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Published: 03/4/11

Photo Shows Giffords Right Before Shooting Rampage

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Photo Shows Giffords Right Before Shooting Rampage

PHOENIX - A photo taken of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shortly before a shooting rampage erupted in Tucson shows the congresswoman listening intently as she talks with two of her constituents, one of whom also was injured. Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords / AP Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is shown talking to constituents Jim and Doris Tucker on Jan. 8, right before a gunman walked up and shot the congresswoman. Jim Tucker was also wounded but survived. Giffords is wearing a bright red coat and bold red necklace, and has her hands clasped in front of her as she speaks to Jim and Doris...

Published: 03/1/11

Giffords Aide Recounts Shooting [VIDEO]

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Giffords Aide Recounts Shooting [VIDEO]

Seven weeks after a gunman opened fire during Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' meet-and-greet in Tucson, Ariz., Ron Barber, a shooting survivor, opens up about the physical and emotional road to recovery....

Published: 02/18/11

Judge Rules Loughner Search Warrant Will Stay Private For Now

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Judge Rules Loughner Search Warrant Will Stay Private For Now

A federal trial judge Friday afternoon refused for now to order the release of search warrant information about Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting that left six dead, including Arizona Chief U.S. District Judge John M. Roll, and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). However, U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns refused a defense request to block the public release of Loughner's official mug shots. Instead, Burns ruled that the U.S. Marshal's Service, which took and now holds the photographs, must determine under its own procedures whether they can...

Published: 02/14/11

Gabrielle Giffords Mouths Song Lyrics, Including 'Happy Birthday' to Her Husband

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Gabrielle Giffords Mouths Song Lyrics, Including 'Happy Birthday' to Her Husband

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has reached new milestones in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, lip-syncing songs and speaking by phone to her brother-in-law, an astronaut on the International Space Station. When family and friends sing to her, the congresswoman has been mouthing the lyrics to songs including "I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," The New York Times reported. Giffords was also videotaped lip-syncing "Happy birthday to you" as a surprise for her husband, Mark Kelly, who celebrates his birthday this...

Published: 02/6/11

Judging Mark Kelly: Gabrielle Giffords Would Want Him to Fly the Shuttle

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Judging Mark Kelly: Gabrielle Giffords Would Want Him to Fly the Shuttle

Give him some credit. Give her some credit. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head on Jan. 8 in Tucson, Arizona, has made so much progress in a Houston rehabilitation center that her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, decided to leave his wife's side and join his crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour, scheduled to launch in April. And here come the critics, right on time: Mark Kelly is selfish, he's ego-driven, he cares more about his career than he does his wife. How can he even think of abandoning her in her fragile state? Hey, people! Mark Kelly is going back to work, like thousands of...

Published: 02/4/11

Husband: Giffords Would Be OK With Flight Decision

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Husband: Giffords Would Be OK With Flight Decision

HOUSTON -- The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said his wife would be "very comfortable" with his decision to go back into space and he expects her to be at his launch in April. Space shuttle commander Mark Kelly wouldn't go into details about her condition during a news conference Friday, and deflected questions about how he knows she supports his choice to fly. "I know her very well and she would be very comfortable with the decision that I made," he said. Kelly took a leave from training after Giffords was gunned down in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. NASA announced...

Published: 02/3/11

Congresswoman's Husband Exults, 'Gabby Survives'

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Congresswoman's Husband Exults, 'Gabby Survives'

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband says his wife continues to improve from a gunshot wound in the head last month, saying that "Thankfully, miraculously, Gabby survives." Speaking to the National Prayer Breakfast, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly said "I hadn't been a big believer in faith until just recently." He said he told his recovering wife that "this event, horrible and tragic, was not merely random, that maybe something good can come from this." Kelly didn't go into details about his wife's recuperation from being shot in the head at a Tucson shopping center less than a month...

Published: 01/27/11

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the State of the Union, and the Empty Chair

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the State of the Union, and the Empty Chair

On display during the State of the Union speech was the vacant chair that would have been occupied by Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who could not attend because she was in a hospital recovering from a bullet wound to the head. Recuperation could take as long as a year. The empty chair got to everyone, myself included. What got to me even more was the photograph of her husband, Mark Kelly, holding her hand in the hospital as the couple watched the speech on television. I could imagine what might be on the left side of that cropped photo. Nine years ago I lay in a hospital bed with a...

Published: 01/25/11

Tucson Tragedy Looms Over Obama Speech

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Tucson Tragedy Looms Over Obama Speech

WASHINGTON -- Lingering sadness over the shootings in Tucson inspired a new seating chart and better manners at President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday, but no palpable shift that might resolve some of the thorniest policy stalemates facing Congress. Under the gaze of those who lost or treated the Tucson victims, Republicans and Democrats sprinkled themselves throughout the House - a big change from the seating-by-party in a chamber that places great meaning on the proximity of members to the president and each other. But the choreography was the same: Democrats, wherever...

Published: 01/25/11

Dr. Peter Rhee: 5 Facts About Obama's State of the Union Guest

By  Mary Phillips-Sandy - AOL News
Dr. Peter Rhee: 5 Facts About Obama's State of the Union Guest

In keeping with tradition, President Barack Obama invited several special guests to attend tonight's State of the Union address. Among those joining first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in the president's box is Dr. Peter Rhee, the Arizona trauma surgeon who oversaw Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' care after she was shot in Tucson. Surge Desk has five facts about the celebrated physician. 1. He has battlefield experience A 24-year veteran of the Navy, Rhee provided casualty care in high-risk areas of Iraq and Afghanistan. After the U.S. established Camp Rhino, its first land base in...

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