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12:25 AM ET, January 14, 2011

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Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Palin to Do TV Interview Monday  —  Sarah Palin is scheduled to sit for her first extended interview since the Tucson shooting rampage on Monday night, on the Fox News Channel.  —  An executive at Fox News Channel said that Ms. Palin would appear on the program of the conservative host Sean Hannity …
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Richard PéRez-PeñA / The Caucus:
Christie Says Palin Needs to Go Unscripted to Contend for 2012
Michael Shear / The Caucus:
Obama and Palin, a Tale of Two Speeches
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Obama recaptures his 2004 voice
Discussion: The Democratic Daily and Weigel
Shmuley Boteach / Wall Street Journal:
Sarah Palin Is Right About ‘Blood Libel’  —  Judaism rejects the idea of collective responsibility for murder.  —  The term “blood libel”—which Sarah Palin invoked this week to describe the suggestions by journalists and politicians that conservative figures like herself are responsible …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Some say ‘blood libel’ signaled base  —  Sarah Palin's use of the charged term “blood libel” may not have been an accidental blunder, but a deliberate “'dog whistle” appeal to her evangelical Christian supporters for whom the expression has meaning, commentators and others are saying.
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
‘Blood Libel’ and Beyond
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Conservatives Accuse Obama Of Lying About Giffords Opening Eyes; Her Doctors Disagree  —  In one of the most cynical displays in recent memory, following the lead of Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft, several conservative websites - including Fox Nation and MRC arm CNS News - suggested that President Obama lied …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Giffords' Eye Opening News  —  President Obama's dramatic news at last night's memorial service in Tucson that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' has just minutes before opened her left eye for the first time since the shooting has created some confusion in light of news from doctors that Giffords “could open her eyes” on Sunday.
Arizona Republic:
Black bag found may be tied to Giffords shooting, authorities say
Mike Lillis / The Hill:   Defiant members continue district meet-and-greets after shooting
First Lady Michelle Obama / White House.gov Blog:
An Open Letter to Parents Following the Tragedy in Tucson  —  Like so many Americans all across the country, Barack and I were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of violence committed in Arizona this past weekend.  Yesterday, we had the chance to attend a memorial service and meet …
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison won't seek re-election in 2012  —  gjeffers@dallasnews.com  —  Kay Bailey Hutchison will not run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.  —  In a letter to supporters, Hutchison said she enjoyed serving Texas.  —  “I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems settle on branding for GOP repeal effort: “The Patient's Rights Repeal Act”  —  “The Patient's Rights Repeal Act.”  —  At a House Dem leadership meeting last week, Dem leaders decided that this is the phrase they will officially use to brand the House GOP's push to repeal health reform, aides tell me.
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Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
GOP in a bind over healthcare repeal vote
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP to move quickly on healthcare 1099 tax repeal
Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:   If the post-partisan moment that President Obama spoke …
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
If Elected President, Pawlenty Tells Fischer He'll Reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell  —  There are few Religious Right leaders active today who can compete with the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer in terms of openly hostile bigotry against gays, Muslims, and all those who do not share his radical worldview:
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Homophobia First.  —  Kyle at Right Wing Watch transcribes …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Amy Rutledge / MyFOX8.com:
Charity worker fired over Facebook comments  —  Director of Chicago chapter of Coats for Kids fired after commenting about Arizona shootings  —  Glen Busch has been a director of the Chicago chapter of Coats for Kids since he and his wife began their charter in 2005.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Daisy Hernandez / NPR:
Across America, Latino Community Sighs With Relief … Daisy Hernandez (no relation to Daniel Hernandez) is the co-editor of Colonize This!  Young Women on Today's Feminism.  —  I wasn't the only person on Saturday who rushed to her Android when news came of the Tucson shooting.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Tears and Rain  —  I've been thinking about the president's speech all night and this morning, how something about it left me feeling left out.  Obama's presence—physical, moral, emotional—was palpable.  It carried the charge of authority, of mastering a moment.
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
CAIR Says Poster Warning Against Helping FBI is Misinterpreted  —  Image from the CAIR website that uses a poster encouraging people not the talk to the FBI to promote an upcoming conference.  —  The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it will remove a poster from the group's website promoting …
Joyce Wadler / New York Times:
Don't Try This at Home: Adultery in the Marital Bed  —  THE woman who came to see Ken Altshuler, a divorce lawyer, had reason to be enraged: her husband was not only having an affair, he was also having an extravagant, money's-no-concern, fabled-and-faraway-beaches affair.
Tom Whipple / FCNP:
The Peak Oil Crisis: Civil Unrest  —  Buried in the millions of words that were written about the shootings in Arizona last week was a recent poll showing that only 13 percent of the American people think favorably of the U.S. Congress.  The implication, of course, is that as 87 percent …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner Didn't Really Snub Obama, Tucson Memorial  —  House Speaker John Boehner is catching a lot of flak for missing last night's memorial service in Tucson, reportedly declining an Air Force One invitation from President Obama in order to slap backs and clink glasses at an RNC event.
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
DOJ Files DOMA Defense in First Circuit Cases  —  Today, the Department of Justice filed its defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in a single filing for both Gill v. Office of Personnel Management and Massachusetts v. United States.
Ezra Klein:
Politics to a child  —  There's a line from the president's speech last night that I've not been able to get out of my head.  It comes in the section about Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old who was killed last Saturday in Tucson.  “She was off to meet her congresswoman,” Obama said, “someone she was sure was good and important.”
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Limbaugh: Obama's speech was poll-driven “pep rally”  —  Glenn Beck and his colleagues on Fox News may have been complimentary of President Obama's speech last night, but Rush Limbaugh sure wasn't.  —  He criticized the timing of the memorial service on Wednesday, four days after the Tucson shootings …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and GOP 12
Garry Wills / New York Review of Books:
Obama's Finest Hour  —  During the 2008 presidential campaign, I wrote a comparison of Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech on race with Abraham Lincoln's Cooper Union address during his own 1860 campaign.  I noted that both men had to separate themselves from embarrassing associations …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
NICK GILLESPIE: Palin's Not Complicit in Loughner Shooting, but She Sure Ain't Presidential, Either.  Has any other public figure ever had to try to act “Presidential,” though, while being accused of complicity in mass murder?  —  On the other hand, if (as isn't clear to me) …
Discussion: The Other McCain
KVIA-TV:
Sheriff: Gunmen In Mexico Shoot At Road Crew In Hudspeth County, Texas  —  EL PASO, Texas — Hudspeth County, Texas Sheriff Arvin West confirmed a Hudspeth County road crew came under fire Thursday morning from gunmen in Mexico.  —  Sheriff West told ABC-7 that around 10:30 a.m …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Banks, Allies Circling Wagons After Ibanez Ruling  —  According to the Treasury Department's schedule, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan met with “leaders of unions, civil rights and minority advocacy groups to discuss the Administration's foreclosure prevention efforts.”
 
 
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Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Wasserman Schultz Describe Giffords Opening Her Eyes
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