January 25, 2012 |
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House floor one final time as her colleagues approved her bipartisan border security bill on the day she officially stepped down from office. Friends have said the Arizona Democrat has never been one to tackle her goals halfway. It was fitting, then, that she closed out her career with a legislative victory. The day was bittersweet as emotional colleagues said farewell to the well-liked congresswoman, described byRep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)
January 24, 2012 |
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made an emotional return to the House floor tonight to thunderous applause from her colleagues just moments before the president's arrival for the State of the Union address. The appearance by Giffords, largely absent from the House since the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting that nearly took her life, is to be one of her final acts as a member of Congress before she submits her resignation Wednesday. The Arizona Democrat, accompanied by her chief of staff, was silent as she arrived in the Speaker's Lobby before taking the floor.
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.
January 22, 2012 |
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who came to symbolize hope and resilience as she tenaciously recovered from a gunshot wound to the head during the last year, announced she would resign from Congress to concentrate on her recovery. Giffords, 41, announced her plans in a stylized video on YouTube and Facebook and in a Twitter post. Her decision, effective this week, clears the way for candidates in both parties to stake a claim on her competitive border district. By state law, her replacement will be chosen in a special election.
January 22, 2012 |
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, critically wounded by a gunman more than a year ago in Tucson, Ariz., announced Sunday that she will resign from Congress this week to focus on her recovery. In a video posted to YouTube, Giffords, dressed in office attire, also provides more insight into her struggles to recover from a massive brain injury. "I don't remember much from that horrible day," she says of the shooting rampage on Jan. 8, 2011, that killed six and wounded 14. ( Watch video below.
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January 16, 2012 |
The hospital was built in the years after World War II. Its ceilings are low, corridors long and corners sharp — all possible stress triggers for those who have been in combat. Not to mention that a hospital waiting room can make anyone edgy. But the Veterans Affairs hospital in Fresno has found a way to make the experience easier: live music. A musician playing amid the hustle and bustle is familiar to anyone who has ever sat at a cafe with entertainment or taken the subway.
January 11, 2012 |
Mary Beth Ginter never once voted for President George W. Bush, but she read aloud from his 2001 inaugural address with distinct enthusiasm here Saturday. "America has never been united by blood birth or soil," she said into the microphone on the concrete plaza at Pima Community College. "We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens.... And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American.
January 8, 2012 |
She was scared to touch the stranger writhing outside the Safeway grocery store, blood streaming from a bullet wound in his upper left thigh. But he looked at her with pleading eyes and forced out a "help me. " "If I don't do something," she thought, "he's going to die. " Anna Ballis inched away from the folding table she'd ducked under while a gunman was spraying bullets into a clutch of bystanders. The gunfire had halted and people were shouting, "Got him!" Ballis recognized one of the wounded people splayed around her: Gabrielle Giffords, the local Democratic congresswoman, who'd been chatting with admirers on this blue-skied January morning.
January 1, 2012 |
A Safeway in Arizona What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America Tom Zoellner Viking: 276 pp., $26.95 The best material in Tom Zoellner's "A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America" comes at the beginning: a moment-by-moment breakdown of the events of Jan. 8, 2011, when, during a Congress on Your Corner event...