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6:15 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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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 …
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.
New York Times:   Former Foley Aide Expecting to Testify Before House Panel
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 and Needlenose
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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
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
Byron York / Washington Post:
Fear and Loathing In the GOP  —  Even in the grand tradition of scapegoating in American politics, J. Dennis Hastert's current plight stands out.  The former high school coach-turned-accidental speaker of the House spent last week as the unlikeliest of fall guys for a sex scandal that involved …
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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.
Economist:
A suspicious death in Russia  —  Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist, was shot dead on Saturday October 7th, aged 48  —  SHE was brave beyond belief, Anna Politkovskaya, reporting a gruesome war and a creeping dictatorship with a sharp pen and steel nerves.
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C. J. Chivers / New York Times:   Journalist Critical of Chechen War Is Shot Dead
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.
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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Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
US secretly woos Khatami  —  The Bush administration made secret overtures to former Iran president Mohammed Khatami during his visit to the United States last month in an attempt to establish a back channel via the ex-leader.  —  American officials made the approach as part of a strategy …
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and The Corner
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Times of London:   Fury as St Andrews honours Hezbollah backer
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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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 and LA Observed
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
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
John Dickerson / Slate:
Cut-and-Run Boomerang  —  BUSH'S POLITICAL SPEECH UNDERMINES HIS DIPLOMACY.  —  This week George Bush jacked up his rhetoric on Iraq, charging that "the Democratic party is the party of cut and run."  We've heard this accusation before from Republicans, but usually the commander in chief only hints at it …
Discussion: Dohiyi Mir and Taylor Marsh
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
Frank Luntz / Time:
Foley: The Final Straw  —  In 1994, pollster Frank Luntz helped congressional Republicans sweep into power.  Now he says the G.O.P. has become everything it once swore to destroy  —  Had enough?  —  America has.  Anyone who reads the polls accurately and honestly will acknowledge …
 
 
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