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.
February 7, 2012 |
Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner, who is being held in a prison mental hospital, may soon be competent to stand trial for the rampage of 13 months ago, a federal judge said Monday in ordering another four months of anti-psychotic medication and therapy for him. Loughner has made "measurable progress" under treatment at the Missouri hospital but "is not there yet" in terms of being able to assist in his own defense, said U.S. District Judge...
February 2, 2012 |
Peyton Manning has been medically cleared by two doctors, including the one who performed his neck fusion surgery, to resume his NFL career, unnamed people told ESPN. The people said the Indianapolis Colts quarterback was seen recently in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins , who determined the stability in Manning's neck would have allowed the NFL's only four-time most valuable player to play if he had a game this Sunday. But arm strength is apparently the issue because his ability to play depends on the nerves in Manning's arm regenerating to a satisfactory performance level.
January 29, 2012
Political contrasts Re "Gingrich gladly accepts critics' 'grandiose' label," and "Rep. Giffords says goodbye," Jan. 26 The juxtaposition of these two articles on the same page is poignantly ironic. In one, Newt Gingrich displays his presumed mantel of grandiosity by invoking Abraham Lincoln, the Wright brothers andJohn F. Kennedy, cleverly pandering to an audience about how characteristically "grandiose" it is to be an American. In the other, a young congresswoman who has survived a deranged killer's bullet acknowledges that she can no longer effectively serve during her recovery period and resigns.
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.