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5:20 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" …
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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.
MSNBC:
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.
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
CNN:
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 …
Jonathan Finer / Washington Post:
How U.S. Forces Found Iraq's Most-Wanted Man
Discussion: BBC, The Reaction and Eric Umansky
Associated Press:   Poll: U.S. disapproves of war in Iraq
Scott Adams / The Dilbert Blog:   Win Win Win Win Scenario  —  My good friend Marsha used …
Associated Press:
Poll: U.S. Disapproves of War in Iraq
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Wonkette
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Senate Rejects Effort to Cut Estate Tax  —  WASHINGTON, June 8 — The Senate rejected a major Republican effort on Thursday to eliminate the estate tax on inherited wealth.  The vote was a big defeat both for President Bush and for Senate Republican leaders, who had framed their opposition …
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Reuters:
U.S. Senate blocks permanent estate tax repeal
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Reuters:
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Powerful Lawmaker's Relative Linked Financially to Contractor  —  WASHINGTON — A political fundraising committee headed by a defense contractor has paid thousands of dollars in fees to the stepdaughter of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) at a time when the contractor …
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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."
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Murray Waas / National Journal:
What Ashcroft Was Told  —  Then-Attorney General John Ashcroft continued to oversee the Valerie Plame-CIA leak probe for more than two months in late 2003 after he learned in extensive briefings that FBI agents suspected White House aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Clinton Calls Comments on Widows Mean-Spirited  —  WASHINGTON, June 7 — Hillary Rodham Clinton assailed the conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Wednesday for engaging in a "vicious, mean-spirited attack" on a group of 9/11 widows and in turn drew fire herself.
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 …
Washington Post:
Rep. Tom DeLay Delivers His Farewell Address  —  SPEAKER: U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TOM DELAY (R-TX)  —  DELAY: Mr. Speaker, political careers tend to end in one of three ways: defeat, death or retirement.  —  And despite the fervent and mostly noble exertions of my adversaries over the years …
Discussion: The Plank and Daily Kos
 
 
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Gordon Smith / Conglomerate Blog:
Whither Good Faith?  —  In my view, the most interesting part …
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Terri Judd / Independent:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
IRAQIS CELEBRATE ZARQAWI'S DEATH
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