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President calls for moment of silence for Tucson victims

President Obama calls for moment of silence for victims of shooting in Tucson, Ariz. The moment of silence begins at 10 a.m. today. "I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucs...

President Obama calls for moment of silence for victims of shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

The moment of silence begins at 10 a.m. today.

"I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., including those still fighting for their lives. It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart."

The president will observe the moment of silence with White House staff on the South Lawn. The moment of silence will be pooled press.

The president has signed a proclamation calling for flags to be flown at half-staff through sunset Friday at all federal buildings and grounds, military bases and Navy vessels.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order calling for flags to be lowered in remembrance of the recent events in Arizona and will be observing a moment of silence at 10 a.m. at the beginning of his cabinet meeting.

"Our prayers continue to be with Rep. Giffords and those injured as well as the families of Judge Roll and others who were killed," Walker said. "The horrific events in Arizona should cause us all to pause and examine how we treat others, not just in politics, but in life."

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