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10:50 AM ET, October 7, 2006

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Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Staffer Cites Earlier Role by Hastert's Office  —  House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's chief of staff confronted then-Rep. Mark Foley about his inappropriate social contact with male pages well before the speaker said aides in his office took any action, a current congressional staff member …
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Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Cannon: Teens "egging on" Foley in online sex scandal  —  WASHINGTON - Rep. Chris Cannon today attempted to clarify public comments he made last night seeming to blame teen-age congressional pages in the unfolding scandal with disgraced ex-Rep. Mark Foley.  —  "These kids are actually precocious kids …
CNN:
GOP prods Dems over Foley scandal  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Faced with fending off the backlash from the Mark Foley scandal, House Republicans took the offensive Friday, asking Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats to testify about whether they engaged in partisan trickery …
Andrew Taylor / ABCNEWS:
Foley Scandal Investigations Heating Up  —  Probe of Foley E-Mail Scandal Advances; GOP Senate Hopeful Calls for Hastert to Resign  —  House Speaker Dennis Hastert is getting backup from President Bush and other Republican luminaries, while one of the party's Senate candidates calls …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mark Preston / CNN:   First campaign ad featuring Foley hits the airwaves
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Looks like Denny Hastert's Chief of Staff, Scott Palmer, is in a heap of trouble.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
New LA TIMES publisher is a Right Wing Hatchet man with ties to Judge Roberts and Ken Starr  —  Last night David Hiller, from the Chicago Tribune came into town to replace Jeffrey Johnson because he "publicly opposed a corporate demand for a stringent cost-cutting plan last month," In other words he was fired.
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Michael A. Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Personable Newspaper Executive Ultimately a 'Business Guy'  —  David Hiller is known for his way with people.  But observers expect him to make the bottom line his priority as publisher of The Times.  —  The occasion was the annual advertising department awards ceremony at the Chicago Tribune …
Nikki Finke / Deadline Hollywood Daily:
LA TIMES COVER-UP? …
Discussion: LA Observed
Stuart Rothenberg / Real Clear Politics:
A True Blowout is Now Possible  —  After looking at the news for the past 10 days or so, I have to wonder how Democrats can possibly fail in their efforts to take both the House and the Senate.  —  The national atmospherics don't merely favor Democrats; they set the stage for a blowout of cosmic proportions next month.
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How the Democrats Can Step Up  —  It's too late for the Democrats …
Discussion: Political Animal
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google in Talks To Buy YouTube For $1.6 Billion  —  Deal Could Put Search Giant  —  In Top Spot for Online Video;  —  A Front Door for Web Visits  —  The latest prize in the great Internet land grab, online-video company YouTube Inc., could soon be snapped up by Google Inc.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Mathew Gross
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Associated Press:
2 ROCKETS DEFUSED AT PAKISTAN PARLIAMENT  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two rockets rigged with mobile phones and primed to fire toward Pakistan's parliament were discovered by a construction worker Thursday and safely defused by bomb disposal experts, a security official said.
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Syed Saleem Shahzad / Asia Times:
Taliban put Pakistan on notice
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Lamont's Lull  —  In a record week, futures in Ned Lamont continued to plummet in the political market.  Big board polls put the Connecticut Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate falling sharply behind incumbent independent Joseph Lieberman.  Most legit polls that insiders and serious observers look …
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Melissa Bailey / New Haven Independent:
Lieberman Grilled at SCSU
Calculated Risk:
September Employment Report  —  The BLS reports: U.S. nonfarm payrolls climbed by 51,000 in September, after a revised 188,000 gain in August, and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 4.6% in September from 4.7% in August.  —  Click on graph for larger image.  —  Here is the cumulative nonfarm job growth for Bush's 2nd term.
Discussion: Angry Bear, SCSUScholars and Cafe Hayek
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In House Races, More G.O.P. Seats Seen at Risk  —  Tim Mahoney, left, is the Democrat running for former Representative Mark Foley's seat in Florida.  Republicans chose Joe Negron to take Mr. Foley's place, but he faces an uphill battle.  —  At least five more Republican Congressional seats …
Discussion: TIME and Hotline On Call
Jane Galt / Asymmetrical Information:
Why libertarians and Democrats will have to agree to disagree  —  And now I will alienate a large chunk of my readership by announcing that aside from the New York State races for governor and attorney general, I will probably vote the straight Democratic ticket come November 7th.
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Mark Thoma / Economist's View:   Can Democrats and Libertarians Find Common Ground?
Washington Post:
Rove Aide Linked To Abramoff Resigns  —  A top aide to White House strategist Karl Rove resigned yesterday after disclosures that she accepted gifts from and passed information to now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, becoming the first official in the West Wing to lose a job in the influence-peddling scandal.
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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Rove aide resigns in fallout over Abramoff report
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
The Doc Searls Weblog:
Newspapers 2.0  —  Here's a remarkable and comprehensive report (by Krestia DeGeorge in City) on the current fracas going on at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  Key point: … (Or hell, into Google, or Technorati.) … As Tim Rutten reports (and I pointed to yesterday) …
Ana Marie Cox / Wired News:
Start the Revolution Without Him … "I AM WISE TO YOUR SNARKY WAYS."  Superstar blogger Markos Moulitsas won't let me near his house.  Instead, he meets me at a Berkeley coffee shop.  "When the Newsweek guy was there, he saw some workmen putting in my new plasma television and said something about it in the article."
Greg Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Release of Iraq Report Sought  —  Democratic Rep. Jane Harman says the White House is suppressing a new intelligence document that gives a 'grim' view of the war.  —  WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee accused the Bush administration Thursday of suppressing …
Discussion: The Agonist and Daily Kos
 
 
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