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1:00 AM ET, June 10, 2006

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Alexis Debat Reports / The Blotter:
Captured Zarqawi Aide Spilled the Beans  —  Alexis Debat Reports:  —  An Iraqi customs agent secretly working with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror cell spilled the beans on the group after he was arrested, Jordanian officials tell ABC News.  —  Ziad Khalaf Raja al-Karbouly was arrested by Jordanian intelligence forces last spring.
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Kim Gamel / Associated Press:
U.S. troops hunt al-Qaida in raids in Iraq  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops conducted nearly 40 raids Friday in Iraq, taking advantage of information gleaned from searches following Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, a military spokesman said, also revealing new information about the man believed poised to take the terror leader's place.
Baltimore Sun:
TV stations, Web sites exercise little restraint
Discussion: Public Eye and The Huffington Post
Associated Press:   Zarqawi Lived Briefly After Attack
David Burge / iowahawk:
PARADISE IS OVERRATED  —  Iowahawk Guest Commentary  —  by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi  —  Former Senior VP, Al-Qaeda In Iraq  —  Howzit swingin', fagsicles?  Yeah, I know all you bitzoches all seen the pictures by now.  Go on and laugh it up chump, like your drivers license photo is all George f**kin' Clooney.
Discussion: A Blog For All
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Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
The protein wisdom interview: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi  —  Ahmad Fadheel Nazaal al-Khalaylah ("Abu Musab al-Zarqawi" is his nom de guerre) was born in Zarqa, Jordan in October 1966.  He came from a large family belonging to the trans-Jordanian Bani Hassan tribe, which is known for its loyalty to the royal Hashemite family.
Clarice Feldman / The American Thinker:
Evidence accumulates of a hoax in Haditha.  The weblog Sweetness & Light has done an estimable service gathering together the articles which cast substantial doubt on the charge of a massacre of civilians at Haditha .  Because the blog is too busy gathering and fisking the news …
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Sweetness & Light:
Time's "Corrections" About Haditha
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Is Haditha a hoax? (Update: Murtha wants to be House majority leader)
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 …
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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.
Michael Crowley / The Plank:
BREAKING—MURTHA V. HOYER:  —  Major news from the House: Pennyslvania Congressman John Murtha has begun delivering a letter to his Democratic House colleagues announcing plans, should Democrats retake the House this fall, to seek the number-two job of House Majority Leader.
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Susan Cornwell / Reuters:
Iraq war foe Murtha eyes Democratic leadership
Discussion: GOP Bloggers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Infiltrating Yearly Kos: Now with photos!  —  Expecting a catharsis of nutroots fury, our man on in the inside faces the terrible truth about YK: it's crushingly boring.  —  But he did catch Wes Clark enjoying the Colonel's secret recipe.  Read on.  —  Panels
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Infiltrating Yearly Kos: The taunting of Byron York
Discussion: protein wisdom, Wonkette and Iowa Voice
Aftenposten:
Record meteorite hit Norway  —  As Wednesday morning dawned, northern Norway was hit with an impact comparable to the atomic bomb used on Hiroshima.  —  At around 2:05 a.m. on Wednesday, residents of the northern part of Troms and the western areas of Finnmark could clearly see a ball …
Des Moines Register:
Iowa Ear: Des Moines' well-endowed flood control  —  City design with a vast difference  —  An anonymous source at City Hall tipped Iowa Ear off to this aerial photo on the Polk County assessor's Web page.  It's of the city of Des Moines' detention basin at 2617 Easton Blvd.
Discussion: towleroad and Blue Crab Boulevard
Time:
Ann Coulter Fires Back  —  In an interview with TIME's John Cloud, the conservative author responds to the conflagration over her criticism of 9/11 widows  —  Ann Coulter's new book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, has just been published by Crown Forum.
Geoff Cumming / New Zealand Herald:
Pilot with 9/11 links found in NZ  —  EXCLUSIVE - A Saudi Arabian linked to one of the September 11 hijackers spent four months in New Zealand before being expelled as a national security risk.  —  The United States-qualified pilot, Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali, was admitted to New Zealand …
Kate Phillips / New York Times:
Liberal Bloggers Gather in Las Vegas  —  LAS VEGAS, June 9 — Hundreds of liberal (they'd say progressive) Internet bloggers crawled out of their cybertunnels for face-time and political networking here at the first-ever YearlyKos convention.  —  Named after DailyKos.com …
Rick Casey / Houston Chronicle:
$1 million Moonie mystery  —  IT was a dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets.  —  The phone rang on my desk, waking me from a reverie I don't remember.  —  "Casey," I said, hoping to sound like a private eye.  —  The guy on the other end really was a private eye.
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Weekly Standard:
Zarqawi and His Role Model  —  HISTORY NEVER REPEATS ITSELF precisely, but it often rhymes.  Coalition forces killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a safe house just outside Baghdad.  More than 800 years earlier, the life of Zarqawi's role model, Nur ad-Din Zanki (1118-1174), came to an end in Damascus …
 
 
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My Deanship  —  On behalf of the University of Maryland School of Law …
Associated Press:
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Will / Attytood:
That's "weird": Santorum rewrites history
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Agence France Presse:
Iran confirms stepping up nuclear activities
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Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites