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Rep. Foley's resignation tops the headlines; Woodward's bombshell hits the pages of the Post

From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Rep. Mark Foley's, R-Florida, abrupt resignation from the House Friday continues to top the headlines as we learn more about who knew "what" and "when" regarding his e-mail contacts with House pages. The Palm Beach Post describes Foley as an "emotional wreck," while the New York Times takes a look at the Congressional Page program.

Congress has shuttered its doors for six weeks, as lawmakers wrapped up business on Friday and are back home in their states and districts campaigning for re-election. The Washington Times has a story saying that Democrats are less sure about taking back control of the House, and Bob Woodward's bombshell is in the pages of the Washington Post.

Be sure to check out Reliable Sources at 10 am ET and Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer from 11 am to 1 pm ET. See topics and guest listings below. And tonight don't forget to tune into CNN at 8 pm ET for RUMSFELD: MAN OF WAR. CNN special correspondent Frank Sesno takes an in-depth look into the controversial Secretary of Defense. It re-airs at 11 pm ET.

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS

NYT: G.O.P. Aides Knew in Late '05 of E-Mail
Top House Republicans knew for months about e-mail traffic between Representative Mark Foley and a former teenage page, but kept the matter secret and allowed Mr. Foley to remain head of a Congressional caucus on children's issues, Republican lawmakers said Saturday.

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Roll Call: Hastert, Top Aides Knew of Foley Allegations
Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and at least three of his aides were told of allegations that then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) had improper e-mail contacts with a former House page months before the incident became public and Foley resigned from Congress, according to a senior House Republican and a report released by Hastert's office on Saturday.

This contradicts earlier claims from Hastert's office that the Speaker did not know of Foley's behavior until it was revealed this week by ABC News.

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Palm Beach Post: Foley's secret confounds friends: Ex-congressman, said to be an emotional wreck, loses GOP support
Mark Foley spent decades crafting a careful public image, one that was shattered Friday with revelations of Foley's sexually explicit Internet conversations with teenage boys.
His political career in tatters, the now-former congressman went into seclusion, leaving his friends to wonder: Who is Mark Foley?

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NYT: House's Program for Teenagers Is No Stranger to Scandal
The last time a scandal involving Congressional pages unfolded in the House of Representatives, a commission reviewing the matter reached a conclusion: those serving in the blue-coated gofer positions must be at least 16.

It was 1982, when Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., Democrat of Massachusetts and the House speaker, appointed a panel to review accusations that two congressmen had sexual relationships with teenage pages. Before the case was closed, the Justice Department had begun its own investigation and a yearlong House ethics probe concluded with the censure of a Republican and a Democratic representative.

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Washington Times: Democrats less sure about recapturing House
Some Democratic election strategists are less confident than they were a month ago about recapturing the House in November as a result of tighter party-preference polls that show Republicans rallying behind their embattled party.

"I'm not as confident of the House switching as I once was," a Democratic campaign consultant said last week.

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WP: '08 Scrutiny Shines Unkind Light on Allen
It was always a tricky proposition for Sen. George Allen to balance his 2006 reelection campaign with his 2008 presidential ambitions, and now the increased scrutiny and criticism that came with his role on the national stage endanger both.

Allen's prominence in the Republican presidential contest is the main reason the controversies that have roiled his effort to win a second term to the Senate have emerged now, after a 23-year political career, according to campaign strategists.

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NYT: Of Party Dues and Deadbeats on Capitol Hill
To move up the ladder in Congress, you must do more than win votes. You are, quite literally, expected to pay your dues.

If you are a rank-and-file member of the House, the amount is up to $100,000. If your ambitions are to preside over a powerful committee, the duty is $300,000. For a top party leader, the tally can climb beyond $600,000.

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WP: Secret Reports Dispute White House Optimism
On May 22, 2006, President Bush spoke in Chicago and gave a characteristically upbeat forecast: "Years from now, people will look back on the formation of a unity government in Iraq as a decisive moment in the story of liberty, a moment when freedom gained a firm foothold in the Middle East and the forces of terror began their long retreat."

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AP: Calif. Electoral Vote Bill Vetoed
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given California's electoral votes in presidential elections to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than the candidate who captured the state.

The bill could have gone into effect only if states with a combined total of 270 electoral votes _ the number now required to win the presidency _ agreed to the same process.

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AP: Outside Groups Spending Millions on Ads
The images are searing, violent. Smoke and flames pouring from the World Trade Center towers. Bullets ripping through military protective vests.

The scenes are from this year's campaign ad wars, waged outside the control of candidates or political parties.

Heading into the final weeks before the Nov. 7 elections, independent advocacy groups, many financed by a few wealthy donors, are spending millions on ads in some of the most contested states and congressional districts

Full story

AHEAD ON CNN

RELIABLE SOURCES, 10 am ET

NIE Leak & Bush Declassification; President Clinton/Chris Wallace Interview; Woodward Book
Guest: Frank Rich, "The New York Times"; author, "The Greatest Story Ever Sold"
Guest: David Gergen, editor-at-large, "U.S. News and World Report"

Is There a Liberal Media?; Sen. George Allen Fall-out
Guest: Joan Walsh, editor, Salon.com
Guest: Bob Zelnick, Boston University journalism professor; fmr. ABC News correspondent

Reporting Terrell Owens' Suicide Attempt; ESPN Feud
Guest: Jason Whitlock, "Kansas City Star" sports columnist

LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER, 11 am ET

Iraq War
Guest: Dan Bartlett, White House Counselor

Iraq War
Guest: Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Iraq War; U.S. Intelligence; Nuclear Iran
Guest: Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), chairman, Foreign Relations Committee
Guest: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), Foreign Relations Committee

Iraq; Terrorism; Iran
Guest: Zbigniew Brzezinski, fmr. national security adviser
Guest: Dr. Henry Kissinger, fmr. Secretary of State

RUMSFELD: MAN OF WAR, 8pm ET; Re-airs, 11 pm ET

A revealing new documentary that takes an unprecedented, up-close look at U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. This special includes a candid and exclusive interview with Secretary Rumsfeld, a tour of his Pentagon offices, and the Secretary’s challenges to those who have questioned his war planning and legacy.
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