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10:15 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” …
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.
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 …
Shannyn Moore / The Huffington Post:
Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism.  —  It's shocking to write.  But it's time to start calling it what it is.  —  When Jim D. Adkisson walked into the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church with 76 rounds and a shot-gun, he killed 2 people and was charged with murder.
Discussion: MyDD
Wichita Eagle:
George Tiller shooting suspect may be charged Monday  —  WICHITA - The 51-year-old man arrested in the shooting death of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller — a case that has drawn international attention — could be charged Monday.  —  Tiller, 67, was shot once just after 10 a.m …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Sweetness & Light
Christian Newswire:
George Tiller was a Mass-Murderer, says Randall Terry — We Grieve That he Did Not Have Time to Properly Prepare his Soul to Face God  —  Randall Terry, founder of Operation Rescue, led protests against George Tiller's late-term abortion clinic in Wichita in 1991.
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.
Upchuck / freerepublic.com:
Report: George Tiller Shot To Death [Child Murderer 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, KAKE-TV 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.
La Shawn / La Shawn Barber's Corner:
Child Killer George Tiller Killed
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Kansas Abortion Doctor Is Slain at His Church
Discussion: Salon
Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
George Tiller's Lawyer: ‘I Never Detected Fear in Him’
Kansas City Star:   Statements on George Tiller's death
Associated Press:
Recent cases of abortion-related violence
Discussion: Colorado Independent
BBC:
US abortion doctor is shot dead
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 …
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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 …
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.
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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