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Through his attorney yesterday, Foley declared that he's gay and said he was sexually molested by an unnamed member of the clergy when he was a boy. 

The Wall Street Journal looks at how several "media organizations, along with law-enforcement and congressional officials, had seen the Florida Republican's tamer messages to male teenage pages months ago, but the messages didn't set off alarm bells, even at ABC, which didn't consider them worthy of its broadcast TV news, a reconstruction of events shows." 

The Washington Post reports that "more than a dozen other former House pages said in interviews and via e-mail that [Foley] was known to be extraordinarily friendly in a way that made some of them uncomfortable."  Still: "None of those interviewed said they had received a sexual or suggestive overture from him during their time on Capitol Hill." 

The Los Angeles Times profiles Foley's former chief of staff, now chief of staff to Reynolds.  "Democrats charge that [Kirk] Fordham's involvement reflected the GOP's desire to minimize the political fallout by, at least initially, keeping the issue quiet."  Fordham "retained a lawyer on Tuesday and said that he intended to cooperate with the FBI's investigation."