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10:55 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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Da Techguy's Blog and Nice Deb
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'
Discussion: American Power
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: Althouse and FrumForum
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Kent Conrad to retire  —  North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad plans to announce his retirement today, according to two informed Democratic sources, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state.  —  Conrad, who currently chairs the Senate Budget Committee …
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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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 …
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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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Two different speeches, two different Obamas
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Mary Winter / Politics Daily:   Dick Cheney on Obama's Vulnerability, Tucson Shootings, His Health
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 …
Sara Rimer / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Study: Many college students not learning to think critically  —  NEW YORK — An unprecedented study that followed several thousand undergraduates through four years of college found that large numbers didn't learn the critical thinking, complex reasoning and written communication skills …
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 …
Mark Pazniokas / ctmirror.org:
Bysiewicz declares for U.S. Senate  —  Susan Bysiewicz today declared herself a candidate for U.S. Senate, trying to put the disasters of 2010 behind her by getting an early jump on 2012, when U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman is up for re-election.  —  Bysiewicz, 49, a Democrat whose career derailed …
Discussion: Ballot Box, TPMDC and Hotline On Call
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
For Chinese Leader's Visit, U.S. to Take a Bolder Tack  —  WASHINGTON — President Hu Jintao of China is coming to town Tuesday, and American officials say President Obama will be taking a far more assertive stance as he greets his biggest global economic rival.
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BBC:
Pirates seized record 1,181 hostages in 2010 - report  —  Somali pirates are now operating further offshore, the IMB says  —  Pirates took a record 1,181 hostages in 2010, despite increased patrolling of the seas, a maritime watchdog has said.  —  The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glenn Blain / NY Daily News:
State Sen. Thomas Duane to push gay marriage bill as hopes rise that Gov. Cuomo will live up to vow  —  ALBANY - The battle over same-sex marriage is about to heat up again in the state Senate.  —  Sen. Thomas Duane (D-Manhattan), the Senate's biggest booster of gay marriage …
Des Moines Register:
Pawlenty to meet with Iowa social conservatives Feb. 7  —  A social conservative organization in Iowa plans to host former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty in Pella next month for what local GOP leaders say is the first in a series of appearances by prospective presidential candidates.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Chris Matthews / Washington Post:
What Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill could teach Washington today  —  A vigorous debate over the role of government is always at the heart of our democracy.  Since the shootings in Arizona, however, many have said that our partisan ferocity is unhealthy.  —  So it seems like a good time to reflect on Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill.
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 …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin needs to ‘be more careful’ Gingrich says  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin is getting more advice from fellow Republicans - this time from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who says the former Alaska governor needs to “slow down.”  —  Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday …
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Health-care debate, round two  —  Health-care reform isn't getting repealed this week.  It's getting re-debated.  The GOP's control of the House — and thus of at least some of the agenda — gives them a second opportunity to make their case against the bill.
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.
 
 
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