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Published: 01/10/11

Tucson in 2011 and Oklahoma City in 1995: Tragedies, Not Presidential Moments

By  Walter Shapiro - Politics Daily
Tucson in 2011 and Oklahoma City in 1995:  Tragedies, Not Presidential Moments

History repeats itself – the first time as tragedy and the second time sometimes sadly as tragedy as well. The insatiable quest for historical parallels points to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and Bill Clinton's perfect-pitch emotional response to the unfathomable horror of a federal office building being blown up by domestic terrorism. Already, the phrase, "Barack Obama's Oklahoma City moment" is fast becoming the latest political cliché. The symmetry seems so obvious (a politically damaged Democratic president, a tear-stained nation, a public repudiation of vituperation and vitriol) that ...

Published: 01/9/11

Opinion: The Rush to Blame the Right for Giffords' Shooting

By  Bernie Goldberg - AOL News
Opinion: The Rush to Blame the Right for Giffords' Shooting

This was the headline in a column about the Arizona shootings in the Sunday Guardian out of London. "In the US, where hate rules at the ballot box, this tragedy has been coming for a long time." And then the sub-head: "The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords may lead to the temporary hibernation of right-wing rage, but it is encoded in conservative DNA." Yes, the Guardian is a far left piece of work, so we shouldn't be surprised by the shallowness or visceral hatred of conservatives by one of its pundits. But the same message, in slightly less outrageous form, is the topic of much conversation i...

Published: 08/11/10

Waiting for Blagojevich: A Short History of the Verdict Watch

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Waiting for Blagojevich: A Short History of the Verdict Watch

I have been on virtual verdict-watch the past two weeks, waiting for the jury to come back with its decision in the corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. It's now past 10 days of deliberations -- a length that surely heartens the defense team as much as it worries federal prosecutors. And clearly the controversial decision by Team Blagojevich not to put its chatty client on the witness stand hasn't hurt his chances of getting a hung jury or even an acquittal on one or more of the felony charges. But I'm not here to speculate about what will happen in federal court in Chica...

Published: 04/19/10

Gun Advocates Hit Va., DC, in Double-Barreled Protest

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Gun Advocates Hit Va., DC, in Double-Barreled Protest

(April 19) -- Protesting what they perceive as a growing threat to the Second Amendment, armed gun-rights activists gathered today in Virginia as their firearms-free brethren congregated in nearby Washington, D.C. Thanks to a law signed by President Barack Obama, a few dozen protesters were allowed to gather at two public parks in Virginia carrying a variety of unconcealed weapons, including rifles and pistols. "We are done backing up," former Alabama Minuteman leader Mike Vanderboegh told the crowd assembled at Fort Hunt Park. "Not one more inch." Olivier Douliery, Abaca Press / MCT Demon...

Published: 04/19/10

Learning the Lessons of the Oklahoma City Bombing 15 Years Later

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Learning the Lessons of the Oklahoma City Bombing 15 Years Later

Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing that claimed 168 lives, the memory seemed so distant even in the state where it happened that Oklahoma officials earlier this month passed a law requiring the state's board of education to develop and teach courses about the death and destruction that occurred at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at precisely 9:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 1995. Discussing the new measure at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Gov. Brad Henry found it difficult to explain why the state had to mandate the teaching of a topic of such obvious local and nation...

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Published: 04/16/10

Tea Party's After-Party: More Extremism as Gun Rights Activists Hit Washington

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Tea Party's After-Party: More Extremism as Gun Rights Activists Hit Washington

On Thursday, thousands of Tea Partiers marked Tax Day by trekking to Washington to protest. It was the usual stuff. The TPers complained about taxes. They carried signs showing Nancy Pelosi in a toilet. They compared the media -- except for Fox News -- to Pravda. One placard depicted President Barack Obama as a vampire sucking blood out of the Statue of Liberty. Another made this cogent argument: "Having Gov't Manage Your Healthcare Is Like Having Michael Vick Watch Your Dog." One sign was blunt: "Go Back To Kenya." "Saturday Night Live" has-been Victoria Jackson led the crowd in a song, "The...

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Published: 02/19/10

Was the Texas Plane Attack 'Terrorism'?

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Was the Texas Plane Attack 'Terrorism'?

(Feb. 19) -- A familiar debate has re-emerged following the premeditated crash of an airplane into an Austin, Texas, office building: How do we distinguish an act of terrorism from other, more commonplace crimes? Authorities said Joe Stack deliberately flew his small plane into the Echelon 1 building, which housed an office of the Internal Revenue Service. Stack, who's full name is Andrew Joseph Stack III, and one person in the building were killed. As with the case of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people during a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas...

Published: 02/19/10

Experts Fear Suicide Crash Could Inspire More Attacks

By  not in system - AOL News
Experts Fear Suicide Crash Could Inspire More Attacks

(Feb. 19) -- To most Americans, Joe Stack's decision to crash a plane into an IRS office in Austin, Texas, Thursday morning was a mix of desperation and lunacy. But another portion of the nation greeted Stack's murderous act as a romantic and patriotic gesture -- a reaction that concerns experts. "The very fact of what he did might energize somebody else on the borderline and might tip them in favor of going ahead and doing something similar," said Mark Pitcavage, who tracks anti-government groups as director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League. "The fact that there is sy...

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