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House Majority Leader John Boehner is expected to appear before the Ethics Committee tomorrow to talk about his awareness and involvement in the Foley situation, per The Hill.

The AP previews Alexander's expected testimony today and also says "Republicans are bracing for testimony this week by [former House Clerk Jeff] Trandahl -- a top House aide who was the day-to-day overseer of the page program until leaving Capitol Hill last year," and who confronted Foley about some of his e-mails to a page.

The New York Times profiles Trandahl, who, as House clerk, "had a rare bird's-eye view of what was occurring beneath the Capitol dome.  As a gay Republican, he also had a window into a subculture not widely discussed within his party."

Foley, still in a treatment facility, plans to reveal to the Archdiocese of Miami the name of the clergyman he says abused him as a teenager.  "A spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Miami urged Foley to identify his accuser so the healing process can begin," says the AP.  "Without the name of the priest, Archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said, there is little the church can do."

The House page board has asked the Ethics Committee to look into retiring Rep. Jim Kolbe's relationship with pages; Kolbe is the only openly gay GOP member of Congress.  "The Washington Post has learned of a potentially inappropriate incident involving Kolbe and a male page.  The man recently told the House clerk's office and the FBI about an encounter with the Arizona Republican that occurred about five years ago when he was 16" and that "involved physical contact when he and Kolbe were alone...  The incident was not reported at the time, said the source, who emphasized that the encounter was based on the perception of a teenager five years ago."

The Washington Post also breaks new ground on Republican Rep. Curt Weldon's ties to a Serbian businessman who's tied to Slobodan Milosevic, and who paid Weldon's daughter's firm $20,000 per month for a stretch of time three years ago.  "A grand jury has been impaneled as part of the investigation, and it has obtained evidence gathered via wiretaps of Washington area cellphone numbers," the Post reports.

Following up on their big takeout yesterday on how many relatives of members and Hill staffers lobby Congress, USA Today says a survey of public opinion finds widespread disapproval of the practice, but a survey of lawmakers suggests they don't see a problem with it.  Conservative Rep. Jeff Flake (R) said yesterday "that the GOP risks its congressional majority by defending the practice" of earmarks, the paper notes.

Three weeks before election day, House Intelligence ranking member Jane Harman (D) has ticked off chairman Peter Hoekstra (R) by releasing the executive summary of a report showing that over five years, "former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) used his seat on the panel to help steer $70 million to $80 million in government contracts to two businessmen who allegedly paid him millions of dollars in bribes."  Harman, we'd add, is expected to rotate out of her post on the committee after the election. - Roll Call