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Roll Call calls Trandahl's testimony potentially "the turning point" in the Ethics Committee probe of Foley's behavior and how House GOP leaders handled it.  "Trandahl could provide key testimony as to when senior aides to Hastert were first informed of Foley's alleged inappropriate behavior with male pages.  Trandahl also could confirm or dispute the veracity of the timeline of events released by the Speaker's office on Sept. 30...  Trandahl's testimony also will be central to corroborating the testimony of Kirk Fordham."  

NBC's Mark Potter reports that two attorneys for Foley say they have given the name of the clergyman who allegedly abused Foley to the Palm Beach County State Attorney.  So far, they have not released the name publicly, and say that to the best of their knowledge, this man no longer resides in the United States.

Rep. Bob Ney (R), despite pleading guilty to corruption charges, still hasn't resigned.  Receptionists still answer the phone saying, "The office of congressman Bob Ney," and he's still collecting a paycheck and will be eligible for a pension.  "Until the House reconvenes after the elections, there is no way under Congressional rules to force him out.  Republican House leaders have vowed to make Mr. Ney's expulsion their first order of business when they return to Washington next month." 

Public Citizen's newest study of campaign contributions says House Appropriations chair Jerry Lewis "got more campaign cash from lobbyists than any of his colleagues did."  Lewis "is under federal scrutiny over his ties to lobbyists whose clients have received millions of dollars in earmarks from the appropriations committee.  He has denied any impropriety...  The analysis was unlikely to become campaign fodder in the battle for control of Congress, because members of both parties were high on the lists."