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Commentary: Militarization of conservative rhetoric

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WASHINGTON -- The slaughter in Tucson hasn't shaken us out of bad political habits.

Instead of promoting a sober conversation about the dangers of violent political talk, it has reinforced divisions between left and right. Even responsible conservatives have dismissed any suggestion that Saturday's attack is reason enough to condemn the threats of violence that have become standard to the discourse at the extremes of their side of politics.

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