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ThinkProgress: Arizona Republicans Resign Office, Fearing for Their Safety

Threats posed by an unfettered political climate of hate and violent rhetoric is not, as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sarah Palin have claimed, the figment of the “left’s” imagination.  Indeed, three Arizona Republicans have now resigned office in light of threats to them from within their own party and the Tea Party and out of fear of their own and their families’ safety.

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Divergent Responses to Giffords Shooting Underscore Difficulty of Changing Political Discourse

Calls by some for collective reflection and responsibility for a political climate riven with violent language and analogies have been met with scorn by those who’ve rejected suggestions the issue should even be on the table.

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