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3:25 PM ET, January 13, 2011


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Barack Obama takes opportunity Sarah Palin missed  —  In the span of a single news cycle, Republicans got a jarring reminder of two forces that could prevent them from retaking the presidency next year.  —  At sunrise in the east on Wednesday, Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest …
Richard PéRez-PeñA / The Caucus:
Christie Says Palin Needs to Go Unscripted to Contend for 2012  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey says it's way too early to handicap the field of his fellow Republicans who might run for president in 2012, but on Wednesday he voiced a few sharp words about the most famous one.
Michael Shear / The Caucus:
Obama and Palin, a Tale of Two Speeches  —  President Obama spoke Wednesday night at an event at the McKale Memorial Center honoring the shooting victims in Tucson.  —  Wednesday was bookended by two remarkable — and remarkably different — political performances that demonstrated the vast expanse of America's political landscape.
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.)
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.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Conservatives Criticize Free T-Shirts At Tucson Memorial Service
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Health law repeal on Tuesday agenda  —  The House will try to get back to normal next week, with the chamber coming back into session on Tuesday to re-ignite debate over repealing the health care reform law.  —  “As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work …
Discussion: CNN and National Review
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
Discussion: Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
Aliyah Shahid / NY Daily News:
GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor: We're against Rep. Peter …
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison won't seek re-election in 2012  —  —  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 …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Thoughts on Hutchison  —  Regardless of the official reasons …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
John Boehner turns down Air Force One ride to Tucson  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) turned down an offer by President Barack Obama to travel on Air Force One to Arizona for a memorial service on behalf of the victims of Saturday's shooting, a decision that has upset some Democrats.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama speech undercuts federal charge for judge's murder
Wall Street Journal:
S&P, Moody's Warn On U.S. Credit Rating  —  LONDON—Two leading credit rating agencies on Thursday cautioned the U.S. on its credit rating, expressing concern over a deteriorating fiscal situation that they say needs correction.  —  Moody's Investors Service said in a report Thursday …
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:
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Tim Pawlenty Says He Would Reinstate Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Discussion: The Hill and GOP 12
Wall Street Journal:
Why the Left Lost It  —  The accusation that the tea parties were linked to the Tucson murders is the product of calculation and genuine belief.  —  There has been a great effort this week to come to grips with the American left's reaction to the Tucson shooting.
Wall Street Journal:
A Fifth Star for David Petraeus  —  The general clearly deserves to join the rank held by MacArthur, Marshall and Nimitz.  His promotion would also honor our troops and their mission in the war on terror.  —  On a cold December evening in 1783, at Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan …
Washington Post:
Sarah Palin's effort to defuse controversy backfires with ‘blood libel’ comment  —  The presidential-quality stagecraft was there: an American flag over Sarah Palin's left shoulder and another over her heart.  So was the rhetorical polish, with its invocations of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution, God and Ronald Reagan.
Associated Press:
On shootings and politics, Palin has her own rules
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
What violent rhetoric?  Another right-wing nutcase arrested for threatening congressman.  Was O'Reilly the inspiration?  —  Gee, and here I thought that all this talk about violent rhetoric was just a figment of our liberal imaginations:  —  One arrested in threats against Seattle congressman
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Romney Locks in Beeson, Newhouse for '12 Bid  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has secured both a pollster and a political director for his near-certain presidential bid this coming cycle, according to sources connected to Romney's 2008 presidential effort.
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.
Paolo Mastrangelo / NYC The Blog:
Subway Riding Rat Wakes Up Sleeping Man By Crawling Up His Face  —  It was only a matter of time before rats started riding the subway with us.  Some units have already annexed a park.  This one, on the 4 train near Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn on Tuesday, played out everyone's worst nightmare …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
What the left did wrong  —  Why were the last four days a mini-disaster for the swampland of the left?  It boils down to: facts, response and time.  —  Members of the left pounced first and didn't much care about the facts.  Before it was clear just how crazy Jared Loughner is …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Obama Brings It Home  —  Maybe President Obama was saving the magic for a time when we really needed it.  —  We've been complaining for two years about the lack of music and passion in his big speeches.  But if he'd moved the country when he was talking about health care or bailing out the auto industry …
Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Your Zodiac Sign May Have Changed  —  Astronomers have restored the original Babylonian zodiac by altering its dates to accommodate for millennia of subtle shifts in the Earth's axis.  Prepare to have your mind blown, all you people with easily blowable minds.
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Uneasiness of Talk Radio  —  Interesting experience listening to talk radio these past days.  The tone?  Extra militant and - in the case of Rush Limbaugh especially - extra provocative.  Sarah Palin's video address seems to have been composed under the influence of this mood …
James Rosen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Gingrich visits South Carolina as presidential decision looms  —  WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich doesn't do coy.  —  When the former House speaker and Republican flamethrower addresses South Carolina business leaders Thursday night, he readily acknowledges the state's historic importance …
Discussion: CNN, Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yglesias Award Nominee  —  The Corner had few reactions to last night's speech but all of them were effusively positive.  Fox's pundits seemed more impressed than CNN's.  At some point, conservatives will realize that Obama is the liberal they can talk to.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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