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6:30 PM ET, June 10, 2006


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Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Death Could Shake Al-Qaeda In Iraq and Around the World  —  BERLIN, June 9 — The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi could mark a turning point for al-Qaeda and the global jihadist movement, according to terrorism analysts and intelligence officials.  —  Until he was killed Wednesday by U.S. forces …
Washington Post:
Zarqawi Helped U.S. Argument That Al-Qaeda Network Was in Iraq  —  From the moment President Bush introduced him to the American people in October 2002, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi served a crucial purpose for the administration, providing a tangible focus for its insistence that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Gathering Highlights Power of the Blog  —  LAS VEGAS, June 9 — If any more proof were needed of the rising influence of bloggers — at least for the Democratic Party — it could be found here on Friday on the Las Vegas Strip, where the old and new worlds of American politics engaged …
Ana Marie Cox / Time:
Why Ambitious Pols Make Their Pilgrimage to Yearly Kos  —  From Wes Clark to Mark Warner, they've gone to Vegas to get into the swing of the blog thing  —  The bulletin arrives halfway into the panel on progressive candidates, an email missive I read over the shoulder of the guy in front of me …
Discussion: Harry's Place
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Infiltrating Yearly Kos: "Heh, indeed" edition
Discussion: Right Angle Blog
Brown: E-mail shows Bush glad FEMA took Katrina flak  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The former emergency management chief who quit amid widespread criticism over his handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina said he received an e-mail before his resignation stating President Bush was glad …
Mark Kleiman / The Reality-Based Community:   "A cowardly way"  —  Look, it's no surprise that George W. Bush …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Gingrich May Run in 2008 If No Front-Runner Emerges  —  Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) expects to run for president in 2008 if the contest for the Republican nomination still seems wide open late next year, he said yesterday.  —  In remarks that were critical of both parties' recent performance …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Gingrich May Run in 2008 If No Front-Runner Emerges
Discussion: Gay Orbit™
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
U.S.: 3 Guantanamo inmates commit suicide  —  WASHINGTON - Three detainees at Guantanamo Bay apparently committed suicide amid protests of the U.S. military prison by inmates, the Defense Department said Saturday.  They were the first reported deaths at the controversial detention center …
Discussion: A Lady's Ruminations
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Lucrative Life in Revolving Door for Capitol Hill Staff Member and Lobbyist  —  WASHINGTON, June 9 — For months, Jeffrey S. Shockey has seemed to exemplify the revolving door between K Street and Capitol Hill.  —  He left a job with the House Appropriations Committee in 1999 for a partnership …
Kari Lydersen / Washington Post:
Wind-Power Projects Halted  —  Supporters See Political Motive Behind Defense Dept. Study  —  CHICAGO — More than 130 wind turbines are proposed for the hilltops of central Wisconsin, but that project and at least 11 others have been halted by the Defense Department as it studies whether …
Michelle Malkin:
9/11-LINKED PILOT ON THE LOOSE  —  But don't worry.  He's been sent to...Saudi Arabia!  —  Great, just great: … Radio interview with the NZ immigration minister here.  —  Prediction: Some on the Left will condemn President Bush for letting Rayed Abdullah go in the first place …
Patrick Walters / Associated Press:
Councilman asks Geno's to lose 'Speak English' sign  —  PHILADELPHIA -  —  At a City Council meeting Thursday, Councilman Jim Kenney asked Geno's Steaks to take down its sign that says, "This Is AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING SPEAK ENGLISH."  —  That's just the latest example of how an English …
Associated Press:
Army Meets Recruiting Goal Again  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army said Friday it surpassed its recruiting goal for May, marking the 12th consecutive month of meeting or exceeding its target.  —  Before it began the streak in June 2005, the active Army had missed its target four consecutive months.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
James Webb Accused of Anti-Semitism in Democratic Primary  —  Former Reagan Navy Secretary and now Democratic Senate hopeful from Virginia James Webb is being accused of anti-Semitism for a flier produced against his opponent Harris Miller. … While I would love to see Miller defeat Webb in the primary …
CBC News:
Teacher witnessed transformation of some bomb-plot suspects  —  A Muslim religious leader in Toronto who knows some of those charged in the suspected bomb plot says the young men underwent rapid transformations from normal Canadian teenagers to radicalized introverts.
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
9/11 Commissioner Criticizes Coulter  —  A member of the Sept. 11 commission on Friday lashed out at conservative pundit Ann Coulter for a "hate-filled attack" in saying the widows whose husbands died in the World Trade Center used the deaths for their own political gain.
Discussion: The Heretik
John Stevenson / Durham Herald-Sun:
Officer's 'omissions' targeted in lacrosse motion  —  DURHAM — The exotic dancer who has accused three Duke lacrosse players of gang-raping her was drinking while taking medication that night, and had sex with at least four men and a sexual device in the days immediately leading up to the off-campus party …
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