State of the Union's Early Bird for January 16, 2011
January 16th, 2011
05:35 AM ET
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State of the Union's Early Bird for January 16, 2011

(CNN) - It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the most important morning headlines to go with your coffee.

On our radar this morning: The latest developments out of Tucson, Wikipedia's 10 year anniversary, Tunisia's on-going unrest.

Check out what we're reading, and make sure to watch the show at 9am and 12pm ET.


One of victims is arrested at TV town hall
(Washington Post) TUCSON – Arizona shooting victim James Eric Fuller was arrested Saturday and taken for a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly photographing a local tea party leader at a forum organized by ABC and yelling: "You're dead."

Looking Behind the Mug-Shot Grin of an Accused Killer
(New York Times) TUCSON — Moments after the swirl of panic, blood, death and shock, the suspect was face down on the pavement and squirming under the hold of two civilians, his shaved head obscured by a beanie and the hood of his dark sweatshirt.

John McCain: After the shootings, Obama reminds the nation of the golden rule
(Washington Post) - President Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night. He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America. He encouraged every American who participates in our political debates – whether we are on the left or right or in the media – to aspire to a more generous appreciation of one another and a more modest one of ourselves.

President Obama consulted clergy, Scripture in tragedy's aftermath
(LA Times) Washington - As President Obama and his aides prepared to memorialize the dead in Tucson, they were dealing with death close to home.

Thousands attend Tucson gun show one week after shootings
(CNN) Tucson, Arizona - Thousands of people determined "to exercise their Second Amendment rights," attended a gun show Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, one week after a well-armed gunman opened fire at a local shopping center, the show's president said.


At 10, Wikipedia hits political groove
(Politico) - Wikipedia has changed what it means to be a political fact.

The creation of information about political figures and issues, once the exclusive province of newspapers and traditional encyclopedias, is now often the product of the volunteer nation that runs Wikipedia, which turns 10 years old today.

Liberals warn of Democratic schism if Obama backs Social Security cut
(The Hill) - The battle lines are forming within the Democratic Party over the charged question of reforming Social Security in the days leading up to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Obama Lifts Some Cuba Travel Restrictions
(Politics Daily) NEW YORK - The Obama administration has ended some restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba, but let the nearly 50-year-old embargo stand.

Miss Nebraska crowned Miss America
(CNN) - Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska will spend the next year as Miss America, besting 52 other pageant hopefuls at Saturday's event in Las Vegas.


Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
(New York Times) - The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal.

Quartet sets date to revive peace process
(Jerusalem Post) - As Washington brainstorms with outside experts on how to jump-start the stymied diplomatic process in the Middle East, the European Union announced that the Quartet will hold a meeting February 5 on the sidelines of a meeting in Munich to discuss the situation.

Wedeman: Tunisia's military putting boot on 'Jasmine Revolution'
TUNIS, Tunisia (CNN) - Are jackboots already trampling the "Jasmine Revolution"?

It happened with breathtaking speed. Within a matter of weeks, Tunisia went from being a beacon of authoritarian, pro-Western stability to a country in open, nationwide revolt. A largely leaderless, spontaneous popular movement drove the head of state from power.

Germany issues new arrest warrant for Israeli suspect in Dubai hit
(Haaretz) - Germany has issued a new arrest warrant for an Israeli national suspected of involvement in the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, according to a report published in Der Spiegel. The man, who has been identified as Uri Brodsky, was released on bail in Germany in August 2010.

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  1. Gil

    The State of the Union is much improved compared to the condition the republicans left it and want to have us return to! How dumb of Americans to have given them another chance to screw things up after their vote in November. We are becoming a nation of dumber!

    January 16, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. James M Johnson

    The parent trap – young adults, mental health
    Once a child reaches 18 years old, parents are by law locked out of their children's life. We need to find a better balance. If the child is in school, those schools try to hold the parent responsible for debts but provide no information about what their child is or is not doing. Our child started having mental health issues that lead to dismissal. Could we have helped? Likely, but we only saw bills and nothing else. Our son got himself back on track, thank God – and then joined the military and came back from Iraq with PTSD. Again, the mental health system shuts out parents and we are forced to watch our son self-destruct. Unless he invites us into his therapy, we are not even allowed to tell the mental health system what we observe – we the parents get no assistance on how to work toward assisting his recovery rather than impeding it – we don't know if our behavior helps or hurts. All we do know is he is hurting.

    January 16, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Mr. Johnson - it is truly a shame that parents get all the blame for their adult children at times. Our congress writes the laws, but they don't listen to the people - they write the laws they and their corporate buddies want.

    Our system needs to be changed - but I'm not sure what it needs to be changed to. I don't want to be dictated to by republicans, libertarians, or democrats.

    What is the answer???

    January 16, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Things that should happen this week: (1)The state of California under a democratic governor, should redistrict Duncan Hunter's (R) congressional boundaries. (2)Since the republican lied about jobs, jobs, jobs being their number one priority, the voters should begin the recall process in their home states.(3)Since republicans left us on the brink of a great depression and a record debt with unfunded wars, they should not be allowed to decide the repeal of health reform. The repeal by republicans will add and additional $230 billion to our national debt.(4)The new chair of the RNC should be arrested for his threats of violence toward the president.

    January 16, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |