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7:15 AM ET, June 9, 2006


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Amy Fagan / Washington Times:
Democrats call Zarqawi killing a stunt  —  Some Democrats, breaking ranks from their leadership, today said the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war.  —  "This is just to cover Bush's [rear] so he doesn't have to answer" …
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, master of the Web war  —  Al-Qaida leader in Iraq harnessed the Internet to wage his jihad … MSNBC TV  —  WASHINGTON -  —  As the U.S. military announced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, al-Zarqawi's lieutenants did the same, with a statement on his own Web site, with a highly positive spin.
Joel Achenbach / Achenblog:
The Next Zarqawi  —  The military briefing this morning featured footage of the bombing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's hideout.  We've become familiar with this kind of image, the jet-fighter's view of the terrain, the target in the middle of the screen, the flash of light, the erupting cloud of smoke and dust.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
A Good Day's Work  —  Why Zarqawi's death matters.  —  The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is excellent news in its own right and even more excellent if, as U.S. sources in Iraq are claiming, it resulted from information that derived from people who were or had been close to him.
Beheaded man's father: Revenge breeds revenge  —  Michael Berg talks about the death of his son and al-Zarqawi  —  (CNN) — The U.S.-led coalition's No. 1 wanted man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi — who conducted a campaign of insurgency bombings, beheadings and killings of Americans and Iraqi civilians …
Scott Thill / The Huffington Post:
Ding Dong, the Witch Isn't Dead  —  So the Bush administration finally bagged the nagging bee that has been buzzing in the ear of what Christiane Amanpour called "the Iraq experiment."  Yes, budding terrorist mogul Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is finally toast, and not a moment too soon.
Discussion: Reuters and Associated Press
Peter Wehner / Real Clear Politics:
A Severe Blow To al-Qaeda  —  By now you have probably seen or read President Bush's Rose Garden statement on the death of Abu Musab al Zarqawi.  —  I would only add these points to what the President said.  —  What happened in Iraq yesterday was not only a severe blow to al Qaeda and Islamic fascism …
Claudia Rosett / Knight Ridder:
Zarqawi death is an important U.S. victory  —  What matters at least as much as the killing of al-Qaeda top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq is that we, in America, appreciate it for the important battlefield victory it truly is.  —  Dubbed "the prince of al-Qaeda" by Osama bin Laden …
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
After Zarqawi, No Clear Path In Weary Iraq
Discussion: BBC and Just a Bump in the Beltway
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
How U.S. Forces Found Iraq's Most-Wanted Man
Discussion: BBC, The Reaction and Eric Umansky
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Associated Press:   Poll: U.S. disapproves of war in Iraq
Hamas mourns death of Al Zarqawi in 'savage crusade campaign'
Discussion: Hammorabi
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Death Finds Satan's Second Most Favored Serpent
Scott Adams / The Dilbert Blog:   Win Win Win Win Scenario  —  My good friend Marsha used …
Michael Grunwald / Washington Post:
DeLay Pulls No Punches In Final Speech to House  —  Unrepentant, 'the Hammer' Urges GOP to Keep Up Fight  —  Former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) said goodbye to Congress yesterday in typical fighting form, delivering a pugnacious defense of the iron-fisted partisanship that defined his decade in power.
Mary Dalrymple / Associated Press:
Senate derails repeal of estate tax  —  WASHINGTON - The Senate rejected Republican efforts Thursday to repeal the estate tax, but GOP leaders promised to try again before this election year is over.  —  "Wiping this vicious tax from the books is a matter of principle," said Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
Discussion: The All Spin Zone and JURIST
Israeli air strike kills Gaza security chief  —  Source: Reuters  —  GAZA, June 8 (Reuters) - A senior Palestinian security official in the Hamas government was killed on Thursday in an Israeli aerial attack on a militant camp in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and medics said.
Associated Press:
Top Palestinian militant killed in IAF Gaza strike  —  An Israel Air Force strike on a Palestinian militants' training camp in Gaza on Thursday night killed the Hamas government's security chief, Jamal Abu Samhadana, his militant faction and Palestinian hospital officials said.
Times of London:
Apologise or we'll cut your funding, US envoy tells UN  —  From James Bone in New York and Richard Beeston  —  AMERICA'S bitter dispute with the United Nations escalated last night when John Bolton, the US envoy to the UN, threatened to withhold funding to the organisation unless it apologised …
Radio Blogger:
Mark Steyn and Hugh say adieu to Abu
Discussion: Right Wing News and Power Line
Washington Post:
Stepdaughter Of Lawmaker Got Money From PAC  —  A stepdaughter of Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has been paid more than $40,000 since early last year by a political action committee funded substantially by donations from a lobbyist close to the congressman and from her firm's clients.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
On Human Frailties  —  Every now and then something happens that makes me realize how flawed I am as a human being, and today we had one of that those situations.  For those of you who do not know, Armando has been outed.  And by outed, we mean his anonymity, not his sexual practices …
David Espo / Associated Press:
Black Caucus opposes Jefferson treatment  —  WASHINGTON - A drive by the Democratic leadership to strip embattled Rep. William Jefferson (news, bio, voting record) of his committee post triggered a backlash Thursday as the Congressional Black Caucus opposed the move and said the Louisiana lawmaker deserves a "presumption of innocence."
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
The Video Doesn't Lie . . . Right??  —  This is quite amazing.  —  I have uploaded a video to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.  Don't watch it unless you can handle watching someone get shot.  (Don't worry: it happens at a distance and isn't gory.)  —  It is a video of police shooting a suspect they have been chasing.
Donald Sensing / Winds of Change.NET:
"And then one day, God showed up . . . "  —  The man whose wedding party was bombed by al Qaeda in November says that the air strike that killed al Qaeda mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was "heavenly justice."  —  Ashraf al-Akhras lost his father and both his new in-laws in the attack in Amman …
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