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While South Carolina prepares for an icy inauguration and the start of the 2011 legislative session, the focus of the nation continues to be absorbed by the shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday that killed six people and left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded.

The Giffords’ story has dominated all facets of national news, the 2012 presidential discussion and has even reached into South Carolina politics given the asinine, anti-First Amendment comments made in response to the shooting by U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn.

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Wilson: Jim Clyburn’s dangerous reaction to Arizona shooting … (Get Liberty)

Clyburn: Bring back fairness doctrine … (NPR)

Boston Herald rebukes Clyburn, others for “attack on free speech …” (Boston Herald)

S.C. Legislature starts work today … (AP)

Snow, ice create constitutional dilemmas … (WSPA)

Snow, ice bring S.C. to virtual standstill … (AP)

Confusion reigns with regard to state office closings … (WLTX)

Haley gets ready for inauguration Wednesday … (Greenville News)

Crews work to thaw stage for Haley … (WLTX)

Haley faces tough issues … (Yahoo News)

Haley inaugural address offers opportunity … (The State)

First Gentleman Michael Haley is proud … (AP)

Mark Sanford farewell tour rolls through Hilton Head … (Island Packet)

Sanford’s final road trip as SC governor … (Politics Daily)

Sanford cites difficulties in legislative state … (Times and Democrat)

Sanford’s goals are still vital … (Post and Courier)

Goodbye and good riddance to Sanford … (Herald Online)

Superintendent-elect Mick Zais announces staff … (Post and Courier)

Overhaul spending, taxes and government … (The State)

Educators’ letter calls for parental choice … (The Voice)

Budget secrecy is tradition in SC … (The Nerve)

SC budget picture looks dim … (Anderson Independent)

Boeing contractor fined over immigration issues … (Post and Courier)

Special team heads to SC to investigate missing Spring Breaker … (AOL)

Don’t let SC become the next Arizona … (Island Packet)

Arizona shooting hits close to home … (Process Story)

Kwadjo Campbell won’t run for mayor of North Chuck … (Post and Courier)

Heritage golf tournament needs a new sponsor soon … (Island Packet)

Have links, need sponsor ...


Chase for 2012 already on … (Savannah Morning News)

Race and the 2012 election … (Human Events)

2012: The haves and the have-nots … (Washington Post)

Tim Pawlenty criticizes Sarah Palin for “crosshairs” imagery … (ABC News)

Gun sights or surveyor marks? (Washington Post)

Has Arizona shooting backlash hurt Palin? (Guardian UK)

Barbara Walters: Don’t blame Palin … (NY Daily News)

Anonymous novel imagines Obama’s 2012 campaign … (ABC)

Pawlenty touts Minnesota’s lessons on health care … (NPR)

Poll: Mike Huckabee best-liked, Palin most well-known … (Gallup)

Poll: Huckabee strong in Iowa (PPP)

Poll: Romney best bet against Obama in Nevada … (UPI)

Romney attempts to bolster foreign policy credentials … (Boston Globe)

Rick Santorum courts conservatives in New Hampshire … (The Hill)

Michele Bachmann, Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich head to Iowa … (Iowa Ind)

Gingrich bill would let states declare bankruptcy … (P&I)

Sorry ... this state is bankrupt!


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is breathing on her own … (CBS)

Giffords recovery a “medical miracle …” (FOX)

Giffords’ husband asks for prayer … (AP)

Path of bullet will determine Giffords’ fate … (Washington Post)

Meltdown of Jared Lee Loughner, alleged shooter, a recent phenomenon … (FOX)

Did alleged shooter think he was dreaming? (ABC)

How alleged shooter was taken down … (Last Word)

A possible insanity defense for alleged shooter? (Wall Street Journal)

Parents of alleged shooter “devastated …” (Reuters)

Tea Party group calls Loughner a “liberal …” (Slate)

U.S. House rolls out Giffords’ resolution … (Politico)

Shooting a “leadership moment” for Obama, Boehner … (CSM)

Giffords Shooting: Will Congress overreact? (The Week)

Congress mulls stepping up security … (The Politico)

The Left’s New Low … (American Conservative)

Arizona lawmakers move to block picketing at shooting funerals … (Washington Post)

U.S. Rep. Peter King wants to ban guns near lawmakers … (The Politico)

South iced over, Northeast braces for blizzard … (USA Today)

New tax on paper and plastic bags? (Get Liberty)

Supreme Court non-rulings more important than cases it hears … (Cato)

N. Korea missile test shows need for defense system … (Foundry)

Only threat of force will deter Iran from pursuing nukes … (Reuters)

Georgia governor-elect moves inauguration indoors … (Southern Political Report)

Georgia Guv: Brrrrrr ... let's do this inside!


Totally useless flood relief donations … (Colombia Reports)

What a way to name a baby … (UPI)

Smart … but unlucky … criminal alert … (Sympatico)

Nazis obsessed over dog that mocked Hitler’s salute … (AP)

Sex toy turned into explosive device … (Weird News)

“Man with golden voice” detained by LAPD … (LA TImes)

How long do we wanna give this guy?


Auburn claims first football title in 53 years … (ESPN)

Make it five straight wins for the SEC … (SI)

What’s next for Cam Newton? (Sporting News)

Cecil Newton made it to the national title game after all … (Deadspin)

Opening SEC win gives hope to USC basketball fans … (Bleacher Report)

Alabama gets ready for USC, Sam Muldrow in hoops … (Columbus Dispatch)

Pitcher Ethan Carter dismissed from USC baseball team … (WIS)

Top 10 moments of South Carolina’s football season … (Gamecock Central)

Dabo Swinney fills coaching vacancies at Clemson … (AP)

Les Miles will stay at LSU … (ESPN)

Columbia native wins PGA tour event … (The State)

Belichick tells Patriots not to trash talk with Jets … (USA Today)

Jenn Sterger returns to life after the Brett Favre scandal … (TMZ Sports)

Bengals fan to sell his allegiance to team … (With Leather)

Who doesn't love the Bengals?


Those Stephanie Seymour pics weren’t weird because her son is gay … (WWTDD)

Charlie Sheen had a bender with porn stars … (Access Hollywood)

… including this one … (Bree Olsen)

… and he’s back on the set of “Two and a Half Men” (TMZ)

Jewel is pregnant … (US)

Kitty wants to seduce you … (SoCal Glamour Girls)

Scarlett Johansson likes being single … (US)

Lily Aldridge is in a bikini … (Pretty Hot & Sexy)

Sofia Vergara is in a leather mini-skirt … (DJ Mick)

AnnaLynne McCord likes Avatar … (WWTDD)

Lindsay Lohan in Maxim India … (Beer Goggler)

Denise Richards and Nikki Sixx are done … (PopEater)

Janessa Brazil in a “swimsuit …” (Beer Goggler)