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4:25 PM ET, April 18, 2007


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Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court Backs Ban on Abortion Procedure  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court upheld the nationwide ban on a controversial abortion procedure Wednesday, handing abortion opponents the long- awaited victory they expected from a more conservative bench.  —  The 5-4 ruling said the Partial …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court upholds federal abortion ban  —  Dividing 5-4, the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a sweeping — and only barely qualified — victory to the federal government and to other opponents of abortion, upholding the 2003 law that banned what are often called "partial-birth abortions."
Washington Post:
Court Backs Ban on Late-Term Abortion Procedure  —  The Supreme Court today narrowly upheld a nationwide ban on a controversial late-term abortion procedure, voting for the first time to restrict abortion rights and handing a major victory to President Bush and his social conservative allies.
Discussion: Political Animal and Blue Gal
Bill Mears / CNN:
Justices uphold ban on abortion procedure … WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a law that banned a type of late-term abortion, a ruling that could portend enormous social, legal and political implications for the divisive issue.  —  The sharply divided 5-4 ruling could prove historic.
Ann / Feministing:
"Today's decision is alarming."  —  Justice Ginsburg penned a moving dissent from today's Supreme Court opinion upholding the Federal Abortion Ban.  Some highlights: … She goes on to note that the court's previous ruling, in Stenberg v. Carhart, struck down a "partial-birth" abortion ban because it lacked a health exception.
Discussion: Balkinization and Matthew Yglesias
Bean / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Oh Justice Kennedy, How You Have Failed Us.
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Profound Effects of Justice O'Connor's Retirement
Discussion: ACSBlog
Glenn Reynolds / NY Daily News:
People don't stop killers.  People with guns do  —  On Monday, as the news of the Virginia Tech shootings was unfolding, I went into my advanced constitutional law seminar to find one of my students upset.  My student, Tara Wyllie, has a permit to carry a gun in Tennessee, but she isn't allowed to have a weapon on campus.
New York Times:
Two-Hour Delay Is Linked to Bad Lead  —  The police identified Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old student, as the killer of 32 people in the shooting rampage at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, releasing new information on Tuesday about the troubled mind of a young man few people on campus knew.
Jack Shafer / Slate:
In Praise of Insensitive Reporters  —  WE'D HATE THEM EVEN MORE IF THEY DIDN'T OVERCOVER THE VT STORY.  —  Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui  —  Everybody is too busy right now consuming the Virginia Tech slaughter coverage to accuse the press of going overboard.
James Fallows:
Virginia Tech shooting: one American woman terrifies China
Discussion: Political Animal
Michael J.W. Stickings / The Reaction:
Michelle Malkin is a dangerous idiot  —  I can barely bring myself to post on this, mostly because I don't want to waste my time thinking about the mad, mad ravings of Michelle Malkin, but here goes:  —  As Heraclitus mentioned earlier, some conservatives are already responding …
Michelle Malkin / Real Clear Politics:
Wanted: A Culture of Self-Defense
Faiz / Think Progress:
Conservatives Take Aim At Bush-Backed Gun Law
Michael Agger / Slate:
im glad you are ok though
Discussion: Blog P.I. and Boing Boing
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A New Threat In Iraq  —  While the Bush administration struggles to stabilize Baghdad, a major new threat is emerging in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq.  If it isn't defused, this crisis could further erode U.S. goals in Iraq — drawing foreign military intervention …
Matthew Yglesias:
How Come Nobody Thought of This!?!?!
Discussion: TIME: Swampland and Eschaton
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup Poll:
Democratic Race Tightens as Views of Clinton Become More Negative  —  Forty-five percent favorable rating one of lowest ever for Clinton  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A majority of Americans have an unfavorable image of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Paul Blumenthal / Sunlight Foundation blogs:
Who Placed a Secret Hold on Sunlight?  —  Yet again an anonymous Senator has placed a secret hold on legislation that would increase transparency.  This time a secret hold has been placed on a bill, S. 223, that would mandate that Senators file their campaign finance reports electronically.
Discussion: TPMmuckraker
Jules Crittenden:
Killer Reax  —  People with guns stop killers."  —  Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom: "Nanny-Statism — in its efforts to protect — succeeds only in infantilizing the culture."  —  Harry Reid, rare moment of clarity, warns against a rush to gun control.
Discussion: Don Surber
Rick Perlstein / Rick Perlstein's blog:
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.
Alexander Mooney / CNN Political Ticker:
Poll reveals most negative assessment of Iraq war yet  —  In the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, taken April 10-12, 69 percent of Americans say things are going badly for the United States in Iraq.  That's the most negative assessment yet recorded, up from 54 percent …
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports and Needlenose
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USA Today:
Taxpayers elect not to pay for campaigns
Discussion: The Swamp
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
What's Needed - A Snowdrop Petition For America
Discussion: Ekklesia and Blue Gal
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Ryan Grim / The Politico:
Tancredo Spokesman Disputes 'Deadliest Massacre' Claims
Discussion: The Swamp and The Corner
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Pelosi stalls on war bill conferees
Amanda / Think Progress:
Sen. Coleman Falsely Claims He Never Nominated Paulose As U.S. Attorney
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Margaret Talev / Real Cities:
White House seeks to review GOP e-mails
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No Offense Intended With This Year's Choice of Entertainer, but Still an Outcry
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Video: Tammy Bruce exposes far-left outlets' hit list on everyone to their right
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Gates Says Iraqi Shake-Up Could Aid Reconciliation