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11:55 AM ET, January 11, 2011

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Daniel Carty / CBS News:
Poll: Most Americans Feel Rhetoric, Tucson Shooting Unrelated  —  Nearly six in 10 Americans say the country's heated political rhetoric is not to blame for the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to a CBS News poll.
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Sarah Netter / ABCNEWS:
Ariz. Sheriff Tours Crime Scene, Blasts Limbaugh  —  Sheriff Clarence Dupnik tell ABC News' Diane Sawyer Gunman Fired ‘As Fast As He Was Capable’  —  The Arizona sheriff investigating the Tucson shooting that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded had harsh words today …
Charles Forelle / Wall Street Journal:
Father of Shooting Suspect May Issue Statement  —  TUCSON, Ariz.—The father of shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has prepared and may release a public statement, according to a neighbor who met with Mr. Loughner's parents Monday.  —  Randy and Amy Loughner disappeared from view shortly …
truth-out.org:
The Wrath of Fools: An Open Letter to the Far Right  —  From: William Rivers Pitt Re: The blood on your hands  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords isn't much older than I am.  She served in the Arizona State House of Representatives, and the Arizona State Senate, before being elected …
Mary Katharine Ham / The Daily Caller:
Mark Halperin: Conservatives should turn the other cheek when scapegoated for murder  —  During a discussion on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” Tuesday, the panel conceded that conservatives and Tea Party activists were unfairly scapegoated in the wake of Jared Lee Loughner's shooting spree in Tucson …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Jared Loughner's Anti-War Views  —  Now that Caitie Parker has been confirmed as a friend of Jared Lee Loughner's, it seems relevant to ask whether Loughner was still a left wing radical, as he was when Caitie last saw him over two years ago.  Among the clues are his apparent postings under the name Erad3 at Above Top Secret (ATS).
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote in 2010 election … THE FIX NEWSLETTERS … THE LIVE FIX … POLITICS & PINTS
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Insanity Defense Begins
Discussion: Law Blog
New York Times:
Palin, Amid Criticism, Stays in Electronic Comfort Zone  —  Under criticism that her political rhetoric had helped create a climate for political violence, Sarah Palin addressed the issue in trademark fashion: via e-mail to the conservative commentator Glenn Beck.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Politicized Mind  —  Before he allegedly went off on his shooting rampage in Tucson, Jared Loughner listed some of his favorite books on his YouTube page.  These included: “Animal Farm,” “Brave New World,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Through the Looking Glass” and “The Communist Manifesto.”
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Tim Pawlenty jabs Sarah Palin over ‘crosshairs’  —  Possible Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty took a jab at Sarah Palin, saying he wouldn't have used gun crosshairs to target Rep Gabrielle Giffords and others.  —  “I wouldn't have done it,” the former Minnesota governor told …
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Pawlenty criticizes Palin for cross hairs  —  Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty this morning added to the political debate about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by taking exception to Sarah Palin's use of cross hairs on a 2010 election map.  —  A map on a Palin website …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty jabs Palin over 2010 crosshairs map
TwitLonger:
WikiLeaks  —  “WikiLeaks: treat incitement seriously or expect more Gabrielle Gifford killing sprees.”  —  Wikileaks today offered sympathy and condolences to the victims of the Tucson shooting together with best wishes for the recovery of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Bill Maher: Jared Loughner's Chalkboard Likely Looks Like Glenn Beck's Chalkboard
Discussion: Raw Story
Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
Doc: Giffords ‘100 percent’ certain to survive  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is “100 percent” certain to survive, said Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon treating her for a gunshot wound to the head.  —  “As a physician I'm going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but her prognosis for survival is 100 percent …
Discussion: The Politico, TPMDC and New York Times
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Doctor: Giffords's condition unchanged  —  A top doctor at the hospital treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) for a gunshot wound to the head said the congresswoman's condition has not changed and that her ability to fully recover is still uncertain.  —  “No, there is no change …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Tea Party Express raising money in aftermath of Arizona shooting  —  Read more stories from The Daily Caller  —  Could Jon Huntsman really be the Republican presidential nominee in 2012?  —  Auburn wins it all: Sights from the BCS National Championship [SLIDESHOW]
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Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court: Did it just hint at stance on a health-care law challenge?  —  The Supreme Court refused to take up a case examining Congress's authority under the commerce clause, a key issue in a legal challenge to Obama's health-care law.  Two justices dissented.
Barry Rubin / RubinReports:
If One Extremist Gunmen Can Do So Much Damage in America, How About Ten Million Such People In The Middle East?  —  Please be subscriber 18,340 (and daily reader 20,340).  Put your email address in the upper right-hand box of the page at http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.com  —  We rely on your contributions.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and YID With LID
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama would dominate Christie, others in NJ  —  Barack Obama would easily win New Jersey again if he had to stand for reelection today, even if Republicans put forth Chris Christie as their candidate.  Obama leads Christie by a 17 point margin in a hypothetical contest, the same amount Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich trail by.
Discussion: GOP 12
Sudeep Reddy / Wall Street Journal:
Downturn's Ugly Trademark: Steep, Lasting Drop in Wages  —  In California, former auto worker Maria Gregg was out of work five months last year before landing a new job—at a nearly 20% pay cut.  —  In Massachusetts, Kevin Cronan, who lost his $150,000-a-year job as a money manager in early 2009 …
New York Times:
In Giffords's District, a Long History of Tension  —  TUCSON — Representative Gabrielle Giffords was distressed when the glass front door of her district office here was shattered by a kick or a pellet gun last March, an act of vandalism that took place hours after she joined Democrats in passing President Obama's health care bill.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Caucus
Glenn Beck:
Glenn's letter to the American people, politicians, and media  —  While Americans are grappling to understand the Arizona tragedy, the absolute vacuum of leadership on both sides is staggering.  —  We live in a country that has been struck by John Hinckley Jr. and Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald and Mark David Chapman.
Discussion: Weigel, Salon, Wonkette and National Review
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE WITH NEWT GINGRICH.... As tempting as it is to simply ignore the odd tirades of the disgraced former House Speaker, this latest gem from Newt Gingrich strikes me as special. … Putting aside the madman's incoherent ideology, it's fascinating to see Gingrich chastise …
Discussion: The Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Dems pass buck on debt ceiling hike  —  Relegated to the minority, Democrats are hinting they might vote against raising the ceiling to force the GOP's hand.  —  Democrats relegated to minority status in the House say Republicans are now the ones responsible for raising the federal debt ceiling …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Judges Berate Bank Lawyers in Foreclosures  —  With judges looking ever more critically at home foreclosures, they are reaching beyond the bankers to heap some of their most scorching criticism on the lawyers.  —  In numerous opinions, judges have accused lawyers of processing shoddy …
Discussion: Wonk Room and The Big Picture
RushLimbaugh.com:
An Embarrassment for the Media and Sick, Desperate American Left  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: What an embarrassing weekend it has been for the media.  I mean, utterly, childishly, silly embarrassing.  I knew it was going to happen the minute I heard about the shooting.
Discussion: Power Line and Politics Daily
 
 
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William Glaberson / New York Times:
Loughner's Lawyer Is Called a Master Strategist
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Members shouldn't carry weapons, says sergeant at arms
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Doesn't Blame Toxic Political Discourse For Arizona Shooting Tragedy
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
What If Barbara Jordan Had Said 'Don't Retreat, Reload'?
Discussion: Johnson
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay sentenced to 3 years in prison, freed on appeal bond
Discussion: CafeSentido.com
William Galston / The New Republic:
The Tucson Shooter and the Case for Involuntary Commitment
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
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Mike Murphy / Ricochet.com:
The Inside Politics of the RNC Election
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Biden: Afghan security gains ‘fragile’
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
The Politico:
Missing from Arizona shooting debate: Guns
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Lobbyist Is Found Dead in Burned Car
Discussion: Booman Tribune
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
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