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8:35 PM 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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive: Pawlenty addresses Palin-attack story
Washington Examiner:
Paul Krugman's totalitarian temptation
Discussion: protein wisdom
First Read /
First Thoughts: The right pushes back
Discussion: Mother Jones
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  * Obama steps up: The President is set …
Discussion: Weigel
Global Grind:
Previous Headlines  —  Roger Ailes, the President of Fox News …
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.
New York Times:
Loughner's Parents Plead for Privacy, and Express Sorrow  —  The parents of Jared L. Loughner broke their silence Tuesday, asking the media to protect their privacy as their son stands accused of trying to kill a congresswoman in a rampage that killed six people and left 14 others injured.
Discussion: TalkLeft and FrumForum
Dylan Smith /
Doc: Giffords ‘100 percent’ certain to survive  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is “100 percent” certain to survive, said Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon treating her for a gunshot wound to the head.  —  “As a physician I'm going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but her prognosis for survival is 100 percent …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CAIR and Religion Dispatches
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: Weasel Zippers
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Mixing fundraising and tragedy
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“On Extreme Right And Left” Ctd  —  This goes back to my debate with Pejman.  David Corn insists that the difference between right and left rhetorical extremism is that the right has “institutionalized their side's craziness.”  Juan Cole is blunt.  George Packer concedes that George W. Bush …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The “Politicized Mind” Of Gabrielle Giffords  —  David Brooks is astonished, sickened, appalled that an attempted assassination of a sitting congresswoman should be immediately regarded as something possibly ... wait for it ... political.  In fact, Loughner must be seen in a context in which politics does not exist:
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Tucson tragedy ‘a real opportunity’ for nonpartisan groups No Labels, Third Way
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and FrumForum
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.
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?
The Note:
Chafee to Issue Talk Radio Ban  —  ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports:  —  State officials in Rhode Island will soon be ordered to stay off the airways, provided the interviewer happens to be a talk show host.  —  A spokesman for Gov. Lincoln Chafee tells the Providence Journal that talk radio …
Discussion: Politics Daily and National Review
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Some context on Linc v Buddy
Discussion: Providence Journal
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
And Speaking Of Krugman And Double Standards At The Times...  OK, I am back in Arizona.  Pejman has a great piece on inflamed rhetoric which reminds me of this jaw-dropper - a Democratic Congressman who last fall said a Republican candidate for Governor should be shot has a guest piece in today's NY Times talking about civility.
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.
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 …
Lbentzterp / CNN:
CPAC knocked for inviting Mitch Daniels  —  Washington (CNN) - A growing number of outfits are planning to boycott this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of right-leaning activists in Washington known as CPAC, in part because organizers are welcoming a pro-gay Republican group into the fold.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TPMDC
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Defending CPAC  —  An ally of CPAC organizer David Keene …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.
Mark Tran / Guardian:
Assange ‘happy’ after court hearing
Discussion: Salon and News Desk
Arizona lawmakers take up funeral protest legislation  —  For more information, visit CNN affiliates KGUN, KOLD, KVOA, KPHO and KMSB.  Read the federal charges against Jared Lee Loughner (PDF).  —  Tucson, Arizona (CNN) — The Arizona legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday targeting …
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 …
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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William Saletan / Slate:
Gabrielle Giffords and the perils of guns: How an armed hero …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
2012 presidential hopefuls to address House Republican retreat
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Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
Before Shooting, A Campaign Season Rife With Gun Rhetoric
Discussion: TPMDC and Guardian
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee: Loughner a ‘whack job nut maggot’
Patricia Mazzei / Naked Politics:
Marco Rubio: Obama administration putting out feelers on changes to U.S.-Cuba policy
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Mental illness expert: We should be asking whether political …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Kerry warns against a government ‘too limited to have invented the Internet’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Bill Maher: Jared Loughner's Chalkboard Likely Looks Like Glenn Beck's Chalkboard