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9:40 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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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: ABC News ID's VT gunman as Cho Seung-Hui; Update …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Roommates Describe Gunman as Loner
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Los Angeles Times:
Gunman was both methodical and angry
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
ABCNEWS:   Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
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 …
Lawrence J. Korb / Center for American Progress:
Greetings from the Red Zone  —  Dispatches from a Five-Day Trip to Iraq  —  Greetings from the Red Zone.  I was originally supposed to reside in the Green Zone at the Al Rashid Hotel.  But the Green Zone is now referred to as the International Zone because of the repeated shellings …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   VISITING IRAQ....Lawrence Korb just got back from a trip to Iraq.
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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Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Online preference polls & the '08 primary vote  —  The websites MyDD and DailyKos, along with Moveon, conducted presidential preference polls this month and here's the result:  —  DKos MyDD MoveOn MoveOnHP DFA Democrats.com  —  Edwards 42 43 25 25 24 41
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Matthew Yglesias:
Clinton Doomed!  —  Jerome Armstrong rounds up online preference …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
Shashank Bengali / MiamiHerald.com:
Rate of U.S. losses in Iraq is highest yet  —  In the past six months, the rate of Americans killed in Iraq has reached its highest level ever, despite four years of fighting.  —  BAGHDAD — Over the past six months, American troops have died in Iraq at the highest rate since the war began …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
 
 
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