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6:55 PM ET, January 14, 2011


 Top Items: 
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Michael Steele bows out of RNC Chair race, endorses Maria Cino  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele bowed out of his longshot bid for a second term, bringing an end to a two-year tenure more defined by gaffes than the electoral victories his party racked up.
Ballot Box:
Steele drops out of race; Priebus is the new Republican Party chairman
Discussion: CNN and The Other McCain
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Reince Priebus wins RNC Chairmanship
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
BREAKING: RNC bounces Steele, taps Wisconsin GOP leader as new chairman
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Fox News:
Steele Bows Out of Race for RNC Chief
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
G.O.P. Selects New Chairman After Steele Abandons Bid
Discussion: Hot Air and The Blotter
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 …
The Note:
Ron Reagan Jr.: ‘Shivers of Concern’ About Dad's Mental State in First Term
Discussion: The Politico and PARADE Magazine
Mark Finkelstein / 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
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 …
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:   Radio Host Mark Levin To MSNBC: 'I'm Going To Drag Your Asses To Federal Court.'
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
What's Happening in Tunisia Explained  —  Reports just emerged around 12:30 p.m. Eastern time that the Tunisian dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (Ben Ali), has fled the country and the Army has taken power.  (Also: We have a scoop about how Washington Media Group, the DC public affairs firm …
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.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Prime Minister Claims Power in Tunisia as President Flees
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 pistol next to his naked buttocks and dressed in a bright red g-string.  It is the same model of weapon as the one the police …
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.”
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
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Maine gov tells NAACP to ‘kiss my butt’
Discussion: Kennebec Journal and PostPartisan
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.
Alister Doyle / Reuters:
Climate a factor in Rome's rise and fall -study
Discussion: YID With LID
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
And The Award For Most Hypocritical “Blood Libel” Critic Goes To ...  Sarah Palin has come under criticism for using the term “a blood libel” to refer to the accusations that she incited Jared Loughner to murder in Tucson.  —  I previously explained why Palin's use of the term was consistent …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sanders warns Obama not to agree with GOP on Social Security benefit cuts  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Independent from Vermont, is pressing President Obama to keep his campaign promise not to cut Social Security benefits in a possible deal with Republicans.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Why you should never, ever use two spaces after a period.  —  Last month, Gawker published a series of messages that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had once written to a 19-year-old girl he'd become infatuated with.  Gawker called the e-mails “creepy,” “lovesick,” and “stalkery”; I'd add overwrought, self-important, and dorky.
The Huffington Post:
Pentagon Official: King Would Support Iraq, Afghan Wars (VIDEO)  —  What's Your Reaction: … WASHINGTON — Although the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best remembered by the American public for fighting against racial discrimination, he was also an outspoken opponent of war and violence, most notably of the war in Vietnam.
Discussion: Salon, Political Punch and Speakeasy
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 …
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.
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House touts payroll tax cut benefits
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 Note, The Hill and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Arvind Subramanian /
Is China Already Number One? New GDP Estimates
Discussion: FT Alphaville, Economix and FP Passport
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
A Modest Proposal: What If We Required Mandatory Gun Insurance?
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Shelby Proposes $1 Trillion In Budget Cuts ‘Across The Board’
Ned Resnikoff / Media Matters for America:
Why Are There So Many Jews In Beck's Rogues Gallery?
Discussion: Politics Daily and Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Rises to the Challenge
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The Wacky, Mildly Racist Godfather's Pizza Ad That Could Affect the GOP Primary
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
The Note:
Homeland Security Axes Bush-Era ‘Virtual Fence’ Project
Discussion: Danger Room and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
The White House brings in Bruce Reed
Discussion: Swampland
Stephanie Ebbert / Boston Globe:
Rep. Tierney's wife gets 30-day sentence
Wall Street Journal:
New Hit to Strapped States
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin's biggest problem
Discussion: GOP 12