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Tragedy in Tucson: Rhetoric still flies

“As the nation reflected on the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, everyday politics remained frozen for official Washington. But on the airwaves and among left- and right-leaning activists, there was no cease-fire,” Roll Call writes. “The Democratic Party, Limbaugh said, is ‘a party that seeks to profit out of murder.’ He added that the political left ‘openly wishes for such disaster in order to profit from it.’ ‘The desperate hope that the losers in November of 2010 had was that they could revitalize their political fortunes because of this unfortunate shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona,’ Limbaugh said. ‘But the left is depraved, empty and without any political substance whatsoever.’”

The Boston Globe’s top headline with the mug shot of the shooting suspect: “Few words as suspect faces court.”

The New York Post: “Psycho with a ‘killer smile.’”

The New York Daily News also splashes Loughner’s mug shot on its cover with this headline: “Face of evil.”

“In an earlier time, the emerging portrait of a deeply troubled young man might have given Jared Loughner’s lawyers the basis of an insanity defense. But John Hinckley’s successful insanity claim after shooting President Reagan led Congress to raise the bar, making the task harder,” AP writes.

“Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords wrote an e-mail Friday, a day before she was grievously wounded, congratulating [Trey Grayson], the new director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics and saying she wanted to talk with him about ways to tone down the political debate,” the Boston Globe writes. Grayson, a Republican, ran for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.