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5:00 PM ET, April 18, 2007

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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court Backs Ban on Abortion Procedure  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long- awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.  —  The 5-4 ruling said the Partial …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court upholds federal abortion ban  —  Dividing 5-4, the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a sweeping — and only barely qualified — victory to the federal government and to other opponents of abortion, upholding the 2003 law that banned what are often called "partial-birth abortions."
Washington Post:
Court Backs Ban on Late-Term Abortion Procedure  —  The Supreme Court today narrowly upheld a nationwide ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure, voting for the first time to restrict abortion rights and handing a major victory to President Bush and his social conservative allies.
Bill Mears / CNN:
Justices uphold ban on abortion procedure … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law that banned a type of late-term abortion, a ruling that could portend enormous social, legal and political implications for the divisive issue.  —  The sharply divided 5-4 ruling could prove historic.
Ann / Feministing:
"Today's decision is alarming."  —  Justice Ginsburg penned a moving dissent from today's Supreme Court opinion upholding the Federal Abortion Ban.  Some highlights: … She goes on to note that the court's previous ruling, in Stenberg v. Carhart, struck down a "partial-birth" abortion ban because it lacked a health exception.
Discussion: Balkinization and Matthew Yglesias
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Profound Effects of Justice O'Connor's Retirement
Discussion: ACSBlog
Glenn Reynolds / NY Daily News:
People don't stop killers.  People with guns do  —  On Monday, as the news of the Virginia Tech shootings was unfolding, I went into my advanced constitutional law seminar to find one of my students upset.  My student, Tara Wyllie, has a permit to carry a gun in Tennessee, but she isn't allowed to have a weapon on campus.
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New York Times:
Two-Hour Delay Is Linked to Bad Lead  —  The police identified Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old student, as the killer of 32 people in the shooting rampage at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, releasing new information on Tuesday about the troubled mind of a young man few people on campus knew.
Jules Crittenden:
Killer Reax  —  People with guns stop killers."  —  Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom: "Nanny-Statism — in its efforts to protect — succeeds only in infantilizing the culture."  —  Harry Reid, rare moment of clarity, warns against a rush to gun control.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jack Shafer / Slate:
In Praise of Insensitive Reporters
Discussion: Hotline On Call
James Fallows:
Virginia Tech shooting: one American woman terrifies China
Discussion: Political Animal
David B. Kopel / Wall Street Journal:
'Gun-Free Zones'  —  The bucolic campus of Virginia Tech …
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Matthew Yglesias:
In Defense of Crass Politicization
Discussion: Blog P.I.
Dinesh D'Souza / News Bloggers Blog:
Where Is Atheism When Bad Things Happen?
Discussion: Pharyngula
Michael Agger / Slate:
im glad you are ok though
Discussion: Blog P.I. and Boing Boing
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Democratic Race Tightens as Views of Clinton Become More Negative  —  Forty-five percent favorable rating one of lowest ever for Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans have an unfavorable image of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A New Threat In Iraq  —  While the Bush administration struggles to stabilize Baghdad, a major new threat is emerging in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.  If it isn't defused, this crisis could further erode U.S. goals in Iraq — drawing foreign military intervention …
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Matthew Yglesias:
How Come Nobody Thought of This!?!?!
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Eschaton
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Michelle Malkin is a dangerous idiot  —  I can barely bring myself to post on this, mostly because I don't want to waste my time thinking about the mad, mad ravings of Michelle Malkin, but here goes:  —  As Heraclitus mentioned earlier, some conservatives are already responding …
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Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation blogs:
Who Placed a Secret Hold on Sunlight?  —  Yet again an anonymous Senator has placed a secret hold on legislation that would increase transparency.  This time a secret hold has been placed on a bill, S. 223, that would mandate that Senators file their campaign finance reports electronically.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker and The Impolitic
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Poll reveals most negative assessment of Iraq war yet  —  In the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, taken April 10-12, 69 percent of Americans say things are going badly for the United States in Iraq.  That's the most negative assessment yet recorded, up from 54 percent …
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Needlenose
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Eisner says it's time to get the public "emotional" about gun control  —  Appeals to reason are so passe.  Or so suggested the former Disney CEO during his appearance this afternoon on CNBC's "Power Lunch," in which he called explicitly for the abolition of handguns in America.
Washington Post:
Student Wrote About Death and Spoke in Whispers, But No One Imagined What Cho Seung Hui Would Do  —  They met across the professor's desk.  One on one.  The chairman of the English department and the silent, brooding student who never took his sunglasses off.
 
 
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