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1:10 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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin accuses media of ‘blood libel’ in Giffords shooting aftermath  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Wednesday accused the media of “blood libel” by looking to assign blame for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  —  Palin offered a pointed defense of herself …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin Calls Criticism ‘Blood Libel’  —  Sarah Palin: “America's Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.  —  Sarah Palin, who had been silent for days, on Wednesday issued a forceful denunciation of her critics in a video statement that accused pundits and journalists of “blood libel” …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Franks takes defense of Palin to a new level
Discussion: Tucson Weekly
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Test  —  Sarah Palin: “America's Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Runnin' Scared
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin: ‘Blood libel’
New York Times:
Police Say They Visited Tucson Suspect's Home Even Before Rampage  —  TUCSON — The police were sent to the home where Jared L. Loughner lived with his family on more than one occasion before the attack here on Saturday that left a congresswoman fighting for her life and six others dead …
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.”
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Massacre, followed by libel  —  The charge: The Tucson massacre is a consequence of the “climate of hate” created by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Obamacare opponents and sundry other liberal betes noires.  —  The verdict: Rarely in American political discourse has there been a charge so reckless …
Associated Press:
Officers stopped suspect on day of Ariz. shooting
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.
New York Times:
Congress Pays Tribute to Victims of Shooting
Discussion: FrumForum
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Gabrielle Giffords first photos from her hospital room
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
AZ Republicans Resign After Giffords Shooting, Citing Threats …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Boehner opposes new gun-control bill  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is rejecting gun-control legislation offered by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in response to the weekend shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others in Arizona.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Did Democrats Give Up in the Gun Control Debate?
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” - a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech …
Nada Bakri / New York Times:
Lebanese Government Is a Step From Collapse  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hezbollah and its allies threatened to withdraw from Lebanon's government on Wednesday, a move that would force it to dissolve and deepen a crisis over a United Nations-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of a former prime minister.
Zeina Karam / Associated Press:
Lebanon's government falls as Hezbollah pulls out
Discussion: The Hill
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Illinois Legislators Approve 66% Tax Increase  —  CHICAGO — With only hours left before new state lawmakers were to take over, Illinois's State Legislature narrowly approved early on Wednesday an increase of about 66 percent in the state's income tax rate.  —  The vast size of the increase …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Christie: Retired Rudy in “peanut gallery”  —  On Morning Joe today, Chris Christie fought back against Rudy Giuliani's recent claim that Christie should have been in his state during the holiday snowstorm. … And here's the Giuliani broadside from January 7 that prompted Christie's reply.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Christie swipes at Giuliani over snowstorm criticism
Discussion: The Politico
Paul Colford /
AP and Shepard Fairey announce agreement in Obama poster case  —  The Associated Press, Shepard Fairey and Mr. Fairey's companies Obey Giant Art, Inc., Obey Giant LLC, and Studio Number One, Inc., have agreed in principle to settle their pending copyright infringement lawsuit over rights in the Obama Hope poster and related merchandise.
John / Power Line:
Paul Krugman, Buffoon  —  Within hours after Jared Loughner's killing spree, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman went straight for the gutter, proclaiming, with no evidence whatsoever, that Loughner's act was in all likelihood “political,” and going on to blame Republicans for the murders.
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
Dan Gilgoff / CNN:
Leading evangelical halts effort to increase political civility  —  At a moment when many Americans are decrying the overheated tone of American politics, an influential evangelical voice said Tuesday he is folding a project he helped found to increase political civility.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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BBC on a Muslim's Killing and Wounding of Half a Dozen Christians …
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Tom Watson / Labour Uncut:
A snap election promises Cameron the glory he craves
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
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Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Republican school board in N.C. backed by tea party abolishes integration policy
Discussion: Pirate's Cove, FrumForum and The BLT
Feingold on life after the Senate
Discussion: The Hill
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Jared Loughner, Ready for His Photo Op
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Melinda Henneberger / Politics Daily:
‘Parker/Spitzer,’ E.D. Hill and Our Toxic Rhetoric: Is 'Rudeness …
Discussion: Metropolis, Guardian and The Politico
The Politico:
The false rush to cry ‘balance’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sharron Angle defends herself, tea party
Discussion: The Hill and TPMDC
Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Obama, GOP improve their standing
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …