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12:30 PM ET, June 9, 2006

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MSNBC:
Al-Qaida in Iraq's al-Zarqawi 'terminated'  —  U.S. says it found most-wanted militant by tracking his spiritual adviser  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings, was killed overnight by F-16 jets dropping …
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New York Times:
Surveillance and Betrayal Ended Hunt  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 8 —Muhammad Ismael, a 40-year-old Iraqi taxi driver, was standing outside his home in the tiny village of Hibhib on Wednesday evening when something unusual caught his eye.  —  Three GMC trucks, each with blackened windows …
CNN:
U.S. military: Al-Zarqawi alive when troops arrived  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was alive on a stretcher and tried to move off it when U.S. troops reached the wounded terrorist leader after his safe house had been bombed, a U.S. general said at a news conference Friday.
Ellen Knickmeyer / Washington Post:
After Zarqawi, No Clear Path In Weary Iraq  —  Difficult Questions Surround Legacy of Insurgent Leader  —  BAGHDAD, June 8 — Analysts and military spokesmen said Thursday that the death of insurgent leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed Wednesday when two 500-pound bombs obliterated …
Washington Post:
Our Strategy for a Democratic Iraq  —  BAGHDAD — The completion of the national unity government Thursday in Iraq marks the starting point for repaying Iraqis' commitment to and thirst for democracy.  We are at this juncture thanks to the bravery of the soldiers, police and citizens …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Austin Bay Blog and Dr. Sanity
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Al-Zarqawi said to survive airstrike
Discussion: TigerHawk and Wizbang
David Ignatius / Washington Post:   With a Death, an Opening  —  BEIRUT — The Arab news channels …
John Robb / Global Guerrillas:
IRAQ: ZARQAWI IS DEAD
Discussion: OxBlog and The Wide Awake Cafe
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Al Qaeda Leader in Iraq Killed by U.S. Bombs
New York Times:
Death of a Terrorist
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
DeLay Bids the House a Torrid Goodbye  —  WASHINGTON, June 8 — Representative Tom DeLay personifies the word "unapologetic."  —  Leaving Congress on Friday under indictment in Texas and under a cloud in Washington for his relationships with a lobbyist and two former senior aides …
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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.
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
Democrats: DeLay should stay on ballot
Discussion: Off the Kuff
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Specter Offers Compromise on NSA Surveillance  —  The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has proposed legislation that would give President Bush the option of seeking a warrant from a special court for an electronic surveillance program such as the one being conducted by the National Security Agency.
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Glenn Greenwald / Unclaimed Territory:
A new low — the Senate seeks to "pardon" the President for past lawbreaking  —  Observing and commenting on the behavior of Arlen Specter is one of the most unpleasant obligations a person can have, but for anyone following the NSA eavesdropping scandal specifically, and the Bush administration's abuses …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
G.O.P. Fails in Attempt to Repeal Estate Tax  —  WASHINGTON, June 8 — Senate Republicans failed on Thursday to muster the votes needed to abolish the estate tax on inherited wealth, but supporters of a compromise held out hope for a deal this year that could attract enough Democrats to pass.
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Mary Dalrymple / Associated Press:
Senate derails repeal of estate tax
Discussion: The All Spin Zone and JURIST
Associated Press:
Dog Feces Left at Congresswoman's Office  —  Republican U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave's re-election campaign was already heated, and it just got smelly as well: Her staff accused a Democratic activist Thursday of leaving an envelope full of dog feces at Musgrave's Greeley office.
Agence France Presse:
Iran confirms stepping up nuclear activities  —  An Iranian official has confirmed that the country has stepped up its nuclear activities, following a report from the UN atomic agency that said Iran has accelerated uranium enrichment.  —  "Iran has started another stage of injecting hexafluoride gas …
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Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
Iran Resumes Uranium Enrichment Work
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and Ninth State
Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites  —  "I AM continually shocked and appalled at the details people voluntarily post online about themselves."  So says Jon Callas, chief security officer at PGP, a Silicon Valley-based maker of encryption software.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and Althouse
Baltimore Examiner:
Broad strata of delusion  —  The Washington DC Examiner Newspaper, The Examiner  —  WASHINGTON - Here's something to think about while standing in line at the airport.  A Royal Canadian Mounted Police official described the 17 recently arrested members of an alleged terrorist cell as representing "the broad strata of our community."
 
 
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