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4:20 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.
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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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Morning Joe: Palin's AZ Response ‘Probably Ended Her Political Career’  —  Joe Scarborough did invite folks to “rub it in my face if I'm wrong,” and there will surely be many who would like nothing better than to oblige him . . .  Today's Morning Joe saw considerable consensus around the view …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:   Radio Host Mark Levin To MSNBC: 'I'm Going To Drag Your Asses To Federal Court.'
Elizabeth Dickinson / Foreign Policy:
The First WikiLeaks Revolution?  —  Tunisians didn't need any more reasons to protest when they took to the streets these past weeks — food prices were rising, corruption was rampant, and unemployment was staggering.  But we might also count Tunisia as the first time that WikiLeaks pushed people over the brink.
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Guardian:
Ben Ali forced to flee Tunisia as interim president takes control
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Boing Boing
Max Boot / Commentary:
Stay Tuned to Tunisia
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eunomia
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 …
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 …
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 and JOSHUAPUNDIT
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.
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
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Don't Look To The White House For Tax Reform
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
RNC Member Yells Out ‘No’ When Asked To Support Steele For Second Term  —  This afternoon, following Michael Steele's shaky tenure as head of the Republican National Committee (RNC), the group gathered in National Harbor, Maryland to decide whether or not to grant Steele a second term or elect a new leader.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Wacky, Mildly Racist Godfather's Pizza Ad That Could Affect the GOP Primary  —  After posting this profile of Herman Cain, the Tea Party-backed, African-American former CEO of Godfather's pizza and current radio talk-show host who just launched a presidential exploratory committee...
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
New York Times:
Police Describe Photos of Loughner Posing With Gun  —  TUCSON — Law enforcement officials said Friday they have multiple photos of Jared L. Loughner posing with a Glock 9mm gun next to his naked buttocks and dressed in a bright red g-string.  —  The photos were turned over to the police by Walgreens …
John McCain / Washington Post:
After the shootings, Obama reminds the nation of the golden rule  —  President Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night.  He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America.
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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
The Note:
Homeland Security Axes Bush-Era ‘Virtual Fence’ Project  —  ABC News' Jason Ryan reports: The Department of Homeland Security today officially scrapped a Bush-era program designed to use radar technology to detect illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a DHS official and a congressional source.
Discussion: The Politico
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
House Republican aims to put brakes on repeal of 'Don't ask, don't tell'  —  A member of the House Armed Services Committee plans to introduce legislation next week designed to put the brakes on repeal of the military's ban on openly gay troops.  —  The measure by Rep. Duncan Hunter …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Michael Beckel / OpenSecrets.org:
Political Gifts From Beyond the Grave: Dead Woman Donates Thousands of Dollars to Tea Party Express  —  For more than two years, the Tea Party Express' political war chest has been filled with thousands of dollars in donations from a dead woman.  —  According to the Center …
 
 
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Ezra Klein:
The White House brings in Bruce Reed
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP leader backs mixed seating at State of Union
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN and TPMDC
Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Online statements, arsenal of weapons keep suspect in jail
Discussion: Hot Air and Moe Lane
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New Hit to Strapped States
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: The Daily Dish and Ezra Klein
Mary Ellen Podmolik / Chicago Tribune:
More banks walking away from homes, adding to housing crisis
Eric Lach / TPMMuckraker:
Clear Channel Yanks ‘Straight Shooter’ Limbaugh Ad In Tucson