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Daybreak: Giffords Remains Critical, On Track

Plus R.I.P. Debbie Friedman, Clinton on Iran, and more in the news

by
Marc Tracy
January 10, 2011
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• Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Jewish congresswoman shot Saturday, is in critical condition, though her doctors remain optimistic. Federal charges, including two counts of murder, were filed against her alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. Much, much more on this throughout the day. [NYT]

• Debbie Friedman, who became famous for her folky reimaginings of Jewish prayers, died at 59 of pneumonia. [Post Mortem]

• Israeli bulldozers demolished part of the Shepherd Hotel, a landmark—it was built for the notorious Grand Mufti al-Husseini—in the predominantly Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah to make way for Jewish houses, drawing international condemnations. [NYT]

• Traveling through the region, Secretary of State Clinton sought to downplay new, bearish estimates on Iranian nuclear development in order to persuade Gulf states to keep steady with the sanctions agains the Islamic Republic. [NYT]

• Meanwhile, Iran arrested a “network of spies” allegedly tied to Mossad and allegedly responsible for the 2010 death of one of their nuclear scientists. [Haaretz]

• The IDF plans to exempt fewer and enlist more ultra-Orthodox. [Haaretz]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.

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