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4:45 PM ET, October 8, 2006

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Walter F. Roche Jr. / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-Page Tells of Foley Liaison  —  The young man says the then-congressman eyed males in the program.  He says he was 21 when he and the Florida Republican had sex.  —  A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after receiving explicit e-mails …
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Evan Thomas / Newsweek:
A Secret Life  —  Mark Foley's explicit e-mails could bring down the GOP.  His story, and the fallout.  —  In uptight, colorless Washington, Congressman Mark Foley, 52, Republican of Florida, was a bon vivant.  He loved parties and making jokes; he did a wicked Bill Clinton imitation; he loved to talk about sex.
Mark Steyn / Chicago Sun Times:
Page scandal makes America look silly  —  I'm a foreigner, so I might not be up to speed on how things work around here.  But, insofar as I understand it after the last week, American politics is divided between: teenage pages; guys who are hot for teenage pages; guys who are enablers for guys …
New York Times:   Former Foley Aide Expecting to Testify Before House Panel
Robert J. McCarthy / Buffalo News:
Reynolds is badly trailing Davis, poll shows  —  Incumbent Republican's connection to Foley sex scandal has given his opponent a lead of 48% to 33%  —  Democrat Jack Davis has opened a significant lead over Republican incumbent Thomas M. Reynolds in a congressional contest fueled …
Discussion: MyDD and Pajamas Media
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Newsday:
Poll shows Reynolds lags behind Davis after connection to Foley scandal  —  BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Rep. Thomas Reynolds is trailing behind his Democratic opponent after he was connected to the scandal involving former GOP Rep. Mark Foley of Florida, according to a poll released Saturday.
Discussion: tpmcafe.com
Karen Tumulty / Time:
End of the Revolution  —  Sex, lies and power games are just the latest symptoms of a Republican party adrift from its ideals  —  Every revolution begins with the power of an idea and ends when clinging to power is the only idea left.  The epitaph for the movement that started when Newt Gingrich …
The Raw Story:
Embattled Rep. caught in Foley scandal cancels Sunday talk show appearance
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Charles Babington / Washington Post:
Conflicting Accounts Leave Plot Holes in Foley Saga  —  House Ethics Committee and FBI Will Try to Sort Out Who Knew What — and When  —  Despite countless hours of TV coverage and reams of newspaper reporting on the House's handling of the Mark Foley page scandal, numerous fundamental …
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Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Hastert scratches New York fundraiser
Discussion: CNN Political Ticker
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
U.S. Casualties in Iraq Rise Sharply  —  Growing American Role in Staving Off Civil War Leads to Most Wounded Since 2004  —  The number of U.S troops wounded in Iraq has surged to its highest monthly level in nearly two years as American GIs fight block-by-block in Baghdad to try to check …
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Independent:
Murder in Moscow: The shooting of Anna Politkovskaya  —  A discarded Makarov, pistol of choice for Russian hitmen, and four shells were found next to her body.  Evidence that points to the assassination of the journalist who hounded Putin and was about to expose the Chechen PM
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:   Journalist Critical of Chechen War Is Shot Dead
Economist:   A suspicious death in Russia
Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
Poll shows close Senate race in area  —  U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman leads Democrat Ned Lamont 42 percent to 39 percent among likely 4th Congressional District voters, according to a poll conducted for The Advocate and Greenwich Time.  —  The poll shows Lieberman garnering significant Republican support …
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Carol Rosenberg / Seattle Times:
Guantánamo defense lawyer forced out of Navy  —  NEWARK, N.J. — The Navy lawyer who took the Guantánamo case of Osama bin Laden's driver to the U.S. Supreme Court — and won — has been passed over for promotion by the Pentagon and must soon leave the military.  —  Lt. Cmdr.
Associated Press:
AP: Allen didn't disclose stock options  —  RICHMOND, Va. - For the past five years, Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record), has failed to tell Congress about stock options he got for his work as a director of a high-tech company.  The Virginia Republican also asked the Army to help another business that gave him similar options.
Discussion: MyDD
Mark Sundeen / New York Times:
The Big-Sky Dem  —  It's fun being governor of Montana.  Just watch Brian Schweitzer bouncing around the streets of Helena in the passenger seat of the state's official S.U.V., fumbling with wires, trying to stick the flashing police light on the roof.  When he spots some legislators on the sidewalk …
TBlumer / Bizzyblog:
The Federal Budget Deficit: Bush Benchmark Achieved, Ignored  —  ..... and the best may be yet to come.  —  A huge point has been virtually if not totally ignored since the announcement on Friday that the reported federal deficit for the fiscal year that ended a week ago was $250 billion …
Discussion: Flopping Aces and Riehl World View
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
John Kerry Fights for Patrick Murphy  —  This post first appeared at the Patriot Project  —  If it's election season it must be time for swiftboating.  And that's exactly what happened on Friday, when Mike Fitzpatrick decided to hold a press conference and attack the military service of Patrick Murphy.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Democratic Daily
Michael Kinsley / Los Angeles Times:
Forget the L.A. Times; How About a National Tribune?  —  Former opinion editor feels ex-Publisher Jeff Johnson's pain, gives his recipe for 21st century success.  —  OCCASIONALLY, during the year and change that I ran the opinion pages of this newspaper (ending a little over a year ago) …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Los Angeles Times:
Taxes Take Center Stage in Gov. Debate  —  Schwarzenegger depicts his foe as a big spender.  Angelides compares his rival to Bush, Hastert.  —  SACRAMENTO — Trailing badly in polls, Democrat Phil Angelides on Saturday used the first and only debate of the governor's race …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
 
 
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