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House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-ll.) speaks tov
reporters regarding the resignation of Rep. Mark
Foley (R-Fla.) on Monday.
Hastert in trouble
Congressional aide said last week'
he first warned Hastert's aides three
years ago about Foley's behavior
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Dennis
Hastert's political support showed signs of cracking
yesterday as Republicans fled an election-year scandal
spawned by steamy computer messages from disgraced
Rep. Mark Foley to teenage male pages.
At the same time, a congressional aide who last week
urged Foley to quit said in an Associated Press inter-
view he first warned Hastert's aides more than three
years ago about Foley's worrisome conduct toward
pages. That was long before GOP leaders acknowledged
hearing of it.
The aide, Kirk Fordham, said he had "more than one
conversation with senior staff at the highest level of the
House of Representatives asking them to intervene" at
He made his comments as Rep. Roy Blunt of Mis-
souri, third-ranking leader, pointedly told reporters he
would have handled the matter differently than Hastert,
had he known of it.
"I think I could have given some good advice here,
which is, You have tobe curious, you have to ask all the
questions you can think of," said Blunt, who was acting
majority leader at the time Hastert was told of overly
friendly e-mails from Foley to one page. "You absolute-
ly can't decide not to look into activities because one
individual's parents don't want you to."
Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky, in a tougher-than-
expected re-election race, abruptly canceled an invita-
tion for Hastert to join him at a fundraiser next week.
"I'm taking the speaker's words at face value," Lewis
told the AP. "I have no reason to doubt him. But until
this is cleared up, I want to know the facts. If anyone in
our leadership has done anything wrong, then I will be
the first in line to condemn it."
Ron Bonjean, Hastert's spokesman, declined to com-
ment on the claim made by Fordham, who resigned dur-
ing the day.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Spying program goes on under appeal
The Bush Administration can continue its warrantless surveillance program
while it appeals a judge's ruling that the program is unconstitutional, a federal
appeals court ruled yesterday.
The president has said the program is needed in his war on terror; opponents say it
oversteps constitutional boundaries on free speech, privacy and executive powers.,
The unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals gave little explanation for the decision. In the three-paragraph rul-
ing, judges said that they balanced the likelihood an appeal would succeed, the
potential damage to both sides and the public interest.
The Bush Administration applauded the decision.
"We are pleased to see that it will be allowed to continue while the Court of
Appeals examines the trial court's decision, with which we strongly disagree,"
Deputy White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a statement.
Prospect of sanctions against Iran looms nearer
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned yesterday that sanctions will
not stop Iran from enriching uranium after a European negotiator conceded
"endless hours" of talks had made little progress and suggested the dispute
could wind up at the U.N. soon.
The talks had been seen as a last-ditch attempt to avoid a full-blown con-
frontation between Iran and the U.N. Security Council after Tehran ignored
an Aug. 31 deadline to suspend enrichment - a key step toward making
nuclear weapons - or face punishment.
The latest comments - and the view of senior U.N. diplomats who told
The Associated Press on Tuesday that nearly two years of intermittent nego-
tiations had failed - suggested an emerging consensus that the time has
finally come to consider Security Council sanctions.
RAMALLAH, West Bank
Rice: U.S. wants to improve Palestinian lives
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday the United States wants to
help improve the daily lives of Palestinians as violence, deprivation and political
chaos reach threatening levels in the Palestinian territories.
After meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the top U.S. diplo-
mat said she is looking for ways to revitalize and expand agreements made last year
to allow freer movement of people and goods across the Palestinians' borders with
Israel and Egypt.
"Those are the kinds of on-the-ground things that make it easier for the Palestin-
ian people," Rice said after her session with Abbas. He is trying to resolve a nine-
month political stalemate with Hamas radicals who control part of the Palestinian
SAN JOSE, Calif.
Jobs apologizes for Apple's stock practices
Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs apologized yesterday for the company's
past stock-option practices after a three-month investigation raised "serious con-
cerns" in connection with the accounting, recording and reporting of grants.
The iPod and Macintosh computer maker also announced the resignation of for-
mer Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson from the company's board of directors.
"I apologize to Apple's shareholders and employees for these problems, which
happened on my watch," said Jobs, in a prepared statement. "We will now work to
resolve the remaining issues as quickly as possible and to put the proper remedial
measures in place to ensure that this never happens again."
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