The Note: Wherever the Evidence Leads, Part XV

ABC's Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz and Maddy Sauer report on The Blotter that three more former pages have accused Mark Foley of online sexual approaches. LINK

USA Today reports, "A former page, now working on the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Rep. Ernest Istook, has retained a lawyer. Lawyer Stephen Jones said he is representing the page in matters related to his work as a page and in reference to Foley." LINK

Foley: FL-16:

In a profile of Democrat Tim Mahoney's journey from "long shot" to "big shot," the Wall Street Journal's Yochi J. Dreazen reports that Republican Joe Negron's nascent campaign "received a boost Tuesday when Florida's Division of Elections recommended that election supervisors in this affluent, Republican-leaning district post notices in voting booths and send letters to absentee voters indicating that votes for Mr. Foley count for Mr. Negron. Democrats are likely to challenge that recommendation in court since they are hoping to capitalize on the fact that Florida law requires Mr. Foley's name to stay on the ballot." LINK

The Miami Herald reports that one county will include Notices in absentee ballots informing voters that votes for Mark Foley will go towards Negron.


Foley: investigations:

The Washington Post on instant messages and a lingering paper trail. LINK

The Washington Post's Dan Eggen reports that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), "the watchdog group that first provided the FBI with suspicious" e-mails from Foley, "said yesterday that FBI and Justice Department officials are attempting to cover up their inaction in the case by making false claims about the group." LINK

Warner's warnings:

Sen. John Warner (R-VA), the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Thursday that the U.S. should consider a "change of course" in Iraq if the Iraqi government is unable to stabilize the country in the next two to three months.

Washington Post: LINK

Bloomberg News: LINK

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence committee Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) sent a letter to the CIA Director demanding the agency release the information she says it's withholding about Iraq. The Los Angeles Times has the story. LINK

The Way to Win:

Sales of The Way to Win, by Mark Halperin of ABC News and John F. Harris of the Washington Post, continue to be brisk, but, darling Note readers, not brisk enough.

So, if you like The Note, buy your copy of the book here now, through The Way to Win website: LINK

Harris has a front-page Washington Post story today based on the book. LINK

A Way To Win doubleheader tonight, at least for those of you who live in Manhattan and have Tivo.

First, at 7pm ET, Mark Halperin goes into the belly of the beast, talking about the book and then signing copies at the Barnes and Noble at 82nd and Broadway on the Upper West Side. LINK

Then, at 8pm ET, John F. Harris holds forth about the book on Gwen Ifill's fabled Washington Week on PBS. LINK

Earlier in the day, you can hear both men talk about the book throughout the media world, including a radio appearance on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC from noon until 12:40pm ET. LINK

Halperin is due on Michael Medved's radio show from 4pm ET to 5pm ET LINK

and then on the World of John Williams on WGN at 5:35pm ET. LINK

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