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2:00 AM ET, January 18, 2011

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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.
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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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Palin defends ‘blood libel’ description: 'That's exactly what was going on'  —  In her first interview since accusing critics of manufacturing a “blood libel” by linking her political rhetoric to the mass shooting in Arizona, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin defended her recent video response to critics, vowing she will not be silenced.
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Pat Buchanan: Left Has Been Conducting ‘Something Of A Lynch Mob’ Against Palin, Beck, Limbaugh  —  Criticism of Sarah Palin in the wake of the Tucson shootings has been described as everything from “blood libel” to part of an “ongoing pogrom” against conservatives.
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: No change on gun law opinions after Arizona shootings
Discussion: Pajamas Media
CNN:
CNN/Opinion Research Poll - January 14-16 - Arizona Shootings
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 …
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: ABCNEWS, CNN and FrumForum
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Boehner's new word choice  —  Washington (CNN) - As evidence of a slight rhetorical shift, House Speaker John Boehner abandoned labeling the current health care law as “job killing,” and instead called it “job crushing” and “job destroying” in a new message posted on his webpage.
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lugar pushes to renew assault weapons ban
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.
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
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.
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Caligula's tomb found after police arrest man trying to smuggle statue  —  Police arrest tomb raider loading part of 2.5 metre statue into lorry near Lake Nemi, south of Rome, where Caligula had a villa  —  The lost tomb of Caligula has been found, according to Italian police …
Discussion: First Draft
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:
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 …
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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
Newsweek:
Are We Sure ‘Civility’ Will Help the Democrats?  —  During the debate over welfare reform that consumed much of 1995 and 1996 in Congress, those who generally supported the Republican approach (ending the welfare “entitlement,” imposing work requirements) had a very strong hand.
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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 …
Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Tunisia Names Caretaker Government, Credits Army  —  TUNIS, Tunisia—Politicians and opposition figures forged a caretaker government Monday, days after the popular overthrow of Tunisia's longtime president, as a clearer picture emerged of the army's role in the largely peaceful handover of power.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Tunisia Unrest Stirs Passions Across North African Region
 
 
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BBC:
Risks of cyber war ‘over-hyped’ says OECD study
Ed West / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
‘Germany Abolishes Itself’ …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Maggie's Farm
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Michael Steele: Republicans ‘could have used a few more brothers in the house’
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Berlusconi ‘paid for sex many times’
Discussion: The Awl and AOL News
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Dems up in 2012 take aim at China in new bill
Clarence B. Jones / Washington Post:
On Martin Luther King Day, remembering the first draft of ‘I Have a Dream’
Peter Singer / Time:
Are We Becoming An Uncivil Society?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Steve Bainbridge / ProfessorBainbridge.com:
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