The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: Gabrielle Giffords, Christina-Taylor Green, and the Domestication of the Female Midlife Crisis

- Federal charges against 22-year old Jared Loughner point to methodical planning in the Tuscon, Ariz., shootings. [ New York Times ]

- In the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords tragedy, Paul Krugman wonders whether the GOP will begin to accept the reality of what is happening in America. [ New York Times ]

- Nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green was inspired by her Sept. 11, 2001 birthday. Her life ended tragically in the shootings on Saturday in Tuscon. [ Washington Post ]

- Dr. Louise Reiss, who helped with atomic bomb testing, died at 90 . [ New York Times ]

- The Kardashian sisters have been sued over their ” kredit kard ,” which was criticized for high fees and marketing targeted at young girls. [ Washington Post ]

- Women used to flee home for the wider world during a so-called “midlife crisis.” Now they are fleeing to yoga classes and finding freedom in their inner spirituality. [ New York Times ]

Photograph of Congressional staffers observing a moment of silence by Saul Loeb for Getty Images.