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8:45 AM ET, January 13, 2011


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The Politico:
Pelosi is there as Giffords opens eyes  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — Simple sentiments, spoken by family and some of her closest friends in Congress, inspired the “miracle” of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' open eyes Wednesday evening.  —  Surrounded in her hospital room by her husband, her parents …
New York Times:
Obama Calls for a New Era of Civility in U.S. Politics  —  TUCSON — President Obama offered the nation's condolences on Wednesday to the victims of the shootings here, calling on Americans to draw a lesson from the lives of the fallen and the actions of the heroes, and to usher in a new era of civility in their honor.
Washington Post:
Tucson shootings: Let us heal together, Obama says at memorial event  —  TUCSON - President Obama comforted a community suffused with grief and summoned the nation to recommit to a more civil public discourse as he delivered a eulogy Wednesday evening urging Americans to talk with each other …
Michael Shear / The Caucus:
Obama and Palin, a Tale of Two Speeches  —  President Obama gives his speech honoring the January 8 shooting victims at McKale Memorial Center.  —  Wednesday was bookended by two remarkable — and remarkably different — political performances that demonstrated the vast expanse of America's political landscape.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Marbury
New York Post:
Prez perfect - but the crowd was appalling  —  Never before in the annals of national moments of mourning have the words spoken been so wildly mismatched by the spirit in which they were received.  —  The sentences and paragraphs of President Obama's speech last night were beautiful and moving and powerful.
New York Times:
As We Mourn  —  It is a president's responsibility to salve a national wound.  President Obama was right to fly to Tucson on Wednesday to speak at the memorial service for the six people who died in last weekend's terrible parking lot shooting.  —  In excerpts provided in advance of the speech …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barack Obama takes opportunity Sarah Palin missed
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Eulogize Tucson Victims
Michelle Malkin:
Branding the Tucson massacre: “Together We Thrive” in white and blue; Updated: Liveblogging the bizarre pep rally; Gov. Brewer booed; in sum: right speech, too late, boneheaded venue (WOOT!)  —  President Obama used to preach that there was no “Red America” and no “Blue America,” just one America.
New York Times:
Obama's Remarks in Tucson  —  Following is a text of President Obama's prepared address on Wednesday to honor those killed and wounded in a shooting on Jan. 8, as released by the White House.  —  To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university …
The White House:
Remarks by the President at a Memorial Service for the Victims of the Shooting in Tucson, Arizona  —  McKale Memorial Center University of Arizona  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Please, please be seated.  (Applause.)
Byron Tau / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama in Tucson  —  Here's the speech: … Rest of the speech after the jump.
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin aide: She's getting death threats at unprecedented levels  —  I almost wish that this wasn't being reported as it'll only inflame things further among fringe types, but after four days of screeching about Palin the murderer, who can blame her staff for wanting to show the world the ironic outcome?
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Person Tweeting Death Wish For Palin Now Wants Privacy
A New Way Forward:
Afghanistan Study Group - Survey Results of Conservatives  —  The following is an analysis of a poll taken of conservative voters nationwide.  Drawn from a sample of randomly selected phone numbers, this poll contains 1,000 registered voters who describe their political ideology as conservative.
Max Boot / Commentary:   The True ‘Cost’ of Defeat in Afghanistan
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Grover Norquist calls for discussion on right about leaving Afghanistan
Discussion: Politics Daily
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
The Assassin Who Would Save America from the Extreme Right  —  If political rhetoric can inspire murder, then it follows that those issuing warnings about the current “tone” in American discourse—those breathless invocations of “eliminationists” acting like “Brownshirts” and “fascists,” …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Hot Air
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
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Suspect's Downward Spiral  —  Police Records Show Accused Killer Growing More Erratic Before College Suspension  —  TUCSON, Ariz.—Students and faculty at Pima Community College feared for their safety as Jared Lee Loughner's increasingly erratic behavior led to a series of encounters …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
The Non-Accusatory Case for Civility  —  The pep-rally atmosphere was inappropriate and disconcerting, but President Obama turned in a magnificent performance.  This was a non-accusatory, genuinely civil, case for civility, in stark contrast to what we've read and heard over the last few days.
Lawrence D. Jones /
Legal Group Seeks Injunction to Halt Mosque Near Ground Zero  —  NEW YORK - A conservative legal group asked the New York Supreme Court on Tuesday to halt construction of the Islamic cultural center near ground zero.  —  The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents 9/11 …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:   Lawsuit Filed to Stop the Ground Zero Mosque
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
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Associated Press:
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David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
This “conversation” is a set-up
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Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
The cable networks (CNN and Fox) …
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
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