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7:20 PM ET, April 18, 2007


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Countdown With Olbermann:
Full coverage: Virginia Tech massacre  —  April 18: NBC News releases a picture of Cho Seung-Hui that was in the package the Virginia Tech gunman sent to NBC between the two shootings on Monday.  —  Photos & audio  —  Virginia Tech students, faculty come to terms with the horror of the mass shooting at the Blacksburg, Va., school.
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.
VT Killer Ruled Mentally Ill by Court; Let Go After Hospital Visit  —  Harassed Two Female Students; Concerns He Was Suicidal  —  A Virginia court found that Virginia Tech killer Seung-Hui Cho was "mentally ill" and potentially dangerous.  Then the state let him go.
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.
Discussion: CJR Daily and Blog P.I.
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.
Jules Crittenden:   Killer Reax  —  People with guns stop killers."
Dinesh D'Souza / News Bloggers Blog:   Where Is Atheism When Bad Things Happen?
Matthew Yglesias:
In Defense of Crass Politicization
Discussion: Blog P.I.
David B. Kopel / Wall Street Journal:
'Gun-Free Zones'  —  The bucolic campus of Virginia Tech …
Discussion: Debbie Schlussel
Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:   "People don't stop killers. People with guns do"
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."
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.
Marty Lederman / Balkinization:
The Profound Effects of Justice O'Connor's Retirement
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Gonzales v. Carhart— Three Comments
Discussion: The Next Hurrah, Gawker and ACSBlog
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 …
Swopa / Needlenose:   From the Department of Free Advertising
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.
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 …
Discussion: Middle Earth Journal
Matthew Yglesias:
How Come Nobody Thought of This!?!?!
Discussion: TIME: Swampland
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.
Debbie Schlussel:
Is This "Ismail" Cho Seung-Hui?  —  Yesterday, I wrote about the many mainstream media reports that Virginia Tech massacre perpetrator Cho Seung-Hui had "Ismail Ax" written in red ink on one of his arms.  More on possible meanings of that, later.  —  All day long, bloggers and e-mailers sent …
Ian / Hot Air:
Video: Eisner says it's time to get the public "emotional" about gun control  —  Appeals to reason are so passe.  Or so suggested the former Disney CEO during his appearance this afternoon on CNBC's "Power Lunch," in which he called explicitly for the abolition of handguns in America.
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Discussion: The Swamp and The Corner
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