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2:30 PM ET, April 17, 2007

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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.
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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.
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.
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.
Doug Donovan / Baltimore Sun:
'I don't think my teacher got out' … In Monday morning's lecture on solid mechanics, all was quiet except for the sound of Professor Liviu Librescu's voice.  —  Then came the gunshots — in the classroom next door.  In an instant, Virginia Tech's Norris Hall, a building dedicated …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
John M. Broder / New York Times:
32 Shot Dead on Virginia Tech Campus  —  Thirty-two people were killed, along with a gunman, and at least 15 injured in two shooting attacks at Virginia Polytechnic Institute on Monday during three hours of horror and chaos on this sprawling campus.  —  The police and witnesses said some victims …
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
Va. Tech president: Gunman was student  —  BLACKSBURG, Va. - A Virginia Tech senior from South Korea was behind the massacre of at least 30 people locked inside a campus building in the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, the university said Tuesday.
NY Daily News:
Courageous final act of professor
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Silflay Hraka
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Recovery From Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, 911 Massacres …
Sheldon Drobny / The Huffington Post:
Take A MSM Holiday
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Shakesville and KnoxViews
ABCNEWS:
Killer's Note: 'You Caused Me to Do This'
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Washington Post:
Gunman Who Killed 32 Lived in Va. Tech Dormitory
Discussion: Firedoglake and Redstate
Washington Post:
Centreville Student Was Va. Tech Shooter
Discussion: Political Animal and Dr. Helen
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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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
House panel eyes immunity grant
Discussion: Firedoglake and TPMmuckraker
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
Today's Must Read
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Washington Post:
Senate Delays Gonzales Testimony on Firings
Discussion: The Swamp, Power Line and The Blotter
Margaret Talev / Real Cities:
Bush, Gonzales reportedly discussed fired prosecutor
Discussion: The Politico and The Next Hurrah
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Only the names change.  And the numbers  —  The scale of the Virginia incident is, sadly, all that distinguishes it  —  By the desensitising standards of routine American gun violence, yesterday's shootings at Virginia Tech university were shocking only in their scale.
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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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 …
Jules Crittenden:
PC Racists  —  It's worse than I thought.  —  What we did to the German people, I mean.  —  Here's that Bundeswehr training vid.  * The sausage-eater sergeant actually says "drei Afro-Amerikaner."  So the reported comments weren't sanitized after all, though the quote was truncated for reasons of taste.
Discussion: Argghhh! and The Jawa Report
Newsweek:
Now, We're Talking to the Brotherhood  —  Controversial Contacts: Muslim Brotherhood leaders pray at their Cairo office  —  A brief encounter at a Cairo cocktail party could signal a shift in Bush administration policy toward the Muslim Brotherhood, a worldwide Islamic movement …
Discussion: Brian Beutler
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The warped reality of our media stars  —  Two weeks ago, our nation's greatest and most cherished media stars lamented how "controversial" and irresponsible was Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria (she went even though the President said not to), and they warned how very harmful that would be to Democrats …
Discussion: TalkLeft and INSTAPUTZ
 
 
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