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4:00 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 and Gateway Pundit
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.
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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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 …
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
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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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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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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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 …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Senate rejects domestic partnership veto  —  14-7 override follows emotional debate, sends bill to Assembly  —  CARSON CITY — After an emotional debate that brought tears to the eyes of some lawmakers, state senators voted 14-7 Saturday evening to override Gov. Jim Gibbons' veto of the domestic partnership bill.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and #gay
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 and Redhot
 
 
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