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12:15 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."
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
`Partial Birth' Abortion Ban Upheld by Top U.S. Court (Update2)  —  A divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld a nationwide ban on ``partial birth'' abortion, marking a shift on the issue and underscoring the impact of President George W. Bush's two high court appointments.
Bean / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Oh Justice Kennedy, How You Have Failed Us.
Discussion: Balkinization and Obsidian Wings
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.
David B. Kopel / Wall Street Journal:   'Gun-Free Zones'  —  The bucolic campus of Virginia Tech …
Meteor Blades / Daily Kos:   Kossack Gun Poll
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 …
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Corzine  —  As you might guess, I'm not going to criticize …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Police: Cho taken to mental health center in 2005 … BLACKSBURG, Virginia (CNN) — Cho Seung-Hui was referred to a mental health facility in 2005 after officers responded to accusations he was suicidal and having inappropriate contact with female students, police said Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times:
Shooter plotted in silent rage
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.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
For Clinton, Even Presidential Politics Is Local
Discussion: The Caucus and On Politics
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mickey Kaus / Slate:
Barack the Hack  —  HOW AWFUL WAS HIS VT SPEECH?  —  Barack the Hack: Barack Obama's misguided attempt to connect the Virgina Tech murders with the Imus slur ("quiet violence") and, yes, loss of health care benefits due to layoffs and overseas competition, doesn't come off quite as obscene …
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White House seeks to review GOP e-mails
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Texas Rainmaker:
Obama Compares Va Tech Massacre to... Outsourcing
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