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Keith Olbermann Issues Special Comment On Arizona Shooting: 'Violence Has No Place In Democracy'

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  • Appearing on a special edition of "Countdown," Olbermann told his audience that "we need to put the guns down. Just as importantly we need to put the gun metaphors away and permanently."
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  • Giffords warned in March of ‘consequences’ to Palin’s violent rhetoric
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  • Psst: The death of public civility
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Keith Olbermann, Huffington Post

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

In the wake of Saturday's (January 8) tragic shootings in Arizona, which have claimed the lives of six individuals and left many more, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, critically injured, Keith Olbermann delivered an important message about the place of violence within our democracy.

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Appearing on a special edition of "Countdown," Olbermann told his audience that "we need to put the guns down. Just as importantly we need to put the gun metaphors away and permanently."

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Olbermann continued, "Left, right, middle - politicians and citizens - sane and insane. This morning in Arizona, this age in which this country would accept "targeting" of political opponents and putting bullseyes over their faces and of the dangerous blurring between political rallies and gun shows, ended."
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Giffords warned in March of ‘consequences’ to Palin’s violent rhetoric, Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story

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  • "I think it's the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what we see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that ... This has not become the nice United States that most of us grew up in, and I think it's time that we do the soul searching," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said at a press conference on Saturday (Jan 8).
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  • Alaska, Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin’s Map
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Psst: The death of public civility, Bill Ward, Star Tribune | MN
At the very least can we put a hold on belligerent public behavior for at least a day or two?

Alaska, Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin’s Map

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  • “We'll aim for these races,” “This is just the first salvo” and “join me in the fight.”
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  • Giffords warned in March of ‘consequences’ to Palin’s violent rhetoric
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Billy Wharton, Bronx County Independent Examiner

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Palin Map Targets Democrats Photo: SarahPAC

There wasn’t much that was amusing about the finale of Sarah Palin’s Alaska.  It was hard to find anything to latch onto, hard to find that moment that revealed what her true agenda really was or that quirky exchange that revealed how much her children really do resent her.  My inability to critically connect was the result of the overwhelming feeling that the shootings in Arizona were always there in the backdrop.  And, I simply couldn’t remove the image of Sarah’s map from my mind.

While Todd was being rugged, Piper bratty and Willow resistant, Sarah was working on her map.  The map of the US appeared on Sarahpac.com and identified highly contested electoral races where Democrats were at risk of losing.  Gabrielle Giffords, one of the victims of the Tucson shooting, was on the map.  There were crosshairs, like those of one of the many rifles Palin advertised on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, over the state of Arizona and her name was listed below.  The language in the ad for the map included lines “We'll aim for these races,” “This is just the first salvo” and “join me in the fight.”

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Giffords warned in March of ‘consequences’ to Palin’s violent rhetoric, Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story

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  • "I think it's the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what we see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that ... This has not become the nice United States that most of us grew up in, and I think it's time that we do the soul searching," Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said at a press conference on Saturday (Jan 8).
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  • Alaska, Gabrielle Giffords and Sarah Palin’s Map
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Summary | Bachmann & Kline Watch: Week of January 9

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  • Report: 104 Republicans In Congress, includingf Kline, Bachmann,  Want To Privatize Social Security
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  • Bachmann to introduce bill repealing Wall Street reform
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pat Bagley

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Bachmann attacks $1.2B payout for black farmers, Kevin Diaz, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann calls the $1.2 billion deal "indefensible." Farmers say it rights a historic wrong.

Report: 104 Republicans In Congress, includingf Kline, Bachmann,  Want To Privatize Social Security, Mike Perkins, American Medical Systems

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  • That means giving more to Wall Street and leaving more for military spending
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  • List includes Minnesota reps Michelle Bachmann and John Kline
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  • Bachmann’s Plan: To Deal With Debt, We Must ‘Wean Everybody’ Off Social Security, Medicare
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  • Rep. Ryan (R-WI) on Social Security Cuts Plan: 'If I Lose My Job Over This, Fine'
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  • Obama to blink first on Social Security
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Bachmann to introduce bill repealing Wall Street reform, Jeremy Herb, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN
Republicans haven’t repealed health care reform yet, but Rep. Michele Bachmann already has her sights on another target.

Summary | Barack Obama, Change We Can Believe In: Week of January 9

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  • Obama to blink first on Social Security
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  • Enough agonizing, Mr. President
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Ted Rall

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Is Barack Obama the Problem? Robert Parry, Consortium News

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  • Despite some recent victories like repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” many on the American Left are feeling a cumulative disgust toward President Barack Obama, not just for his generally timid policy choices but – even more so – for his failure to articulate and fight for progressive values.
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  • President Obama is neither weak nor stupid... nor a progressive
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Obama to blink first on Social Security, Robert Kuttner, Politico

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  • Could the President lay the bombshell of cutting Social Security in 2011?
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  • Republicans win three ways. They have a Democratic president doing their work for them, destroying the Democratic capacity to use affirmative.
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Enough agonizing, Mr. President, Los Angeles Times | CA
Obama says he is struggling with whether to endorse same-sex marriage. We say, support marriage equality.

2011 Will Bring More De Facto Decriminalization Of Elite Financial Fraud, William K. Black, Huffington Post

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  • The FBI and the DOJ remain unlikely to prosecute the elite bank officers that ran the enormous "accounting control frauds" that drove the financial crisis.
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  • The fundamental flaw is that DOJ's senior leadership cannot conceive of elite bankers as criminals.
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  • New consumer agency is frightfully necessary — and late
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Congressional Budget Office (CBO): Healthcare repeal would increase deficit

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Repealing Obama's landmark healthcare overhaul would add billions to government red ink

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press/Salon

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. leaves the Democratic caucus luncheon to speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Repealing President Barack Obama's landmark health care overhaul would add billions to government red ink and leave millions without coverage, Congress' nonpartisan budget referees said Thursday ahead of a politically charged vote in the House.

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House Speaker John Boehner brushed off the Congressional Budget Office analysis as emboldened Republicans, now in the majority, issued their own report arguing that Obama's coverage expansion would cost jobs and increase budget deficits.

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But Democrats seized on the CBO analysis, calling it a game changer in the battle for public opinion.

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