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8:50 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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Virginia Tech, and "Violence"  —  A reader (who found my take on Obama's Milwaukee talk cynical) points me to the audio of his remarks last night, a 23-minute .mp3 file you can listen to here.  —  It's worth a listen, and it captures what moves a lot of people about Obama …
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
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Chicago Tribune
Texas Rainmaker:
Obama Compares Va Tech Massacre to... Outsourcing
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Radley Balko / Reason Magazine:
Obama Compares Virginia Tech Massacre to Outsourcing
Discussion: EconoPundit
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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: On Politics
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.
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 …
Nico / Think Progress:
More blaming the victim.  —  Conservative Nathaniel Blake at Human Events Online links positively to John Derbyshire's post, then writes that the students at Virginia Tech should feel "heartily ashamed" for not acting more bravely:
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Sliming Wolfowitz  —  THE WORLD BANK PRESIDENT DID NOTHING WRONG.  —  "We know no spectacle so ridiculous," wrote Macaulay about the vilification of Lord Byron, "as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality."  Change the word "ridiculous" to "contemptible," and the words …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Fausta's blog
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.
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Inside The Bush DoJ's Purge of The Civil Rights Division
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