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7:50 AM ET, April 18, 2007


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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!
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: Captain's Quarters and ABCNEWS
Profiles of victims in Virginia Tech massacre
Discussion: Fox News and Associated Press
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New VTech thread: Victim's roommate debunks the jilted lover theory …
The Smoking Gun:
Virginia Killer's Violent Writings
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.
Kevin Drum / Political Animal:
GATES: HOORAY FOR DEMOCRATS!....Defense Secretary Robert Gates …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
N.J. Gov.'s SUV Went 91 Mph Before Crash  —  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The SUV carrying Gov. Jon S. Corzine was traveling about 91 mph moments before it crashed, Superintendent of State Police Col. Rick Fuentes said Tuesday.  —  The governor was critically injured when the vehicle crashed …
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
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial  —  Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.
Discussion: Armavirumque and European Tribune
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
For Clinton, Even Presidential Politics Is Local  —  Senator Hopes Attention to Little Things Will Help Her Take Next Big Step  —  On the same day that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) announced that he had raised $25 million in the first three months of his presidential campaign …
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.
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 …
Rick Perlstein /
E. coli conservatives  —  First, they came for the spinach.  —  I remember the day last September.  The supermarket had a new kind of salad dressing, one that looked like it would taste good with spinach.  I went to the produce section to buy a bag.  But they all had been recalled.
Discussion: Pacific Views and Hullabaloo
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.
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
Lawrence J. Korb / Center for American Progress:
Greetings from the Red Zone
Discussion: The Newshoggers
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
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Détente hit as high-tech WC sets off fires down below  —  Only days after Tokyo and Beijing patched up years of bitter division, the new détente could be jeopardised by a spate of exploding lavatories in Japan that is being blamed on shoddy Chinese workmanship.
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
Jerome Armstrong / MyDD:
Online preference polls & the '08 primary vote
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