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6:05 PM ET, April 17, 2007

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The Smoking Gun:
Virginia Killer's Violent Writings  —  Play told of pedophilic stepfather, murder of 13-year-old boy  —  The college student responsible for yesterday's Virginia Tech slaughter was referred last year to counseling after professors became concerned about the violent nature of his writings …
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ABCNEWS:
Virginia Tech Killer Identified  —  Cho Seung-Hui, 23-Year-Old Student, Left 'Distrubing Note'  —  We now know the identity of the killer at Virginia Tech.  —  He is Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old resident alien of the United States, as first reported by ABC News.
News Bloggers Blog:
Cho Seung-Hui's Plays  —  AOL News has obtained two plays a classmate says were written by Cho Seung-Hui.  Ian MacFarlane, the former classmate and current AOL employee, provided us with the plays.  A note from Mr. MacFarlane and links to the works appear below. … Click on the links below the read the plays.
Discussion: Wizbang
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: ABC News ID's VT gunman as Cho Seung-Hui; Update: Killer warned, "im going to kill people at vtech today"; Update: No suicide note?  —  Just across.  Looks like the bulletin board posting Bryan quoted last night was right on the money. … The university's holding a press conference right now.
Max Henninger / Spiegel Online:
Blaming Charlton Heston  —  With a view to Monday's deadly shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, European newspapers are blaming the lack of gun control measures in the United States and implying that Charlton Heston is indirectly responsible for the scope of the killings.
Associated Press:
Israeli professor killed in US attack  —  As Jews worldwide honored on Monday the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust, a 75-year-old survivor sacrificed his life to save his students in Monday's shooting at Virginia Tech college that left 32 dead and over two dozen wounded.
Washington Post:
Centreville Student Was Va. Tech Shooter  —  A 23-year-old English major from Centreville was the gunman who killed 32 people and then himself on the Virginia Tech campus yesterday — the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, university and law enforcement officials said.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Virginia Tech, and "Violence"
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Roommates Describe Gunman as Loner
Discussion: The Huffington Post
ABCNEWS:   Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
'I don't think my teacher got out' … In Monday morning's lecture …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
NY Daily News:
Courageous final act of professor
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Silflay Hraka
Ana Marie Cox / TIME: Swampland:
Blaming the Victims ... Because They're Total Wusses  —  The last time we checked in with NRO's John Derbyshire, he was expounding on his own hypothetical bravery regarding Iranian hostage-takers.  Today, we learn that he also is completely fearless in imaginary domestic scenarios as well:
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Are They Serious?  —  Today's topic is credibility — specifically, recent claims by certain high-ranking present, former and perhaps soon-to-be-former Bush administration officials.  The aim is to answer a simple question: Should we believe these three Bush loyalists if they tell us …
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Harvard University Institute of Politics:
OBAMA, GIULIANI LEAD PACK IN RACE FOR PRESIDENT AMONG 18-24 YEAR-OLDS, HARVARD POLL FINDS  —  Foreign Policy Issues, Particularly the War in Iraq and Genocide in Darfur, of Top Concern to Young People Today  —  Washington, DC - A new national poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics …
Discussion: TAPPED and On Politics
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Bloomberg:
Obama Gets Edge on Clinton, Giuliani on Wall Street (Update1)
Discussion: WSJ.com
NY Daily News:
We must tighten lax gun laws  —  Right, sure, guns don't kill people, people with guns kill people.  We've heard it already.  —  Ah, but there are so many people with guns.  And their guns are so easy to come by.  —  Particularly, not to put too fine a point on it …
Discussion: Instapundit.com and Blogoland
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Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Only the names change. And the numbers
Discussion: protein wisdom and The Newshoggers
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Bush 35% Approval Average in Most Recent Quarter Lowest to Date  —  Lowest quarterly average of his presidency  —  PRINCETON, NJ — George W. Bush's presidency reaches a milestone of sorts on Thursday as he completes his 25th quarter in office.  But his 25th quarter is not one on which he will look …
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Sex and the C.I.A.  —  I recently received an advance copy of Seth Hettena's Feasting on the Spoils: The Life and Times of Randy "Duke" Cunningham, History's Most Corrupt Congressman, which will be published this July and which I highly recommend.  In addition to being a terrific piece …
Discussion: Wonkette
 
 
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Katherine Coble / Just Another Pretty Farce:
JL Kirk Resolution
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Recovery From Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, 911 Massacres …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The warped reality of our media stars
Discussion: Firedoglake, TalkLeft and INSTAPUTZ
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