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7:50 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.
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.
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Pat Buchanan: Left Has Been Conducting 'Something Of A Lynch Mob …
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  —  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 …
Discussion: The Fix
nbcuniversal.presscentre.com:
CHENEY EXCLUSIVE/EXCERPTS  —  NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and Salon
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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Marissa Calhoun / CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama's job approval rating on the rise  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating is up five points since December as a growing number of Americans consider him a strong leader who is tough enough to handle a crisis, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Blame game in Arizona shootings
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Lauded on Response to Tucson; More See Chance of Political Conciliation
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Truthdig
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Los Angeles Times:
GOP set to assail healthcare law and seek alternatives
Discussion: AOL News and Associated Press
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.
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 …
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
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:
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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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.
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 …
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
 
 
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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
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
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John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Ricky Gervais Gives Hollywood a Taste of Their Own Sucker Punch-Medicine
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