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Bush Defends NSA Surveillance, Romney Was Against Presidential Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly renewing their gun control push and why Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s catchy new campaign video against his Democratic Senate opponent is a big fail.

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Koch Brothers Face Backlash, Colbert Reacts to Sister’s Loss, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama shifts his attention and Gabrielle Giffords’ gun control group gears up to go head to head with the NRA.

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Giffords ‘Furious’ Over Gun Vote, Stewart Mocks ‘Human Centipede’ CNN, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a setback for privacy rights advocates and the bizarre connection between the alleged sender of ricin-laced letters and one of the targets.

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Holder on Prosecuting Big Banks, Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban Enacted, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the House votes to avoid a government shutdown and Gabrielle Giffords makes a plea for gun control at the place where she was shot two years ago.

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Sen. Leahy Calls Out NRA’s LaPierre, Fox News’ Ratings Drop, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Kerry’s Senate replacement named and the GOP’s failing attempt to rig the 2016 presidential election.

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Watch: Gabrielle Giffords Speaks to the Senate on Gun Violence

The former Arizona congresswoman who survived a gunshot to the head said in her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, “Speaking is difficult, but I need to say something important.”

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Gun Sanity Needs Bipartisanship

The first and most important victory for advocates of sensible gun laws would, on almost any other matter, seem trivial. But when it comes to firearms, it’s huge: Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, attention to the issue has not waned and pressure for action has not diminished.

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Everybody Hates John Boehner, Piers Morgan and Alex Jones Face Off, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords’ new PAC, Elizabeth Warren admonishing AIG and Nate Silver talking politics and data analysis on Reddit.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



Congress Rights a Wrong, Ann Coulter’s Epic Rant, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s reported pick for secretary of defense and why Joe Biden could be America’s next reality TV star (or not).

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Giffords’ Husband Rips Arizona Governor at Loughner Sentencing

In a statement to the court, the husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blasted Jan Brewer for her “feckless” leadership on the issue of gun control.

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Watch: Gabby Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

One of the standout moments of the entire Democratic National Convention was the former Arizona congresswoman leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Romney Gets Nominated, Giffords Starts Gabby PAC, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some highlights of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention.

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Ryan Not Qualified, Gabby Giffords’ Latest Milestone and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Romney hypocrisy about tax returns and Sarah Palin’s Republican National Convention announcement.

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On Gun Laws, It’s Bipartisan Consensus, Not Gridlock, That’s the Problem

With an average of 32 people killed by guns in this country every day—the equivalent of five Wisconsin massacres per day—both major parties refuse to deal with gun control. It’s the consensus, not the gridlock, that’s the problem.

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Loughner Pleads Guilty in Arizona Shootings

After being ruled competent to stand trial, Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 charges stemming from a shooting rampage that left six people dead and a dozen others, including former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded.

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Giffords Aide Wins, Jamie Dimon Testifies and More

A look at the day’s political events, including the Arizona special election winner, JPMogran Chase CEO Jamie Dimon heckled and Sheldon Adelson’s latest multimillion-dollar donation.

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Dubya’s Presidential Tab, Jon Stewart on Political Gaffes and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Arizona’s special election, the fiscal damage done by George W. Bush’s presidency and the latest on the controversial Florida voter purge.

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Gabrielle Giffords on the Campaign Trail, Paul Krugman on Obama Gaffe and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Gabrielle Giffords on the campaign trail, the latest on Obama’s private sector “gaffe” and why some influential Republicans think the answer to America’s education woes is fewer teachers.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Explains Why She’s Resigning From Congress

After surviving a gunshot to the head, the Arizona representative says she is leaving office to focus on her recovery, but she promises to return.

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The Lamest Conspiracy Theory

A group of skeptics has been hounding victims of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson that claimed six lives and nearly killed U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, claiming the massacre was a government hoax. (more)

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Rep. Giffords Is Walking and Talking

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head during an attack at an Arizona shopping center, is walking and talking, according to doctors, with her condition improving by “leaps and bounds.”

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



Loughner Trial Moves to San Diego

The trial of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter who killed six people in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is being moved from Tucson to San Diego because of worries over pretrial publicity and heightened local sensitivities.

Posted on Feb 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

After being wrestled down and arrested at the scene of the fatal shooting in Tucson earlier this month and after a number of witnesses said he was the shooter, Jared Loughner entered a not guilty plea in a brief appearance at a Phoenix federal court Monday.

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Has a Point

Excuse us while we hold back the dry heave and acknowledge that buried in this obnoxious, childish rant of Glenn Beck’s, there’s a valid point lurking.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE


Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban

The Glock 19 semiautomatic pistol that Jared Loughner is accused of using in his rampage in Tucson, Ariz., is, according to Glock’s website, “ideal for versatile use through reduced dimensions” and is “suitable for concealed carry.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


Palin’s Egocentric Umbrage

In the spirit of civil discourse, I’d like to humbly suggest that Sarah Palin please consider being quiet for a while. Perhaps a great while.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Left, Right & Center’: After Arizona

With last week’s shocking shooting in Tucson as the backdrop for this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley, Arianna Huffington and Matt Miller discuss gun control, the plight of the social outcast ...

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Healer in Chief

Listening to Obama’s speech brought back memories of Obama the candidate, a mesmerizing orator with the power to summon visions of a better America.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE


Finding the Forgotten Majority

The new media economy encourages ever more violent vitriol because that’s now become the most reliable way to build a following and, thus, generate profit.

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How We Enable Crimes of Insanity

The law requires us to assess Jared Lee Loughner’s mental state and motivations, but we might do better to analyze our own craziness.

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Obama and Palin Speeches Compared

Daily Kos blogger Jed Lewison plugged the president and Sarah Palin’s respective speeches about the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., into a word cloud generator to create a visual representation of the rhetoric. (more)

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Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Straight Shooter’ Billboard in Tucson Taken Down

A spokesman for the shock jock’s syndicate says a Tucson, Ariz., billboard featuring Limbaugh’s name, the phrase “straight shooter” and bullet hole imagery was designed by a local station and removed after the shooting massacre that took place in that city.

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Giffords Makes Big Gains

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues to amaze her doctors with her recovery from the brain injury she sustained in Saturday’s shooting. On Thursday, the word “miracle” was once again invoked as her medical team reported her progress ... Updated

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President Obama: ‘Our Hearts Are Broken’

The president’s talents as a communicator were in desperate need in Arizona, where he spoke Wednesday at the memorial for the victims of the shooting in Tucson. (Full text and video after the jump)

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How Violent Talk Blocks Sane Gun Laws

The descriptions of President Obama as a “tyrant,” the intimations that he is “alien” and the suggestions that his presidency is illegitimate are essential to the core rationale for resisting any restrictions on firearms.

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Words That Don’t Heal

Blood libel is a term with a specific and terrible history. It refers to the scurrilous accusation that Jews kidnapped and murdered Christian children to use their blood to prepare Passover matzo.

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David Frum Blames Ariz. Shooting on Reefer Madness

The former Bush speechwriter who coined the term “axis of evil” claims a link between Jared Loughner, schizophrenia and pot smoking. Forget guns, “The Tucson shooting should remind us why we regulate marijuana.” (more)

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More Details Crop Up About Giffords, Loughner

The Associated Press rounded up the latest reports as of Tuesday afternoon about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ condition, including one doctor’s promising prognosis, as well as about alleged gunman Jared Loughner’s activities leading up to Saturday’s shooting.

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What Is the Meaning of This ‘Blood Libel’?

Wouldn’t you know it—the Sarah Palin Catchphrase Generator clicked, whirred and spat out another viscerally tinged and menacing two-word combination to righteously apply to her political opponents. This week’s winner: “blood libel.” But what does it mean?

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Great American Craziness

I do not believe that Sarah Palin had anything to do with the gunning down of innocents in Arizona. What bothers me is the cowardice of national leaders and other politicians who allow people to carry around weapons on the streets, in restaurants and bars. That’s the great American craziness.

Posted on Jan 11, 2011 READ MORE


How Many Bullets Do You Need?

“High Capacity Magazines ... When ten rounds isn’t enough,” the Internet site offers. When, exactly, would that be? Enough for what?

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A Tale of Two Sheriffs

The Tucson massacre that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, brought into sharp public focus the local sheriff, Clarence Dupnik.

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Right Pushes Back About Rhetoric’s Role in Arizona Shooting

Is it wrong to make connections between the charged political climate in the U.S., stoked by divisive rhetoric, and the deadly shooting last weekend in Arizona? Some right-leaning politicians and pundits are saying so.

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‘Surely Some Revelation Is at Hand’

David Sirota calls this Steve Almond essay the best take he’s seen on the Giffords shooting and it’s hard to disagree. “What happens when a large and well-armed portion of our citizenry can no longer apologize?” Almond asks. “When humility becomes another form of humiliation? Their heroes exhort them: Never retreat. Reload.”

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Fox Appears to Censor Vigil in Order to Protect Palin

We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but—oh what the hell. In this clip Fox News cuts to commercial the moment Sarah Palin’s name comes up at an Arizona vigil.

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Gun Crazy

We may not be sure that the bloodbath in Tucson had anything to do with politics, but we know it had everything to do with our nation’s insane refusal to impose reasonable controls on guns.

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Barbara Walters: ‘Unfair’ to Blame Sarah Palin

You may recall that Sarah Palin placed cross hairs on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district and tweeted “Don’t Retreat, Instead - RELOAD!” about 10 months before someone shot the congresswoman and 19 others. Well, Barbara Walters says “to blame Sarah Palin as some are doing, I think it’s very unfair to her.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE


Heed the Prophetic Words of Whoopi Goldberg

Every now and then, the staged ladies’ coffee klatch known as “The View” produces some useful commentary on Our Life and Times, and in this instance, taken from a show that aired last year, the discussion seems downright prescient ...

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