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10:05 PM ET, January 17, 2011

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Blame game in Arizona shootings  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans feel sadness, anger and shock in the wake of the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona, according to a new national poll.  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday also indicates there's plenty of blame …
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CNN/Opinion Research Poll - January 14-16 - Arizona Shootings
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: No change on gun law opinions after Arizona shootings
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The War on Logic  —  My wife and I were thinking of going out for an inexpensive dinner tonight.  But John Boehner, the speaker of the House, says that no matter how cheap the meal may seem, it will cost thousands of dollars once you take our monthly mortgage payments into account.
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lugar pushes to renew assault weapons ban  —  Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) this weekend called on Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.  —  Lugar is the first GOP senator to call for increased gun control following the Tucson tragedy that killed six people and wounded 13 others …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Scenes From a Marriage  —  In every twisted, wretched, ruinous relationship, there are moments so grim, flare-ups so appalling, that they offer both parties a chance to step back, take inventory, and realize that it's time — far past time, in fact — to go their separate ways.
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Cheney: Obama has learned that Bush policies were right  —  President Obama has “learned from experience” that some of the Bush administration's decisions on terrorism issues were necessary, according to former Vice President Dick Cheney.  —  In his first interview since undergoing major heart surgery …
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and FrumForum
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Arizona statute could endanger Gabrielle Giffords's hold on seat  —  TUCSON - Even as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shows signs of a near-miraculous recovery, with doctors on Sunday upgrading her condition from critical to serious, a little-known statutory provision in Arizona state law could endanger …
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
A left-wing blog plays the race card  —  Last week The Post ran an article describing efforts in Wake County, N.C. to end a school desegregation plan.  The article explained that while Democratic and Republican school boards had supported different variations of school integration, parents became fed up:
Discussion: Don Surber and Dana Goldstein
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Nathan Diebenow / Raw Story:
Progressives to ‘uncloak’ the secret financers behind the Tea party
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews Slams ‘Older White People’ for Still Having a ‘Problem’ With Obama  —  Appearing on MSNBC, Monday, to promote his new special on Barack Obama, Chris Matthews attacked “older white people” for still holding bigoted feelings against the first African American President.
Michelle Malkin:
MLK Day proposal: Give the race card a rest  —  That didn't last long.  —  After exhorting the nation to steer away from discourse that “has become so sharply polarized,” President Obama and his administration will mark Martin Luther King Day by framing Obamacare as a “civil rights victory” …
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John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Ricky Gervais Gives Hollywood a Taste of Their Own Sucker Punch-Medicine  —  Dare I say, God bless Ricky Gervais?  —  How many times have those of us in Middle America gotten all settled in for an expected evening of relaxing entertainment, be it at the movies, in front of the television …
Hasan Mansoor / Agence France Presse:
Killings of newborn babies on the rise in Pakistan  —  KARACHI (AFP) - The lifeless bodies of two tiny babies are being given their final bath before burial in Karachi, after they were left to die in the southern Pakistani city's garbage dumps.  —  “They can only have been one or two days old …
Joanne Bamberger / Politics Daily:
Amy Chua, a Yale law professor and the woman who has quickly become the infamous “Chinese Tiger mother,” seems to be a taskmaster and a bully.  I don't know her personally, but after reading the episodes she chose to put in her book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” those are the nicest things …
TBogg:
Macon Bacon  —  This about ErickErickErickErickson just showed up in my email from the excellently named David Davidson (I kid you not): … I can see why there is no hurry to get his replacement in place.  It's not like he was showing up for work anyway:
Ed West / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
‘Germany Abolishes Itself’ - the publishing sensation that challenges Europe's diversity consensus  —  The great Christopher Caldwell (regular readers will remember he wrote a book, which I might have mentioned only 185 or 186 times, called Reflections on the Revolution in Europe) …
Discussion: Maggie's Farm and Pajamas Media
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Love, Actually  —  A dog, ‘Leao’, sits for a second consecutive day, next to the grave of her owner, Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in the week's catastrophic landslides in Brazil, at the cemetery in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janiero, on January 15, 2011.  By Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty.
CNN:
Shooting victim apologizes for ‘misplaced outrage’ at Tea Party leader  —  Tucson, Arizona (CNN) — Arizona shooting victim James Eric Fuller sent his apologies Monday for telling a Tea Party leader, “you are dead.”  —  Dorothy DeRuyter, a companion of Fuller's, provided CNN with a statement.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
NYT: Say, maybe we should have waited for the facts before blaming the Right  —  Don't worry, though, because the New York Times' public editor (their term for ombudsman) “shares the view to an extent” (emphasis mine) that the Times and the media rushed to put the Tucson shootings in a political context.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Lauded on Response to Tucson; More See Chance of Political Conciliation  —  78 Percent Approve of Obama's Response to the Arizona Shooting  —  Americans divide on the risks posed by the tone of the country's political discourse but approve overwhelmingly of President Obama's attempt to redirect it.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP schedule slips on spending cuts  —  House Republicans are falling behind in their aggressive schedule and are unlikely to consider a major spending-cut bill this month.  —  The GOP had hoped to hold a floor vote by late January on legislation rescinding already appropriated funds …
Discussion: FrumForum
ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Capt. Mark Kelly Talks to Diane Sawyer About Wife Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery; Says She Is Still Looking Out for Others  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords smiles at her husband and has even given him back rubs, her doctors said today.  —  The tracheotomy tube in the throat …
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Berlusconi ‘paid for sex many times’  —  Italian PM housed women for free at Milan housing complex and allegedly knew woman at centre of row was under-age, say prosecution documents sent to parliament  —  Silvio Berlusconi's political career is once again in jeopardy after prosecutors today accused …
Discussion: AOL News and The Awl
BBC:
Risks of cyber war ‘over-hyped’ says OECD study  —  A huge solar flare could give rise to a global cyber shock, warns the report  —  The vast majority of hi-tech attacks described as acts of cyber war do not deserve the name, says a report.  —  The Organisation for Economic Cooperation …
Robert Bryce / National Review:
Another Texan Running for President?  —  Texas governor Rick Perry's high-profile battle with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) couldn't have come at a better time.  The fight may not be over in time for the 2012 presidential elections, and he very well may lose, but no matter what happens …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Loughner's Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage Has Origins in the Fringe Right  —  Republicans have pulled off a neat trick with respect to Jared Loughner.  They have worked very hard to characterize him as a “whacko” and a “nutjob” (inadvertently hurting the prospect of a successful prosecution …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Michael Steele: Republicans ‘could have used a few more brothers in the house’  —  Michael Steele said he brought African Americans into the GOP fold during his tenure as chairman of the Republican National Committee and predicted the new House majority will cooperate with President Obama on certain issues.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Where News Is Power, a Fight to Be Well-Armed  —  WASHINGTON — Bobby Maldonado has the morning routine of a well-trained marathoner.  —  With the help of three alarm clocks, he gets up at 4 a.m., is showered and out the door in less than an hour, and scans his BlackBerry almost constantly …
Discussion: American Power
 
 
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Clarence B. Jones / Washington Post:
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Peter Singer / Time:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
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