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6:20 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 …
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.
Discussion: 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.
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.
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Virginia Tech, and "Violence"
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Marc Santora / New York Times:
Roommates Describe Gunman as Loner
Discussion: The Huffington Post
ABCNEWS:   Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
'I don't think my teacher got out' … In Monday morning's lecture …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
NY Daily News:
Courageous final act of professor
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Silflay Hraka
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:
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 …
New York Times:
Unusual Trip to Iraq in '03 for Wolfowitz Companion  —  The Defense Department directed a private contractor in 2003 to hire Shaha Ali Riza, a World Bank employee and the companion of Paul D. Wolfowitz, then the deputy secretary of defense, to spend a month studying issues related to setting …
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 …
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:   VISITING IRAQ....Lawrence Korb just got back from a trip to Iraq.
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House panel eyes immunity grant  —  WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote on whether to grant Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' former counsel immunity from prosecution and force her to testify about the firings of eight federal prosecutors.
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMmuckraker Home:
It's All About the Clintons and '08  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Ron in Corpus Christi, Texas, I'm glad you waited, sir.  You're next on the EIB Network.  —  CALLER: Yes hello, Rush.  —  RUSH: Hello.  —  CALLER: I just wanted to mention David Brock, who is the president of Media Matters.
Discussion: and TIME: Swampland
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Bush 35% Approval Average in Most Recent Quarter Lowest to Date  —  Lowest quarterly average of his presidency  —  PRINCETON, NJ — George W. Bush's presidency reaches a milestone of sorts on Thursday as he completes his 25th quarter in office.  But his 25th quarter is not one on which he will look …
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Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed On Cheney
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Online preference polls & the '08 primary vote
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
Ken Silverstein / Harper's:
Sex and the C.I.A.  —  I recently received an advance copy …
Discussion: Wonkette
Bill Keller: Why Is This Pulitzer Different From All Other Prizes?
Discussion: The Corner
Harvard University Institute of Politics:
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NY Daily News:
We must tighten lax gun laws
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Jules Crittenden:
PC Racists  —  It's worse than I thought.  —  What we did to the German people, I mean.
Discussion: Don Surber
Katherine Coble / Just Another Pretty Farce:
JL Kirk Resolution
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Recovery From Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, 911 Massacres …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The warped reality of our media stars
Discussion: Firedoglake, TalkLeft and INSTAPUTZ
Washington Post:
Final War Funding Bill in Works