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6:55 AM ET, April 18, 2007

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David Espo / Associated Press:
Reid Warns Against Rush on Gun Control  —  After the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid cautioned Tuesday against a "rush to judgment" on stricter gun control.  A leading House supporter of restrictions on firearms conceded passage of legislation would be difficult.
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Toby Harnden / Telegraph Blogs:
In the dorm room of a mass murderer  —  I've just returned from Room 2020 of Harper Hall at Virginia Tech after talking to one of Cho Seung-Hui's roommates.  This stunned young man had seen Cho rise - expressionless - at 5am on Monday, two hours before his murder spree began.
Discussion: Captain's Quarters and ABCNEWS
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.
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: The Agitator
The Smoking Gun:
Virginia Killer's Violent Writings
MSNBC:
Profiles of victims in Virginia Tech massacre
Discussion: Associated Press and Fox News
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New VTech thread: Victim's roommate debunks the jilted lover theory …
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Roommates Describe Gunman as Loner
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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John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Movies Are Fiction, MMMkay?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates Says Iraqi Shake-Up Could Aid Reconciliation  —  The decision by anti-American Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to withdraw ministers loyal to him from the Iraqi cabinet could advance political reconciliation if the vacancies are used to broaden the government's representation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Tuesday.
Discussion: Political Animal and Daily Kos
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
VISITING IRAQ....Lawrence Korb just got back from a trip to Iraq.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Lawrence J. Korb / Center for American Progress:
Greetings from the Red Zone
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Associated Press:
N.J. Gov.'s SUV Went 91 Mph Before Crash  —  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The SUV carrying Gov. Jon S. Corzine was traveling about 91 mph moments before it crashed, Superintendent of State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said Tuesday.  —  The governor was critically injured when the vehicle crashed …
Daily Mail:
Polygamous husbands can claim cash for their harems  —  Polygamous husbands settling in Britain with multiple wives can claim extra benefits for their "harems" even though bigamy is a crime in the UK, it has emerged.  —  Opposition MPs are demanding an urgent change in the law …
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial  —  Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.
Discussion: Armavirumque and European Tribune
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.
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
Michael Astor / Associated Press:
Brazil shootouts kill at least 20 dead  —  RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Shootouts involving drug gangs and police Tuesday left at least 20 alleged gang members dead and sent mourners in a cemetery fleeing from gunfire, officials said.  —  The deaths are the latest in an upsurge of killing …
 
 
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