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4:40 PM ET, January 9, 2011


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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.”
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 …
NY Daily News:
Daly: Gifford's blood is on Palin's hands  —  Sarah Palin should've known what she was doing when she put a target on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (below).  Palin might as well have said, ‘Fire!’  —  Here is what Sarah Palin said on the Facebook page where she depicted Gabrielle Giffords …
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin aide: ‘Never intended gun sights’
Discussion: Mediaite and GOOD
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Lawmakers on Edge, Reassessing Security, After Gabrielle Giffords Shooting
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and WRTV-TV
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Palin aide defends imagery targeting Giffords
New York Times:
Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics
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 …
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.
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 …
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Latest on shooting of Congresswoman Giffords...motivation: anti Semitic and she was the target  —  Below is a note from my FNC colleague Jennifer Griffin: (by the way, the fact that my blogs focus on Congresswoman Giffords in no way is meant to take away from the other victims and their families.
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
David Frum / FrumForum:
Did Pot Trigger Giffords Shooting?
Discussion: TBogg
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 …
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.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
James King / Valley Fever:
Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack …
Dan Gibson / Tucson Weekly:
The Crazed Internet Rantings of Jared Loughner
Andrea Stone / AOL News:
Until Saturday's rampage against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left her battling for her life and ended the lives of six others, Clarence Dupnik was not the most famous sheriff in Arizona.  —  But after a pull-no-punches news conference in which he linked the shooting in Tucson …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Guardian
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Sheriff Dupnik's criticism of political ‘vitriol’ resonates with public
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Shooting prompts legislation to protect lawmakers, officials  —  Washington (CNN) - Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, said he will introduce legislation making it a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.
Discussion: The Hill
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Reid says debt limit boost is a must, but can't justify 2006 opposition
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