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AZ shooting and more We begin with yesterday's shooting in Tuscon, from Arizona Congresswoman Giffords shot; doctors 'optimistic' about recovery chances: Giffords, 40, a third-term Democrat, was shot at shortly after 10 in the morning at a Safeway at Ina and Oracle roads in northwest Tucson. Authorities identified the gunman as Jared Loughner and said the 22-year-old suspect is in custody. (Initial news accounts and reports from authorities misidentified the name as Laughner.) In a press conference Saturday night, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Giffords was the intended target in the shooting and he described the suspect as one with a criminal record and one with mental issues. Dupnik also said he was "not convinced" that the suspect acted alone, but he declined to elaborate. Six people were killed, including U.S. District Judge John Roll, a Giffords aide and a young girl, and 18 others were wounded in the shooting, authorities said. The aide was identified as Gabe Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' community outreach director; he was engaged to be married.Check for updates. ZeroHedge reports Congresswoman Gabby Giffords Shot "Point Blank In The Head" At Town Hall Event In Tucson including Update: We spoke to an eyewitness, Steven Rayle who was on the scene at the time of the shooting and helped to hold the suspect down while waiting for police. See the link for more details and Max Keiser's entry below for more stories on this. Our condolences go out to all the families affected by this bizarre attack and hope that all injured in the attack will recover quickly. ~ ~ Back in DC the GOP officially opened the 112th Congress by reading the U.S. Constitution, sort of. Original U.S. Constitution will not be read in entirety on House floor ( Then Oops: GOP Reps Skip Swearing-In, Violate Constitution, Screw Up Votes ( Meanwhile there are GOP calls from all over country trying to stop public workers' unions from striking or even abolishing these unions altogether. That makes sense: when good jobs with good bennies are hard to come by with 10% + unemployment the GOP wants to kill those jobs too! And what happened to so many pension funds that disappeared when the crash happened? Robert Reich sees right though The Shameful Attack on Public Employees: But now the right is going after public employees. Public servants are convenient scapegoats. Republicans would rather deflect attention from corporate executive pay that continues to rise as corporate profits soar, even as corporations refuse to hire more workers. They don’t want stories about Wall Street bonuses, now higher than before taxpayers bailed out the Street. And they’d like to avoid a spotlight on the billions raked in by hedge-fund and private-equity managers whose income is treated as capital gains and subject to only a 15 percent tax, due to a loophole in the tax laws designed specifically for them. It’s far more convenient to go after people who are doing the public’s work - sanitation workers, police officers, fire fighters, teachers, social workers, federal employees – to call them “faceless bureaucrats” and portray them as hooligans who are making off with your money and crippling federal and state budgets. The story fits better with the Republican’s Big Lie that our problems are due to a government that’s too big. Above all, Republicans don’t want to have to justify continued tax cuts for the rich. As quietly as possible, they want to make them permanent. But the right’s argument is shot-through with bad data, twisted evidence, and unsupported assertions. I know! Let's put Social Security in the stock market too! David DeGraw of AmpedStatus tells us about the new WH hires in Obama Renews Commitment to Complete Destruction of the Middle Class - Meet the New Economic Death Squad: The announcement of Bill Daley, JP Morgan Chase’s czar of “government affairs” (lobbying), as Obama’s new Chief of Staff may sound bad on the surface, but if you dig into Daley’s background, it gets, as George W would say, “downright evil.” Other than spending the past seven years serving Jamie Dimon at JP Morgan, Bill Daley was also a Chamber of Commerce chair. While at the Chamber, Daley “played a major role in opposing the regulation of derivatives” and signed the now infamous Chamber of Commerce manifesto to destroy middle class America. And we’re just getting warmed up… Daley was Clinton’s NAFTA czar (job exporting specialist) and he even has deep ties to the organization responsible for creating the explosion in CEO pay, all-time record-breaking inequality of wealth and shipping millions more jobs overseas, The Business Roundtable....Let’s also mention that he played a pivotal role in creating the housing crisis, was on the board of Fannie Mae, opposed financial reform, supported health insurance companies, fought for Pharma interests, lobbied for telecommunications companies and adamantly opposed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He even railed against post-Enron accounting and auditing laws…But wait… it gets even better! As a board member of the think tank “Third Way,” Daley took a strong interest in cutting “entitlements” like Social Security and Medicare. He is a proud member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Boards of Directors of Merck & Co., one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, and he is on the board of . . . wait for it . . . Boeing. Yes, the Pentagon-Wall Street-Pharma nexus is complete. You may now run the White House....Now, for the icing on the cake, Obama’s pick to replace Larry Summers as his top economic advisor is Tim Geithner’s right-hand confidant, former Goldman executive and Rubin disciple Gene Sperling. Sperling was also a Clinton-Rubin-Summers compadre who held this same position under Clinton, playing a direct role in implementing the very policies that fueled our current crisis. Much more at Then Fred Branfman at AlterNet explains WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us: As important as is the issue of free speech, it is the question of whether the U.S. Executive is in fact protecting the American people through its mass murder abroad that really lies at the heart of the Wikileaks controversy. Executive Branch officials justify persecuting and threatening to murder Assange on the grounds that he has damaged U.S. "national security." If McChrystal is right, however, it is the past decade of U.S. Executive mass murder in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, now revealed beyond any doubt by Wikileaks, that is the real threat to U.S. national security....It is thus impossible to overstate the importance of the Wikileaks documentation of these lies to the American people. When a journalist reports a U.S. government misdeed, government officials automatically deny it and many Americans are unsure whom to believe. But Wikileaks has revealed official government documents that prove U.S. leaders’ lying and commission of crimes of war. The fact that the U.S. has covered up its mass murder of civilians, and that this is contributing to its losing the war, is thus no longer open to serious question. The callous and careerist politicians and journalists who daily ignore U.S. mass murder, while calling for Assange's arrest or execution, shame themselves, their children, and their profession by their indifference to non-American human suffering and obsequious toadying to illegitimate Executive power....In the end, however, the most profound questions for Americans raised by the Wikileaks documents go far beyond the Muslim world. If we can free our minds of a lifetime of official propaganda identifying the U.S. Executive with the American people, the evidence is overwhelming that in foreign and military policy the U.S. Executive Branch is an undemocratic institution that does not represent its own citizens. It operates largely independent of Congress, the Judiciary or a mass media which has largely become an arm of Executive power, broadcasting its lies far more often than it exposes them. Please read Branfman's entire post, really a fine manifesto for the need for outfits like wikileaks and see his interview below on AntiWar Radio. Obama's DOJ have other ideas. Glenn Greenwald at Salon is all over it DOJ subpoenas Twitter records of several WikiLeaks volunteers: Last night, Birgitta Jónsdóttir -- a former WikiLeaks volunteer and current member of the Icelandic Parliament -- announced (on Twitter) that she had been notified by Twitter that the DOJ had served a Subpoena demanding information "about all my tweets and more since November 1st 2009." Several news outlets, including The Guardian, wrote about Jónsdóttir's announcement. What hasn't been reported is that the Subpoena served on Twitter -- which is actually an Order from a federal court that the DOJ requested -- seeks the same information for numerous other individuals currently or formerly associated with WikiLeaks, including Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp, and Julian Assange. It also seeks the same information for Bradley Manning and for WikiLeaks' Twitter account. The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. But there is hope somewhere. John Lichfield of The Independent UK reports in The little red book that swept France Indignez vous! (Cry out!), a slim pamphlet by a wartime French resistance hero, Stéphane Hessel, is smashing all publishing records in France. The book urges the French, and everyone else, to recapture the wartime spirit of resistance to the Nazis by rejecting the "insolent, selfish" power of money and markets and by defending the social "values of modern democracy". Word has it they're trying to get this translated into English and published stateside! Vive La Resistance! Sunday's talk shows are certainly going to be affected by the shooting in Tuscon but will carry on with other business. Face the Bob gets STENY HOYER & CHUCK SCHUMER to battle JON KYL while Meet the David gets an exclusive with HARRY REID. This Anampour gets a gaggle of lawmakers and a roundtable featuring HOWARD DEAN, ARRIANNA HUFFINGTON and DICK "Head Teabagger" ARMEY while State of the Candy gets her own gaggle of lawmakers and DNC Chair TIM KAINE. The Brick TeeVee compound is littered with empty beer cans after a full week of college bowl games including the crazy Ohio State win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl and a crazier game seeing the MAC's Miami OH victory over Middle Tennessee in the GoDaady Bowl (formerly the GMAC Bowl). The NFL Playoffs begin this weekend and last year's Superbowl teams are BOTH OUT. Stay warm, stay safe and have a great week!

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