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10:40 AM ET, April 18, 2007


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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.
Discussion: Althouse, News Bloggers Blog and QandO
Toby Harnden / Telegraph Blogs:
In the dorm room of a mass murderer
Discussion: Hot Air and Verum Serum
Los Angeles Times:
Shooter plotted in silent rage
Discussion: On Deadline and The Lede
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court decides abortion cases —  coming shortly  —  Splitting 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that an individual convicted of attempted burglary under state law has committed a "violent felony" for purposes of a mandatory 15-year sentence under federal law dealing with armed criminals.
Discussion: Think Progress and Redstate
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court backs ban on abortion procedure  —  WASHINGTON - 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 Birth Abortion Ban Act …
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
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!
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: On Deadline and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus and On Politics
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
No Offense Intended With This Year's Choice of Entertainer, but Still an Outcry  —  After more than 40 years in show business, Rich Little is still a working comedian, doing his well-practiced impersonations from Las Vegas to Granite Falls, Minn. He is even available for corporate retreats and weddings.
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
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Tammy Bruce exposes far-left outlets' hit list on everyone to their right  —  If you're a center-left, centrist, center-right or conservative and you've uttered an opinion in public, chances are far far left loss leaders Media Matters and Air America have a dossier on you.
Texas Rainmaker:
Obama Compares Va Tech Massacre to... Outsourcing  —  Here's the audio of a speech Barack Obama gave today discussing the Virginia Tech massacre: … I don't know what's dumber... equating a business decision to outsource work as 'violence' against employees... or equating this whole stupid line …
Matthew Keenan / Bloomberg:
Clinton Triples College Speaking Schedule as Hillary Campaigns  —  Former President Bill Clinton, one of the most coveted and elusive commencement speakers at U.S. colleges, spurns dozens of invitations each year.  —  This spring, he's stepping up his schedule as his wife …
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A Pulitzer Prize for the best journalist you've never heard of
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Salon
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Mickey Kaus / Slate:
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Bill Theobald /
Thompson's pre-decision tour continues
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney helps tap new donors
Lisa De Pasquale / Human Events:
Foulmouthed 'Wonkette' Doesn't Fool Me
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
New York Times:
Finance Filings Offer Glimpses of '08 Candidates
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Michael Astor / Associated Press:
Brazil shootouts kill at least 20 dead
Leo Lewis / Times of London:
Détente hit as high-tech WC sets off fires down below
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Baucus, Rangel form PAC
Discussion: MyDD and
Crooks and Liars:
Grilling Gonzales: Five Key Lines of Questioning for the Attorney General
Greg Sargent / Horses Mouth:
Josh has already highlighted one of the key numbers in the new …
Discussion: The RBC and MyDD
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Senate Ethics Confirms Domenici Probe Over U.S. Attorney Firing
Paul Kiel / TPMmuckraker:
White House to RNC: Don't You Give Those Emails to Dems
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Articles of Impeachment To Be Filed On Cheney