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11:05 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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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).
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?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty jabs Palin over 2010 crosshairs map
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Pawlenty Sees 2012 as Test of Fortitude
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
What About the Parents?  —  Permit me a moment of retro media angst …
The Cholla Jumps:
Jared Loughner is a product of Sheriff Dupnik's office
Jess Levin / Media Matters for America:
Brock to Murdoch: Your Network Must Take A Stand
Discussion: Guardian and Weasel Zippers
David Weigel / Weigel:
The Insanity Defense Begins
Discussion: Law Blog
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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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Tea Party Express raising money in aftermath of Arizona shooting
Laylan Copelin / Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay sentenced to 3 years in prison, freed on appeal bond  —  Tells judge “I can't be remorseful for something I think I didn't do.”  —  An unrepentant Tom DeLay was sentenced Monday to three years in prison, hustled from the courtroom by Travis County deputies but released on a $10,000 appeal bond before the end of the day.
Discussion: CafeSentido.com
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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.
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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
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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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
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 …
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
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Pawlenty: No tax help for Congress  —  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Tuesday proposed a simple solution to fixing the nation's incomprehensible tax system: Require members of Congress to do their own.  —  “No help of an accountant, a lawyer or a tax specialist,” he said in an interview on ABC's “Good Morning America.”
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and DownWithTyranny!
 
 
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