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12:00 AM ET, January 17, 2011


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Associated Press:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition improves  —  TUCSON, Ariz. - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords condition is improving and she is now in serious condition at a hospital after being shot in the head about a week ago.  —  The University of Arizona said in a news release Sunday that the congresswoman is continuing to do well.
‘This Week’ Transcript: After the Tragedy
Discussion: blogs
Don Surber:
I do not want civil discourse  —  For a decade, from the election of Bush 43 forward, the Left has lied and cheated as it tried to return to power.  Al Gore made a mockery out of the American electoral system by being a spoilsport over Florida, which Bush indeed won by 537 votes.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
After Promising To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obama's Health Law, Republicans Have No Replacement  —  As the first major legislative act with their new majority, Republicans are planning to hold a futile vote next week to repeal President Obama's health care law.  The laughably named …
New York Times:
The Truth and Consequences of Repeal
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
House panel wants Homeland Security documents  —  WASHINGTON - A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.
New York Times:
Husband Offers Message From Giffords's Bedside  —  Hundreds turned out on Sunday for a walk in memory of the shooting victims.  The march ended at Gabrielle Giffords's office.  More Photos »  —  TUCSON — On a day when Representative Gabrielle Giffords's condition was upgraded …
Washington Post:
China's Hu Jintao answers questions with Washington Post  —  This is a full, unedited transcript of written answers from President Hu Jintao of China to written questions from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.  The questions were submitted in late December and the answers …
Discussion: Reuters
Andrew Browne / Wall Street Journal:
Hu Highlights Need for U.S.-China Cooperation, Questions Dollar
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Hill
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Schumer to Obama: Close loophole that let Ariz. suspect buy a gun  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Army should have notified the FBI of Loughner's rejection for “excessive drug use.”  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he is penning a letter to President Obama asking …
The Hill:
Lawmakers continue drumbeat for more civil political discourse
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Hannah Rosenthal and U.S. efforts to combat anti-Semitism  —  The Obama administration initially ignored human rights and now has given nice speeches but taken little action.  After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech this week on democracy in the Middle East, there was considerable doubt …
Discussion: Mondoweiss and Israel Matzav
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:
Christie: ‘Not arrogant enough’ to believe experience is enough for White House  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) brushed off a Zogby poll from earlier this month that showed him leading a pack of hypothetical GOP 2012 contenders, adamantly stressing that's not in his plans.
New York Post:
Topics  —  HEAR!  HEAR!  Spot ON!  —  DarthVader  —  It's amazing how you seem to be able to focus on the “left leaning media” yet totally ignore the brain trust at Fox News who go on the air (each and every one of them) pusching an uncorraboated story that the president's trip to India would cost the taxpayers over $2M/day.
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 …
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.
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
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Jennifer A. Kingson / New York Times:
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Lawmakers call for hearings, help for the mentally ill after Giffords shooting
Discussion: CNN
Hamil Harris / Washington Post:
Obama family attends church services at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in D.C.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and The Page
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Thomas H. Maugh II / Los Angeles Times:
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords taken off ventilator