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2:45 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” …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
GOP takes aim at Obamas' NYC trip  —  President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama landed in New York Sunday afternoon, and after taking a helicopter from JFK into Manhattan, drove up the West Side Highway, where the northbound lanes were shut down by police for their visit, past Ground Zero …
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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.
New York Post:
OBAMA KEEPS HIS BIG APPLE PLEDGE  —  WOWS FIRST LADY WITH DINNER & B'WAY SHOW  —  By CHARLES HURT in DC and STEFANIE COHEN in NY  —  Two martinis, a swank restaurant, a Broadway show — President Obama really knows how to treat a First Lady.  —  “I am taking my wife to New York City …
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Was “Date Night” a Good Idea?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Swamp
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
First couple's NY date: a campaign promise kept
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Politics Can Wait: The President Has a Date
Richard A. Clarke / Washington Post:
The Trauma of 9/11 Is No Excuse  —  Top officials from the Bush administration have hit upon a revealing new theme as they retrospectively justify their national security policies.  Call it the White House 9/11 trauma defense.  —  “Unless you were there, in a position of responsibility after September 11 …
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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 …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Israel to U.S.: ‘Stop favoring Palestinians’  —  Tensions between Washington and Jerusalem are growing after the U.S. administration's demand that Israel completely freeze construction in all West Bank settlements.  Israeli political officials expressed disappointment after Tuesday's round …
Discussion: Doug Ross and Wake up America
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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?
Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Some Guantánamo detainees to get laptops  —  To better prepare them for life in asylum, the U.S. military is setting up a virtual computer lab for some Guantánamo captives now cleared for release.  —  CROSENBERG@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba …
New York Post:
RANGEL'S SICK JOKE  —  CRACKS WISE ON OFFICER'S DEATH, SAYS PRESIDENT'S NOT SAFE IN HARLEM  —  There's nothing like a tragic police shooting to bring a tasteless guffaw out of Rep. Charlie Rangel.  —  Speaking yesterday at a rally in honor of slain cop Omar Edwards …
Evan Harris / Political Punch:
Obama Administration Asserts Uighur Detainees Have No Right to Come to US  —  The Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to reject a request for a hearing from 17 Chinese Muslims currently being held at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, arguing they have no right to come …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama argues against Uigher release
Discussion: PoliGazette, Redhot and The Corner
Rasmussen Reports:
Just 21% Favor GM Bailout Plan, 67% Oppose  —  Only 21% of voters nationwide support a plan for the government to bail out General Motors as part of a structured bankruptcy plan to keep the troubled auto giant in business.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds …
Discussion: Power Line and PoliGazette
 
 
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