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2:45 AM ET, May 5, 2006


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General: Zarqawi 'Bloopers' Tape Found  —  U.S. Discovers Outtakes of Latest Terror Leader Video  —  May 4, 2006 — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted man in Iraq, doesn't exactly look like a terrorist mastermind in a new videotape released by the U.S. military today.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: U.S. close to capturing Zarqawi? (updated with video)  —  *Video below.  *Download the video from the CENTCOM website.  Part 1 and Part 2.  (Use IE.)  Major General Rick Lynch says they've got a hot lead.  Could be nothing, could be something, but ABC News has a report about a recovered videotape too.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
In Image War, U.S. Shows Video of Bumbling Zarqawi  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 4 — In the video released last week by the terrorist Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, he is seen firing long bursts from a heavy automatic rifle, his forearms sprouting from beneath black fatigues as he exudes the very picture of a strong jihadist leader.
Discussion: Needlenose and PrawfsBlawg
Bill Roggio / Counterterrorism Blog:   Hunting Zarqawi and Tales of the Tape (Updated)
Drudge Report:
KENNEDY CAR CRASH COVER-UP?  —  Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Michelle Malkin:
ANOTHER KENNEDY COVER-UP?  —  ***scroll for of another Kennedy crash two weeks ago in Rhode interesting observation below about Kennedy's "going for a vote" Roll Call reporter...***  —  ***1000pm EDT update...Kennedy blames sleep medication...RWV notes another weird Kennedy accident***
Police: Kennedy Appeared Intoxicated At Car Crash  —  Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated.  Kennedy said he had had no alcohol before the accident.  —  Kennedy was reportedly behind the wheel of a green Ford Mustang …
Andrew Miga / Associated Press:
Kennedy Blames Accident on Sleep Medicine  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police official said he appeared intoxicated.  Kennedy said he had taken sleep medication and a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Patrick Kennedy - There's Something Else Wrong With This Story
Discussion: Donkey Cons
Crooks and Liars:
Rummy called out in Atlanta!  —  Rummy called out in Atlanta!  —  He lies about WMD's...  Ray McGovern, who was in the CIA for twenty seven years asked him why he lied about the run-up to the Iraq war.  Rumsfeld then proceeded to lie to McGovern to cover up his earlier statements about WMD's being in Iraq.
Shannon McCaffrey / ABCNEWS:
Rumsfeld Heckled by Former CIA Analyst  —  Rumsfeld Challenged on Iraq, Heckled by a Former CIA Analyst and Others, During Atlanta Speech  —  ATLANTA May 4, 2006 (AP)— Anti-war protesters repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld during a speech Thursday and one man …
Think Progress:
VIDEO: Rumsfeld Called Out On Lies About WMD  —  Speaking in Atlanta today, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was sharply questioned about his pre-war claims about WMD in Iraq.  An audience member confronted Rumsfeld with his 2003 claim about WMD, "We know where they are."
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rumsfeld heckled ... by wacko conspiracy theorist Ray McGovern
Mark Tapscott / Tapscott's Copy Desk:
Historic Senate Earmarks Battle Updated on Porkbusters; Coburn Example Shows True Political Courage, Value of Term Limits  —  It's been an historic week in the U.S. Senate as Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, used an obscure parliamentary move dubbed the "clay pigeon" amendment to force votes on nearly …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
To Earmarking Senators, Veto Seems to Spell Vote
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Castro worth $900 million: Forbes  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cuban President Fidel Castro was furious when Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at $550 million last year.  This year, the magazine upped its estimate of the communist leader's wealth to a cool $900 million.
Matthew Barakat / Associated Press:
Moussaoui Offers Final Diatribe in Court  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. - U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema sent Zacarias Moussaoui to prison for life Thursday, to "die with a whimper," for his role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  He declared: "God save Osama bin Laden — you will never get him."
USA Today:
'Star Wars' goes back to basics  —  Die-hard Star Wars fans soon can see the original theatrical versions of the first three Star Wars films on DVD.  —  Even though George Lucas adamantly declared 2004's digitally restored Star Wars Trilogy DVDs the definitive versions of his movies, fans have held out hope for DVDs of the originals.
Discussion: Hit and Run and The LLama Butchers
Sara Goudarzi /
New Storm on Jupiter Hints at Climate Change  —  A storm is brewing half a billion miles away and in a rare event, astronomers get to watch it closely.  —  Jupiter is growing a new red spot and the Hubble Space Telescope is photographing the scene.  Backyard astronomers have been following the action, too.
John / AMERICAblog:
With the congressional elections 6 months away, is it time for us to stop criticizing Democrats?  —  I ask this as a serious question.  Some friends on the Hill recently asked me if the liberal blogs could lay off their attacks on Democratic members of Congress until after the election.
Wall Street Journal:
Support for Roe v. Wade Hits New Low, Poll Shows  —  U.S. support for Roe v. Wade is at its lowest level in decades, according to a new Harris poll.  —  For 33 years Harris Interactive has been measuring attitudes toward the landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortions legal during the first three months of pregnancy.
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