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Mourning replaces policy in State of the State

Riding high from her victory in the election, Gov. Jan Brewer was expected to lay out an ambitious policy agenda to start her first full term as governor. But in the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Brewer deferred on her annual address to call for prayer and mourning for the victims of the mass shooting that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Insanity defense difficult for shooting suspect

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 Ronald Reagan led Congress to raise the bar, making the task harder.

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Was Saturday’s rampage really unimaginable?

We don't yet know what role, if any, the actions of the Legislature played in what happened on Saturday. But if ever there was a time to re-examine the cliff we are headed toward, this tragedy certainly provides it. (Laurie Roberts/The Arizona Republic)

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Let’s step back, as Giffords asked

In an interview last March, Giffords anticipated almost everything being said now and explained why what happened on Saturday is a violation of our national self-image as "a beacon." Our pride, she said, is that "we effect change at the ballot box" and not through "outbursts of violence." (E.J Dionne Jr./The Washington Post)

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Supporters gather for Giffords vigil at Capitol

On an early winter evening, more than 300 people gathered Saturday night at the Arizona Capitol to grieve for those killed and to pray for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others wounded when a gunman opened fire on an event the congresswoman held hours earlier in Tucson.

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