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5:00 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.
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?
Global Grind:
Previous Headlines  —  Roger Ailes, the President of Fox News, spoke exclusively with Russell Simmons, the founder of  Following the horrific shootings in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, January 8, 2011, Mr. Simmons and Mr. Ailes spoke about the rising tension within the media.
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: The Daily Dish and Weigel
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
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.”
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:
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.
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 …
Paul E. Kanjorski / New York Times:
Why Politicians Need to Stay Out in the Open  —  THE shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords this weekend reminded me of another, similar event in 1954, when I was a page in the House of Representatives.  While the House was in session, Puerto Rican nationalists burst into the gallery …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC, The Hill, Guardian, Gawker and Feministing
Arizona law would block protesters from funerals  —  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 …
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Arizonans Rally to Prevent Westboro Church Disruption of Shooting Victims' Funerals
Discussion: Verum Serum and Blog For Arizona
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: National Review
Jonathan Martin / Ben Smith's Blog:
Some context on Linc v Buddy
Discussion: Providence Journal
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 …
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 …
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Kerry warns against a government ‘too limited to have invented the Internet’  —  Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) warned incoming Republicans Tuesday morning against cutting back the size of government so much that it cannot contribute to U.S. productivity.  —  “Do they want a government too limited …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Mental illness expert: We should be asking whether political climate helped trigger shooting  —  A leading expert in mental illness tells me that asking whether the Arizona shooter's violent behavior might have been partly triggered by the nation's political climate is a wholly appropriate line of inquiry …
Discussion: Swampland, The Daily Dish and Daily Kos
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The Dollar: Dominant no more?  —  The dollar's key role …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Real Time Economics
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
What Obama Should Say  —  I find the contrast between Palin's emails …
Paul Krugman:
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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
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