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4:50 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 …
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.
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.
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bill O'Reilly To Address Critics Tonight Over Murder Of Doctor
Discussion: Gawker
Megan McArdle:
The War on The War on Abortion
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
The 31-Year-Old in Charge of Dismantling G.M.  —  WASHINGTON — It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism.  —  But that, in short, is the job description for Brian Deese …
The Huffington Post:
Cheney Offers Support For Gay Marriage  —  Dick Cheney rarely takes a position that places him at a more progressive tilt than President Obama.  But on Monday, the former vice president did just that, saying that he supports gay marriage as long as it is deemed legal by state and not federal government.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney on gay marriage: ‘People free’
Discussion: Political Insider
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Cheney vs. Obama, but...
Michael Moore / Mike's Message:
Goodbye, GM Michael Moore  —  I write this on the morning of the end of the once-mighty General Motors.  By high noon, the President of the United States will have made it official: General Motors, as we know it, has been totaled.  —  As I sit here in GM's birthplace, Flint, Michigan …
Associated Press:
Military Recruiter Killed In Ark. Shooting  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ― One Army recruiter was killed Monday and a second was wounded in a shooting at a recruiting office, and a suspect was arrested, police said.  —  Police Lt. Terry Hastings said the recruiter was shot when a man …
USsoldiersgurl / KATV-TV:
One Dead, One Injured in West LR Shooting  —  Little Rock - One person is dead, another seriously injured, and a third is in custody following a double shooting in west Little Rock Monday morning.  —  Authorities say the incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. at a U.S. Army Navy Career Center inside …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Say Anything
Double shooting on Rodney Parham, bomb squad called
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Plum Line and Open Left
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol and Hume Call for Targeted Air Strikes on North Korea  —  As you probably know, a certain number of people are down-the-line pacifists.  They believe that war is wrong, no matter what the cause.  And as you've probably realized, none of them are major newspaper columnists …
Discussion: Think Progress and Open Left
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.
Tony Mauro /   Critics pounce on Sotomayor's reversal rate
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.
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 …
Mysterious ‘chip’ is CIA's latest weapon against al-Qaida targets hiding in Pakistan's tribal belt  —  The CIA is equipping Pakistani tribesmen with secret electronic transmitters to help target and kill al-Qaida leaders in the north-western tribal belt, in a tactic that could aid Pakistan's army …
Tommy Christopher / Politics Daily:
Playboy Magazine Officially Hates Women, Conservative or Otherwise  —  Over the years, “tasteful” porn dinosaur Playboy Magazine has been the subject of pop cultural debate for decades.  Is the nudity exploitation, or empowerment?  Does the magazine celebrate women, or degrade them?
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.
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Glenn Somerville / Reuters:
Geithner tells China its dollar assets are safe
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cheney: ‘Would do exactly the same’
Discussion: Raw Story
Vanity Fair:
Nancy Reagan Speaks Out About Obamas, the Bushes, and Her Husband
Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson and Ana Marie Cox: Abortion, Affirmative Action, More
Associated Press:
Chicago has 7 shooting deaths in 24 hours
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Was Malkin Being Sarcastic?  —  Maybe I got this wrong:
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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Federal Reserve puzzled by yield curve steepening
Discussion: Blogcritics and naked capitalism
Alex Conant / The Politico:
The Obama flip-flops you don't know  —  Since winning the election …
Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
The Folly of Unilateral Cap-and-Trade