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Tragedy in Tucson

The Boston Globe’s front-page top headline: “Agonizing aftermath.”

The Washington Post: Federal authorities filed murder charges Sunday against 22-year-old Jared Loughner, as new evidence suggested the alleged gunman in Saturday's rampage had fixated on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) while his mental health deteriorated. Loughner appeared to have planned the shooting, according to court documents. In a safe at his parents' home, investigators found an envelope with the words ‘I planned ahead’ and ‘my assassination’ written on it, along with the name ‘Giffords.' Loughner's signature is also believed to be on the envelope, the complaint says.”

More: “In the same safe, authorities found a 2007 letter to Loughner from Giffords, using congressional stationery to thank him for attending a ‘Congress on Your Corner’ event in Tucson. Saturday's shooting took place at another such event, where Giffords was meeting constituents outside a supermarket.”

The AP says, “Recovering from a gunshot wound to the head depends largely on the bullet’s path, and while doctors were optimistic yesterday about the prospects for Representative Gabrielle Giffords, they said it can take weeks or months to tell the damage. Doctors said the bullet traveled the length of the left side of the Arizona congresswoman’s brain, entering the back of the skull and exiting the front. Fortunately, it stayed on one side of her brain, not hitting the so-called ‘eloquent areas’ in the brain’s center where such wounds almost always prove fatal. Giffords was responding nonverbally to simple commands in the emergency room -- such as “squeeze my hand.”

The New York Post: “According to a Department of Homeland Security memo, the agency is trying to determine whether Loughner is linked to the fanatical group American Renaissance, Fox News reported The group promotes views that are ‘anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government), anti-Semitic,’ the memo says. Giffords is ‘the first Jewish female elected to such a high-position in the US government. She was also opposite the group's ideology when it came to immigration debate,’ according the memo.”

Mother Jones' Corn: At 2:00 a.m. on Saturday—about eight hours before he allegedly killed six people and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), in Tucson—Jared Lee Loughner phoned an old and close friend with whom he had gone to high school and college. The friend, Bryce Tierney, was up late watching TV, but he didn't answer the call. When he later checked his voice mail, he heard a simple message from Loughner: 'Hey man, it's Jared. Me and you had good times. Peace out. Later.'"