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2:35 PM ET, January 14, 2011

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Democracy Now:
Tucson Shooting Survivor: “It Looks Like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the Rest Got Their First Target”  —  We speak with Tucson shooting survivor Eric Fuller.  A 63-year-old disabled veteran, Fuller had campaigned for Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in her reelection campaign …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Palin to deliver address at gun convention  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will deliver a keynote address to a gun convention later this month.  —  Palin (R) will speak to the Safari International Club (SCI) in Reno, Nev. on Saturday, Jan. 29, according to the group's website.
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Tucson shooting victim blames Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Sharron Angle  —  A wounded survivor of the Tuscon shooting that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is blaming Sarah Palin, House Speaker John Boehner, Fox TV host Glenn Beck, and former Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle for the tragedy.
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.
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 …
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Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Radio Host Mark Levin To MSNBC: 'I'm Going To Drag Your Asses To Federal Court.'  —  Radio host Mark Levin is fed up with claims that heated political rhetoric of the sort found on talk radio shows like his are in some way to blame for the shooting in Arizona that left six dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords injured.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Morning Joe: Palin's AZ Response ‘Probably Ended Her Political Career’
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
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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Fhardingj / CNN:
Republican leader backs SOTU seat mix up
Discussion: TPMDC
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   GOP leader backs mixed seating at State of Union
ABCNEWS:
Musical Chairs: A Shakeup in Congress?
Discussion: The Hill and The Note
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.”
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Paul Krugman:
Monetary Morality  —  A further thought inspired by the meditations …
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
Tree of Failure  —  President Obama gave a wonderful speech in Tucson on Wednesday night.  He didn't try to explain the rampage that occurred there.  Instead, he used the occasion as a national Sabbath — as a chance to step out of the torrent of events and reflect.  He did it with an uplifting spirit.
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Commentary
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Study: Climate change contributed to fall of Roman empire  —  Some House Democrats blamed their defeat in November's mid-term elections partly on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to force a vote on a climate change bill.  —  A new study suggests that climate change has claimed bigger political victims in the past.
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Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Climate a factor in Rome's rise and fall -study
Discussion: YID With LID
Paul Bedard / US News:
Reagan Son Claims Dad Had Alzheimer's as President  —  2011 is a big year for Ronald Reagan fans, being the centennial of his February 6 birth in Tampico, Ill. But youngest son Ron Reagan is spoiling the good cheer with a new book that suggests the Gipper suffered from Alzheimer's disease …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ezra Klein:
The White House brings in Bruce Reed  —  I've not paid much attention to the resignation of Ron Klain, Chief of Staff to the Vice President.  But now that Biden has named Bruce Reed to replace him, I'm a bit more interested.  —  Reed — who is pictured at right, standing alongside Gene Sperling …
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Biden taps ex-Clinton aide as chief of staff
Discussion: FrumForum
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Mike Lee Calls Child Labor Laws Unconstitutional  —  Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) posted a lecture on his YouTube channel where he explains in great detail his views on the Constitution.  As part of the lecture, which is essentially a lengthy defense of his radical tenther interpretation …
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.
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
RNC finances suffer from loss of major donors  —  Hundreds of major donors have abandoned the Republican National Committee, leaving it $20 million in debt and threatening its future as a central player in the 2012 presidential election.  —  The RNC raised just $7 million from major donors …
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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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Glittering Eye
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin's biggest problem  —  Sarah Palin's biggest obstacle to the White House may not be her remarkable level of unpopularity with Democrats and independents.  Her more immediate problem is that she simply doesn't have much support in the vital early Republican states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Florida.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and GOP 12
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Maine governor says NAACP can ‘kiss my butt’  —  (CNN) - Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is keeping up his reputation for blunt language, telling an unhappy NAACP chapter that they can “kiss my butt.”  —  The governor made the comments to CNN affiliate WCSH after being asked about criticism …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Not / AOL News:
Opinion: Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz … When the Republican House leadership decided to start the 112th Congress with a reading of the U.S. Constitution, the decision raised complaints in some quarters that it was little more than a political stunt.
Ramesh Ponnuru / New York Times:
How the G.O.P. Can Cut and Survive  —  THE new Congress is less than two weeks old, but pundits from across the political spectrum are already urging the newly empowered Republicans to take on Medicare and Social Security.  —  Conservatives argue it's the only way to make good on the party's limited-government rhetoric.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Tax cuts hinder Obama's plans to overhaul tax code, reduce deficit  —  President Obama's refusal to raise taxes for the vast majority of Americans will prevent him from pursuing a broad overhaul of the tax code and is making it difficult for him to achieve his goals for reducing the budget deficit …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP gears up again to strip NPR of federal funds  — TAGS: - Byron York - Congressional Research Service - Corporation for Public Broadcasting - doug lamborn - Juan Williams - Muslim garb - national endowment for the arts - National Public Radio - npr - Republicans - vivian schiller
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Online statements, arsenal of weapons keep suspect in jail
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
BBC:
Live: Tunisia turmoil
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Rep. Tierney's wife gets 30-day sentence
Wall Street Journal:
New Hit to Strapped States
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Christie to headline fundraising dinner for House GOP
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 Earlier Items: 
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DeMint e-mail indicates he'll play major role in Texas race
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Grappling With Genosha
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Daily Dish
Jesse Jackson, Jr / The Politico:
View Tucson as act of terrorism
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mary Ellen Podmolik / Chicago Tribune:
More banks walking away from homes, adding to housing crisis
The Huffington Post:
Citigroup Was On The Verge Of Failure, New Report Finds …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Big Picture
Eric Lach / TPMMuckraker:
Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson