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Anti-U.S. Attack Videos Spread on the Internet
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers
Eric Pfeiffer / Washington Times:
Murtha accused of bribe cover-up
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Court Upholds State's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
When TV news got a voice: Fox, et al
Lewis Smith / Times of London:
Seizures of radioactive materials fuel 'dirty bomb' fears
Chris Francescani / ABCNEWS:
'Shoot Me First,' Amish Girl Said to Ask
Discussion: The Anchoress and Hot Air