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5:15 PM ET, January 12, 2011


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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
America's Enduring Strength  —  Please click here to view the video of this statement.  —  Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims.  No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent …
Publius / Big Government:
Exclusive: Alan Dershowitz Defends Sarah Palin's Use of Term ‘Blood Libel’  —  In an exclusive statement, famed attorney and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz defended Sarah Palin's use of the term “blood libel” from multiple detractors.  As the Media Matters/MSM/Democrat narrative …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Clyburn: Palin intellectually unable 'to understand what's going on here'  —  A House Democratic leader on Wednesday lashed out at Sarah Palin, accusing the former Alaska governor of being intellectually incapable of understanding why she's faced criticism related to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sarah Palin charges critics with ‘blood libel’  —  Sarah Palin: “America's Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.  —  Sarah Palin released a video statement Wednesday calling the rush to pin blame on conservatives for the Tucson shooting “reprehensible” and a “blood libel.”
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
“Blood Libel”  —  I should have said this a few days ago, when my friend Glenn Reynolds introduced the term to this debate.  But I think that the use of this particular term in this context isn't ideal.  Historically, the term is almost invariably used to describe anti-Semitic myths …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Palin Goes Nuclear With ‘Blood Libel’ Speech  —  In a nearly eight-minute video, Sarah Palin says “journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite” hatred.  Howard Kurtz on her un-presidential move and why “blood libel” offends Jewish people.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Lord Help Me, I'm Defending Palin  —  Okay, it's a little over the top for Sarah Palin to accuse her critics of “blood libel.”  But she does have a basic point.  She had nothing to do with Jared Loughner.  He was not an extremist who embraced some radical version of her ideas.
Ezra Klein:
Sarah Palin's missed opportunity  —  Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames.  —  I'll stand with Jon Chait and, oddly enough, Sarah Palin on this one: Palin is right to feel aggrieved.  As Chait says, many have blamed her for a killing rampage that she had nothing to do with.
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and PostPartisan
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The origins of ‘blood libel’  —  As I noted earlier, I was curious how “blood libel” — historically the specific term for the anti-semitic slur and incitement that Jews prepared ritual food with the blood of Christian children — has made its way into the American political debate …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Term ‘Blood Libel’: More Common Than You Might Think  —  The use of the term “blood libel” in non-Jewish contexts is out of bounds, eh?  —  Andrew Sullivan, October 10, 2008: … Ann Coulter's column, October 30, 2008: … From a the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, September 30, 2009:
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Jewish Groups: ‘We Are Deeply Disturbed’ …
Discussion: Sky Dancing, and The Wire
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Sarah Palin's Use of ‘Blood Libel’ Is a Great Thing
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Test  —  The leader of the GOP base has told us a lot today.
Mj Lee / The Politico:   Franks takes defense of Palin to a new level
The Note:
The Note: Obama, Palin And Arizona: A Tale Of Two Speeches
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Calls Criticism ‘Blood Libel’
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's charge of ‘blood libel’ spurs outcry from Jewish leaders
Discussion: The Hollywood Gossip
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Tea Party figurehead says attacks on her are ‘blood libel’
Palin's Incendiary “Blood Libel” Reference: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Always
Discussion: Shakesville and Mediaite
Chris Ariens /
Jared Loughner's friend says suspect ‘Did not watch TV ... disliked the news’  —  This morning on “Good Morning America,” ABC's Ashleigh Banfield sat down with Zach Osler, a high school friend of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson massacre.  —  Osler says his friend wasn't shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.”
Robert Anglen / Arizona Republic:
Arizona shooting: Pima County Sheriff's Department, college won't release data on suspect  —  Sheriff's Department and community-college officials in Pima County are refusing to release a wide range of public documents about the man charged in Saturday's shooting rampage that left six dead and more than a dozen wounded.
New York Times:
Police Say They Visited Tucson Suspect's Home Even Before Rampage
Edythe Jensen / Arizona Republic:
Gabrielle Giffords' Arizona shooting prompts resignations  —  A nasty battle between factions of Legislative District 20 Republicans and fears that it could turn violent in the wake of what happened in Tucson on Saturday prompted District Chairman Anthony Miller and several others to resign.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Correction on My Darrell Issa Story  —  I'd like to set the record straight on one of my stories.  —  In late November, I asked Rep. Darrell Issa's spokesman, Kurt Bardella, for an interview with the congressman.  He said he would see what he could do.  —  That afternoon my phone rang …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:   Kurtz explains correction's delay
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Why Did Howard Kurtz Sit on an Embarrassing Correction for Six Weeks?
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Ex-Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee … After many months of “prayerful consideration,” Herman Cain, the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza and the conservative host of a popular talk radio show in Georgia, has formed an exploratory committee to run for president as a Republican.
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
Herman Cain talks to CNN on announcing presidential exploratory committee
Cindy Perman / Pony in Here Somewhere Blog:
Housing Market Slips Into Depression Territory  —  As the economy revs back to life, with signs of hiring on the horizon, the housing market is being left behind like Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone.”  —  In the past few years, we've all been careful to choose our words carefully …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
NOAA News Releases:
NOAA: 2010 Tied For Warmest Year on Record  —  According to NOAA scientists, 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature record, beginning in 1880.  This was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th century average.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Democratic leaders call for end to belligerent rhetoric
Discussion: The Note
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Emanuel: Chicago voters ‘not interested in where Rahm lives’
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
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New York Times:
Police Stopped Loughner's Car on Day of Shooting
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Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Leading evangelical halts effort to increase political civility
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