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11:35 PM ET, January 11, 2011


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Bill Clinton: Politics must change after Arizona attack  —  Mr Clinton said there was a need for care in political discourse  —  Former President Bill Clinton has told the BBC the US political climate must change after the shooting of a US Congresswoman and others in Arizona.
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.
Jennifer Medina / New York Times:
Doctors Say Giffords's Condition Points to Survival  —  TUCSON — Just three days after a bullet passed through Representative Gabrielle Giffords's brain, and one day before the president was scheduled to come here to address the shooting rampage in which she was wounded …
Discussion: TalkLeft and FrumForum
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: 45% Say Politics Motivated Jared Loughner  —  Updated 6:50 p.m. Eastern Time  —  Forty-five percent of Americans believe that Jared Loughner's political views were “probably” a factor in the shootings in Tucson Saturday, a new CBS News poll shows.  One in three say they probably …
Larry McMurtry / New York Review of Books:
American Tragedy  —  Murderous rampages of the sort …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
The Huffington Post:
Peter King, Leading Republican, To Introduce Strict Gun-Control Legislation  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Speaker Boehner says no to new restrictions on firearms  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is rejecting gun-control legislation offered by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in response to the weekend shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others in Arizona.
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Peter King Says Muslims Aren't ‘American’ When It Comes To War  —  Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the new chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, has promised to launch a series of investigations of Muslim Americans beginning in February.  “I've made it clear that I'll focus the committee …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
TIM PAWLENTY DEMONSTRATES THAT HE'S NOT MAN ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT.  Well, that was quick.  These are the times that try men's souls.  Sometimes, they're found wanting.  —  UPDATE: So Politico has updated its story and here's the key bit: … And here's my problem.  “It would not have been my style.”
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: Pawlenty addresses Palin-attack story
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  * Obama steps up: The President is set …
Discussion: Weigel
First Read /
First Thoughts: The right pushes back
Discussion: Mother Jones
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Glock Pistol Sales Surge in Aftermath of Arizona Shootings  —  After a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8, Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers.  —  Wolff was right.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Quote of the Day: No, Both Sides Aren't Equally Guilty  —  From George Packer, who notes (correctly) that he called out the left for its ugly rhetoric in the runup to the Iraq War, on where today's ugly rhetoric mostly comes from: … This is too obviously true to need much defense.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
GOP Rep. Wants to Enclose Congress in Plexiglas  —  An aide to Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) tells CBS News that the Indiana Republican plans to introduce legislation next week that would encase the House Gallery in “a transparent and substantial material” such as Plexiglas that would keep members …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Sanders Fundraises Off Arizona Murders  —  There has been no shortage of individuals and institutions that have sought to capitalize on the shootings in Tucson.  Add Vermont senator Bernie Sanders to that list.  —  This afternoon Sanders sent out a fundraising appeal …
The Note:
Sen. Sanders Sends Out Fundraising Email Citing Arizona Tragedy
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
The Tea Party and the Tucson Tragedy  —  How anti-government, pro-gun, xenophobic populism made the Giffords shooting more likely.  —  There's something offensive, as well as pointless, about the politically charged inquiry into what might have been swirling inside the head of Jared Loughner.
The Note:
Pelosi Set to Travel to Tucson with President for Memorial Service  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:  —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will travel to Tucson, Arizona tomorrow with President Obama aboard Air Force One to attend a memorial service at the University of Arizona to remember the victims of Saturday's shooting.
Discussion: Political Punch and Pajamas Media
The Hill:   Tribute to Rep. Giffords will affirm the First Amendment as ‘bedrock’
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
CNN's Erickson: In Wake Of Attempted Murder Of Jewish Politician, It's Important To Stress “A Saving Faith In Jesus Christ”  —  CNN's Erick Erickson is upset with what people aren't saying about the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: … For the record: Rep. Giffords is Jewish …
Michael Barbaro / City Room:
Blizzard Mystery Solved?  Air Bloomberg Was Seen in Bermuda  —  On the day after Christmas, a request came into the Bermuda airport: a private plane needed to be pulled out of its hangar and readied for takeoff.  —  The pilots seemed a bit anxious to depart.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Halperin: Hey, why did conservatives defend themselves from being smeared?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Poison Of Limbaugh  —  Very very very few people have contributed more poison and hatred and extremism to the culture than Rush Limbaugh.  As every single conservative commentator joins ranks in calling the Tucson assassination a completely apolitical act, and as the right discovers …
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” - a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Arizona Republic:
Pima County sheriff should remember duty  —  On Saturday afternoon, with his friend Gabby Giffords in surgery fighting for her life, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik railed against the tense partisan politics - “the anger, the hatred, the bigotry” - that prompted the mass murders outside Tucson, in his view.
Daily Mail:
FROM ‘SPECIAL’ TO FRACTIOUS, HOW THE ROOTS OF FRICTION BETWEEN BRITAIN, FRANCE AND THE U.S. GO BACK TO THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE  —  While the apparent froideur of Barack Obama towards the British may stem from his Kenyan family's history during colonial rule it could be argued …
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr / The Huffington Post:
Tucson: Time for Another Examination of Conscience
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Congress Job Approval Rebounds to 20%
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Hill
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
2012 presidential hopefuls to address House Republican retreat
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Before Shooting, A Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Loughner a ‘whack job nut maggot’
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