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12:40 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.
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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.
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 …
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).
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Poll: 57% of Americans don't buy media spin on Tucson massacre
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jared Lee Loughner was a registered independent, didn't vote in 2010 election
Washington Post:
Gun control: It's not a political impossibility
Discussion: Firedoglake, AOL News and The Caucus
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pawlenty jabs Palin over 2010 crosshairs map
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.
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Dylan Smith / TucsonSentinel.com:
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 …
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Eric Lach / TPMDC:
Giffords Doctor: ‘Prognosis For Survival Is 100 Percent’ (VIDEO)
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Doctor: Giffords's condition unchanged
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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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Bill Maher: Jared Loughner's Chalkboard Likely Looks Like Glenn Beck's Chalkboard
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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 …
Warren Richey / Christian Science Monitor:
Supreme Court: Did it just hint at stance on a health-care law challenge?  —  The Supreme Court refused to take up a case examining Congress's authority under the commerce clause, a key issue in a legal challenge to Obama's health-care law.  Two justices dissented.
Boston Herald:
Attack on free speech  —  The only thing more shameful than the tragedy in Arizona right now is the reaction of congressional Democrats who are using the attempted assassination of a colleague for the most base of political purposes.  —  And the real victim here - if they have their way …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Doesn't Blame Toxic Political Discourse For Arizona Shooting Tragedy  —  Jon Stewart addressed the tragic events that occurred in Arizona this weekend by asking “How do you make sense of these types of senseless situations?”  Giving up on any real attempt at satirical humor …
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
RushLimbaugh.com:
An Embarrassment for the Media and Sick, Desperate American Left  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: What an embarrassing weekend it has been for the media.  I mean, utterly, childishly, silly embarrassing.  I knew it was going to happen the minute I heard about the shooting.
CNN:
Threat of funeral protest for AZ victim  —  For more information, visit CNN affiliates KGUN, KOLD, KVOA, KPHO and KMSB.  Read the federal charges against Jared Lee Loughner (PDF).  —  Tucson, Arizona (CNN) — Tucson just isn't that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer.
 
 
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