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House To Hold Bipartisan Caucus Meeting For Post-Shooting Safety Info

“In the aftermath of the Arizona shooting spree, House Republican leaders have cleared the legislative calendar for next week, which means that for the most part U.S. politics will slow to a crawl. Instead, members — Democrats and Republicans — will participate in a joint caucus meeting Wednesday, to be briefed on security precautions in the wake of the shooting. Because of the preponderance of freshman and other junior members, who were not on the Hill during the 9/11 and anthrax attacks, many haven’t been briefed on how to prepare for and handle emergencies. They will try to rectify this Wednesday, according to Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson.”

Feds Formally Charge Jared Loughner For Murders, Attempting To Kill Gabby Giffords

“The Justice Department just filed charges against Jared Lee Loughner for a count of attempting to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), two counts of first degree murder of federal employees and two counts of attempted murder of federal employees. We’ve got a copy of the complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona posted here.”

Kyl: Arizona Sheriff’s Remarks Inappropriate

“In a Sunday morning appearance on Face the Nation, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) took issue with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who criticized Arizona hours after the Giffords shooting.

“I didn’t really think that that had any part in a law enforcement briefing,” Kyl said.

In a candid moment at a press conference on Saturday, Dupnik said his state had become ground zero for the sort of political rhetoric that foments violence.”

Palin Aide: Crosshairs On Target List Not Actually Gun Sights

“An aide to Sarah Palin claims the crosshairs depicted in her now-infamous target list of Democrats were not actually gun-sights, and that it’s “obscene” and “appalling” to blame Palin for the shooting.

“We never ever, ever intended it to be gun sights. It was simply cross-hairs like you’d see on maps,” said Rebecca Mansour on the Tammy Bruce radio show. Moreover, there was “nothing irresponsible” about the image, and to draw a line connecting Palin and Saturday’s shooting is “obscene” and “appalling.””

Read More: Lamar Alexander Refuses To Condemn Palin’s Cross-Hairs Map, Urges Media Not To Talk About It

Shooting Fallout: Political Rhetoric Takes The Heat

“Elected officials say violent threats occasionally come with the job, but many politicians assert that the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others reflects a culture that has become too heated and rife with instigations to violence.”

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The Civil War Still Stirs The Southern Soul

“On Jan. 10, 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union, after South Carolina and Mississippi. Eight other states would soon follow, igniting the bloodiest war in American history. Weekend Edition commentator and Florida native Diane Roberts explores why the Civil War still has such a hold on the Southern imagination.”

Southern Sudanese, in a Jubilant Mood, Vote on Secession

“Southern Sudanese poured into polling stations for a historic referendum on independence. The lines were thousands of people long.”

Briefly: Education: More Students Choose Universities in Japan

“More students than ever are choosing universities in Japan for study abroad, while the number of Japanese students leaving the country to study has fallen markedly since 2004.”

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