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5:30 PM ET, April 16, 2007


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Massacre at Virginia Tech: 29 Confirmed Dead  —  Fatalities Expected to Rise; Suspected Gunman Among the Dead  —  Apr. 16, 2007— At least 29 people are dead in what may be the biggest mass killing on a college campus in American history — and the death toll may rise.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Report: At least 20 29 32 dead, 28 wounded in shooting at Virginia Tech; Update: Students weren't told after first shooting?  —  Good lord.  I've been peeking at this story for hours and until a few minutes ago there was one reported dead and the gunman was in custody.
Glenn Reynolds /
THIS IS AWFUL: "At least 20 people were killed this morning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University after a shooting spree at two buildings on the campus."  Nobody seems to know much yet on what happened.  These things do seem to take place in locations where it's not legal for people …
Washington Post:
At Least 20 Killed in Virginia Tech Shooting  —  At least 20 people were killed this morning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University after a shooting spree at two buildings on the campus.  —  The unidentified shooter was among the dead, according to officials …
Associated Press:
Suspect reported held in fatal Va. Tech shooting  —  One person dead; 2nd assailant may be at large; 7-8 others may be victims  —  BLACKSBURG, Va. - A shooting at a Virginia Tech dormitory on Monday left at least one person dead, a state government official with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.
Pajamas Media:
MASSACRE: SHOOTING RAMPAGE AT VIRGINIA TECH — 32 PEOPLE CONFIRMED DEAD  —  LATER: Police said there was only one shooter and he is now dead.  They are unsure if the shooter was a student.  (FNC)  —  LATER: Gun bill got shot down by panel in January last year; campus was kept a gun-free zone.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michelle Malkin:
Carnage at Virginia Tech; Readers point to campus ban on self-defense  —  All the latest.  (Update: Cell-phone video added)  —  Virginia bloggers tracking the story here.  —  Audio of Virginia Tech President Charles Steger's comments here.  —  Reader Brian writes:
Confederate Yankee:
Multiple Shootings at Virginia Tech  —  At least one shooter eyewitnesses identified as an "Asian" male wearing military load-bearing equipment has shot between 7-17 students and faculty members at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  —  One fatality has been confirmed …
Liza Porteus / Fox News:
Virginia Tech Campus Reels From Shooting That Leaves at Least 32 Dead  —  Students and faculty at Virginia Tech University were in shock Monday after a gunman shot and killed at least 32 people and injured 21 during the most deadly shooting spree in U.S. history.
Larry Johnson / NO QUARTER:
Now Do You Understand?  —  Breaking news!  At least 22 Virginia Tech students gunned down.  Cable news channels are wild with activity as they pump up the coverage a focus on the latest "crisis".  The media is commenting that this shooting is overwhelming the local medical facilities.
Discussion: David Corn and Booman Tribune
Brian Hollar / Thinking on the Margin:
Virginia Tech Shootings - At Least 20 Fatalities
Mike Carney / On Deadline:
Deadly shooting at Virginia Tech
Discussion: SayUncle and Think Progress
Adam Zagorin / Time:
Conservatives to Bush: Fire Gonzales  —  In what could prove an embarrassing new setback for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on the eve of his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, a group of influential conservatives and longtime Bush supporters has written a letter to the White House to call for his resignation.
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Gonzales Deputy, in Crossfire, Looks for Quiet Exit
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
White House:
President Bush Discusses the Iraq War Supplemental  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all.  Please be seated.  Welcome to the White House.  You know, I get to welcome a lot of guests here.  I don't think there's a more important guest than a veteran or the family of a serviceman or woman …
Discussion: Redstate
Angela Doland / Associated Press:
France Knew of 2001 al-Qaida Hijack Plot  —  PARIS — France's foreign intelligence service learned as early as January 2001 that al-Qaida was preparing a hijacking plot likely to involve a U.S. airplane, former intelligence officials said Monday, confirming a report that also said the CIA received the warning.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
What Did Clinton's CIA Know About 9-11?
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Flopping Aces
Pew Research Center:
Public Knowledge of Current Affairs Little Changed by News and Information Revolutions  —  What Americans Know: 1989-2007  —  Summary of Findings  —  Since the late 1980s, the emergence of 24-hour cable news as a dominant news source and the explosive growth of the internet have led …
Matt Stoller / MyDD:
Paying for America  —  I just paid my taxes, and I have to say, I always take pride when I do so.  I don't like having less money to spend, of course, and the complexity of the process is really upsetting.  But I am proud to pay for democracy, and I feel when I do send money to the DC Treasurer …
John F. Burns / New York Times:
34 People Are Killed in Six Bombings in Baghdad; 2 Britons Die in Helicopter Crash  —  At least 34 people were killed in Baghdad on Sunday in another day punctuated by car bombings and suicide vest attacks on civilian targets of the kind that the two-month-old American security crackdown has so far been unable to restrain.
Hamid Ahmed / Associated Press:
18 Killed in Baghdad Car Bombings
Matthew Yglesias:
The Metapolitics of Resentment  —  I've never addressed the growing (and growing, and growing) pile of evidence that those Duke lacross guys were innocent of the rape charges brought against them.  When the story first broke I didn't write about it, because it was a little tangential …
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