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9:35 AM ET, January 18, 2011

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Joe Scarborough / The Politico:
Moving past right-wing rhetoric  —  We get it, Sarah Palin.  You're not morally culpable for the tragic shooting in Tucson, Ariz. All of us around the “Morning Joe” table agree, even if we were stunned that you would whine about yourself on Facebook as a shattered family prepared to bury their 9-year-old girl.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘I am not going to shut up’  —  (CNN) - In her first interview since the Arizona shootings, Sarah Palin Monday sharply beat back critics who have suggested her at-times charged political rhetoric and use of a graphic featuring crosshairs may have contributed to the shooter's motivations.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Palin Defends Use of ‘Blood Libel’ Phrase  —  WASHINGTON - Sarah Palin said in a television interview on Monday evening that she agreed with bipartisan calls for civility in the wake of the Arizona shooting rampage, but she vowed to not be deterred from political debates while deciding whether to run for president.
Quin Hillyer / AmSpecBlog:
Palin Was Terrific  —  I continue to believe that Sarah Palin is not yet qualified to be president, but my admiration for her continues to grow.  Her interview with Sean Hannity, just aired, was almost pitch-perfect.  It was dignified.  It was well-modulated.  It was strong.  And it was thoughtful.
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
A Livid Sarah Palin Preaches To The Choir (But No One Else) On Tucson Massacre  —  Sarah Palin may be known as “Mama Grizzly,” a political lightning rod, a published author, and a reality TV star, but tonight on Hannity she was a woman scorned.  Pupils shaking and voice struggling to remain steadfast …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Palin defends ‘blood libel’ description: 'That's exactly what was going on'
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Blame game in Arizona shootings
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Pat Buchanan: Left Has Been Conducting 'Something Of A Lynch Mob …
Barack Obama / Wall Street Journal:
Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System  —  If the FDA deems saccharin safe enough for coffee, then the EPA should not treat it as hazardous waste.  —  For two centuries, America's free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force …
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Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
Discussion: FrumForum
Washington Post:
Poll shows high marks for Obama on Tucson, low regard for political dialogue  —  Americans overwhelmingly describe the tone of political discourse in the country as negative, verging on angry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but more than half say the culture did not contribute …
Discussion: National Review
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ABCNEWS:
Obama Approval Rises, But Hazards Remain  —  Obama's Job Approval Has Matched his Highest in More Than a Year  —  Aided by his response to the Tucson shootings, popular lame-duck legislation and a hint of economic relief, Barack Obama has matched his highest job approval rating in more than a year …
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama's job approval rating on the rise
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:   Cheney Considering Heart Transplant
nbcuniversal.presscentre.com:
CHENEY EXCLUSIVE/EXCERPTS  —  NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and Salon
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 …
KSL-TV:
Poll shows Hatch may face tough re-election in 2012  —  SALT LAKE CITY — A new Utah Policy poll shows Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, could be fighting off Republicans and Democrats in 2012.  —  University of Utah political scientist Tim Chambless says Hatch will fight an uphill battle because of age, health and distrust of incumbents.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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The Fix:
Obama the (more) empathetic
Discussion: Quinnipiac University and GOP 12
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Government finds up to half of Americans under 65 have preexisting conditions  —  As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government's first attempt to quantify the number of people …
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Los Angeles Times:
GOP set to assail healthcare law and seek alternatives
Discussion: AOL News and Associated Press
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Democrats losing too many white voters, says civil rights leader  —  A leading civil rights leader in Congress believes the Democratic Party is losing too many white voters.  —  In an interview, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Democrats need to “go all out” to win back white, Southern voters before the next election.
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.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
DON'T LOOK BACK  —  Darrell Issa, the congressman about to make life more difficult for President Obama, has had some troubles of his own.  —  Issa, the new chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is seen as a future leader of his party.
National Review:
A Roadmap Not Taken?  —  Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the GOP's high priest of pecuniary politics, has ascended to the chairmanship of the House Budget Committee.  Across the land, fiscal conservatives applaud the rise of the 40-year-old wonk.  But the cheers in Congress are more sporadic …
Discussion: FrumForum and The New Republic
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House GOP schedule slips on spending cuts
Discussion: FrumForum
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.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's real test  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann can grab national headlines by flirting with a 2012 presidential run.  That's easy.  —  Becoming a force inside the new GOP House majority in 2011 will be the real test of her power.  —  The Minnesotan emerged as a political rock star early …
 
 
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Sara Rimer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Study: Many college students not learning to think critically
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BBC:
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Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Health care lobby mum on repeal
New York Times:
President Hu Comes to Washington
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Police Officers Committing Perjury in Testimony About Consent Searches?
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Newsweek:
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Ed West / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
‘Germany Abolishes Itself’ …
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