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7:40 PM ET, April 22, 2007


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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Newt Gingrich blames "Liberalism" for VA Tech massacre  —  Leave it to Newt to spread some love to the left this morning.  It's all the evil—liberals that caused this horrific tragedy.  I guess I could say that Newt influenced Timothy McVeigh...  Download (1861) |  Play (2181) Download (832) |
Matt / Think Progress:
Gingrich Blames Virginia Tech Tragedy On Liberalism  —  In the wake of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich laid the blame for the tragedy at the feet of liberals.  Here's what he said:
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Gore campaign team assembles in secret  —  Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House.  —  Two members of Mr Gore's staff from his unsuccessful attempt in 2000 …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:   Gore To Run For 2008 Nomination
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   Obama Addresses Question of Experience
The Huffington Post:
Laurie David and Sheryl Crow: Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus  —  Last night Thelma and Louise drove the bus off the cliff or at least into the White House Correspondents Dinner.  The "highlight" of the evening had to be when we were introduced to Karl Rove.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Sheryl Crow Battles Karl Rove at D.C. Dinner: Strupp's Report  —  WASHINGTON President George Bush's choice not to make jokes, and comedian Rich Little's somewhat poor attempt to make them, resulted in an unusual White House Correspondent's Association Dinner Saturday as celebrities and politicians mixed, mingled and dined.
Stuart Barnes / Times of London:
It's Sarko vs Sego  —  Nicolas Sarkozy will line up against Ségolène Royal in the French presidential run-off in two weeks' time, according to early exit polls.  —  The unofficial polls were circulated in Paris but cannot be published in France until polling stations close at 8pm.
Angela Charlton / Associated Press:
High turnout seen in French election  —  PARIS - France began choosing a new president Sunday with millions of voters undecided and millions more voting for the first time, making the selection of two final candidates highly unpredictable.  —  The successor to Jacques Chirac …
Ezra Klein:
Dowd Aside  —  Yes, Maureen Dowd sucks.  But her suckitude is a constant in the political-media equation; it is unchanging, inflexible, utterly predictable.  To be awed by her superficiality is to berate the sun for rising in the east.  —  What I don't understand is John Edwards.
Scott Lemieux / TAPPED:
APPEASING THE UNAPPEASABLE.  I don't really agree with the take …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matthew Yglesias:   Going Meta  —  Everyone's already piling on Maureen Dowd's …
Nico / Think Progress:
Kristol: Reid's Iraq Remark Is 'Much More Disgraceful Than Anything Trent Lott Said'  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Weekly Standard editor William Kristol said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) remark that the Iraq war is lost is "much more disgraceful" than Sen. Trent Lott's …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alissa J. Rubin / New York Times:
After Iraqi Troops Do Dirty Work, 3 Detainees Talk  —  Out here in what the soldiers call Baghdad's wild west, sometimes the choices are all bad.  —  In one of the new joint American-Iraqi security stations in the capital this month, in the volatile Ghazaliya neighborhood …
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Good Cop, Really Bad Cop  —  The New York Times reports …
Discussion: The Newshoggers
Associated Press:
Suicide car bombers kill 13 in police station blasts … BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Two suicide car bombers attacked a police station Sunday in western Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding 82, police said.  —  The bombs exploded as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived in Cairo …
Discussion: Eschaton
Todd Pitman / Associated Press:
Insurgents battling al-Qaida outside Baghdad, U.S. says
Sinan Salaheddin / Associated Press:
Sunni struggle claims 4th Fallujah chief
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Michael Portillo / Times of London:
American psycho  —  When Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, the horrific slaughter revealed not only the poisons lurking in popular culture but the crisis of young males in a feminised society, says Sarah Baxter  —  Just before 5am on Monday, April 16, Cho Seung-hui got out of bed and walked to his computer.
Little Green Footballs:
Pittsburgh Islamic Leader: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Should Be Killed  —  When ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali appeared at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Muslim groups tried to have her speech shut down.  And they made it clear that if they had the power, and US law were written according to shari'a …
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Teflon Pete  —  Representative Pete Sessions was very adamant about passing the bankruptcy reform bill and he told everyone in the house the reasons why: … Stirring words, I'm sure you'll agree.  But apparently these calls to protect business from fraud are meant for losers and Democrats, not good Republican friends of Pete's:
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Jonathan Safran Foer / Washington Post:
Some People Love Guns.  Why Should the Rest of Us Be Targets?  —  Knives also cut bread and carve wood and aid surgery, but guns only shoot bullets.  That's what they are designed to do, and that's what they do.  When we talk about protecting our right to have guns, we are talking about protecting our right to shoot bullets.
Discussion: The Corner
Short Takes: Sign a petition to keep our chocolate real  —  The federal Food and Drug Administration is proposing to redefine the very essence of chocolate and to allow big manufacturers such as Hershey to sell a bar devoid of a key ingredient — cocoa butter.
Discussion: Making Light
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Standby for more violence
Discussion: Political Animal
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Mohammed / IRAQ THE MODEL:
End the war: Right message sent to the wrong address.
Discussion: Done With Mirrors
Cernig / The Newshoggers:
European Islamic Menace Hype - The Facts Say Different
Moisés Naím / Washington Post:
Democracy's Dangerous Impostors
Discussion: Captain's Quarters
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Top U.S. Officers See Mixed Results From Iraq 'Surge'
Discussion: CBS News
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
On Democracy in Iraq  —  It's starting to take root.
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Discussion: contentions and TigerHawk
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Patricia Sullivan / Washington Post:
Criminal Probe Opened in Pet Food Scare
Chicago Tribune:
Barack's rock  —  Obama calls wife Michelle 'an unbelievable …
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Caucus
Michael van der Galien / The Moderate Voice:
The Dutch Way or the Highway … Reuters has an interesting article …
Discussion: Reuters
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Lower Than Dirt
N. R. Kleinfield / New York Times:
Before Deadly Rage, a Life Consumed by a Troubling Silence
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
In Turnabout, Infant Deaths Climb in South