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6:40 PM ET, June 11, 2006


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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Bloggers' Convention Draws Democrats  —  LAS VEGAS, June 10 — The newest provocateur in Democratic Party politics bounced through the corridors of the Riviera Hotel this weekend wearing jeans or baggy shorts, sneakers and a perpetually mischievous grin.  His name is Markos Moulitsas Zúniga …
Discussion: AMERICAblog, PoliBlog and Blog for Bell
Paul Harris / Observer:
Top politicians pay homage to king of bloggers  —  Presidential hopefuls woo Las Vegas convention  —  For many, they are the nerds of US politics: laptop warriors, with brains full of statistics, no social life and devoting too much time to arcane policy details.
Ronald Brownstein / Los Angeles Times:
Net-Savvy Democrats Aim to Pack a Digital Punch  —  A gathering of online liberals indicates they're evolving into a force within the party.  —  LAS VEGAS — Fans of the popular liberal website Daily Kos gathered here this weekend for an irreverent and impassioned conference that blended elements …
Nelson Hernandez / Washington Post:
Zarqawi's Hideout: Bombed, Bulldozed  —  Structure Hit by F-16 Is Demolished In Search for Clues About Insurgency  —  HIBHIB, Iraq, June 10 — The two bombs that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, left a strange tomb nestled in the quiet farmland about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Their Man in Baghdad  —  THE LAST QUESTION to General Bill Caldwell …
Discussion: Security Watchtower
New York Times:
Terrorists Trained by Zarqawi Went Abroad, Jordan Says
US doctors begin Zarqawi autopsy
Discussion: Iowa Voice and Freedom for Some
Iran team face mass protest  —  Ministers, Jewish campaigners and TV presenter to join demonstration before kick-off today against 'fascist' policies  —  Luke Harding in Berlin and Denis Campbell in Cologne  —  Iran's Football team will be met with a series of protests across Germany during …
Tens arrested with the approach of Iran-Mexico World Cup game
Leigh / The House Of Wheels:
You can blame the light blogging on
Discussion: Secular Blasphemy
Gateway Pundit:
Jews & Iranians Join to Protest Ahmadinejad at World Cup
Guantanamo suicides 'acts of war'  —  The suicides of three detainees at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amount to acts of war, the US military says.  —  The camp commander said the two Saudis and a Yemeni were "committed" and had killed themselves in "an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us".
TalkLeft:   Detainee Suicides Were by Hanging
Associated Press:
3 Prisoners Die in Suicide Pact at Guantánamo
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
HADITHA: THE ACCUSED SPEAK  —  The other side of the story, from The Washington Post: … Read it all.  The actual comments are by the Marines' lawyers, who are relating what the Marines told them.  —  The accounts given are actually consistent - on the broader story …
Cori Dauber / Rantingprofs:   At Last, A Competing Narrative  —  The problem with the Haditha story …
Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Greyhawk / Mudville Gazette:
Discussion: GM's Corner
Josh White / Washington Post:
Marine Says Rules Were Followed
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Haditha Marine speaks (via attorney): No cover-up, killings were accidental
Discussion: protein wisdom and A Newer World
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Reid Seeks More Clarity in Nuclear Intelligence on Iran  —  LAS VEGAS, June 10 — Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said here Saturday that he will seek greater transparency from the Bush administration about possible threats posed by Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Discussion: Pacific Views
Ken Ritter / Associated Press:   Reid calls for more intelligence oversight
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Texas Town, New Drug Plan Baffles Patient and Provider Alike  —  McALLEN, Tex. — In Washington, Bush administration officials say Medicare's new prescription drug program is humming along smoothly, filling more than three million prescriptions a day and cutting costs by an average of 50 percent for each beneficiary.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
As Agenda Falters, Bush Tries a More Personal Approach in Dealing With Congress  —  WASHINGTON, June 10 — Senator John W. Warner and his wife were at the White House for a Memorial Day photo session with veterans when they received an unexpected invitation from President Bush.
New York Times:
U.S. Seeking New Strategy for Buttressing Iraq's Government  —  WASHINGTON, June 10 — President Bush's two-day strategy session starting Monday at Camp David is intended to revive highly tangible efforts to shore up Iraq's new government, from getting the electricity back on in Baghdad …
Jim VandeHei / Washington Post:
Democrats Closing Fundraising Gap With Republicans  —  Increase in Grass-Roots Support Buoys Party as GOP Efforts Falter  —  A surge in small, individual contributions is lifting Democratic campaigns this year and is helping close a Republican fundraising advantage that has existed for years …
Steve Brisendine / Associated Press:
Mexico Breaks Through Iran Defense in Win  —  NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) - Iran seemed content to play for one point.  So Mexico took all three.  Mexico broke through Iran's defense late in the second half, scoring twice in the final 15 minutes for a 3-1 victory in the teams' Group D opener Sunday.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jed Graham / Investor's Business Daily:
Bush's Approval Up On Zarqawi's Death, But It May Not Last  —  For one day at least, President Bush was more popular than he's been all year.  —  The president's lagging poll numbers got a swift boost from Thursday's news that U.S. warplanes had killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most wanted-terrorist in Iraq.
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
Now for the Bad News  —  ABU MUSAB AL ZARQAWI is among …
Smart Dust Stalked Zarqawi  —  June 10, 2006: For the last ten years, development of "smart dust" has moved right along.  "Smart Dust" is basically very miniaturized electronic devices.  This is similar to stuff like RFID, smart cards, EZ Pass and those rice grain size tracking devices you can have injected into your pets.
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
Perhaps Not All Affirmative Action Is Created Equal  —  NOW that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging racial balancing in public schools, some conservatives hope the end of affirmative action is near.  —  After all, they say, why would the Supreme Court suddenly agree …
Amos Harel / Haaretz:
Palestinian gunmen hand over abducted American citizen to IDF  —  Members of an armed Fatah militia which claimed to have kidnapped an Israeli Saturday transferred the individual in question, a U.S. citizen, to the custody of the Palestinian Authority before dawn Sunday.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Vital Perspective
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