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7:05 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.
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.
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ and Wizbang
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: Killer warned, "im going to kill people at vtech today;" Update: Victim's friend debunks romance rumors?  —  Just across.  Looks like the bulletin board posting Bryan quoted last night was right on the money.
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.
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 …
Nathanael Blake / Human Events:
Where Were the Men?  —  John Derbyshire says what I've been thinking since last night.
Discussion: Tom Watson
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Roommates Describe Gunman as Loner
Discussion: The Huffington Post
ABCNEWS:   Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
NY Daily News:
Courageous final act of professor
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Silflay Hraka
Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
'I don't think my teacher got out' … In Monday morning's lecture …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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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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.
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Lawrence J. Korb / Center for American Progress:
Greetings from the Red Zone
Discussion: Think Progress
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 …
Discussion: Wizbang
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 …
 
 
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JL Kirk Resolution
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Recovery From Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, 911 Massacres …
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