The Note’s Must-Reads for Tuesday, January 11, 2011

By Jayson

Jan 11, 2011 4:19am

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at


ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller: “Obama Phones Sheriff Dupnik, Families of the Victims, The Heroes, and Giffords’ Rabbi” President Obama spoke today with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, families of some of the victims, Rep. Giffords’ Rabbi and two of the heroes that helped in the Arizona tragedy on Saturday. LINK

The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut and Scott Wilson: “In Wednesday speech in Arizona, Obama is seeking right tone” In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, President Obama ordered that American flags be flown at half-staff and called for a national moment of silence, which he and first lady Michelle Obama observed on the South Lawn of the White House at 11 a.m. Monday. LINK

The New York Times’ Sam Dolnick, Katharine Seelye and Adam Nahourney: “In Giffords’ District, a Long History of Tension” Representative Gabrielle Giffords was distressed when the glass front door of her district office here was shattered by a kick or a pellet gun last March, an act of vandalism that took place hours after she joined Democrats in passing President Obama’s health care bill. “Things have really gotten spun up,” she told a television interviewer the next day. LINK

NY Daily News’ Lisa Colangelo and Richard Sisk: “In Wake of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shooting, New York Reps. Battle Over Gun Control Legislation” Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-L.I.) pushed to ban high-capacity gun clips on Monday in response to the Arizona shootings, but quickly got pushback from her Staten Island rookie colleague. McCarthy, whose husband was killed in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre, noted her experience of "senseless gun violence firsthand" in drafting legislation that would ban gun clips and magazines with more than 10 bullets. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island), the newest member of the New York delegation, told McCarthy and other Dems to back off. LINK

The Hill’s Russell Berman: “Lawmakers struggle for answers” The aftermath of Saturday’s attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) brought a rare moment of unity on Capitol Hill, but it also escalated a contentious debate over violent imagery in the nation’s political discourse. Several leading House Democrats blamed the inflammatory rhetoric for contributing to the Tucson massacre, while Republicans denounced criticism of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) following the tragedy. LINK

Bloomberg’s A.J. Flick and Edvard Pettersson: “Giffords Shooting Suspect Loughner Back in Custody” Jared Lee Loughner, accused of attempting to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and of killing U.S. District Judge John Roll, returned to federal custody after appearing in court for the first time and being assigned a lawyer who has represented infamous murderers. LINK

The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault: “Most from Mass. refuse more security” The “Congress on Your Corner’’ meeting for Representative Niki Tsongas and about 40 constituents was just beginning at the Chelmsford Library Saturday when the horrific news came. Her good friend and colleague Gabrielle Giffords had just been shot at an event of the same type in Tucson. LINK

Politico’s Alexander Burns & Darren Samuelsohn: “Critical moments are still ahead for Gabrielle Giffords” President Barack Obama will travel to Tucson on Wednesday to honor the victims of the weekend shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition and six dead. The White House confirmed that Obama is planning to attend a memorial service in southern Arizona and also meet with families of the victims of what he dubbed earlier Monday “mindless violence” targeting a member of Congress. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky: “More Details on Mystery Obama Novel” Some strategic leaking from publishers Simon & Schuster today on “O”, the anonymous work of fiction set inside the Obama White House. LINK

USA Today: “Obama book by Anonymous: “’The truth only fiction can tell’” We're learning more about a soon-to-be-published novel starring President Obama, called, simply, O — written by Anonymous LINK

NY Daily News’ Bill Hutchinson: “Former Majority Leader Tom Delay gets to 3 Years in Prison For Role in Money Laundering Scheme” "The Hammer" has been sentenced to the slammer. Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was ordered Monday to serve three years in prison for conspiring to commit money laundering. "What we feel is that justice was served," said prosecutor Gary Cobb after DeLay's punishment was handed down in Austin, Texas. LINK

ABC News’ Jake Tapper: “Under Pressure, Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Resigns” Under pressure, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, Maj. Gen. Arnold Fields (Ret.), came to the White House today and resigned. Fields delivered the message to Special Assistant to the President for Afghanistan and Pakistan Doug Lute. LINK

Tragedy Digs up Past Acts of ViolenceLINK
Jared Loughner: ‘Disconnected From Reality’LINK

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