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2:45 PM ET, January 16, 2011

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Associated Press:
Tucson victim arrested for threat  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — In an unexpected twist to the Arizona shootings, a man wounded in the attack was arrested and taken for a psychiatric exam after an outburst at a town hall meeting, during which he took a picture of a tea party leader and yelled “you're dead,” authorities say.
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Frank Rich / New York Times:
No One Listened to Gabrielle Giffords  —  OF the many truths in President Obama's powerful Tucson speech, none was more indisputable than his statement that no one can know what is in a killer's mind.  So why have we spent so much time debating exactly that?  —  The answer is classic American denial.
msnbc.com:
'You're dead,' man yells while photographing Tea Party spokesman  —  Below:  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — A Tucson mass shooting victim was taken into custody Saturday after yelling “you're dead” at a Tea Party spokesman during the taping of an ABC-TV town hall event hosted by Christianne Amanpour.
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: After the Tragedy
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:   ABC's This Week Airs Alleged Death Threat From Shooting Victim to Tea Party Leader
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
There's more evidence that the liberal media influenced Eric Fuller …
KGUN-TV:
Death threat at ABC-TV Town Hall event Saturday
Sify.com:
Arizona survivor blames Palin's ‘crosshair’ posting for shooting mayhem
Hamil Harris / Washington Post:
Obama attends church services in D.C. on Sunday  —  Credit: Hamil Harris, The Washington Post  —  Updated 1:59 p.m.:  —  Last year President Obama sat in the pulpit and delivered a five page address on Martin Luther King, but after a week in which he attempted to console a nation …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Page
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David Gibson / Politics Daily:
Is the Black Church Dead?  Debate Flares Among African-American Christians
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Rethinking Obama's political performance in Tucson  —  Pundits and politicians alike praised President Obama's speech at the Tucson memorial service last Wednesday.  “A wonderful speech,” wrote the New York Times' David Brooks.  “A magnificent performance,” wrote National Review's Rich Lowry.
Discussion: The Virginian and Pajamas Media
New York Times:
Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay  —  The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel's never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.  —  Over the past two years …
Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
Hu Highlights Need for U.S.-China Cooperation, Questions Dollar  —  BEIJING—Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a …
Discussion: The Hill and Clusterstock
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Rendell calls for ‘early detection system’ for mentally ill  —  Two high-profile politicians today called for sweeping reforms to the nation's mental health system that would prevent individuals deemed ill from legally purchasing firearms.  —  Had numerous concerns about alleged gunman Jared …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Hill:
Lawmakers continue drumbeat for more civil political discourse  —  Lawmakers continued the drumbeat for more civil political discourse Sunday, despite one of the two doctors serving in the Senate noting that the discussion should not be linked to the actions of a mentally ill man in last weekend's Tucson shooting.
Discussion: CNN
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Lawmakers call for hearings, help for the mentally ill after Giffords shooting  —  The co-founders of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus on Sunday called for Congress to begin hearings on the state of mental healthcare in the United States in the wake of last weekend's deadly shooting in Tucson.
Discussion: CNN
Myglesias / Yglesias:
A Public Option for Banking  —  Chase says that unless it goes unregulated, the poor will suffer: … Read on for why this is false (and see also Felix Salmon) but note as well that if you're concerned about poor people not having bank accounts there are a number of more straightforward ways …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
10,000 GMAC Foreclosures Stopped in Maryland  —  (Photo Illustration: Lance Page/truthout; Adapted From: woodleywonderworks/Flickr)  —  In a major ruling Friday, a coalition of nonprofit defense lawyers and consumer protection advocates in Maryland successfully got over 10,000 foreclosure cases managed …
Discussion: Eschaton and Foreclosureblues
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Michael Reagan calls brother an ‘embarrassment’  —  Ronald Reagan's conservative son called his liberal half-brother “an embarrassment” Saturday for speculating in a new memoir that their father suffered from Alzheimer's disease while president.  —  “Ron, my brother was an embarrassment …
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Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
Michael Reagan Rips Half-Brother Ron Over Book and Alzheimer's Claim
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Betsy's Page
 
 
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