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Daybreak: ‘Gabby Opened Her Eyes’

Plus confidence on Iran, flailing on Lebanon, and more in the news

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President and Mrs. Obama last night in Tucson, Arizona.(Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

• Last night, President Obama deftly used the Giffords attack to call for a heightened, more civil political discourse. He also reported that Rep. Giffords opened her eyes for the first time; indeed, doctors fully expect her to survive. [NYT]

• The administration’s on-and-off engagement with Lebanon left it with few options when the Hezbollah ministers walked out of the government yesterday. [NYT]

• New Israeli intelligence showing Iran’s halting nuclear development—it may not even try to build a bomb in the near future—has eased Israeli and American political pressure for military options. There are talks the week after next. [Reuters]

• Speaking in Qatar, Secretary of State Clinton called on Arab states to fight their own corruption and lack of democratic practices, blaming these for helping feed extremists. [WSJ]

• The German mediator quietly completed two days in Gaza trying to negotiate the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit. [Haaretz]

• A nine-year-old Gaza girl paralyzed in a 2006 Israeli airstrike as well as her father and brother were granted temporary-resident status so that she can continue to receive medical care. [AP/NYT]

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Just picking up on the Loughner/non-Jew story from yesterday, I went back to look at the news about Hitler’s alleged Jewish ancestry from a few months ago.

The two people who conducted the study were a journalist and historian, not scientists. This was not a peer-reviewed paper. It was not published in a recognized scientific journal.

Who are the relatives of Hitler they purported to track down? Who conducted the tests?

We don’t know any of this, and I think it’s worth looking into.

Just looked at a few of the stories, and I couldn’t find references to any of this–how testing was conducted, who did it, how biological relations were traced and confirmed, et cetera.

News agencies really didn’t do their job, they just retailed what they heard and repeated an old rumor about Hitler’s father.

Some Jewish ancestry wouldn’t change anything about a crime in which thousands were complicit, but the story should be researched and not simply taken on faith.


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