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Rep. Bob Brady (D-PA) doesn't just think things like putting bullseyes on your political opponents is in poor taste. He thinks it should be illegal. In the wake of the Arizona shooting spree, he's introducing legislation to extend protections given to the President of the United States to members of Congress and others.

Predictably, he's taking a lot of heat for it. Though practically everybody has come down hard on Sarah Palin for her now infamous target list -- Palin herself took it off her PAC's website after the shooting -- it appears the Giffords attack had nothing to do with Palin or any particular piece of rhetoric.

But Brady's not backing down. Monday afternoon, he entered the lion's den -- Fox News -- to defend himself.

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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) has been sentenced to three years in prison, the AP and the Austin-American Statesman are reporting.

Texas Judge Pat Priest handed down the sentence this afternoon in an Austin courtroom.

DeLay was convicted in November on money laundering and conspiracy charges. His lawyers asked for the minimum sentence, probation. Prosecutors asked for at least 10 years in prison.

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Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik thrust himself into the spotlight in the aftermath of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 19 other people in Arizona on Saturday, decrying the heated political atmosphere and calling for more civility.

"It's not unusual for all public officials to get threats constantly, myself included," he said on Saturday. "That's the sad thing about what's going on in America: pretty soon we're not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people willing to subject themselves to serve in public office."

Dupnik immediately angered some on the right, who took his words to be directed at the tea party and conservatives, as well as Arizonans who took offense to his depiction of Arizona as "a mecca for prejudice and bigotry."

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1||January 11, 2011: President Obama called for a moment of silence this morning to reflect on the weekend shooting in Arizona that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and left six others dead. ||Ron Sachs - Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

2||Members of Congress and their staffs mourn on the Capitol steps. At center, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) embraces Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).||Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

3||People observe the moment of silence at the Tucson, Arizona, office of Rep. Giffords. ||Gary C. Caskey/UPI/Newscom&&

4||Outside Rep. Giffords' office in Tucson, Arizona. ||Gary C. Caskey/UPI/Newscom&&

5||A Congressional staffer leaves flowers on the Capitol steps. ||Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

6||President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe the moment of silence with staff members on the White House lawn. ||ROGER L. WOLLENBERG/UPI/Newscom&&

7||Senate Sergeant at Arms Terry Gainer and Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) on the House steps. ||Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

8||||Tom Williams/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

9|| ||Ron Sachs - Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

10|| ||Ron Sachs - Pool via CNP/Newscom&&

11|| ||Gary C. Caskey/UPI/Newscom&&

12||Tucson, Arizona. ||Gary C. Caskey/UPI/Newscom&&

13||President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the White House after observing the moment of silence. || ROGER L. WOLLENBERG/UPI/Newscom&&

14||Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and other city officials observed the moment of silence there. ||City of Phoenix&&

15|| ||City of Phoenix&&





See pictures of Rep. Giffords, pictures of the vigils, and pictures from the scene on the ground in Arizona.

The night before she and 19 others were shot at an event in Tucson, Arizona, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) wrote a warm email to Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, where she told the Republican "we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down."

Giffords remains in the hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head Saturday.

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In 2008, Mike Huckabee's victory in the Iowa Republican caucus helped propel him to a stronger-than-expected showing in the race to win the party's presidential nomination. Now, one year away from the next Iowa caucus, a new Neighborhood Research poll finds Huckabee in good standing to once again take first place in the Hawkeye State.

In the poll, 24% of Republican voters said Huckabee was their first choice for the party's presidential nod. Mitt Romney polled the next highest, trailing the former Arkansas Governor by a five-point margin, at 19%. Sarah Palin came in third at 11%, followed by Next Gingrich (8%), Tim Pawlenty (4%), Ron Paul (3%), Michele Bachmann (2%), Mike Pence (1%) and Haley Barbour (1%). John Thune, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and Gary Johnson all received less than one percent in the poll.

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In a letter delivered to News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch Monday afternoon, and obtained by TPM, Media Matters founder David Brock says the time has come for Fox News to take responsibility for its programming. Specifically, Brock is calling on Murdoch to make Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck tone down their rhetoric on threat of termination -- or to be complicit in acts of political violence.

"Beck and Palin are two of Fox's most recognizable figures," Brock writes. "Before this heartbreaking tragedy in Arizona, you were either unwilling or unable to rein in their violent rhetoric."

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