February 10, 2012 |
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords visited the White House on Friday as President Obama signed into law her bill that clamps down on ultralight planes used in drug smuggling. The Democratic congresswoman has retired to focus on her recovery, but colleagues gave her legislation unanimous approval in an emotional send-off last month. “This bill gives our nation's law enforcement expanded authority to combat illicit drug trafficking on our northern and southern borders, and being able to sign it next to my friend Gabby Giffords gives me enormous pride,” Obama said Friday in a statement at the bill signing ceremony. “The fact that it passed unanimously shows just how much Gabby is respected by her colleagues in Congress in both parties,” he said.
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 |
A year ago, the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords weighed heavily in the House chamber. A seat with her delegation was left empty during the State of the Union address. Lawmakers wore black-and-white ribbons in her honor. On Tuesday night, Giffords returned to the House and a standing ovation more than a minute long amid cheers of "Bravo!" from her colleagues. Then she received a long, emotional hug from President Obama. Giffords rested her head on his shoulder and for a moment they rocked back and forth — all at once a welcome-home greeting and farewell embrace following her decision to step down from office and focus on her recovery.
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.