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5:30 PM ET, January 14, 2011

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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.
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.
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Ballot Box:
Michael Steele drops out of race for Republican Party chairman
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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The Note:
Ron Reagan Jr.: ‘Shivers of Concern’ About Dad's Mental State in First Term
Discussion: The Politico and PARADE Magazine
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
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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Washington Times:
Blood libel against Palin, Limbaugh  —  Liberals stoop to new low, scramble to score points from murder  —  Sarah Palin issued a statement yesterday condemning the “reprehensible” response to Saturday's shooting in Tucson by some members of the media.  “Within hours of a tragedy unfolding …
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Shmuley Boteach / Wall Street Journal:
Sarah Palin Is Right About ‘Blood Libel’
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
There will be blog  —  What Part Of “Nonviolence” Is Hard To Understand?  —  The Department of Defense has bitten off a little more than they can chew here: … The short answer is that King was committed to the principle of nonviolence and so would not have supported any war …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Barack Obama's 2012 cash challenge  —  Bracing for a half-billion-dollar onslaught of outside GOP cash in 2012, President Barack Obama's advisers are quietly working to bring back together the major donor base that produced a record-breaking fundraising haul in his first run for president.
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.
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
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: GOP 12
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: AMERICAblog Gay and Joe. My. God.
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.
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.
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Ezra Klein:
The White House brings in Bruce Reed
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
GOP leader backs mixed seating at State of Union
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Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Online statements, arsenal of weapons keep suspect in jail
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Maintaining racial diversity in schools
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Grappling With Genosha
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