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12:50 PM ET, June 1, 2009


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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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Notes on the murder of George Tiller  —  *Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was gunned down at his church in Kansas Sunday morning in a thoroughly evil, cold-blooded act of domestic terrorism.  Yes, terrorism.  Not “extremism.”  Interesting how the t-word has been rediscovered.
Judy L. Thomas / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Suspect supported killing abortion providers, friends say  —  George Tiller's body removed from church.  —  The suspect in custody for the slaying of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller was a member of an anti-government group in the 1990s and a staunch opponent of abortion.
New York Times:
Suspect Is Identified in Killing of Abortion Doctor  —  WICHITA, Kan. — The suspect in the fatal shooting of one of the nation's only doctors to perform late-term abortions had professed an anti-government, anti-abortion philosophy in years past, some who knew him said on Monday.
Mike Hendricks / Prime Buzz:
Tiller's killers were many
New York Times:
G.M. to Seek Bankruptcy and a New Start  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will push General Motors into bankruptcy protection on Monday, making a risky bet that by temporarily nationalizing the onetime icon of American capitalism, he can save at least a diminished automaker that is competitive.
Tomoeh Murakami Tse / Washington Post:   Chrysler Gets Judge's Approval for Asset Sale
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reagan Did It  —  “This bill is the most important legislation for financial institutions in the last 50 years.  It provides a long-term solution for troubled thrift institutions. ...  All in all, I think we hit the jackpot.”  So declared Ronald Reagan in 1982, as he signed the Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act.
Rick Hasen / Election Law:
LIVE BLOGGING THE COLEMAN FRANKEN ORAL ARGUMENT  —  Now that the oral arguments have concluded, here are my tentative thoughts (you can find my earlier live blog below the fold):  —  1. It is always dangerous to guess how a court is going to come out based upon oral argument.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Battle for Senate Seat Goes to Minnesota's Top Court
Discussion: Election Law and Law Blog
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
Air France Jet Is Feared Lost on Flight From Brazil to Paris  —  PARIS — An Air France passenger jet traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris disappeared after its electrical systems malfunctioned during a storm with heavy turbulence on Sunday evening, and officials said Monday that a search …
CNN:   Missing Air France jet ‘hit by electric fault’
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KRISTOL'S PLAN FOR KOREA.... In light of North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests, international leaders are pondering how best to proceed, weighing a series of unsatisfying options.  On Fox News yesterday, Bill Kristol presented the same idea he always presents when faced with a national security challenge.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol and Hume Call for Targeted Air Strikes on North Korea
Discussion: Open Left and Wonkette
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney: President putting country in jeopardy  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Mitt Romney, eyeing a run at the presidency in 2012, is taking another step in fleshing out his foreign policy portfolio with a Monday speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation on the topic of defense spending.
Discussion: GOP 12
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney on defense spending
Bob Barr / New York Times:
Death Penalty Disgrace  —  THERE is no abuse of government power more egregious than executing an innocent man.  But that is exactly what may happen if the United States Supreme Court fails to intervene on behalf of Troy Davis.  —  Mr. Davis is facing execution for the 1989 murder …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
DIVERSE OPINIONS  —  In making nominations to the Supreme Court, Presidents care about diversity, which is a relatively new term for an idea that is nearly as old as the Court itself.  In the early days of the republic, when regional disputes were the foremost conflict of the era, nominees were generally defined by their home turfs.
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Federal Reserve puzzled by yield curve steepening  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is studying significant moves in the U.S. government bond market last week that could have big implications for the central bank's strategy to combat the country's recession.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Was Malkin Being Sarcastic?  —  Maybe I got this wrong:  —  That quote by Michelle Malkin that you posted describing the killing of Tiller as “terrorism” wasn't by Michelle.  It was a quote from a post on some other blog and she linked to Google.  She didn't call it terrorism.
Alex Conant / The Politico:
The Obama flip-flops you don't know  —  Since winning the election, President Barack Obama has famously flip-flopped on many of the major issues that he championed on the campaign trail.  But did you know he's also flip-flopped on a myriad of less publicized issues?
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republican Base Heavily White, Conservative, Religious  —  Democrats are more likely to be moderate or liberal, Hispanic, or black or other races  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than 6 in 10 Republicans today are white conservatives, while most of the rest are whites with other ideological leanings …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama health plan takes shape  —  If Congress were to take a vote on a health reform bill today, Democrats and Republicans would find a surprising level of agreement — so much so that the broad outlines of a consensus plan already are taking shape.  —  Sick or healthy, rich or poor …
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