June 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Ron Barber, a onetime aide to former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sworn into office as the newest congressman from Arizona -- a bittersweet moment that closed one era in the state's political history and opened another. The Democratic victory in the special election for Giffords' seat was a tempered one. Democrats in the House cheered their newest colleague Tuesday, but both parties welcomed Barber to the House as they paid tribute to Giffords, whose rising career came to a sudden halt after she was shot in the head at a 2011 meeting with constituents outside a Tucson grocery store.
March 10, 2012 |
Rep. Jay Inslee of Washington announced Saturday that he would resign his seat in Congress so that he could focus on his campaign for governor. Inslee, a Democrat, has represented Washington's 1st District in Congress since 1999. He also served a single term representing the 4th District from 1993 to 1995. His resignation will take effect March 20. "I am not one for half-measures or halfhearted efforts," Inslee said in a statement from his campaign. "I am going to leave everything on the field.
August 2, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Tuesday. Kings of Leon has canceled the rest of its U.S. tour after singer Caleb Followill was deemed "unfit" to finish. ( Los Angeles Times ) Now that this debt-ceiling mess is getting cleared up, can we please focus on the tense talks between AMC and Sony over the fifth (and possibly) final season of "Breaking Bad"? ( Los Angeles Times ) BET has said "No more Mo' " to "The Mo'Nique Show. " ( Los Angeles Times )
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A surprise appearance by Gabrielle Giffords provided an emotional lift to an already celebratory atmosphere on the Democratic convention's closing night, as the former Arizona congresswoman appeared onstage to lead the hall in the Pledge of Allegience. Giffords, who was critically wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt during a constituent event in her district, walked deliberately on stage, and with only occasional support from her friend and former colleague, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida.
April 25, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Robert De Niro is shy about certain things. But talking about Donald Trump isn't one of them. ( Los Angeles Times ) Movie audiences preferred the week-old "Rio" to the new "Madea" and "Water for Elephants" on Easter. ( Los Angeles Times ) Video game "L.A. Noire" is coming soon, and it should be glorious. ( Los Angeles Times ) Is this guy the new Susan Boyle? The producers of "Britain's Got Talent" sure would like him to be. ( Huffington Post )
February 9, 2012 |
A former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded in the shooting that nearly took her life announced his candidacy for a special election to replace the Arizona Democrat in Congress. Ron Barber, who served as Giffords' district director, said he would work to continue her legacy of putting politics aside to solve problems. "My commitment is to be honest with the people of this district and help restore civility to our public life," Barber said in a prepared statement announcing his candidacy.
January 9, 2014 |
Gabrielle Giffords, who gave up her Arizona seat in Congress after she was critically shot in the head three years ago, said Thursday that she might consider a return to public office. Giffords, whose recovery from the assassination attempt has riveted the nation, left the door open to a return to office in an interview with NBC's “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie. Asked whether she would consider returning to public office, Giffords, 43, replied: “A little bit later, a little bit later,” adding, “maybe, maybe.” Giffords's remarks came as she commemorated the anniversary of the 2011 shooting in a parking lot outside a grocery store in Tucson.
August 7, 2012 |
TUCSON -- Jared Lee Loughner is to be escorted by U.S. marshals Tuesday morning into the federal courthouse here where, after a judge rules him mentally competent, he is scheduled to plead guilty to the January 2011 shooting rampage that left six dead and severely wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others. For more than a year Loughner has been held at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Mo., where psychiatric experts have repeatedly examined his mental capacity after strong indications that he not did not understand what happened at the shooting here, did not comprehend the potential death penalty charges against him and was unable to assist his defense.
January 24, 2012 |
In a part homecoming and part farewell, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to return to the House chamber for President Obama's State of the Union speech as she bows out of public life to focus on her recovery. The Arizona Democrat has left an indelible mark on Congress during her three terms in office, and Tuesday's appearance is expected to be an emotional one. After Giffords she was shot in the head while meeting with constituents a year ago in her Tucson district, calls for political civility prompted lawmakers to cross party lines to sit beside one another during the president's speech.