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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.
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
20/20 mistakes  —  [Megan] (Enters, stage centre-right …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New VTech thread: Victim's roommate debunks the jilted lover theory …
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.
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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Lawrence J. Korb / Center for American Progress:
Greetings from the Red Zone
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Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
VISITING IRAQ....Lawrence Korb just got back from a trip to Iraq.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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 …
Angela Delli Santi / Associated Press:
N.J. gov.'s SUV went 91 mph before crash  —  TRENTON, N.J. - The sport utility vehicle carrying Gov. Jon S. Corzine was traveling about 91 mph moments before it crashed, the superintendent of state police said Tuesday.  —  The governor was critically injured when the vehicle crashed …
Haaretz:
Israeli lecturer died shielding Virginia Tech students from gunman  —  Students of an Israeli lecturer who died in the Monday massacre at a Vriginia Tech said he saved the lives of several students by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot, his son said Tuesday.
Discussion: Visalaw Blog
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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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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
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
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.
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 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 …
 
 
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