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Foley: ethics committee:

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny pieces together the Foley timeline and lays out the many unresolved questions. Zeleny reports that the ethics committee investigation will likely focus on the Shimkus/Trandahl/Nicolson/Foley meeting in the first week of November 2005 where Foley was confronted about the "over-friendly" email to a former page from Louisiana. LINK

Zeleny also Notes that each member of the House will receive a letter from the ethics committee asking them to contact current and former pages to find out if they had any inappropriate contact with Foley or any other member.

The Wall Street Journal's David Rogers reports that the House Ethics Committee has already begun conducting interviews, but he doesn't say who was interviewed or when. LINK

Former aide Kirk Fordham is expected to give his testimony to the House Ethics Committee this week reports USA Today. LINK

Foley: legal investigation:

The Los Angeles Times reports that authorities are "now deciding whether to subpoena records from the office and home computers that Foley used, according to people who are familiar with the case and who requested anonymity because of the ongoing inquiry." LINK

Foley: Reynolds on the ropes:

NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) was a no show on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" where he was scheduled to debate DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL).

ABC's Teddy Davis and Lindsey Ellerson report that Reynolds launched a new television ad in which he says of Foley: "Nobody's angrier and more disappointed than me that I didn't catch his lies. I trusted that others had investigated. Looking back, more should have been done, and for that I am sorry." LINK

Reynolds went on the air defending himself in two Foley-related ads after the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) began broadcasting a hard-hitting radio ad questioning whether Reynolds had done all he could after hearing a complaint about Foley from Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) in the spring of 2006.

AFSCME wasn't alone. The Democratic-leaning 527 "Majority Action," headed up by one-time candidate for DNC chairman Donnie Fowler, also went up with a radio ad on Friday attacking Reynolds for his involvement in the Foley affair.

Foley: polls:

"53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power," reports Newsweek on its post-Foley poll. LINK

"If the election were held today, 51 percent of likely voters would vote for the Democrat in their district versus 39 percent who would vote for the Republican. And while the race is closer among male voters (46 percent for the Democrats vs. 42 percent for the Republicans), the Democrats lead among women voters 56 to 34 percent."

Foley: the details:

Walter F. Roche Jr. exclusively reported in Sunday's Los Angeles Times that a former House page claims he had sex with ex-Rep. Foley. LINK

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