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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday defended the Justice Department's secret examination of Associated Press phone records though he declared he had played no role in it, justifying the effort as part of an investigation into what he called a grave national security leak.
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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press demands DOJ return AP phone records
Associated Press reporters' telephone records obtained by Justice Department
The government's wide-ranging information gathering from the news cooperative has created a bipartisan political headache for President Barack Obama, with prominent Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill expressing outrage, along with press freedom groups.
The government obtained the records from April and May of 2012 for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists, including main offices. AP's top executive called the action a massive and unprecedented intrusion into how news organizations do their work.
Federal investigators are trying to hunt down the sources of information for a May 7, 2012, AP story that disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen to stop an airliner bomb plot around the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The probe is being run out of the U.S. Attorney's office in the District of Columbia.
Asked about it at a news conference on a separate topic, Holder said he removed himself from the leaked-information probe because he himself had been interviewed by FBI agents as part of the investigation. He said he wanted to ensure that the probe was independently run and to avoid any potential appearance of a conflict of interest. It was the Justice Department's No. 2 official, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who made the decision to seek news media phone records, the department said.
"This was a very serious leak, a very grave leak" that "put the American people at risk," Holder said. He called it one of the two or three most serious such episodes he had seen since he became a prosecutor in 1976 but did not say specifically how the disclosure of information about the plot had endangered Americans.
In February, CIA Director John Brennan provided a less-than-ominous description of the plot in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. He told the panel that "there was never a threat to the American public as we had said so publicly, because we had inside control of the plot and the device was never a threat to the American public."
The bomb plot came to light after the White House had told the public it had "no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al-Qaida, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden's death."
Condemnation of the government's seizure of the AP phone records came from both political parties.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on Holder to resign, saying he had "trampled on the First Amendment."
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said "the burden is always on the government when they go after private information, especially information regarding the press or its confidential sources. ... On the face of it, I am concerned that the government may not have met that burden."
Declared the No. 2 Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland: "This is activity that should not have happened and must be checked from happening again."
Two Senate Democrats from one of the states where the AP records were seized - Connecticut - also said it was important to address the reasons for an action that they said could have a chilling effect on freedom of the press.
"I am concerned that this investigative action may fail to meet the government's high burden when invasion of privacy and chilling effects on First Amendment rights are at risk," said Richard Blumenthal, also a member of the Judiciary Committee. "The Department of Justice must be forthcoming with the facts as soon as possible."
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., added: "It's incumbent on the Justice Department to explain why they've seized telephone records from reporters and editors at The Associated Press so that their actions don't have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press."
At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said the president had learned about the phone records only Monday, through news reports. Citing the ongoing criminal investigation, Carney said it would be improper for Obama or the White House to weigh in.
"The president feels strongly that we need the press to be able to be unfettered in its pursuit of investigative journalism," Carney said, noting that Obama, as a U.S. senator, had pushed legislation to protect journalists' freedom. "He is also mindful of the need of secret and classified information to remain secret and classified, in order to protect our national security interests."
"There is a careful balance here that needs to be maintained," he added.
In the 30 years since the Justice Department issued guidelines governing subpoena practices relating to phone records from journalists, "none of us can remember an instance where such an overreaching dragnet for newsgathering materials was deployed," said the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Regarding the May 7, 2012 story, the AP delayed reporting it at the request of government officials who said it would jeopardize national security. Once officials said those concerns were allayed, the AP published the story and disclosed the plot, though the administration continued to request that the story be held until an official announcement.
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President Obama has named Vice President Biden to head up the gun violence Task Force. Meanwhile, Fox News wants to shift attention away from guns to mental illness.
There are over 3,000 gun-related deaths each year in the United States and most of them are drive-by shootings, domestic violence or robbery related and not mass murders like what happened in Connecticut last week. Read more here: http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2012/12/obama-names-biden-to-gun-violence-task.htmlPresident Obama has named Vice President Biden to head up the gun violence Task Force.... more
The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP on Wednesday, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.
The action by the Environmental Protection Agency bars BP and its affiliates from new government contracts for an indefinite period, but won’t affect existing contracts.The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British... more
By Jodi Green HoodWatchMedia/ North Carolina September 17, 2012
Rosh Hashanah occurs 163 days after the first day of Passover. In terms of the Gregorian the earliest date on which Rosh Hashanah can fall is September 5, as happened in 1899 and will happen again in 2013. The latest date that Rosh Hashanah can occur relative to the Gregorian dates is October 5, as happened in 1967 and will happen again in 2043. After 2089, the differences between the Hebrew calendar and the Gregorian calendar will result in Rosh Hashanah falling no earlier than September 6, This time is used by Atlanta music man Lord Hector Diono for reflection and self evaluation.
Hector, whose legal name is Lord Michael A. Chambers Rosenthorn a Messianic Hebrew is a second generation Hebrew grandchild who admits that he is more spiritual than religious and confesses to be the worse Jew you can encounter with respect to the religious laws that govern Jewish people Hector says he doesn’t speak much Hebrew anymore but says when he is made angry he speaks his grandmother’s tribal dialect, an ancient dead language referred to as Hehbraun.
Lord Hector seeks occasional private counsel at the Temple on Peachtree Street in Atlanta Georgia, his Rabbi is Alvin Sugarman. Hector’s Grandmother on his mother’s side was West Indian and passed away before the entertainer was born making Hector’s mother an orphan where she was raised in an orphanage in Washington D.C. called Junior Village [http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2003654379/]
Hector’s mother was only eight years old at the time, his Grandfather on his mother’s side fled the United States and retreated back to Israel before his mother was born for fear of racial reprise for mixing the two races.
”I am who I am, I seldom give regard to my bloodline cause to me at the end of the day I still gotta be responsible for myself and brethren, and my tactics to keep my brethren in line don’t always line up with my creator or his laws”.
Although the Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle, so that the first day of each month originally began with the first sighting of a new moon, since the fourth century it has been arranged so that Rosh Hashanah never falls on a Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.
The Torah defines Rosh Hashanah as a one-day celebration, and since days in the Hebrew calendar begin at sundown, the beginning of Rosh Hashanah is at sundown at the end of 29 Elul. The rules of the Hebrew calendar are designed such that the first day of Rosh Hashanah will never occur on the first, fourth, or sixth day of the Jewish Week (i.e., Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday). Since the time of the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 70 CE and the time of Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai, normative Jewish law appears to be that Rosh Hashanah is to be celebrated for two days, due to the difficulty of determining the date of the New Moon Nonetheless, there is some evidence that Rosh Hashanah was celebrated on a single day in Palestine as late as the thirteenth century CE Orthodox and Conservative Judaism now generally observe Rosh Hashanah for the first two days of Tishrei, even in Israel where all other Jewish holidays dated from the new moon last only one day.
The two days of Rosh Hashanah are said to constitute "Yoma Arichtah" (Aramaic: "one long day"). In Reform Judaism, some communities observe only the first day of Rosh Hashanah, while others observe two days. Karaite Jews, who do not recognize Rabbinic Jewish oral law and rely on their own understanding of the Torah, observe only one day on the first of Tishrei, since the second day is not mentioned in the Written Torah. We at Hood watch Media wish the world a Happy and safe new year Shana Tova.
By Jodi Green HoodWatchMedia/ North Carolina September 17, 2012By Jodi Green HoodWatchMedia/ North Carolina September 17, 2012
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Domenica 17 giugno alle ore 21:00 si terrà a Genova, l'Evento Interculturale presso l'osteria-birreria MEDIOEVO (via Canevari 80R, Genova): Isabel Jimeno leggerà alcune sue ultime poesie scritte durante il suo soggiorno a Genova. Isabel Jimeno sarà accompagnata al violoncello dal concertista Nicola Baroni. Evento a cura dell'associazione culturale MASK - ITALIA e MEDIOEVO Osteria Birreria. Per informazioni: 333.3297612 o email@example.com. Ingresso libero.
Questo è un evento esterno al Festiva della Poesia. Portare la cultura in un'osteria non è riduttivo, bensì vuole essere un messaggio forte a sottolineare che essa, se tale, appartiene a tutti ed è sostenuta anche da aziende private, seppur piccole come un'osteria.
Isabel Jimeno (1983), studiosa della filosofia e giovane poeta, ha sempre sentito la chiamata del pensiero profondo e l'intuizione pura della poesia. Laureatasi con pieni voti in Filosofia presso l’Università di Salamanca (Spagna), ha vinto il primo premio al concorso nazionale di poesia “Manuel Pacheco” nel 2003 e nel 2004, e il primo premio al concorso nazionale di poesia “Gabriel y Galan” sempre nel 2004.
Nicola Baroni è diplomato in Violoncello e in Musica Elettronica, ha in seguito conseguito la Laurea in Estetica Musicale presso il DAMS di Bologna. Si è perfezionato in Violoncello e in Musica da Camera con Franco Rossi, Alain Meunier, Anner Bijlsma, Siegfried Palm. E’ docente di Violoncello presso il Conservatorio “Monteverdi” di Bolzano, e di Tecniche della Improvvisazione presso i dipartimenti di Nuove Tecnologie e di Didattica dello stesso Conservatorio. Ha sviluppato attività di ricerca e di produzione nel repertorio del XX Secolo con gli ensemble Octandre, Icarus, Siddharta, Musica Attuale, Musica/Realtà, Interensemble, Antisonic-Elektronika, FontanaMix. L’attenzione per le prassi esecutive si è manifestata con la pratica musicale su strumenti antichi, le pubblicazioni sul repertorio barocco per la casa editrice Ut Orpheus, l’interazione con il Computer e i mezzi tecnologici audio-visivi, la Live Electronics Performance tramite “Laptop Electric Cello”. L’attività discografica riguarda opere di Monteverdi, Torelli, Liszt, Malipiero, Villa Lobos, Scelsi, Gentilucci, in collaborazione con le etichette Tactus, Bongiovanni, Discantica, Luna, Rivo Alto. E’ presente da anni nel panorama concertistico con repertorio contemporaneo, romantico, barocco. L’attività concertistica è svolta nei teatri italiani, presso festival nazionali e internazionali in Europa, Stati Uniti, Sudamerica e Giappone.
L’Associazione Culturale MASK-ITALIA si è distinta nel panorama culturale europeo per essere in grado di organizzare eventi artistici a 360 gradi anche in altre nazioni come “Border Transits” a Berlino nel maggio 2010, il recente concerto del Cardew Ensemble al GAS Festival di Gotheborg (12 maggio 2012) o il prossimo a Kromeriz in Repubblica Ceca (1 luglio 2012).Domenica 17 giugno alle ore 21:00 si terrà a Genova, l'Evento... more
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The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to find little fault with Arizona's controversial immigration law, which requires police to check the legal status of people they stop for any reason.
The Supreme Court will be deciding who has the authority to create and enforce immigration policy: individual states or the federal government. The federal government is currently in charge of immigration policy, but several states have begun to pass their own laws because they feel the government has not done enough to deal with illegal immigration.
Chief Justice John Roberts made it clear that the court would not be weighing in on civil rights concerns about Arizona's immigration law. "So this is not a case about ethnic profiling," Roberts said.
Who should be in charge of immigration laws?The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to find little fault... more
Occupy STL started Saturday and continues on into next week. So far no arrests have been made and the protests have been peaceful. If you're in the STL area, you should join in the protest, or if you are not, find your local Occupy and link up with them.
This is not a LEFT OR RIGHT WING MOVEMENT. This is EVERYONE'S MOVEMENT. Unite to stand together, or fall separately.Occupy STL started Saturday and continues on into next week. So far no arrests have... more
As part of his deficit reduction plan, President Obama has proposed some tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, which would come via allowing the Bush tax cuts for the two highest tax brackets to expire and implementing the “Buffett rule,” which stipulates that millionaires and billionaires shouldn’t pay a lower tax rate than middle-class Americans.
Republicans have predictably, blown their collective top over the Buffett rule. And today, they were aided by a bizarre Associated Press “fact-check,” which purported to reveal something disingenuous about Obama’s plan. “President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure millionaires are taxed at higher rates than their secretaries. The data say they already are,” the AP wrote, noting that the average tax rate for those in the highest tax brackets is, of course, higher than the average rate for middle-class or low-income Americans.
This is not surprising, and it certainly doesn’t make the Buffett rule any less relevant. After all, as Center for American Progress Action Fund Director of Fiscal Reform Seth Hanlon wrote, “tons of data — including data cited in the AP article itself — confirm the compelling need for a Buffett rule because large numbers of super-rich individuals are indeed paying lower taxes than middle-class families“:
– 1,470 households reported income of more than $1 million in 2009 but paid zero federal income tax on it.
– The average federal income tax rate of the richest 400 people in the country in 2008 was 18.11 percent. In 2007 it was 16.62 percent. [...] The tax rates paid by the “Fortunate 400” have plummeted since the mid-1990s, when their average effective rates were about 30 percent. [...]
– Due to the so-called carried interest loophole, managers of hedge funds and private equity funds pay 15 percent capital gains rates, and no payroll taxes, on their profits from managing other people’s money. That’s less than what middle-class families pay just in payroll taxes on their wages — let alone what they pay in income taxes.
As Hanlon noted, “AP’s ‘fact check’ misses the point of the Buffett rule. The point is not to ensure that rich people on average pay higher taxes than middle-class people on average,” but “to ensure that all households with incomes above $1 million pay at least what middle-class families are paying.”
This is not the first time this month that the AP’s “fact-checkers” have bungled the facts regarding Obama’s economic plans. At this rate, they should think about opening a new division to fact-check the fact-checkers.As part of his deficit reduction plan, President Obama has proposed some tax increases... more
Even the AP wants to see the proof?
Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the photographic and video evidence taken during the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The organization's FOIA request included a reminder of the president's campaign pledge and a plea to be more transparent than his predecessor. "The Obama White House 'pledged to be the most transparent government in U.S. history," wrote the AP, "and to comply much more closely with the Freedom of Information Act than the Bush administration did.'"
Two days later, the president told 60 Minutes he would not release any of the footage related to the raid, including video of bin Laden's deep sea burial and photographs of his slain corpse. Though Oreskes voices his disagreement diplomatically, there's no way around it: The AP believes the president is wrong to maintain exclusive ownership of the evidence. "We're asking to see it," said Oreskes in an interview with The Atlantic Wire. "It's about us saying we would like to make our own news judgements about news worthy material."Even the AP wants to see the proof?
Last Monday, the AP filed a Freedom of... more
Love. It’ll make you do crazy things. Like, spell out your crush’s name in alphabet soup and text them a picture of it. Maybe hide little love notes in the Sunday classifieds. Or, if you’re really in love, cut off your beloved’s head in front of a school full of people fully not intending to be covered in neck juices today.
I read a lot of headlines when trying to come up with what I’m going to write about in a given day. Here at Van Full of Candy we do an article a day, rain or shine, every week day, without fail. That’s our promise, to you, the viewer. Sometimes the news is boring and it’s difficult to choose what to write about. I personally can only scream about my distrust of space and my legally frowned upon love of Justin Bieber so many times before I start attracting unwanted attention from swarthy, beautiful, Bieber Saucers from beyond the stars. And not again I say.
But scanning the news this afternoon I came upon this story: apparently a man in India beheaded a woman as she was leaving her classroom Wednesday.
Now, before we get into this, let me just say that I am in no way making light of the loss of life here. This is a horrible thing, without question and this lunatic should be dealt with in the most severe way that Indian courts allow. Which I assume is to feed him to a cow, if I understand my Indian culture correctly, which I almost certainly do not. Now with that out of the way, let me get back to the hahas.
The headline calls this man “lovesick”, which I can only assume is the nicest possible way the AP copy editor can phrase “batshit insane”. Apparently his main, discernible motivation, according to the police was that he so loved this woman that he had by now brutally murdered in one of the most violent and deliberate ways which one can murder another individual, but her parents would not allow them to marry. So naturally, he had to Highlander her. I don’t think you can in good conscience call a guy who bisects his love interest’s head from their body “lovesick” unless while in prison he is clinically diagnosed with a love sickness which causes the infected individual to believe that the removal of vital segments of the human body is the ultimate expression of emotional love for another not long living individual. So how about we not cutesy it up, ay Associated Press?
Elsewhere in the brief article the “writer” goes on to say that the swordsman was arrested “on suspicion” of killing the victim and that he “allegedly” attacked her with a ceremonial curved weapon called a khykri. Now, I understand that in America we have to use certain words when describing the actions and perpetrator of said actions because of how our news media and justice system like to fuck with each other. But when you have a gentleman, holding a sword, next to a body with a now detached head that, in all likely hood, did not have that as a standard feature moments before, surrounded by blood soaked students, holding onto this lunatic until police could arrive, and who is now explaining to the police that he had ALSO intended to kill himself, I think it’s fairly safe to drop any sort of lingering suspicion as to whether or not he’s responsible for the untimely weight loss of the student at our feet.
But along with these questions I have of the lax hiring practices at the Associated Press, when I read something like this, I can’t help but have dozens of other, admittedly sort of morbid, but still I think valid questions, come to mind. How, for instance, this guy was just able to waltz onto this campus, what ever size it was, with a ceremonial knife and slicin’ on his mind. I realize this isn’t metal detector high school like we have here in America, but still, a guy with a special blade should draw some kind of attention. Or how this guy running around the halls with a commemorative sword was able to walk right up to this woman and just take her head for a ride BEFORE anyone thought it might be a good idea to make sure she was expecting a meeting between her throat and his simitar. OR, and this is the biggie, as the story simply says “Authorities say the blade sliced her head off and she died instantly” how the fuck the particulars of this case exactly went down. When I think beheading I think of a long drawn out process involving a sawing like motion. I don’t generally think Kill Bill style, slow motion mid air head flipping following one swift, dramatic stroke. Granted, I haven’t seen a lot of beheadings lately, so maybe I’m not the expect on how tenaciously the spine clings to the brain stem, but I expected those bones in our neck were there for more than just show.
You know what, I don’t know what to think about any of this or even why I think it. I just know that clearly, I’ve never truly loved in what I generously call my “life” because not once have I ever entertained the thought of making something six inches shorter because I was told I couldn’t have it… Maybe I just don’t know how to love hard enough.Love. It’ll make you do crazy things. Like, spell out your crush’s name in... more
This poster has gratitude to have been afforded some times around the dinner table listening to Ned talk politics. Tennessee politics no less.
Thanks too, go out to Ned for accepting a plea to put some light on a request, for a "semi" postal stamp for Brain Illness and Injury (Silver Ribbon Stamp) - while he was on the Governor's Board of the US Postal Service. NOTE: It takes many years for a semi-postal stamp to be granted - and the stamp campaign continues today.
McWherter was a memorable man, who will be greatly missed by family, friend and foe alike. RIP Ned.
McWherter had political prowess, down-home touch
By JOE EDWARDS The Associated Press
NASHVILLE — Ned McWherter had political prowess matched by an engaging down-home personality that endeared him to Tennessee voters.
McWherter, a self-made millionaire businessman, turned a phrase as easily as he charmed those at the ballot box.
The two-term Democratic governor died Monday at Centennial Hospital in Nashville. He was 80 and had cancer.
Some of his memorable quotes:
“I know every hog path in Tennessee.”
“Just give me a cup of coffee and four vanilla wafers and I’ll be ready to go to work.”
McWherter was an imposing 6-foot-4 and resembled actor Dan Blocker, who played “Hoss” on the old “Bonanza” TV show. In fact, a photo of the two together was displayed in McWherter’s office in Dresden.
He was governor from 1987 to 1995, following 20 years in the Legislature — and 14 as House speaker. He also was political adviser to Bill Clinton during his presidency.
A Great Depression-era child of sharecroppers, he became wealthy through various business enterprises before entering politics.
As the state’s 46th governor, he supported education improvements — called the “21st Century Classroom” — that put more computers and technology in classrooms, increased teachers’ pay, shrunk class sizes and gave local school boards more control.
During his second term, McWherter promoted TennCare, a plan to expand health care coverage by placing Tennessee’s Medicaid program for indigent care under management of the private sector. It exists to this day.
He was a member of the U.S. Postal Board after he left the governor’s office. Mike McWherter, his son, lost the race for governor in 2010 to Bill Haslam.
“Governor McWherter was a true statesman who cared about this state and its citizens,” Haslam said.
McWherter figured his own worth when he was elected governor in 1986 was about $5 million. His stock portfolio alone was worth more than $1 million. Yet when he opened his 1986 gubernatorial campaign, he told supporters: “I’m one of you, I’m one of you.”
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, also a former Tennessee governor, said, “When I became governor, Ned McWherter said, ‘I’m going to help him, because if he succeeds, our state succeeds.’ He was true to his word. That bipartisan spirit symbolized Ned’s entire career. He was one of our state’s finest public servants and a close friend. I will greatly miss him.”
Former Vice President Al Gore said McWherter “fused the demands of tough executive management with the authentic touch of the common man.”
Former President Jimmy Carter called McWherter “one of the most effective and finest public servants I have known. Our nation has lost a great leader, and I a trusted friend.“
McWherter’s booming business career began as a shoe factory employee who borrowed money to start a children’s shoe factory of his own. Shrewdly, he later diversified, starting a truck line, buying a beer distributorship and purchasing and selling an oil distributorship. His business interests also included a nursing home and stock in several West Tennessee banks. He usually was unchallenged for political power in his region and became a state legislative giant.
He campaigned for governor with the promise to give Tennessee an honest, evenhanded government — protecting the past’s values while meeting the future’s economic demands.
“In government, there are always those who claim that things should be done differently. But no one can stand here today and dispute the economic growth we have enjoyed over the last 40 months,” he said while running for re-election in 1990. He opened his bid for that race by saying he never again would run for public office. He kept the promise.
McWherter emphasized his management of the economy and construction of more than $300 million worth of prisons during his first term. The groundwork for the prison construction had been laid in a special session of the Legislature in 1985, when Republican Lamar Alexander was governor.
Alexander said Monday that McWherter “was one of our state’s finest public servants and a close friend.”
McWherter also completed an aggressive road-building program that connected distant counties to interstate highways with four-lane roads.
He supported education improvements — the 21st Century Classroom — to put more computers and advanced technology in classrooms, increase teachers’ salaries, reduce class sizes and give local school boards more control.
“I am convinced that providing our children with a 21st Century Classroom is the most important challenge I will ever have,” he said.
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In the Salt Lake City of California, Brigham Young had dreams of deeply penetration into the NCAA tournament. These dreams have been blown away because on this Tuesday Cougars, are third ranked, have sacked Brandon Davies; Brandon Davies is their starting forward. His dismissal has taken place for the whole remaining season of NCAA. He had made a violation in honour code of his school according to University officials’ announcements what were made in evening of Tuesday.In the Salt Lake City of California, Brigham Young had dreams of deeply penetration... more
By CHARLES BABINGTON and CALVIN WOODWARD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's caustic political climate has become a suspect of sorts in the rampage that left six dead and a lawmaker critically injured in Arizona. Already, appeals are being heard to tone down the rhetoric.
The captured suspect's motives remain unknown despite his online diatribes betraying resentment of the government and a scattered state of mind. Still, scrutiny is intensifying on how much is too much, and how hot is too hot, in political debate.
The attack on Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and those who were with her might be the work of "a single nut," said Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, whose Arizona district shares Tucson with Giffords' district. But he said the nation must assess the fallout of "an atmosphere where the political discourse is about hate, anger and bitterness."
In Washington, lawmakers from both parties were deeply shaken and the House's newly installed Republican leaders postponed Wednesday's scheduled vote to repeal the new health care law. That divisive issue was at the center of the harshest criticisms of Giffords and many other Democrats for the past two years.
The chief law enforcement official in the House, Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood, said the Tucson attack did not appear to be part of a larger threat against Congress. Still, as a precaution, he advised each House member's office in an e-mail Saturday evening to get in touch with local law enforcement.
Washington and the nation have experienced a year or more of raw politics, with anger spilling over on both sides and gun-related metaphors coming loosely from the lips of some candidates and activists. Giffords, who had been a figurative target of the right, warned months ago that the verbal assaults were beyond the pale and could have dire results.
In Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik suggested "all this vitriol" in recent discourse might be connected to Saturday's shootings. "This may be free speech," he told reporters, "but it's not without consequences."
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Should follow up with cracking down on States like Pakistan which spawn terrorism.