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11:40 PM ET, April 4, 2009


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Associated Press:
Gunman ‘lying in wait’ kills 3 Pittsburgh officers; friends say he feared Obama would ban guns  —  Map locates Pittsburgh , Penn. where police officers were wounded in a shootout (W. Castello, AP / April 4, 2009)  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and “lying in wait” …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HE FEARED THE ‘OBAMA GUN BAN’.... The latest gun massacre occurred this morning in Pittsburgh.  This one had a more political bent than most. … It wouldn't be fair to blame right-wing propaganda for Poplawski slaying these police officers.  Plenty of people have heard the far-right talking points …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Richard Poplawski: Was Pittsburgh shooter driven by right-wing gun paranoia about Obama?  —  Some of the early reports out of Pittsburgh indicate the man who shot three cops today was fearful that the Obama administration was going to “take away his guns.” … He feared an Obama gun grab?
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Pittsburgh shooter Poplawski “didn't like our [gun] rights being infringed upon”  —  We're gathering more information about Richard Polawski, the 23-year-old man who decided to kill three Pittsburgh police officers and wound three others because it appears he was afraid they …
Fox News:   Shooter Wearing Bulletproof Vest Guns Down 3 Pittsburgh Officers …
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Launches Rocket  —  SEOUL - North Korea launched a multi-stage rocket Sunday in defiance of international pressure.  The rocket passed safely across Japan and over the Pacific Ocean, Japanese authorities said.  —  The rocket lifted off shortly after 11:30 a.m. local …
North Korea ‘has launched rocket’  —  North Korea has launched a rocket, despite international appeals not to go ahead.  —  Officials from Japan, South Korea and the US confirmed lift-off at 0230 GMT.  The rocket appeared to have passed over Japan to the Pacific, Tokyo said.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Pitchforks and Pistols  —  Lately I've been consuming as much conservative media as possible (interspersed with shots of Pepto-Bismol) to get a better sense of the mind and mood of the right.  My read: They're apocalyptic.  They feel isolated, angry, betrayed and besieged.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Charles Blow advocates public flogging, screeches at hyperbole
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Susan Lee / Forbes:
It Really Is All Greenspan's Fault  —  Ask John Taylor ...  It's been quite a spectacle for those who have followed Alan Greenspan's career for decades.  Gone is the financial rock star or even the statesman testifying before Congress in a measured baritone.
Discussion: EconLog
Jan Hoffman / New York Times:
Commoner Captures Princess, Blog Version  —  CONSIDER the erotic potential between blogger and commenters.  —  The blogger is boss, a salon host with wit and whip.  Certainly a blogger thrives on commenters — who wants to declaim to an empty e-room?  But let's be clear: blogger, sovereign; commenters, courtiers.
New York Times:
Europeans Offer Few New Troops for Afghanistan  —  STRASBOURG, France — European leaders offered few extra troops on Saturday for President Obama's intensified effort in Afghanistan, with most of the soldiers only on temporary security assignment, underlining deep divisions within the alliance over the war.
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Why Creditors Should Suffer, Too  —  THE Obama administration's proposals to reform financial regulation sound ambitious enough as they aim to bring companies like A.I.G. under a broader umbrella of government rule-making and scrutiny.  —  But there is a big hole in these proposals …
Stuart Varney / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Wants to Control the Banks  —  There's a reason he refuses to accept repayment of TARP money.  —  I must be naive.  I really thought the administration would welcome the return of bank bailout money.  Some $340 million in TARP cash flowed back this week from four small banks in Louisiana, New York, Indiana and California.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and Wall Street's ownership of government  —  White House officials yesterday released their personal financial disclosure forms, and included in the millions of dollars which top Obama economics adviser Larry Summers made from Wall Street in 2008 is this detail:
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
A Push Is On for Same-Sex Marriage Rights Across New England  —  BOSTON — The Iowa Supreme Court's approval of same-sex marriage on Friday gave advocates an important first victory in the nation's heartland, thwarting the notion that only the Northeast will accept it.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Binghamton Gunman Felt “Degraded And Disrespcted”  —  Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Voong was angry about poor language skills and lack of job prospects.  Police Chief Joseph Zikusky of Binghamton says he felt “degraded and disrespected” because of his poor English.
Discussion: Associated Press and Don Surber
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Is a New Generation of Christians Finished with Politics?  —  Is the Christian right finished as a political entity?  Or, more to the point, are principled Christians finished with politics?  —  These questions have been getting fresh air lately as frustrated conservative Christians question …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Hullabaloo
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