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8:25 PM ET, January 12, 2011


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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 …
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 …
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.).
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Breaking: ADL condemns Sarah Palin's “blood libel”  —  Sarah Palin's charge that her critics are guilty of “blood libel,” while designed to put her in the center of the conversation on her own terms and to retake the initiative after days of negative press, has generated some surprising pushback …
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.”
The Note:
The Note: Obama, Palin And Arizona: A Tale Of Two Speeches
David Gibson / Politics Daily:
‘Blood Libel’ and Sarah Palin: Christian Conservatives' Infatuation with Judaism
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Jewish Groups: ‘We Are Deeply Disturbed’ …
Discussion: Sky Dancing and
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Lord Help Me, I'm Defending Palin
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Palin Goes Nuclear With ‘Blood Libel’ Speech
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ezra Klein:
Sarah Palin's missed opportunity
Mj Lee / The Politico:   Franks takes defense of Palin to a new level
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Calls Criticism ‘Blood Libel’
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Why Sarah Palin's Use of ‘Blood Libel’ Is a Great Thing
Discussion: The Huffington Post and AOL News
Palin's Incendiary “Blood Libel” Reference: Wrong Time, Wrong Place, Wrong Always
Discussion: Shakesville and Mediaite
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?
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.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
AZ Republicans Resign After Giffords Shooting, Citing Threats …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
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.
Levi Pulkkinen / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
One arrested in threats against Seattle congressman  —  FBI: California man admitted calls, said he wouldn't risk his $3 mil. trust fund by hurting McDermott  —  A California man accused of threatening to kill Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott has been arrested and charged in federal court.
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Man arrested over threats to kill McDermott
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Hill
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.
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
NOAA: 2010 tied for Earth's warmest year on record
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.”
Jennifer Bendery / Roll Call:
Boehner to Host RNC Party During Tucson Memorial  —  Speaker John Boehner will host a cocktail party for the Republican National Committee at the same time that President Barack Obama will be addressing the nation at the memorial service for victims of the Tucson shooting.
Tim Mak / FrumForum:
RNC Shocker: Boehner Backs Cino
New York Times:
Police Stopped Loughner's Car on Day of Shooting  —  TUCSON — Police stopped Jared L. Loughner for running a red light several hours before authorities say he opened fire outside a Tucson supermarket Saturday, but the state wildlife officer who made the traffic stop noticed nothing unusual …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Gohmert drafts bill to allow guns on House floor  —  Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says his office is drafting a measure to allow members of Congress to carry guns in the District of Columbia, including in the Capitol and on the House floor.  —  Gohmert says he and his colleagues need …
Wesley Young /
Brown: Cut off AIDS funding  —  State Rep. Larry Brown said during a discussion of his legislative goals for the year that the government should not spend money to treat adults with HIV or AIDS who “caused it by the way they live.”  —  Brown, R-Forsyth, made the comments when asked …
Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
EPA Will Regulate Greenhouse Gases in Texas, Court Rules … A federal court has shot down a bid by Texas to keep the Obama administration from regulating greenhouse gases in the Lone Star State.  —  The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Wednesday …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
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Colorado senator calls for GOP, Dems to sit together at annual Obama address
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sec. Clinton: Arizona shooter motivated by extreme political views
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Can Europe Be Saved?  —  THERE'S SOMETHING peculiarly apt …
Discussion: Clusterstock
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