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5:30 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
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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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
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.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
America ponders cutting Iraq in three  —  AN independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President George W Bush may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions, according to well informed sources.  —  The Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker …
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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 …
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.
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
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
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
 
 
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