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6:05 AM ET, April 18, 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 …
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: ABCNEWS and Chicago Tribune
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New VTech thread: Victim's roommate debunks the jilted lover theory; Update: Roommates say he stalked classmates, had imaginary girlfriend; Update: "Ismail Ak"?  "Ismale Ax"?  —  The last thread was unwieldy with updates so direct your comments here henceforth.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
20/20 mistakes  —  [Megan] (Enters, stage centre-right …
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:
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.
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Movies Are Fiction, MMMkay?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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
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
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
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 …
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: NY Daily News and Visalaw Blog
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  —  Edwards 42 43 25 25 24 41
Matthew Yglesias:
Clinton Doomed!  —  Jerome Armstrong rounds up online preference …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Ezra Klein
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
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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