The Note: The Mark of Truthiness

Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg and strategist James Carville host a press conference at 2:00 pm ET to release the new Democracy Corps poll at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner headquarters in Washington, DC.

Check below for the rest of the day's political events.

Foley: the House pages:

The Washington Post reports that as far back as 1995, House pages were warned to steer clear of Foley. He was already learning the names of the teenagers, dashing off notes, letters and e-mails to them, and asking them to join him for ice cream, according to a former page. LINK

Foley: calls for Hastert to resign:

On ABC's "Good Morning America," George Stephanopoulos said Hastert is "hanging by a thread right now. . . He's fighting very very hard. He says he is not going to resign."

"I think the chances that Speaker Hastert will return as Speaker next year are almost zero," added Stephanopoulos.

In a Washington Times op-ed, Tony Blankley defends his newspaper's Tuesday decision to call for Hastert's resignation. LINK

". . . the fact that, according to my best sources in the House Republicans, Mr. Hastert never informed any Democrats of the matter (even on the page oversight board), unambiguously suggests that he knew what was up. Thus began the cover-up. Of course he knew what the Democrats would do with the information. But not only is this not a Democratic Party dirty trick (the facts are real, not made up), but Mr. Hastert had a moral duty to do all in his power to make sure there would not be more victims of Mr. Foley's alleged sexual predation -- or clear potential for such."

"The fact that Democrats might also cover up such facts is just another reason why I am a Republican. Republicans do stand for sound moral values."

More Blankley: "While I don't have any proof, I will be amazed if Democratic operatives and at least a few Democratic congressmen didn't know about this and fed it to the media through various obscure blogs and to ABC. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) (just like the National Republican Congressional Committee) is in the business of disseminating negative information before elections, among other things."

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Avery Miller report on House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) defending himself on friendly conservative airwaves yesterday amidst criticism that his office hadn't done enough after first being notified in 2005 of former Rep. Foley's inappropriate emails. LINK

More from Tapper/Miller: "Hastert went on to tell Limbaugh's listeners -- and other audiences -- that he and the GOP leadership had facilitated Foley's resignation."

"'We took care of Mr. Foley,' Hastert said. 'We found out about it, asked him to resign. He did resign. He's gone.'"

"That wasn't true."

"Foley resigned before anyone in leadership could speak to him."

"Hastert spokesman Ron Bonjean later told ABC News that the speaker 'misspoke' because he had been under the mistaken impression that someone in leadership had advised Foley to resign."

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