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7:25 PM ET, May 31, 2009

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Stan Finger / Wichita Eagle:
George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church  —  WICHITA - George Tiller, the Wichita doctor who became a national lightning rod in the debate over abortion, was shot to death this morning as he walked into church services.  —  Tiller was shot just after 10 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church …
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New York Times:
Abortion Doctor Shot to Death in Church  —  George Tiller, a Wichita doctor who was one of the few doctors in the nation to perform late-term abortions, was shot to death on Sunday as he attended church, city officials in Wichita said.  —  Dr. Tiller, who had performed abortions since the 1970s …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
O'Reilly's Target Shot Dead In Church  —  The abortionist, George Tiller, was shot to death ... in a Wichita church this morning.  It was the culmination of a campaign of domestic terrorism against him:  —  Protesters blockaded Tiller's clinic during Operation Rescue's “Summer of Mercy” …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Kind of Terrorism that Works  —  Bad news: … Random murder of civilians in order to coerce political concessions doesn't have a great track-record.  But direct action terrorist violence against abortion providers has, I think, proven to be a fairly successful tactic.
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Andrew Sullivan: “Christianists” Killed George Tiller - UPDATED!!  —  George Tiller, the Wichita, Kansas, abortion doctor, was shot dead today while on his way to attend church services.  —  The controversy over Tiller's late-term abortion activities drew heavy fire from conservatives.
KBSL-TV:
Tiller Shooting Suspect in Custody  —  Latest Update:  —  Eyewitness News has confirmed the suspect in the shooting of Dr. George Tiller is in custody in the Kansas City area.  Wichita police say the man was arrested near Gardner, KS at around 2:00 Sunday afternoon.
Wichita Eagle:
President Obama outraged by slaying of abortion provider George Tiller  —  WICHITA, Kansas - President Obama said this afternoon that he was “shocked and outraged” by the killing of abortion doctor George Tiller, who was shot while attending church in east Wichita.
CNN:
Doctor who performed abortions shot to death  —  (CNN) — Dr. George Tiller, whose Kansas women's clinic was the epicenter of the state's battles over abortion for nearly two decades, was shot and killed at his church Sunday morning, his family said.  —  Tiller, 67, was fatally shot shortly …
Fox News:
Arrest Made in Shooting Death of Abortion Doctor at Church, Source Says  —  WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita city official says a suspect is in custody in the shooting death of late-term abortion provider George Tiller.  —  The city official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
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Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
George Tiller's Murder: Pro-Crazy is Not Pro-Life
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Kansas City Star:   Suspect arrested in connection with slaying of abortion provider George Tiller
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Child Killer George Tiller Killed
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOMETIMES, A DATE IS JUST A DATE.... Ordinarily, this is the kind of human-interest story that I wouldn't even read.  Apparently, though, it's angered quite a few Republicans, so I guess we might as well take a look at. … Good for them; I'm sure it's nice for the Obamas to get out once in a while.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Jeffrey Rosen vows never to “blog” again  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  NPR has a thorough examination today of the controversy surrounding Jeffrey Rosen's New Republic anonymity-driven smear attack on Sonia Sotomayor's intellect and character.  The audio news report …
Marla Singer / Zero Hedge:
I Am Marla's Observations On Artificial Selection In Chrysler Dealerships  —  Ok.  You f**k me, then snub me.  You love me, you hate me.  You show me a sensitive side, then you turn into a total a**hole.  Is this a pretty accurate description of our relationship, Barack?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Court Choice Brings Issue of ‘Identity’ Back Out  —  WASHINGTON — In the heat of his primary battle last year, Barack Obama bemoaned “identity politics” in America, calling it “an enormous distraction” from the real issues of the day.  Many thought his inauguration as the first African-American president …
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Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
McConnell: I Have ‘Better Things To Do’ Than Ask My Party To Stop Calling Sotomayor ‘Racist’  —  Just hours after President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, conservative talker Rush Limbaugh declared that Obama had nominated a “racist.”
 
 
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