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4:45 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: Politics Daily
KMBC Kansas City's Channel 9:
Dr. George Tiller Shot To Death  —  Abortion Provider Killed At Wichita Church  —  WICHITA, Kan. — Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas man who became one of the most famous figures in the national debate over abortion, was shot and killed at his church Sunday morning, multiple media sources reported.
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.
The Huffington Post:
George Tiller Killed: Abortion Doctor Shot At Church  —  AP/Huffington Post  —  WICHITA, Kansas — Dr. George Tiller, a Kansas doctor whose clinic received national attention for performing late-term abortions, was shot to death as he entered his Wichita church on Sunday.
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.
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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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, GayPatriot and The Swamp
The Politico:
GOP takes aim at Obamas' NYC trip
Ann Sanner / Associated Press:
First couple's NY date: a campaign promise kept
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?
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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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Israel Today:
‘Obama committed to ejecting Jews from Judea-Samaria,’ says Abbas  —  Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday told reporters in Cairo that he is convinced that US President Barack Obama is firmly committed to finally ejecting the Jews from Judea and Samaria.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
The Waves Minority Judges Always Make  —  WASHINGTON — Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black member of the Supreme Court, ended his 24 years there bitter and frustrated.  He had been unable, he said, to persuade his colleagues in many cases concerning racial equality, the cause to which he had devoted his life.
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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 …
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 …
 
 
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