A few minutes after Zarqawi's death was announced, Iraq's Parliament named aSunni and two Shiites to fill the much-fought-over top three security posts. The new interior minister is a Shiite but, unlike his predecessor, isn't affiliated with a militia. And in what might be evidence of a changing dynamic, the NYT mentions that the new defense minister—a Sunni and former military officer—had been considered a no-go just last week.
In a Post op-ed, Prime Minister Maliki lays out his agenda and says he'll push to disarm militias. He doesn't mention another key Sunni demand: stop de-Baathification.
Everybody mentions that an Israeli airstrike killed a top security official in the Hamas-led government. Israel said it was targeting a terrorist camp and not the official directly. Whatever the case, the WP says he was the "most senior Palestinian guerrilla" killed "in years."
For the second day in a row, Senate Republican leaders tried to go with an oldie-but-a-goodie and were shot down. This time it was a—so far, failed—bid to repeal the estate tax.
Care for a tinfoil hat? From far down in the Post:
Police and witnesses at the scene told a Washington Post special correspondent that Zarqawi was only wounded in the attack and was whisked away by U.S. forces, dying in their custody. [A military spokesman] said he was killed instantly.
Eric Umansky, previously the "Today's Papers" columnist for Slate, is currently a Gordon Grey Fellow at Columbia University's School of Journalism.