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4:00 PM ET, January 9, 2011


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George Packer / News Desk:
It Doesn't Matter Why He Did It  —  Judging from his Internet postings, Jared Lee Loughner is a delusional young man whose inner political landscape is a swamp of dystopian novels, left- and right-wing tracts, conspiracy theories, and contempt for his fellow human beings.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
DHS probing shooter's ties to fanatical group  —  The feds are reportedly probing whether shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has ties to an anti-Semitic, anti-government hate group that has ads for tea party organizations on its website.  —  A Department of Homeland Security memo quoted …
New York Times:
Arizona Suspect's Recent Acts Offer Hints of Alienation  —  WASHINGTON — Jared Lee Loughner had become increasingly erratic in recent months, so much so that others around him began to worry.  —  He had posted on his Myspace page at some point a photograph of a United States history textbook, on top of which he had placed a handgun.
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
DHS Memo Suggests Shooter May Be Linked To Racist Organization  —  According to a law enforcement memo based on information provided by DHS and obtained by Fox News, Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, may have been influenced by a pro-white racist organization …
Scott / Power Line:
A disgrace to nuts everwhere  —  The race is on to place Jared Loughner among conservatives and attribute responsibility for yesterday's murders to the political opponents of President Obama.  It is a handy device to stifle resistance to the left.  As you might expect — see, e.g. …
Arizona shooting suspect may be linked to anti-Semitic group  —  THE suspect being held over Saturday's shooting of US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords may have links to anti-Semitic race hate group American Renaissance.  —  An internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Report: DHS says shooting suspect ‘possibly linked’ to anti-Semitic group
Discussion: The Politico and The Daily Caller
David Frum / FrumForum:
Did Pot Trigger Giffords Shooting?
Discussion: TBogg
James King / Valley Fever:
Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack …
Arizona Republic:
Daniel Hernandez, intern, stays by Gabrielle Giffords' side  —  UA student pulls her into lap, holds head to stop bleeding  —  Daniel Hernandez had been U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' intern for five days when she was shot Saturday outside Tucson.  —  The junior at the University of Arizona …
New York Times:
Giffords Called Responsive After Attack  —  TUCSON — Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat who was gravely wounded in a shooting rampage, remained in critical condition on Sunday but has been able to respond to simple commands, and her doctors described themselves as “cautiously optimistic.”
Keith Olbermann /
Violence and threats have no place in democracy  —  The political rhetoric of the country must be changed to prevent acts of domestic terrorism  —  Below:  —  on -  — More from: - TODAY - Nightly News - Meet the Press - Dateline - Morning Joe - Hardball - Countdown - Rachel Maddow - msnbc tv
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Lawmakers on Edge, Reassessing Security, After Gabrielle Giffords Shooting
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and WRTV-TV
New York Times:
Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Sheriff Dupnik's criticism of political ‘vitriol’ resonates with public
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:   LIVEBLOG: Press Conference With Sheriff Dupnik and FBI Director Robert Mueller
Amanda Coyne / Alaska Dispatch:
Palin staffer calls using tragedy to score political points ‘obscene’  —  The news was barely out today when social networks were erupting, blaming Sarah Palin and the tea party for inciting the 22-year-old alleged gunman who shot U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona …
Howard Kurtz / Blogs and Stories:
Should We Blame Sarah Palin for Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting?  —  Already, people are pointing fingers at Sarah Palin and her “target map” for fostering the tragedy in Arizona—but Howard Kurtz says military terminology has been part of politics for ages.  —  I hate to say this, but the blame game is already under way.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A 'SURVEYOR'S SYMBOL'?.... On March 22, the day before the Affordable Care Act became law, former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) published a list of House Democrats with crosshairs, like that of a rifle scope, over their districts.  A day later, she sent a message to “commonsense conservatives” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin aide: ‘Never intended gun sights’
Discussion: Mediaite and GOOD
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Palin aide defends imagery targeting Giffords
Discussion: CNN, Fox Nation and GOOD
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
House Dem calls for ‘beefed up’ security, special treatment for members by TSA
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
9-Year-Old Victim Was a 9/11 Baby, a ‘Face of Hope’  —  Christina Green was on the student council of her elementary school, so on Saturday her mother's friend thought she might enjoy seeing government in action — the local congresswoman meeting with constituents outside a supermarket near Christina's home.
Discussion: National Review
BRACE YOURSELVES: Democrat Fred Phelps and Westboro Hate Group announce plans to picket 9-year-old shooting victim Christina Greene's funeral.  A new low for Democrat hate groups.  —  Posted by kevindujan01 under Fred Phelps, HillBuzz, Kevin DuJan |  Tags: Fred Phelps, Fred Phelps Al Gore …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Jared Loughner's college instructor: I was worried he might have a gun in class  —  A community college instructor who taught Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner was so disturbed by the student's outbursts in class that he requested Loughner's removal from the course, he told the Washington Post in an interview Sunday.
Tim Steller / Arizona Daily Star:
Dupnik: Suspect is mentally unstable
Discussion: Politics Daily, Hit & Run and Doug Ross
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Discussion: CNN
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Reid says debt limit boost is a must, but can't justify 2006 opposition
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Ruth Calvo / Firedoglake:
Armed and Dangerous Again
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Giffords recognized husband, returned to unconciousness
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
The Cloudy Logic of ‘Political’ Shootings