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9:50 AM ET, January 11, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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 …
Brett Coughlin / The Politico:
Patrick Kennedy points finger at Sarah Palin  —  Patrick Kennedy, who lost two uncles to assassins' bullets, says there's an obvious connection between the violent rhetoric of today's politics and the massacre in Tucson.  —  “When Sarah Palin puts targets on people's districts?
The Cholla Jumps:
Jared Loughner is a product of Sheriff Dupnik's office  —  This is the report that Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has been dreading since the tragic event on Saturday January 8.  —  The sheriff has been editorializing and politicizing the event since he took the podium to report on the incident.
Ronald J. Hansen / Arizona Republic:
Arizona shooting: Blame, gun politics in aftermath
Discussion: Yglesias and Blog For Arizona
Mchapman / CNSNews:
Sheriff Who Suggested Talk Shows Incited Attack Was Asked by Dems …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
TMZ.com:
New Fears Over Sarah Palin's Stalker
The Hill:
Suspect in Rep. Giffords shooting is held without bail
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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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).
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Insanity Defense Begins
Discussion: Law Blog
Washington Post:
Carnage in Arizona  —  THE SHOOTING in Arizona, which left six …
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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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Jess Levin / Media Matters for America:
Brock to Murdoch: Your Network Must Take A Stand
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Biden: Security gains in Afghanistan ‘fragile’  —  Vice President Biden, standing with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Tuesday, said that U.S. and NATO forces are on the right path to leaving Afghanistan by 2014 but that security gains are tenuous.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Mike Murphy / Ricochet.com:
The Inside Politics of the RNC Election  —  RNC elections are very hard to predict.  They run under special rules of gravity based nearly as much on personal relationships as ideology.  My handicapping — a partially informed guess at best — is as follows.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Steele in striking distance of second RNC term
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Crushing State Budget Cuts Wiping Out Stimulative Effects of Tax Deal  —  California Governor Jerry Brown (D).  —  Today, Jerry Brown announced his fiscal plan for the next 18 months, and it's not pretty at all.  He'll make an effort to save current tax increases which are set to expire …
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Ezra Klein:
The deficit doesn't care what you say, only what you do
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 …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Calculated Risk
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
The Politico:
Missing from Arizona shooting debate: Guns  —  In the wake of the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, politicians on both sides of the aisle are passionately debating the role of incendiary rhetoric.  —  Very few of them are talking about guns.
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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New York Times:
In Giffords's District, a Long History of Tension
Discussion: The Caucus
Guardian:
Banks given go-ahead to pay unlimited bonuses
Discussion: Mother Jones
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Israel, U.S. push back estimates of nuclear Iran
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Lobbyist Is Found Dead in Burned Car
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Los Angeles Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Drawing The Line  —  I see that Senator Rand Paul has weighed …
Discussion: Corrente
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Feds arrest person suspected of threatening Sen. Bennet's Denver office
Discussion: The Politico
Arizona Republic:
Family of suspect in Giffords shooting blocked access to house
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and USA Today