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2:33 AM ET, June 1, 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 …
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” …
Gabriel Winant / Salon:
O'Reilly's campaign against murdered doctor  —  The Fox News star had compared Tiller to a Nazi, called him a “baby killer,” and warned of “Judgment Day”  —  When his show airs tomorrow, Bill O'Reilly will most certainly decry the death of Kansas doctor George Tiller, who was killed Sunday …
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.
The Corner:
Gravely Wicked  —  Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing.  The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands.  No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him.  We are a nation of laws.
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.
Little Green Footballs:
Tiller Murder Suspect Identified, Posted at Operation Rescue  —  The man arrested on suspicion of murdering Dr. George Tiller has been identified as Scott Roeder: … And Scott Roeder posted a creepy comment at the Operation Rescue website in 2007, in this topic about Dr. Tiller …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Salon and The Daily Dish
Wichita Eagle:
George Tiller suspect may be charged Monday  —  WICHITA - With one bullet, a gunman ended the life and the controversial career of abortion doctor George Tiller, killing him as he stood in the foyer of his church Sunday.  —  Monday, a 51-year-old Johnson County man could be charged with murder …
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Oh, God, not this: Tiller assassinatedMORE UPDATES::  Suspect arrested  — LATEST NEWS UPDATES HERE  —  PREVIOUSLY (4:35 p.m.EDT): While we await the police press conference, pro-life blogger Becky Banks Brindle has aggregated reaction from pro-life activists, including condemnation of the assassination by National Right to Life.
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 …
Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
George Tiller's Lawyer: ‘I Never Detected Fear in Him’
Tiller Shooting Suspect in Custody
Kansas City Star:
Suspect in George Tiller shooting in custody in Johnson County
Discussion: The Nation
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
Associated Press:
Recent cases of abortion-related violence
Discussion: Colorado Independent
US abortion doctor is shot dead
Ann Friedman / American Prospect:
Discussion: The Debate Link and Donkeylicious
Roxana Hegeman / Associated Press:
Kan. abortion doc killed in church; suspect held
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Kansas City Star:   Statements on George Tiller's death
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Army fury at refusal to bolster Afghan campaign  —  Senior commanders warn British strategic alliance with United States is being put at risk  —  Britain's most senior military commanders have warned Gordon Brown that unless he sends more troops to Afghanistan Britain will lose credibility …
Discussion: The Agonist and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
New Era in Autos as GM Set for Bankruptcy  —  DETROIT — General Motors Corp. will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy early Monday, marking the humbling of an American icon that once dominated the global car industry and setting up a high-stakes gamble for U.S. taxpayers.
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