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12:10 PM 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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
A Right to Bear Glocks?
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Carolyn McCarthy readies gun control bill
Josh Horwitz / The Huffington Post:
Tucson Shooting Shows True Face of NRA's “Second Amendment Remedies”
Jessica Valenti / Guardian:
The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords highlights the ‘man-up’ culture in US politics
Michael Kiefer / Arizona Republic:
Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Jared Loughner may get a renowned public defender
Discussion: The Hill, This Just In and FrumForum
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010  —  The Tuscon massacre ghouls who are now trying to criminalize conservatism have forced our hand.  —  They need to be reminded.  You need to be reminded.  —  Confront them.  Don't be cowed into silence.
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.
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.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Still In Arizona  —  Prof. Krugman, who types at the speed of hate, blames the Arizona shooting on righties, natch.  But I love this:  —  I've had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach ever since the final stages of the 2008campaign.  I remembered the upsurge in political hatred …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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
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
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rubio rejects running as Republicans' VP nominee  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) said Monday that he has no interest in becoming his party's vice presidential nominee in 2012.  —  Rubio, a newly elected senator who's considered a rising star in the GOP, rejected running on the Republican Party ticket in two years.
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 …
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!”
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
After shootings, Obama must find not only right words but right time to say them  —  In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, President Obama canceled his travel plans and called for a national moment of silence, which he and first lady Michelle Obama will observe on the South Lawn at 11 a.m. Monday.
Keith Koffler / The Politico:
President Obama must rise above politics
Discussion: The Note
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