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9:45 AM ET, June 9, 2006

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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.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Al Qaeda Leader in Iraq Killed by U.S. Bombs  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 8 — With the two 500-pound bombs that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi on Wednesday evening, American forces eliminated Al Qaeda's leader in Iraq and boosted the flagging confidence of American officials and the new Iraqi government …
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" …
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
Reuters:
Hamas mourns death of Al Zarqawi in 'savage crusade campaign'
Discussion: Slate and Hammorabi
Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
Father of beheaded man blames Bush, not Zarqawi
Treasure of Baghdad:
The Thousand-Miles Road Starts with One Step
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Death Finds Satan's Second Most Favored Serpent
Discussion: Blue Star Chronicles
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The All Spin Zone
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Deal Reached on Spending Bill for Iraq, Storm Relief
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
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 …
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Radio Blogger:
Mark Steyn and Hugh say adieu to Abu
Discussion: Right Wing News and Power Line
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
Marc Kaufman / Washington Post:
FDA Approves Vaccine That Should Prevent Most Cervical Cancers  —  In what officials called a major public health breakthrough, the Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved the first vaccine developed to protect women against cervical cancer.  —  The vaccine, which works by building immunity …
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Andrew Bridges / Associated Press:
FDA approves cervical cancer vaccine
Discussion: The Florida Masochist
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.
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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."
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
GRADING ON A CURVE: A recent comment brought up the traditional criticism of grading on curves — what if 80% of a particular class did really well, and deserves As? what if 80% did badly, and deserves Fs? why not grade objectively rather than comparatively? — so I thought I'd repost my paean to curves from 2002.
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 …
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: Charging RINO, The Plank and Daily Kos
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 …
 
 
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