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NBC's Mike Viqueira reports that per a source familiar with the proceedings, members of the investigative subcommittee looking into the Foley scandal are not expected in today, and that any witnesses appearing before staff will be very low-level.

House Majority Leader John Boehner emerged after an hour and half behind closed doors with the subcommittee to tell reporters that he stuck by his version of events in his testimony, Viq reports.  Translation: He testified that he told Speaker Dennis Hastert about Foley's inappropriate behavior last spring, and that Hastert responded that the situation had been "taken care of."  Hastert has said that he does not remember that conversation, Viq notes.  Boehner also asserted that the scandal "doesn't appear to be affecting any races" in the midterm elections.

A Catholic clergyman now living on a Mediterranean island has admitted to having a two-year relationship with Foley but continues to insist there was no sexual contact.  A Foley attorney says Foley is not blaming the priest for his inappropriate behavior, but that divulging the information is part of the healing process. 

It may be too late for Foley to file any criminal charges against the priest.  The Miami Herald notes that the statute of limitations may have expired. 

Bloomberg looks at the success being reaped by the partly liberal-funded Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has "played a role in almost every major Republican scandal this year, including those surrounding [Tom] DeLay, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Representative Mark Foley." 

In another possible ethics-related speed-bump for Republicans right before the midterm elections, by the end of next week, the public will get it first glimpse of the White House logs showing the official visitors to Cheney's White House office and residence for the past two years.  The Washington Post asked for the logs two years ago.  A federal judge yesterday ordered their release within the next 10 days.  Government attorneys called it "a fishing expedition into the most sensitive details of the vice presidency."