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8:30 PM ET, October 8, 2006

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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.
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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
The Raw Story:
Embattled Rep. caught in Foley scandal cancels Sunday talk show appearance
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
GOP lawmakers seek to defend Hastert
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MyDD
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 …
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.
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
C. J. Chivers / New York Times:
Journalist Critical of Chechen War Is Shot Dead  —  Anna Politkovskaya, the veteran Russian journalist and author who made her name as a searing critic of the Kremlin and its policies in Chechnya, was found dead on Saturday in her apartment building, shot in the head with a pistol, the authorities and her colleagues said.
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David Holley / Los Angeles Times:
Acclaimed Reporter Killed in Russia
Discussion: Power Line
Economist:
A suspicious death in Russia
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.
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Captain Ed / Captain's Quarters:
DNC Still Can't Find An American Soldier To Support
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and QandO
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
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Times of London:   Fury as St Andrews honours Hezbollah backer
Sadeq Saba / BBC:
Iran arrests controversial cleric  —  An Iranian cleric, Mohammed Kazemeini Boroujerdi, has been arrested amid clashes between his supporters and police outside his house in Teheran.  —  Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of his followers, who had formed a cordon around his residence.
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 …
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Iraq's Dark Day of Reckoning  —  If you were a Shiite, having suffered through a brutal insurgency and an incompetent government, would you give up your weapons?  —  When Iraq's current government was formed last April, after four months of bitter disputes, wrangling and paralysis …
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
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
As Exemptions Grow, Religion Outweighs Regulation  —  EXEMPTIONS AVAILABLE Federal law gives religious organizations unique ways to challenge government restrictions on how they use their land or buildings.  In Boulder County, Colo., the Rocky Mountain Christian Church is using a new federal law …
 
 
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