Even Hastert's staunchest supporters say the embattled Speaker mishandled the Foley affair and Republicans scramble to distance themselves from their leader with the same determination they use to avoid their unpopular President.
The Speaker tells different stories at different times. On Rush Limbaugh's radion show, he claimed the told Foley to resign. He later told a reporter he didn't. GOP strategists say Hastert's growing credibility problems may be the final nail in the GOP's political coffin with just 34 days to go until the critical November elections.
By LISA HOFFMAN
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay, ex-White House chief of staff Karl Rove, and now, Mark Foley, the Florida congressman who resigned Friday as a seamy sex scandal broke around him.
What these controversial public figures have in common is that they all have found themselves in the bull's-eye of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, legal advocates leading the charge from the liberal side of the spectrum against government officials who, in their view, do wrong.
By MARA LEE
From one direction, embattled House Speaker Dennis Hastert took it on the chin Tuesday when an influential conservative newspaper demanded his resignation for not intervening sooner in what has become the biggest sex scandal to rock Washington since the days of Monica Lewinsky.
By THOMAS HARGROVE and AMIE PARNES
FBI agents plan to "authenticate" the widely distributed sexually explicit Internet transcripts between former Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., and one-time House pages and will be interviewing the teenagers, a Department of Justice official said Tuesday.
By THOMAS HARGROVE
Here is a cast of characters and memorable quotations in the rapidly expanding scandal around former Rep. Mark Foley, including other members of Congress and staffers caught in the fallout.
Foley, who resigned amid disclosures of his inappropriate behavior with young male pages on Capitol Hill, now says a priest molested him when he was a young man.
Bush's frantic attempts showed the level of desperation that is sweeping through Republican camps as the party tries to recover from the latest scandal.
By LARRY SPOHN
Given that I am a passionate (some say crazed) liberal, people are surprised when I tell them I've probably voted for almost as many Republicans as Democrats.
Photos showing State Sen. Randy White of West Virginia wearing only body paint and cavorting with two other men have placed his political future in doubt.
With his multiple chins spilling over a too-tight dress shirt collar, Hastert is at once buffoon and bluster - a belching dispenser of contradictory hot air spilling out of an out-of-shape mass of fat. But he's also very, very dangerous.