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2:15 AM ET, April 18, 2007

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Virginia Tech, and "Violence"  —  A reader (who found my take on Obama's Milwaukee talk cynical) points me to the audio of his remarks last night, a 23-minute .mp3 file you can listen to here.  —  It's worth a listen, and it captures what moves a lot of people about Obama …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Michelle Malkin
Aamer Madhani / Chicago Tribune:
Sources: College gunman left note  —  BLACKSBURG, Va. — The suspected gunman in the Virginia Tech shooting rampage, Cho Seung-Hui, was a troubled 23-year-old senior from South Korea who investigators believe left an invective-filled note in his dorm room, sources say.
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.
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.
David Espo / Associated Press:
Reid Warns Against Rush on Gun Control
Discussion: TalkLeft, GINA COBB and Flopping Aces
Max Henninger / Spiegel Online:
Blaming Charlton Heston
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
20/20 mistakes  —  [Megan] (Enters, stage centre-right …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Roommates Describe Gunman as Loner
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:   Obama Compares Virginia Tech Massacre to Outsourcing
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: ABC News ID's VT gunman as Cho Seung-Hui; Update …
ABCNEWS:   Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
Los Angeles Times:
Gunman was both methodical and angry
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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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Nico / Think Progress:
More blaming the victim.  —  Conservative Nathaniel Blake at Human Events Online links positively to John Derbyshire's post, then writes that the students at Virginia Tech should feel "heartily ashamed" for not acting more bravely:
Nathanael Blake / Human Events:
Where Were the Men?  —  John Derbyshire says what I've been thinking since last night. … Well, there was one who seems to have actively resisted, instead of just ducking and barricading doors.  "Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, threw himself in front of the shooter when the man attempted to enter his classroom.
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed On Cheney  —  Looks like he's reached his boiling point.  —  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), the most liberal of the Democratic presidential candidates in the primary field, declared in a letter sent to his Democratic House colleagues this morning that he plans …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
VISITING IRAQ....Lawrence Korb just got back from a trip to Iraq.  "Unreal" seemed to be his overall reaction to the PowerPoint-laden presentations he heard from various American and Iraqi officials, most of which were entirely divorced from the ground-level reality of day-to-day life in Iraq.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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Lawrence J. Korb / Center for American Progress:
Greetings from the Red Zone
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Matthew Yglesias:
Clinton Doomed!  —  Jerome Armstrong rounds up online preference polls, revealing the big three going 42/25/13 on dKos, and 43/34/8 on MYDD.  In third place, of course, is Bill RIchardson.  Barack Obama's in second.  And that's John Edwards with the commanding lead.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
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Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:   Online preference polls & the '08 primary vote
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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Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
White House to RNC: Don't You Give Those Emails to Dems  —  The White House and Democrats in Congress are both pushing for emails kept by the Republican National Committee, and the RNC is caught in the middle.  —  The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and The Next Hurrah
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Senate Ethics Confirms Domenici Probe Over U.S. Attorney Firing  —  The Senate, thanks a resolution it just adopted, has confirmed that Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) is the subject of "preliminary inquiry" over his involvement in the firing of former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias.
Discussion: Midtopia
The Blotter:
Massacre Gun: $571 for 9 mm Glock and 50 Bullets at Roanoke Store  —  Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report:  —  Seung-Hui Cho bought his first gun, a 9mm handgun, on March 13 at a Roanoke, Va. gun store, the owner tells ABC News.  —  John Markell, the owner of Roanoke Firearms …
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Dr. Phil Also Blames Games For VaTech  —  Not content to simply let Jack Thompson have all the fun, noted media expert Dr. Phil took the mic on Larry King's CNN show to blame video games and other media violence for the Virginia Tech shootings: … In the immortal words of Chris Rock: "Who gives a f**k what they was watching!
Discussion: Wake up America and The Agitator
 
 
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