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11:05 AM ET, January 10, 2011


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NY Daily News:
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Frightening, twisted shrine in Arizona killer Jared Lee Loughner's yard  —  A sinister shrine reveals a chilling occult dimension in the mind of the deranged gunman accused of shooting a member of Congress and 19 others.  —  Hidden within a camouflage tent behind …
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 …
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 …
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
Exclusive: Loughner Friend Explains Alleged Gunman's Grudge Against Giffords  —  In a MoJo interview, the friend shares a message sent hours before the massacre.  —  Post Comment  —  At 2:00 a.m. on Saturday—about eight hours before he allegedly killed six people and wounded 14 …
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.
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 …
Josh Horwitz / The Huffington Post:
Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA's “Second Amendment Remedies”
Discussion: Big Government, Open Left and Guardian
Michael Kiefer / Arizona Republic:
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Jared Loughner may get a renowned public defender
Discussion: The Hill, This Just In and FrumForum
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Suspected Arizona Gunman Reportedly Planned Shooting in Advance
Discussion: Telegraph and Pat Dollard
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 …
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.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Conservative pundit says criticism of Palin like ‘McCarthyism’  —  A conservative pundit on Monday ripped liberals who have suggested that Sarah Palin is to blame for the shooting tragedy in Arizona.  —  During an appearance on C-SPAN's “Washington Journal,” Bill Kristol …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Mr Kurtz, He Dead Wrong
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Should We Blame Sarah Palin for Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting?
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Huckabee enjoys best net-favorable opinion with GOP voters
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
United in Horror  —  When John F. Kennedy visited Dallas in November of 1963, Texas was awash in right-wing anger — over perceived cold-war betrayals, over desegregation, over the perfidies of liberalism in general.  Adlai Stevenson, then ambassador to the U.N., had been spit on during his visit to the city earlier that fall.
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
Political Heavy Hitters Take On College Bowls  —  College football's bowl system has long been a target of sports fans, newspaper columnists and even President Obama.  But now a different kind of group is weighing in on the way the sport's champion is determined: a Washington political action committee.
Discussion: Yglesias, The Hill, USA Today and
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Gabrielle Giffords's ‘green’ question riled right  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords drew the wrath of conservatives last June after questioning a top U.S. official over how green the country's military operations are in Afghanistan, with clips of the exchange prompting some of the heated rhetoric …
Jessica Valenti / Guardian:
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords highlights the ‘man-up’ culture in US politics
Discussion: Jezebel,, normblog and AOL News
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Arizona Daily Star:
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