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6:55 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.
Discussion: Mediaite, Z on TV, Taylor Marsh and Reuters
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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.
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 …
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.
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, HotAirPundit and FrumForum
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Cheney Considering Heart Transplant  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney said he has not decided whether to seek a heart transplant for what he called his “end-stage heart failure” but said he will make that decision “at some point.”  —  In his first interview since major surgery to implant …
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 …
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.
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 …
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Lauded on Response to Tucson; More See Chance of Political Conciliation
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
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
Tom Kington / Guardian:
Caligula's tomb raider arrested  —  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, after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle abroad …
Discussion: First Draft
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 …
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Facebook Developer Blog:
Improvements to Permissions for Address and Mobile Number  —  On Friday, we expanded the information you are able to share with external websites and applications to include your address and mobile number.  With this change, you could, for example, easily share your address and mobile phone …
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.
Orin Kerr / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Police Officers Committing Perjury in Testimony About Consent Searches?  —  Last week, a Florida appellate court handed down a fascinating decision affirming the denial of a suppression motion while making clear the court's strong suspicion that the officers' testimony was false.  The case is Ruiz v. State.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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:
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Goldman to Offer Facebook Shares Only to Non-U.S. Clients  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. decided to exclude U.S. clients from the private offering of as much as $1.5 billion in shares of social-networking company Facebook Inc., citing “intense media attention.”
 
 
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David Hazony / Commentary:
Barak Pulls a Sharon
Newsweek:
Are We Sure ‘Civility’ Will Help the Democrats?
Discussion: Flopping Aces
BBC:
Risks of cyber war ‘over-hyped’ says OECD study
Hasan Mansoor / Agence France Presse:
Killings of newborn babies on the rise in Pakistan
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: AOL News and Jezebel
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Where News Is Power, a Fight to Be Well-Armed
Discussion: American Power
 Earlier Items: 
Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: No change on gun law opinions after Arizona shootings
Margaret Coker / Wall Street Journal:
Tunisia Names Caretaker Government, Credits Army
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Love, Actually  —  A dog, ‘Leao’, sits for a second consecutive day …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Joanne Bamberger / Politics Daily:
‘Chinese Tiger Mother’ Amy Chua — Is Her Parenting a Form of Child Abuse?
Robert Bryce / National Review:
Another Texan Running for President?
Associated Press:
Grand jury probes what Edwards knew about spending
Discussion: Pajamas Media and HotAirPundit
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Loughner's Conspiracy-Fueled Rampage Has Origins in the Fringe Right