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9:55 AM ET, January 10, 2011


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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel  —  Those who purport to care about the tenor of political discourse don't help civil debate when they seize on any pretext to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.  —  Shortly after November's electoral defeat for the Democrats …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Jared Loughner's behavior recorded by college classmate in e-mails  —  In early June, Lynda Sorenson, 52, had gone back to community college in Tucson in hopes of getting back on the job market.  One of her classes was a basic algebra class—and one of her classmates was Jared Loughner …
Wall Street Journal:
Suspect Fixated on Giffords  —  Accused Gunman Went to Congresswoman's Event in 2007; ‘I Planned Ahead’  —  TUCSON, Ariz.—Accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner appeared to have been long obsessed with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  —  A safe at Mr. Loughner's home contained a form letter …
New York Times:
Suspect's Odd Behavior Caused Growing Alarm  —  TUCSON — In a community college classroom here last June, on the first day of the term, the instructor in Jared L. Loughner's basic algebra class, Ben McGahee, posed what he thought was a simple arithmetic question to his students.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Tragedy marks turning point for Palin  —  With a long list of enemies, a taste for incendiary rhetoric and responsibility for a campaign website graphic that placed gunsight logos on a map of targeted congressional districts, it didn't take long for Sarah Palin to get pulled into the orbit of Saturday's massacre in Tucson.
Associated Press:
Shooting suspect's nihilism rose with isolation  —  TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — At an event roughly three years ago, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took a question from Jared Loughner, the man accused of trying to assassinate her and killing six other people.  According to two of his high school friends …
Obama London:
Inexplicable Edits on Sarah Palin's Facebook Page  —  Sarah Palin has a reputation for being an agressive editor of comments on her Facebook page - a reputation that has always seemed likely accurate to me, given the tedious consistency with which all comments on the page are along the lines of “I love you SARAH!”
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Carolyn McCarthy readies gun control bill  —  One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday targeting the high-capacity ammunition the gunman used.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Conservative pundit says criticism of Palin like ‘McCarthyism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mr Kurtz, He Dead Wrong
Michael Kiefer / Arizona Republic:
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Jared Loughner may get a renowned public defender
Discussion: The Hill, This Just In and FrumForum
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Should We Blame Sarah Palin for Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting?
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Suspected Arizona Gunman Reportedly Planned Shooting in Advance
Discussion: Telegraph and Pat Dollard
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The awesome stupidity of the calls to tamp down political speech …
The Caucus:
Live Blog: Latest Developments on Arizona Shooting
Monica Von Dobeneck /
Dick Winters, of ‘Band of Brothers’ fame, dies  —  Dick Winters, the former World War II commander whose war story was told in the book and miniseries “Band of Brothers,” has died.  —  Dick Winters led a quiet life on his Fredericksburg farm and in his Hershey home until the book and miniseries …
T. Rees Shapiro / Post Mortem:
Dick Winters dies; WWII hero commanded ‘Band of Brothers’
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Matt Schneider / Mediaite:
Megyn Kelly Takes On Sheriff Dupnik Over His “Political Spin” On Shooting  —  On Fox News, Megyn Kelly interviewed the man in charge of the Arizona shooting investigation, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.  Kelly introduced the interview saying, “it is always a difficult task to try …
Fox News:
Pima County Sheriff Sets Off Debate on Price of Free Speech
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Climate of Hate  —  When you heard the terrible news from Arizona, were you completely surprised?  Or were you, at some level, expecting something like this atrocity to happen?  —  Put me in the latter category.  I've had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008campaign.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
Latest on shooting of Congresswoman Giffords...motivation …
Kevin Tripp /
Aide's quick thinking helps to save Giffords' life  —  TUCSON, Ariz. - It's an incredible story of quick thinking and courage under fire.  That's what people are saying about Daniel Hernandez.  —  Hernandez is an aide who started working with Giffords a week ago.
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords's ‘green’ question riled right
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Meet Daniel Hernandez, the intern who likely saved Gabrielle Giffords' life
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Within GOP, Huckabee Most Liked, Palin Best Known  —  Palin, Romney, and Gingrich trail Huckabee on Gallup's net favorable dimension  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has the highest net favorable score among Republicans nationwide in a field of potential GOP candidates for 2012 …
Jeb Bush /
Conservative movement must commit to a long-term outreach strategy  —  The 2010 election represented a historic victory for center-right principles and candidates.  Voters across the country responded positively to a message of low taxes, responsible spending and individual freedom …
Discussion: CNN and Oliver Willis
Roll Call:
Bitter Blue Dogs Ready to Cut Deals  —  Blue Dog Democrats remain deeply frustrated with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's leadership and are signaling they are ready to break ranks and cut deals with Republicans.  —  In an interview with Roll Call last week, the leadership team …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Joint conference Wednesday to discuss security concerns  —  The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus said Sunday that lawmakers will meet for a special joint conference on Wednesday to discuss security measures and concerns in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in her home district Saturday.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Pat Dollard
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Arizona Daily Star:
Giffords' husband releases first statement since shooting
Wayne Slater / Dallas Morning News:
Poll says Texans like Rick Perry as governor, but not as president
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In WikiLeaks fight, U.S. journalists take a pass
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Keith Koffler / The Politico:
President Obama must rise above politics
Discussion: The Note
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Dolnick / New York Times:
At Giffords's Synagogue, Prayers for Recovery
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Can We Tone Down the Political Rhetoric?
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