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11:20 AM ET, June 1, 2009


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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Suspect Held in Kansas Abortion Doctor's Slaying  —  WICHITA.  June 1 — Scott Roeder, identified Sunday as a possible suspect in the slaying of prominent Kansas late-term abortion provider George R. Tiller, is known in anti-abortion circles as a man who believes that killing an abortion doctor is justifiable.
Christian Newswire:
George Tiller was a Mass-Murderer, says Randall Terry …
The Corner:
Gravely Wicked  —  Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing.
Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés / The Moderate Voice:
Suspect in Murder of Dr. Tiller Allegedly Member of ‘Operation Rescue’ Forum
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 …
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.
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.
Missing Air France jet ‘hit by electric fault’  —  PARIS, France (CNN — An Air France plane missing over the Atlantic with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact, the airline said Monday, describing the incident as a “catastrophe.”
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 …
French plane lost in Atlantic storm
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Battle for Senate Seat Goes to Minnesota's Top Court
Discussion: Law Blog and Election Law
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?
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
DCCC Targets Six on Stimulus Votes  —  Democrats launched a paid advertising offensive today against a half-dozen House Republicans whom they consider to be vulnerable this cycle.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running radio advertisements for the next week targeting …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT FROM ‘RENEGADE’ - Obama On Clinton Pick: “I'm Not Begging Her To Take This Job”  —  In an exclusive excerpt from Richard Wolffe's new book, “Renegade: The Making of a President,” the author details the internal debates within the Obama camp over whether to select Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.
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 …
Washington Post:
Sotomayor's College Activism Was Passionate but Civil  —  Around Christmas of 1973, a fellow sophomore approached Frank Reed, a leader of Princeton University's Chicano Caucus, to hand him a formal complaint she had typed up and to ask him to support it.  —  Sonia Sotomayor was head …
Megan McArdle:
What's Good for GM isn't What's Good For America  —  So.  Alea iacta est, as Julius Caesar might have said, if there had been a major Roman chariot manufacturer in putative need of nationalization.  The nation's largest automaker, our most iconic firm, is bankrupt, GM and Citigroup exit the Dow in favor of Travelers and Cisco.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Romney: President putting country in jeopardy
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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
U.S. Officials Cite Gains Against Al-Qaeda in Pakistan
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Daniel Foggo / Times of London:
Mother ‘too stupid’ to keep child
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New York Times:
Even in Crisis, Banks Dig In for Fight Against Rules
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Discussion: USA Today and Washington Wire
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Federal Reserve puzzled by yield curve steepening
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Martin Feldstein / Washington Post:
The Folly of Unilateral Cap-and-Trade
Discussion: Economist's View
Zombie / zomblog:
Vigilante stalkers harass Professor John Yoo at his private home
Kim Sengupta / The Independent:
Army fury at refusal to bolster Afghan campaign
Discussion: The Agonist and Weasel Zippers