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10:05 AM ET, January 14, 2011

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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
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
‘Blood Libel’ and Beyond
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sarah Palin to speak in Nevada  —  Sarah Palin isn't retreating on guns.  Instead, she's reloading.  —  The former vice presidential candidate and possible 2012 presidential hopeful is headed to Safari Club International's convention later this month in Reno, Nev. - one of the key early presidential primary states.
Discussion: The Hill, Reuters and The Daily Caller
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Media meme o' the day: Obama's speech was much more presidential than Palin's
Washington Post:
House GOP to resume health-care repeal effort, but with more civil tone  —  House Republican leaders said Thursday that they will begin their effort to repeal the new health-care law next week, a return to normal legislative business after the shootings in Arizona suspended activity on Capitol Hill.
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Republicans Edge Back to Business as Usual  —  WASHINGTON — Republicans are carefully trying to return to normal business in the House, announcing on Thursday that lawmakers will next week consider the effort to repeal the health care law that was pulled from the agenda after the Saturday shooting rampage in Arizona.
Discussion: The Hill and Sweetness & Light
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Tale of Two Moralities  —  On Wednesday, President Obama called on Americans to “expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
TEAM OBAMA BEGINS PLANNING $1 BILLION REELECTION CAMPAIGN - Party members may mix across aisle for State of the Union - Au revoir, Chairman Steele — Taylor and Amy Gross have #3, a girl  —  Good Friday morning.  TOP TALKER - DNC BRAINSTORMS 2012 WITH BUNDLERS — Jeanne Cummings …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Steele's rocky tenure at RNC expected to end Friday  —  Washington (CNN) - It's anybody's guess which candidate will emerge as the next chairman of the Republican National Committee after Friday's election, but RNC watchers largely agree on one thing: the reign of Michael Steele has come to an end.
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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The Politico:
Zero hour for Michael Steele at RNC
Discussion: News Desk
Wall Street Journal:
Next RNC Chief Has Tough Job
Discussion: Parker Spitzer
Jeffrey Lord / AmSpecBlog:
Mark Levin's $100,000 Challenge to Chris Matthews  —  Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin has put out a stunning challenge to those left-wing media personalities accusing conservative talk radio stars and Sarah Palin of encouraging murder.  —  First, he offered $100,000 to Chris Matthews …
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Gay groups criticize Justice Department brief
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
NY Daily News:
Drifter Naeem Ahmed accused of stalking Caroline Kennedy's 20-year-old daughter Tatiana Schlossberg  —  Tatiana Schlossberg, with mom Caroline Kennedy, has been fending off stalker Naeem Ahmed (below) for 2-1/2 years.  He even tried twice to visit her Manhattan home.
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 …
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 Foundry and The Jawa Report
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Wisconsin 1, Illinois 0  —  With Springfield raising taxes amidst its fiscal disaster, the new Republican governor of the Badger State is telling Illinoisans, “Escape to Wisconsin.”  —  Illinois this week earned the honor of becoming the first state in 2011 to sock it to taxpayers, passing a tax hike the size of Lake Michigan.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Obama and Lame-Duck Congress Popular - But Will it Quack Again?  —  77% Welcome the Lame-Duck Cooperation Between Obama and Congress  —  Americans overwhelmingly welcomed the flurry of lawmaking between the lame-duck Congress and President Obama last month — but they're hedging their bets on whether the duck keeps quacking.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Mitt Romney meets with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney met Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who aides say plans sessions with all the serious potential 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.  —  Netanyahu's office said the two …
Discussion: pmo.gov.il and CNN
Eric Lach / TPMMuckraker:
Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson  —  Several weeks ago, NewsTalk 790 KNST in Tucson put up a billboard to advertise Rush Limbaugh's radio show.  The text reads, “Rush Limbaugh/Straight Shooter,” and the ad is riddled with images of bullet holes.
Discussion: Raw Story, RADAMISTO and Obama London
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 …
New York Times:
A Clamor for Gun Limits, but Few Expect Real Changes  —  TUCSON — The National Rifle Association has gone uncommonly dark since the weekend shootings here.  A posting on its Web site expresses sympathies for the victims of the violence, and N.R.A. officials said they would have nothing …
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
Terri Moon Cronk / American Forces Press Service:
King Might Understand Today's Wars, Pentagon Lawyer Says  —  If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, would he understand why the United States is at war?  —  Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department's general counsel, posed that question at today's Pentagon commemoration of King's legacy.
Discussion: Yglesias, Salon, Hit & Run and Oliver Willis
Free exchange:
The debt ceiling and default  —  ALMOST everyone takes it for granted that a failure to raise the debt ceiling will eventually force the United States to default on its Treasury debt.  This notion is superficially puzzling.  The question is addressed in this week's issue of The Economist.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Herman Cain, the GOP Wild Card  —  The former CEO of Godfather's Pizza wants to upend the race for the 2012 Republican nomination.  —  ANY DAY NOW, one of the many Republican worthies who long to be president will make an announcement, everyone else will follow in rapid succession …
 
 
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
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New York Times:
Tucson Pauses in Grief for the Youngest Victim
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Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Gorman Shakes Up Morgan Stanley's Leadership
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Limbaugh: Obama's speech was poll-driven “pep rally”
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and GOP 12
Tom Whipple / FCNP:
The Peak Oil Crisis: Civil Unrest
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
NICK GILLESPIE: Palin's Not Complicit in Loughner Shooting …
 Earlier Items: 
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Tears and Rain  —  I've been thinking about the president's speech …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Arizona Republic:
Black bag found may be tied to Giffords shooting, authorities say
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
If Elected President, Pawlenty Tells Fischer He'll Reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell