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3:50 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
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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David S. Cloud / New York Times:
Senator Says U.S. Should Rethink Iraq Strategy  —  The Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee warned Thursday that the situation in Iraq was "drifting sideways" and said that the United States should consider a "change of course" if violence did not diminish soon.
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 …
Discussion: Think Progress
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Roy / alicublog:
LITERALLY.  David Brooks says, oh yeah, you liberals think the Foley scandal is bad, well, there's an underage seduction in The Vagina Monologues but you liberals love that, don't you?  —  Stunned onlookers point out to Brooks that The Vagina Monologues is a play, whereas Mark Foley is a real person.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
GOP Bigotry That Backfired
Discussion: The Corner and Norwegianity
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
When TV news got a voice: Fox, et al  —  FoxNews is 10 years old this week.  This year, Al Jazeera turns 10.  So did The Daily Show.  All that the three have in common, besides birthdays, is that they brought new voices to TV news: no longer the allegedly objective, cold …
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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Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
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David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
MAKE SCHOOLS SAFE FOR KIDS, NOT CRIMINALS: In a new podcast …
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Marc Ambinder / National Journal:
A Calamity For Gay Republicans
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'Boy snatched off street, set alight and murdered for being white'
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their Teenagers
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
California Court Upholds State's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Reuters:
Extremists planned mass Prague murders: paper
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
A special comment about lying
Chris Francescani / ABCNEWS:
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