Poll shows tight 6th District race Results of the Reuters/Zogby poll found Republican Michele Bachmann and Democrat Patty Wetterling running neck and neck with just a month left before the election. Meanwhile, the Mark Foley scandal is growing as a campaign issue.5:23 p.m.
In Illinois, Hastert's Supporters Uneasy with Scandal
In Washington, House Speaker Dennis Hastert is fending off questions about his handling of the inappropriate e-mails sent from a congressman to a page. In Hastert's home district, many voters who say they support Hastert also say they're bothered by the story.
Conservative Groups Call for Accountability on Foley
Anyone who knew of resigned Rep. Mark Foley's improper conduct should resign and face prosecution, a coalition of conservative groups says in a letter released Tuesday. But after speaking with Hastert, one author of the letter says he has changed his mind.
Foley Comes Out; Gays Do Not Celebrate
Commentator Marc Acito says that when Rep. Mark Foley's attorney announced that Foley is gay, it wasn't a great moment for gay people. Like former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey, Foley is trying to make the issue his sexuality. Instead, the issue should be his conduct, says Acito, a syndicated columnist.
Customs Raids Cull Half of Ga. Town's Plant Workers
Anyone who has wondered what might happen if there were no illegal immigrants in America can look to Stillmore, Ga., for a case study. After federal agents conducted investigations and raids, a chicken processing plant -- the town's biggest employer -- lost more than half its workers.
Rice: U.S. Will Aid Palestinians' Living Conditions
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, says the United States is "very concerned" about the plight of the Palestinians. The secretary said the United States will redouble efforts to improve living conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
On Nuclear Issue, World Looks for U.S. to Lead
There is growing international pressure on the Bush administration to accelerate efforts to revive the moribund Middle East peace process. There is also criticism of the United States' failure to engage many of the key players, including Syria and Iran.
Schism: Free Speech vs. 'Insulting Turkishness'
Acclaimed novelist Elif Safak was acquitted last week after being taking to trial for "insulting Turkishness" when a fictional character described the Armenian genocide in her latest book. Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink wasn't so lucky. He received a six-month suspended sentence for talking about the genocide, and faces two more trials.
'New York Times' Writer R.W. Apple Dies
Longtime New York Times writer R.W. Apple has died. The writer Calvin Trillin, a longtime colleague and friend of Apple's, recalls their days together as newspaper editors during college -- Trillin at Yale and Apple at Princeton.
Rock, Accessible and Arcane: The Decemberists
The Decemberists are a rock group from Portland, Oregon, with a strange demeanor. Their lyrics sound like they were written by an expert Scrabble player, and their songs are often period pieces that suggest odd folk tales. Their new CD, The Crane Wife, takes its title from an actual folk tale, and according to critic Will Hermes, it's as remarkable musically as it is verbally.
Sudan Is Massing Troops in Darfur, Sources Say
Since August, Sudan has been sending thousands of soldiers into North Darfur, sources with the African Union peace mission say. Analysts say President Omar El Bashir is seeking a final defeat of rebels seeking greater autonomy for the region.