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1:25 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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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.
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 …
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 …
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
Al-Zarqawi said to survive airstrike  —  WASHINGTON - A mortally wounded Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, still alive after a U.S. airstrike on his hideout, mumbled briefly and attempted to "turn away off the stretcher" he had been placed on by Iraqi police, the U.S. military said Friday.
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: The Wide Awake Cafe and OxBlog
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
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 …
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.
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
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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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: Althouse and TPMmuckraker
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.
Max Blumenthal / The Raw Story:
'Godless' author Coulter unknown at church she claims to attend  —  New to RAW STORY?  Check out our latest exclusive: How Zarqawi was caught and more headlines on our front page.  —  Appearing on the cover of her latest manifesto, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, adorned with a wooden crucifix necklace …
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."
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."
Eric Boehlert / The Huffington Post:
The Washington Times Slimes Democrats With a Lie  —  Wingers online, already high off their I-told-you-so buzz permeating from the killing of Abu Musab Zarqawi (a pro-war buzz we haven't sensed since Saddam was captured, his sons were killed, or his statute was toppled—take your pick) …
 
 
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