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8:20 AM ET, June 9, 2006


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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.
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" …
Jon Hurdle / Reuters:
Father of beheaded man blames Bush, not Zarqawi  —  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Michael Berg, whose son Nick was beheaded in Iraq in 2004, said on Thursday he felt no sense of relief at the killing of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq and blamed President Bush for his son's death.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BBC and Just a Bump in the Beltway
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.
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
Discussion: New York Times
Hamas mourns death of Al Zarqawi in 'savage crusade campaign'
Discussion: Hammorabi
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
Death Finds Satan's Second Most Favored Serpent
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Raw Story:
Raw uncovers the 'real heroes' of Musab al-Zarqawi's fall
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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."
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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