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Dr. David Bowman On Arizona Shootings: 'Heroic Things Done By Normal People'

01/16/2011 12:06 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Dr. David Bowman, who was shopping in the Tucson Safeway when the shooting rampage began last weekend and quickly rushed to the victims' aid, told ABC News' Christiane Amanpour that he doesn't consider himself a hero.

"I think that there were maybe heroic things done by normal people. That means we're human beings and I think that's, to me, one of the most lasting impressions...to see what people were doing for someone else," he said.

Bowman continued by explaining the most inspiring aspect of the tragedy. "Injured people helping someone else more injured," he said. "Not concerned about themselves and not screaming and not yelling, 'Medic! Medic!' [But] helping the person next to them. It gives you a lot of hope that we're doing it the right way somehow."

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01/21/2011 3:05 PM EST

Welcome To Houston

Giffords' flight has arrived in Houston, KOLD reports.

01/21/2011 2:45 PM EST

En Route To Texas

Rep. Giffords is heading towards Houston. The Arizona congresswoman's trip includes portions via ambulance, helicopter and jet. The AP reports that she will "undergo weeks of rigorous therapy."

01/21/2011 2:43 PM EST

Leaving Arizona

Photos of Rep. Giffords' motorcade earlier on Friday as she began the trip to Houston.

01/20/2011 11:10 PM EST

Shooting Victim Recounts Judge's Heroism

AP reports on one victim's memories of Judge John Roll's heroic actions the day the tragic shootings rocked Tucson:

Ron Barber can remember the small details of the Tucson rampage: The gunman, the crackle of gunfire, lying on the ground, wounded, and the weight of a body on him.

A week and a half later, Barber found out that it was his good friend John Roll.

Then he learned the federal judge may have helped save his life.

Full story here.

01/20/2011 10:32 PM EST

Statement From Judge Roll's Widow

Judge John Roll's wife, Maureen, has issued a statement in response to her husband's tragic death and the events that unfolded in Tucson, AZ Central reports:

There are no words to describe how my world was shattered on Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011. Not only did I lose John Roll, my husband and best friend of more than 40 years, but our three sons lost a wonderful father and our grandchildren their beloved papa. But something else happened that day and in the days that have followed.

Read the full statement here.

01/20/2011 10:28 PM EST

PHOTO: Giffords Goes Outside

Giffords' family reported that she felt the sunshine on her face today for the first time since she was shot. Her office released the below photograph of the congresswoman's bed on a hospital deck, with husband Mark Kelly by her side.

01/20/2011 10:12 PM EST

Giffords Transferring To Houston Friday

Arizona's KFDA reports that Congresswoman Giffords will be transferred to Houston's TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital at 9am local time tomorrow:

Officials at University Medical Center in Tucson say the congresswoman is expected to leave shortly after 9 a.m. local time and travel by ambulance to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for a medical flight to Texas.

A group of motorcycle riders from a Veterans of Foreign Wars post will escort the ambulance.

Once in Houston, she will be taken by helicopter to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital.

Traveling with Giffords will be her husband, Mark Kelly; her mother, Gloria Giffords; trauma surgeon Dr. Peter Rhee and an intensive care unit nurse.

Full article here.

01/19/2011 11:05 PM EST

Death Penalty For Loughner?

AZ Central reports on the terms of Loughner's indictments, and what would constitute the death penalty:

Superseding indictments could come as early as 60 days in the murders of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords' aide Gabe Zimmerman. Sources indicated that the indictments would be done piecemeal in order to meet constitutional requirements.

The federal criminal code allows penalties of up to life in prison for an attempted assassination of a member of Congress. When federal murder charges follow, prosecutors could seek the death penalty.

Full story here.

01/19/2011 11:03 PM EST

Surveillance Video Shows Gunman Shooting Giffords

The AP reports on a video that has surfaced of the shooting rampage:

John Roll was called a fair federal judge and a loving family man at his funeral. Now, some are also calling him a hero.

Surveillance footage of the Jan. 8 shooting rampage in Tucson showed that he used his body as a shield to cover an injured man. Roll then took a bullet to the back, and lost his life in the process.

Full story here.

01/19/2011 11:02 PM EST

Giffords Family Weighs Rehabilitation Course

The AP reports:

Giffords' family hopes to move the Arizona congresswoman on Friday to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston, where her husband lives and works as an astronaut. The exact day of the move will depend on her health.

"I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting," Mark Kelly said in a statement released by Giffords' congressional office. The staff at University Medical Center in Tucson "has stabilized her to the point of being ready to move to the rehabilitation phase."

Full story here.

The Associated Press published this brief bio of Fuller on Saturday:

J. Eric Fuller described the shootings as \"a bad crime drama.\" Fuller said on CBS's \"The Early Show\" that he felt the bullet that hit his knee but didn't know he had also been struck in the back. He said he didn't know how to react and felt the victims \"were in for more.\" Fuller said he is lucky and feels fine physically, but is outraged that Giffords was attacked. According to the Arizona Daily Star, Fuller, a naval air veteran, drove himself to Northwest Hospital after being shot. He was later taken to University Medical Center where he was released two days later.

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One day before his arrest on Saturday, Fuller, a 63-year-old disabled veteran, was interviewed by Democracy Now! and made controversial comments about what he viewed as the political impli...Read More"},{"id":"313","created":"01/15/2011 6:14 PM EST","title":"Shooting Victim Arrested For Threats ","tweet_link":"313_shooting-victim-arrested-for-threats-","entry_text":"

A man wounded in last weekend's shootings in Tucson was arrested today for threats he allegedly made towards a man who expressed support for gun ownership during a taping of an ABC News town hall. AZ Central reports:

The Pima County Sheriff's Office said it arrested Eric Fuller, 63, who was wounded in the knee a week ago in the shooting rampage that killed six and wounded 13. He was being held Saturday for alleged threats of intimidation and disorderly conduct and will undergo a mental-health evaluation. [...]

Toward the end of the taping, Amanpour brought up the issues of gun safety and mental health. As one member of the audience stood up and expressed his support for gun ownership, Fuller, seated near the front in an area reserved for victims and special guests, appeared increasingly frustrated and agitated.

Fuller then swiveled in his chair, raised his camera and took a photo of the pro-gun speaker, muttering, \"You're dead,\" according to Joel Tranter, who was sitting behind him.

Local Arizona station KGUN reports that the two individuals who set Fuller off were \"Ariz. state Rep. Terri Proud, a Dist. 26 Republican, and Tucson Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries.\"

More details here.

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A man wounded in last weekend's shootings in Tucson was arrested today for threats he allegedly made towards a man who expressed support for gun ownership during a taping of an ABC News town hall. AZ Central Read More"},{"id":"312","created":"01/15/2011 5:40 PM EST","title":"Giffords' Breathing Tube Removed","tweet_link":"312_giffords-breathing-tube-removed","entry_text":"

The AP reports that Giffords' breathing tube has been removed and they will know soon if she can speak:

Giffords had an operation Saturday to replace the breathing tube with a tracheotomy tube in her windpipe. That allows her to breathe better and frees her from the ventilator.

Though Giffords had been breathing on her own since she was shot in the head Jan. 8, doctors had left the breathing tube in as a precaution. A feeding tube was also put in to provide nutrition. Those procedures are not out of the ordinary for brain-injured patients.

Giffords' doctors have said they should be able to evaluate her ability to speak once the breathing tube is out.

Giffords, who was wounded in last weekend's attack that killed six people, remains in critical condition at University Medical Center.

\"Her recovery continues as planned,\" the hospital said in a statement.

Full story here.

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The AP reports that Giffords' breathing tube has been removed and they will know soon if she can speak:

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AZ Central reports on this extraordinary coincidence:

As a sophomore at Kent State, [Randy] Gardner had joined a group of students protesting the Vietnam War, when members of the Ohio National Guard suddenly opened fire. He sprinted toward a field and \"hit the ground\" to avoid the bullets. Later, he discovered four of his classmates were killed, including a girl from his English class.

A week after the shooting, Gardner is recovering at home. He tugs at his cotton pants, revealing a soft cast reaching almost to his knee. Doctors told him a bullet had traveled through his right foot, amazingly avoiding any bones.

Much more on this story at AZ Central.

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AZ Central reports on this extraordinary coincidence:

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ABC News “This Week” Anchor Christiane Amanpour interviewed Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman from Rhode Island, who had much to say in the wake of last weekend's shooting in Arizona:

Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman from Rhode Island, said the shooting in Tucson, Ariz. has pushed the threat level to members of Congress to an \"all-time high\" and members are in fear about running for office.

\"It steals from democracy,\" he said, \"when you have my colleagues decide not to run for re-election because they're worried about their personal safety.

\"This is a major issue because it's got nothing to do just with the personal tragedy of Gabby, but the tragedy to our democracy when people are fearful of the political process.\"

More here.

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ABC News “This Week” Anchor Christiane Amanpour interviewed Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman from Rho...Read More"},{"id":"307","created":"01/14/2011 10:02 PM EST","title":"Federal Judge John Roll Mourned As Fair Jurist, Family Man","tweet_link":"307_federal-judge-john-roll-mourned-as-fair-jurist-family-man","entry_text":"

As Federal Judge John Roll was lain to rest today, the AP reports on his funeral:

Roll's funeral Friday came amid tight security, as police officers and SWAT team members patrolled the neighborhood around St. Elizabeth Ann Seton church. About a dozen coach buses brought judges who knew Roll over the years.

The speakers focused less on Judge Roll and more on John Roll, tender and at times goofy, and largely hidden from those he served.

\"It made it very personal,\" said Carol Bahill, 61, whose husband knew Roll from his undergraduate and law school days at the University of Arizona. \"You do feel like you knew something about him personally.\"

The news media were barred from the event at the request of Roll's family and for security reasons. The Associated Press interviewed mourners, such as Bahill, as they left the service and got an account of the funeral.

Read the whole story here.

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As Federal Judge John Roll was lain to rest today, the AP reports on his funeral:

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CNN reports a detailed account of shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner's activities the night before his massacre:

Loughner was up all night before gunning down 19 people -- six fatally -- outside an Arizona supermarket, taking several trips to the supermarket's shopping plaza in between checking in at an area hotel and visiting two Walmarts to buy ammunition, according to a timeline released Friday by the Pima County Sheriff's Office.

Loughner, 22, got a room at a nearby Motel 6, but did not spend much time there late the night of January 7 and early January 8, the Sheriff's Office timeline indicates.

At 11:35 p.m., he dropped off a roll of 35 mm film at a Walgreens next door to the Safeway supermarket where the shooting occurred.

After buying something about an hour later at a nearby Circle K convenience store and checking into the Motel 6 one mile to the west on Ina Road, he returned at 2:19 a.m. to pick up the photos and make other purchases.

Fifteen minutes later, he stopped at a Chevron gas station where, according to a source with direct knowledge, he bought a doughnut, a soft drink and several energy bars. Surveillance video captured Loughner making the purchases, and he also used the pay phone at the store, according to the source.

Then, at 4:12 a.m., Loughner posted a photo of the Walgreens on his MySpace page, with the caption \"Goodbye friends.\"

Full story here.

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HuffPost's Nick Wing reports:

Eric Fuller, 63, who was struck by a bullet in the hail of gunfire in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13 on Saturday, claimed Thursday that conservative figureheads such as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sharron Angle were to blame for the violence in Arizona.

\"How many more demented people are out there? It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,\" Fuller, a former campaigner for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), told Democracy Now.

Read the rest here.

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HuffPost's Nick Wing reports:

Eric Fuller, 63, who was struck by a bullet in the hail of gunfire in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13 on Saturday, claimed Thursday that conservative figureheads such as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sharron Angl...Read More"},{"id":"304","created":"01/14/2011 9:51 PM EST","title":"Giffords Intern Handling Sudden Fame","tweet_link":"304_giffords-intern-handling-sudden-fame","entry_text":"

The AP reports on Congresswoman Giffords' heroic intern, who helped save his boss's life, and his newfound fame:

He sat next to President Barack Obama in the nationally televised event. People are lining up to shake his hand, seeking an autograph or photograph. A mariachi band recognized him and rushed over with a spontaneous serenade.

Intern Daniel Hernandez's brave and clear-headed actions in helping save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head last Saturday made him an unlikely hero. His appearance Wednesday at the Tucson memorial service for the shooting victims – he spoke humbly about his role and was embraced by the president – has moved his new-found celebrity into the stratosphere.

His poise and unscripted remarks in front of the president, other political dignitaries, victims' families and others in the 13,000-plus crowd in a basketball arena have left people amazed – and heartened – that it was coming from a 20-year-old University of Arizona student.

More here.

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The AP reports on Congresswoman Giffords' heroic intern, who helped save his boss's life, and his newfound fame:

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9-year-Old shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green had her organs donated, and one child's life has already been saved as a result. AZ Central reports:

The Most Rev. Gerald Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson told the crowd that Christina-Taylor's organs were donated.

And a friend helping the Green family said they received a call yesterday from the organ donation network, telling them that Christina-Taylor's donation had already saved the life of a child on the East Coast.

The little girl loved ballet, gymnastics and baseball, the only girl on her team.

Christina-Taylor was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and liked to think of herself as something good that came into the world that awful day.

Read more here.

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9-year-Old shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green had her organs donated, and one child's life has already been saved as a result. AZ Central Read More"},{"id":"302","created":"01/14/2011 5:37 PM EST","title":"Another Funeral","tweet_link":"302_another-funeral","entry_text":"

Photos from the funeral for John Roll, the federal judge who was killed on Saturday:

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Photos from the funeral for John Roll, the federal judge who was killed on Saturday:

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Eric Fuller, 63, who was struck by a bullet in the hail of gunfire in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13 on Saturday, claimed Thursday that conservative figureheads such as Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Sharron Angle were to blame for the violence in Arizona.

\"How many more demented people are out there? It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target,\" Fuller, a former campaigner for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), told Democracy Now.

\"Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled -- senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic-fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even nine-year-old girls,\" he added, reading from comments he said he had written down while being treated for his wounds.

Read more here.

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The Wall Street Journal has a great roundup of how Chinese Internet users are reacting to the Tucson shooting, coverage of which has dominated the news in that country. The online commentary ranges from criticism of the U.S. political system to grumbling about China's corrupt politicians:

Below is a selection of translated comments from Netease, video site Youku, and Sina Weibo, Sina.com’s microblogging service:

This is part of American Democracy. -Youku user “Ontario Rabbit”

I’m living in Tucson, and have heard Giffords speak before. In order to save money and be closer to voters, she always travels with relatively light security (remember: it’s legal to have guns in the US), and common people can stand as close as 5 meters to her. She often gives speeches in front of supermarkets or on college campuses. Imagine if it were a high ranking Chinese official: First, no one would be allowed to have a gun; second, speeches are only given meeting halls, never at supermarkets; and last but not least, if an official were to show up in public the whole street would be cleared and blocked in advance! If it was a provincial level official, then the whole area for at least 1 kilometer will be cordoned off! - a Netease user in the U.S.

We have no guns, but we have shootings -Sina Weibo user Lirzheng2456

This is the result of American-style human rights. So is the economic crisis. The U.S. is the biggest threat to the world. Everything would much easier without the U.S. Things in China would be easier to handle, and there would be peace in the world. -A Netease user in Guangdong Province

Read the full story here.

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Pictures of alleged Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner have arisen, reportedly showing the suspect brandishing a Glock 9mm handgun next to his nude body, occasionally covered only with a \"bright red g-string.\"

In addition, when Loughner was arrested after the shooting, he has in his pockets two 15-round magazines, a four-inch buck knife; a plastic bag containing money; a Visa card; and his Arizona driver’s license. His pistol was picked up by a sheriff's deputy after it fell to the ground when Loughner was wrestled down by bystanders.

Read more here.

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Pictures of alleged Tucson gunman Jared Lee Loughner have arisen, reportedly showing the suspect brandishing a Glock 9mm handgun next to his nude body, occasionally covered only with a \"bright red g-string.\"

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The Pima County Sheriff's office just released the full list of shooting victims who were not killed, along with their ages:

Susan Hileman (58)
\nMavanell Stoddard (75)
\nPamela Simon (63)
\nRonald Barber (65)
\nGabrielle Giffords (40)
\nJames Tucker (58)
\nKenneth Veeder (75)
\nGeorge Morris (76)
\nJames Fuller (63)
\nRandy Gardner (60)
\nMary Reed (52)
\nKenneth Dorushka (63)
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The Pima County Sheriff's office just released the full list of shooting victims who were not killed, along with their ages:

Susan Hileman (58)

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues on her \"miracle journey\" to recovery after last Saturday's shooting and her breathing tube may be removed today, her husband and doctors tell CNN.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, told Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, that his wife is aware to some degree of what is going on around her. It was Kelly's first interview since the tragedy.

Asked if she knew that President Barack Obama had visited her hospital room, Kelly said yes.

\"I think she did know ... though, I think she was trying to figure out what he was doing there.\"

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continues on her \"miracle journey\" to recovery after last Saturday's shooting and her breathing tube may be removed today, her husband and doctors tell Read More"},{"id":"296","created":"01/14/2011 11:45 AM EST","title":"UPDATE: Sen. McCain Breaks 'Uncharacteristic Silence' On Tucson Shootings","tweet_link":"296_update-sen-mccain-breaks-uncharacteristic-silence-on-tucson-shootings","entry_text":"

UPDATE: Today's Washington Post features a story that examines Sen. John McCain's uncharacteristic silence on the Tucson shooting -- which makes it all the more interesting that an op-ed on the tragedy was just published on the Post's website.

A fierce critic of the president, McCain praises Obama for his Wednesday night speech in the piece titled, \"After the shootings, Obama reminds the nation of the golden rule\":

President Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night. He movingly mourned and honored the victims of Saturday's senseless atrocity outside Tucson, comforted and inspired the country, and encouraged those of us who have the privilege of serving America. He encouraged every American who participates in our political debates - whether we are on the left or right or in the media - to aspire to a more generous appreciation of one another and a more modest one of ourselves.

The president appropriately disputed the injurious suggestion that some participants in our political debates were responsible for a depraved man's inhumanity. He asked us all to conduct ourselves in those debates in a manner that would not disillusion an innocent child's hopeful patriotism. I agree wholeheartedly with these sentiments. We should respect the sincerity of the convictions that enliven our debates but also the mutual purpose that we and all preceding generations of Americans serve: a better country; stronger, more prosperous and just than the one we inherited.

EARLIER: With politicians all over television talking about the Giffords shooting, President Obama's memorial in Tucson and descriptions of Arizona as a \"mecca\" for hatred and bigotry, the Washington Post looks at Sen. John McCain's avoidance of the spotlight since the Giffords shooting:

But one public figure has been uncharacteristically silent about one of the worst episodes of violence ever to befall his home state. Sen. John McCain (R) was on a congressional trip to Latin America at the time of the shooting and did not return to Arizona until Wednesday. He has granted no interviews and has not spoken about what happened in Tucson.

McCain's spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, who traveled to Latin America with McCain, said the senator has been focused intensely on the shootings since Saturday, talking to and meeting with victims, their families, doctors, nurses and the first responders who showed up on the scene. She said McCain, who declined to be interviewed, plans to speak up about the Tucson shootings and about the state of political discourse in the country. But now, she said, is not the moment for such rhetoric.

\"This is a time for grieving,\" Buchanan said. \"Senator McCain obviously is a leader and a statesman and will be joining this conversation very soon.\"

Read the full story here.

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John Roll, the federal judge who was gunned down during Saturday's shooting, will be laid to rest today. The services are at the same church that honored nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green yesterday.

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John Roll, the federal judge who was gunned down during Saturday's shooting, will be laid to rest today. T...Read More"},{"id":"294","created":"01/14/2011 10:54 AM EST","title":"Photographing The Rampage","tweet_link":"294_photographing-the-rampage","entry_text":"

Poynter takes a look at James Palka, the photographer who captured the events following the Arizona shooting in vivid detail:

On January 8, 2011, 63-year-old native Chicagoan James F. Palka’s timing saved his life. It also allowed him to document the tragic aftermath of an attempt on the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and a crowd of her supporters.

Palka arrived late to the “Congress on your Corner” event and by the time he did, his choices were not about shutter speed settings, frames per second rates or tripod selection.

Read the rest here.

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Poynter takes a look at James Palka, the photographer ...Read More"},{"id":"293","created":"01/14/2011 9:26 AM EST","title":"Cornel West On Violence In Arizona And Across The Country ","tweet_link":"293_cornel-west-on-violence-in-arizona-and-across-the-country-","entry_text":"

Last night at a forum addressing \"America's Next Chapter,\" hosted by TV and radio host Tavis Smiley, Princeton University professor Cornel West addressed the violence in the country beyond the recent shooting in Arizona.

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Last night at a forum addressing \"America's Next Chapter,\" hosted by TV and radio host Tavis Smiley, Princeton University professor Cornel West addressed the violence in the country beyond the recent shooting in Arizona.

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A photograph from the funeral for nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed on Saturday:

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A photograph from the funeral for nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed on Saturday:

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Joe Klein:

I should start with a few words about Gabrielle Giffords. She is a delight. I don't know her well — I've watched her campaign; we've had several conversations — but her warmth and avidity, her obvious decency, are immediately apparent to all who meet her, or, perhaps I should say now, all but one. She is a human refutation of the sordid stereotypes about politicians. She is neither cynical nor craven; her willingness to talk and think freely made her an instant favorite of mine. So it's distressing, and vaguely obscene, how quickly she almost disappeared in the media lather that was unleashed by her shooting. One of her last public acts was to read the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution aloud. She was, apparently, delighted by that honor. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech. But, ironically, it was an argument about the limits and excesses of free speech that preoccupied the cable-news bloviators in the days after she was shot. This was a distressingly convenient argument, allowing the bravos of the right and left to retreat to their respective bunkers and begin firing spitballs.

Read his full post at Time.com.

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Joe Klein:

I should start with a few words about Gabrielle Giffords. She is a delight. I don't know her well — I've watc...Read More"},{"id":"290","created":"01/14/2011 4:37 AM EST","title":"'Angels,' Bikers Help Protect Girl's Funeral","tweet_link":"290_angels-bikers-help-protect-girls-funeral","entry_text":"

The Arizona Daily Star reports on a different outpouring of support:

Mourners at the funeral of Christina-Taylor Green were greeted by more than a thousand sympathizers who lined North Shannon Road for a quarter-mile south of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Many wore white, and many had responded to an Internet call to counter the possible appearance of an out-of-state hate group.

Full article here.

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The Arizona Daily Star reports on a different outpouring of support:

Mourners at the funeral of Christina-Taylor Green were greeted by more than a thousand sympathizers who lined North Shannon Road for a quarter-mile south of...Read More"},{"id":"289","created":"01/14/2011 2:15 AM EST","title":"Some Question Pep Rally Atmosphere At Obama Speech","tweet_link":"289_some-question-pep-rally-atmosphere-at-obama-speech","entry_text":"

The AP reports:

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday he and other aides didn't expect the president's remarks at the school's basketball arena to receive as much rousing applause as it did. Gibbs said the crowd's response, at times cheering and shouting, was understandable.

\"I think part of the grieving process is celebrating the lives of those that were lost, and celebrating the miracles of those that survived,\" he said.

The university said it did the planning with minimal input from the White House. The school paid for the event, including $60,000 for 20,000 T-shirts bearing the words \"Together We Thrive,\" which were handed out for free. The money will not come student tuition, fees or tax dollars.

Read the whole story here.

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The AP reports:

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday he and other aides didn't expect the president's remar...Read More"},{"id":"288","created":"01/14/2011 2:07 AM EST","title":"Gupta: Giffords Now Moving Arms And Legs","tweet_link":"288_gupta-giffords-now-moving-arms-and-legs","entry_text":"

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on Giffords' miraculous recovery on CNN's Parker Spitzer.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on Giffords' miraculous recovery on CNN's Parker Spitzer.

"},{"id":"287","created":"01/13/2011 6:44 PM EST","title":"Michelle Obama: 'This Hits Home Especially Hard'","tweet_link":"287_michelle-obama-this-hits-home-especially-hard","entry_text":"

The White House just released a letter Michelle Obama has written to parents following the Arizona shooting:

Dear parents,

Like so many Americans all across the country, Barack and I were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of violence committed in Arizona this past weekend. Yesterday, we had the chance to attend a memorial service and meet with some of the families of those who lost their lives, and both of us were deeply moved by their strength and resilience in the face of such unspeakable tragedy.

As parents, an event like this hits home especially hard. It makes our hearts ache for those who lost loved ones. It makes us want to hug our own families a little tighter. And it makes us think about what an event like this says about the world we live in – and the world in which our children will grow up.

In the days and weeks ahead, as we struggle with these issues ourselves, many of us will find that our children are struggling with them as well. The questions my daughters have asked are the same ones that many of your children will have – and they don’t lend themselves to easy answers. But they will provide an opportunity for us as parents to teach some valuable lessons – about the character of our country, about the values we hold dear, and about finding hope at a time when it seems far away.

We can teach our children that here in America, we embrace each other, and support each other, in times of crisis. And we can help them do that in their own small way – whether it’s by sending a letter, or saying a prayer, or just keeping the victims and their families in their thoughts.

We can teach them the value of tolerance – the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us. We can teach them to give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly those with whom they disagree.

We can also teach our children about the tremendous sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country and by their families. We can explain to them that although we might not always agree with those who represent us, anyone who enters public life does so because they love their country and want to serve it.

Christina Green felt that call. She was just nine years old when she lost her life. But she was at that store that day because she was passionate about serving others. She had just been elected to her school’s student council, and she wanted to meet her Congresswoman and learn more about politics and public life.

And that’s something else we can do for our children – we can tell them about Christina and about how much she wanted to give back. We can tell them about John Roll, a judge with a reputation for fairness; about Dorothy Morris, a devoted wife to her husband, her high school sweetheart, to whom she’d been married for 55 years; about Phyllis Schneck, a great-grandmother who sewed aprons for church fundraisers; about Dorwan Stoddard, a retired construction worker who helped neighbors down on their luck; and about Gabe Zimmerman, who did community outreach for Congresswoman Giffords, working tirelessly to help folks who were struggling, and was engaged to be married next year. We can tell them about the brave men and women who risked their lives that day to save others. And we can work together to honor their legacy by following their example – by embracing our fellow citizens; by standing up for what we believe is right; and by doing our part, however we can, to serve our communities and our country.

Sincerely,

Michelle Obama

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The White House just released a letter Michelle Obama has written to parents following the Arizona shooting:

Dear parents,

Like so many Americans all across the country, Barack and I were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific ...Read More"},{"id":"286","created":"01/13/2011 4:05 PM EST","title":"Video Of 9/11 Flag Raised","tweet_link":"286_video-of-911-flag-raised","entry_text":"

Video of the famous 9/11 flag being raised at the funeral for Christina Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the Arizona massacre.

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Video of the famous 9/11 flag being raised at the funeral for Christina Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the Arizona massacre.

"},{"id":"285","created":"01/13/2011 2:53 PM EST","title":"9/11 Flag Raised At Funeral Of Christina Taylor Green","tweet_link":"285_911-flag-raised-at-funeral-of-christina-taylor-green","entry_text":"

AP reports:

TUCSON, Ariz. – As the funeral for the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Arizona was set to begin Thursday, the largest flag recovered from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center was unfurled and raised, flanked by two fire trucks with ladders extended.

Nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and featured in a book called \"Faces of Hope\" that chronicled one baby from each state born on the day terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people. Christina's funeral is the first for the six victims killed when police said a gunman opened fired on a crowd at an event for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, gravely injuring the congresswoman and wounding 13 others.

The third-grader had an interest in politics and had recently been elected to her student council. She was also the only girl on her Little League baseball team.

Read more here.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the road for Green's funeral.

","short_text":"AP reports:

TUCSON, Ariz. – As the funeral for the youngest victim of the mass shooting in Arizona was set to begin Thursday, the...Read More"},{"id":"284","created":"01/13/2011 1:49 PM EST","title":"Fineman: Obama 'The Dad Next Door'","tweet_link":"284_fineman-obama-the-dad-next-door","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Howard Fineman on Obama's speech:

He was the dad next door.

Even as President Obama's job approval numbers sank last year, Americans said they liked him personally, in part because he was so devoted to his family.

It was that unassuming role -- father and husband -- which enabled Obama to turn his Tucson speech into a memorable moment of healing and hope.

One speech does not a presidency make. The economy and policy arguments are paramount. But the president connected directly to people in a way he has long hoped to do, but not often been able to do as president: as a neighbor and friend.

Read the rest here.

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HuffPost's Howard Fineman on Read More"},{"id":"283","created":"01/13/2011 1:28 PM EST","title":"Paul Begala: Palin Is No Reagan","tweet_link":"283_paul-begala-palin-is-no-reagan","entry_text":"

The Democratic strategist sounds off on CNN about Sarah Palin's reaction to the Arizona shooting:

What is one to make of Sarah Palin's defensive, bitter, self-centered speech in response to the mass killings in Arizona?

It may well work, in that dog-whistle way the former Alaska governor has, with some ultra-conservatives. But the speech is one more piece of evidence (as if we needed one) that Palin, even at a time when Americans are crying out for healing and unity, is a strikingly polarizing figure.

Read the rest here.

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The Democratic strategist sounds off on CNN about Sarah Palin's reaction to the Arizona shooting:

What is one to make of Sarah Palin's...Read More"},{"id":"282","created":"01/13/2011 12:13 PM EST","title":"'Major Milestone'","tweet_link":"282_major-milestone","entry_text":"

Doctors at University Medical Center say Rep. Giffords is beginning to become aware of her surroundings. The latest developments are very encouraging, they add.

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Doctors at University Medical Center say Rep. Giffords is beginning to become aware of her surroundings. The latest developments are very encouraging, they add.

"},{"id":"281","created":"01/13/2011 12:10 PM EST","title":"Loughner's College Report","tweet_link":"281_loughners-college-report","entry_text":"

Read all about the alleged shooter's bizarre behavior.

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Read all about the alleged shooter's bizarre behavior.

"},{"id":"280","created":"01/13/2011 12:03 PM EST","title":"Gibbs Noncommittal On Gun Control","tweet_link":"280_gibbs-noncommittal-on-gun-control","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Sam Stein reports:

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, briefing reporters for the first time since the Tucson shootings, was noncommittal when asked about the two pieces of gun-control legislation proposed by lawmakers in the wake of the shootings.

Instead, he reaffirmed the president's support for the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004, and pledged to give any piece of legislation -- whether it be a ban on high-capacity clips, or restrictions on how close a firearm can be carried to a lawmaker -- proper review.

\"Obviously we are and have been focused on the important healing process. We will have an opportunity to evaluate ideas and proposals that may be brought forth as a result of the circumstances and the facts in this case,\" Gibbs said. \"The president, again, since I have been with him in 2004, supports the assault weapons ban and we continue to do so. And I think we all strive regardless of party to ensure that we are doing everything we can to reduce violence. We will have an opportunity to evaluate some of the other proposals.\"

Read the rest here.

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HuffPost's Sam Stein reports:

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, briefing reporters for the first time ...Read More"},{"id":"278","created":"01/13/2011 10:56 AM EST","title":"More On Mental Health","tweet_link":"278_more-on-mental-health","entry_text":"

Joanne Bamberger:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords didn't know she had a stalker, though she knew that she was being threatened after her Tucson congressional office was vandalized in the wake of her vote in favor of health care reform. She didn't know that several people had expressed concern about the mental stability of her constituent Jared Loughner, who had, according to reports, become obsessed with her to the point of writing notes about his plans to hurt her, or worse. While some people were worried about Loughner's interest in guns and his potential to harm others, apparently no one was able to do anything about those concerns other than to have him expelled from his community college.

As the story has unfolded about Loughner, it's been hard for me not to think about my own experience being stalked. Not in the same way that Giffords was targeted, but stalked all the same.

Read the rest here.

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Joanne Bamberger:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords didn't know she had a stalker, though she knew that she ...Read More"},{"id":"277","created":"01/13/2011 10:32 AM EST","title":"Loughner's Ex Speaks","tweet_link":"277_loughners-ex-speaks","entry_text":"

The alleged shooter's ex-girlfriend talks to CBS.

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The alleged shooter's ex-girlfriend talks to CBS.

"},{"id":"276","created":"01/13/2011 9:35 AM EST","title":"Obama & 'Hero Intern'","tweet_link":"276_obama-hero-intern","entry_text":"

Obama, last night, embracing 20-year-old intern Daniel Hernandez:

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Obama, last night, embracing 20-year-old intern Daniel Hernandez:

"},{"id":"275","created":"01/13/2011 8:51 AM EST","title":"O'Connor: 'Ask Yourself Whether Your Words Are True'","tweet_link":"275_oconnor-ask-yourself-whether-your-words-are-true","entry_text":"

Former Supreme Court Justice -- and longtime Arizonan -- Sandra Day O'Connor attended last night's memorial and issued a statement on the shootings as well:

Every American has great sympathy for the victims and the families of victims of the tragic events that took place in Tucson this past Saturday. As we grieve, we must not allow these events to further divide our state and our nation.

We must reject violence and hostility and bring civility and rationale dialogue into our government and our community life. This is a responsibility of every one of us as individuals.

Only we – working together – can restore reason and civility in our public speech and actions.

Congresswoman Giffords is a fine example of a public official who brings these efforts and qualities to her meetings and gatherings. May her health be restored and may we all remember the role each of us plays in restoring civil talk to our public expressions.

Before speaking out ask yourself whether your words are true, whether they are respectful and whether they are needed in our civil discussions.

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Former Supreme Court Justice -- and longtime Arizonan -- Sandra Day O'Connor attended last night's memorial and issued a Read More"},{"id":"274","created":"01/13/2011 8:43 AM EST","title":"'Very, Very BRAVE'","tweet_link":"274_very-very-brave","entry_text":"

Jake Tapper tweets a photo of a card memorializing nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed on Saturday. \"She was very, very BRAVE,\" it reads.

\""She

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Jake Tapper tweets a photo of a card memorializing nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed on Saturday. \"She was very, very BRAVE,\" it reads.

Read More"},{"id":"273","created":"01/13/2011 8:37 AM EST","title":"Will Congress Do Anything?","tweet_link":"273_will-congress-do-anything","entry_text":"

Jay Newton-Small of Time asks: \"What will the legislative fallout be from the tragedy in Tucson?\"

Her answer: \"Probably nothing at all.\"

Newton-Small looks at the ideas proposed by various members of Congress and concludes, \"Frankly, there's little they can do.\" Read her analysis here.

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Jay Newton-Small of Time asks: \"What will the legislative fallout be from the tragedy in Tucson?\"

Her answer: \"Read More"},{"id":"271","created":"01/13/2011 6:20 AM EST","title":"Cody Keenan Was Writer On Obama's Speech","tweet_link":"271_cody-keenan-was-writer-on-obamas-speech","entry_text":"

On the flight back to Washington from Tucson, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed who worked with Barack Obama on his memorial speech. From the press gaggle transcript:

[Obama] had his first conversations with Cody Keenan, who was the writer on this, on -- would have been probably late on Monday. And what they usually do is the President will -- they’ll bring a laptop in and the President will download a little bit on what he’d like to say.\n \nThe President ... sent edits back to Cody, which would have been this morning about 1:00 a.m. So he’s been working on -- he’d been working on the speech most of the day. They made edits even after we landed in Arizona.\n \nSo I think he was -- again, and I think he -- having watched him do this a lot, but it was clear that this was something he’d focused on and thought about, as I think all of us have, in different aspects of our lives and how much he wanted to largely discuss I think the characteristic of empathy and thinking about how we can -- how our lives can be better and the examples of what some of those that lost their lives in this accident can teach us.
","short_text":"

On the flight back to Washington from Tucson, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs revealed who worked with Barack Obama on his memorial speech. From the press gaggle transcript:

[Obama] had his first conversations with Cody Keena...Read More"},{"id":"270","created":"01/13/2011 5:28 AM EST","title":"Monks Donate Handmade Casket For Christina Green","tweet_link":"270_monks-donate-handmade-casket-for-christina-green","entry_text":"

The youngest victim of the shootings in Arizona, 9-year-old Christina Green, will be burried today. CNN reports that a group of Trappist monks from the New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa have donated a handmade casket:

The lid of the casket was inscribed with her name, date of birth and death, and a cross. The family also will receive five small keepsake crosses hewn from the same wood as the casket, [Trappist Caskets general manager Sam] Mulgrew said.

Mulgrew tells CNN that the monks \"don't like to sell children's caskets; instead, a 'child casket fund' they started often covers the costs.\"

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The youngest victim of the shootings in Arizona, 9-year-old Christina Green, will be burried today. CNN reports that a group of Trappist monks from the New Melleray Abbey near Dubuque, Iowa Read More"},{"id":"268","created":"01/12/2011 9:19 PM EST","title":"'I Want America To Be As Good As She Imagined It'","tweet_link":"268_i-want-america-to-be-as-good-as-she-imagined-it","entry_text":"

Speaking of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old who was killed on Saturday, Obama said:

That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.

I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us - we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.

He also deviated from his prepared remarks, saying emphatically, \"I want America to be as good as she imagined it.\"

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Speaking of Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old who was killed on Saturday, Obama said:

That's what I believe, in part ...Read More"},{"id":"267","created":"01/12/2011 8:56 PM EST","title":"Obama: Giffords 'Opened Her Eyes For The First Time'","tweet_link":"267_obama-giffords-opened-her-eyes-for-the-first-time","entry_text":"

Obama tells the audience that shortly after he left University Medical Center, Rep. Giffords opened her eyes for the first time since Saturday's shooting. More here.

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Obama tells the audience that shortly after he left University Medical Center, Rep. Giffords opened her eyes for the first time since Saturday's shooting. More Read More"},{"id":"266","created":"01/12/2011 8:48 PM EST","title":"Obama's Remarks","tweet_link":"266_obamas-remarks","entry_text":"

The president is currently speaking. His prepared remarks:

To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.\nAs Scripture tells us:There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,\nthe holy place where the Most High dwells.\nGod is within her, she will not fall;\nGod will help her at break of day.

On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff, and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech. They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders - representatives of the people answering to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns to our nation's capital. Gabby called it \"Congress on Your Corner\" - just an updated version of government of and by and for the people.

Read the rest here.

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The president is currently speaking. His prepared remarks:

To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them fri...Read More"},{"id":"265","created":"01/12/2011 8:43 PM EST","title":"Obama About To Speak","tweet_link":"265_obama-about-to-speak","entry_text":"

President Obama is speaking momentarily...

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President Obama is speaking momentarily...

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Hernandez says \"we saw glimmers of hope\" during the tragic shooting. \"These glimmers of hope come from people who are real heroes.\"

\"I must humbly reject the word hero. I am not one.\" He then described Rep. Giffords and her aide Gabe Zimmerman, the latter of whom was fatally shot on Saturday, as the real heroes, among the other victims.

Hernandez then returned to his seat, between President Obama and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Hernandez says \"we saw glimmers of hope\" during the tragic shooting. \"These glimmers of hope come from people who are real heroes.\"

\"I must humbly reject the word hero. I am not one.\" He then described Rep. Giffords and her aide Gabe Zimmerman, t...Read More"},{"id":"263","created":"01/12/2011 8:23 PM EST","title":"'Hero Intern' Gets Standing Ovation","tweet_link":"263_hero-intern-gets-standing-ovation","entry_text":"

Daniel Hernandez, the 20-year-old Giffords intern hailed as a hero for his actions on the day of the shooting, received a standing ovation in Tucson. The president also stood up and applauded in front of the college student.

He is now standing behind the University of Arizona Student Body President (who is speaking) on stage.

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Daniel Hernandez, the 20-year-old Giffords intern hailed as a hero for his actions on the day of the shooting, received a s...Read More"},{"id":"261","created":"01/12/2011 6:50 PM EST","title":"Obama Visits Giffords In Hospital","tweet_link":"261_obama-visits-giffords-in-hospital","entry_text":"

New York Times reports that President Obama visited Congresswoman Giffords and other victims in the hospital today.

President Obama landed in Tucson on Wednesday afternoon, and immediately headed to the hospital to see Representative Gabrielle Giffords and other people injured in the shooting on Saturday.

“The president wanted to begin this solemn trip by stopping first at the hospital where Congresswoman Giffords and others continue to recuperate,” a White House official said.

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New York Times reports that President Obama visited Congresswoman Giffords and other victims in the hospital today.

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The AP reports on our \"nation's consoler\":

Searching for the right tone, Obama sought to console the country, not dissect its politics.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, headed for a nighttime service in Tucson with a bipartisan delegation aboard Air Force One in a sign of solidarity.

Read the whole story here.

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The AP reports on our \"nation's consoler\":

Searching for the right tone, Obama sought to console the country, not dissect ...Read More"},{"id":"259","created":"01/12/2011 6:06 PM EST","title":"President And First Lady To Meet With Victims' Families","tweet_link":"259_president-and-first-lady-to-meet-with-victims-families","entry_text":"

The White House reports that the Obamas will see the families of the victims at the site of the Memorial Service before it begins, Robert Gibbs said.

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The White House reports that the Obamas will see the families of the victims at the site of the Memorial Service before it begins, Robert Gibbs said.
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"},{"id":"258","created":"01/12/2011 6:01 PM EST","title":"Just In: Obama En Route To Hospital To Visit Giffords","tweet_link":"258_just-in-obama-en-route-to-hospital-to-visit-giffords","entry_text":"

The White House reported that President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and other leaders are eheading to University Medical Center to see Congresswoman Giffords, her husband and several other victims still in the hospital.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Justice Anthony Kennedy, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were also present.

\"The president wanted to begin this solemn trip by stopping first at the hospital where Congresswoman Giffords and others continue to recuperate,\" said Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

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The White House reported that President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and other leaders are eheading to University Medical Center to see Congresswoman Giffords, her husband and several other victims still in the hospital.

Attorney General Er...Read More"},{"id":"257","created":"01/12/2011 5:47 PM EST","title":"Hillary Clinton's Comments On Loughner","tweet_link":"257_hillary-clintons-comments-on-loughner","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

WASHINGTON -- While many are still debating whether Saturday's tragic shooting in Arizona was politically driven, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the suspected gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, was clearly \"motivated by his own political views.\"

\"Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman,\" Clinton told CNN in an interview in Oman, a stop on her mideast tour promoting civil society groups.

Read the whole story and watch the clip here.

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HuffPost's Amanda Terkel reports:

WASHINGTON -- While many are still debating whether Saturday's tragic shooting in Arizona was politically driven, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the suspected gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, was clearly...Read More"},{"id":"256","created":"01/12/2011 5:43 PM EST","title":"Support For Parents Of Shooting Suspect","tweet_link":"256_support-for-parents-of-shooting-suspect","entry_text":"

The AP reports that Randy and Amy Loughner have received cards and flowers from their community:

Besides the families of victims from Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, the parents of suspect Jared Loughner are also getting support – even from strangers.

People have been dropping off cards and flowers at the home of Randy and Amy Loughner Wednesday.

One of them was nurse Lisa Campbell, who lives about three miles away and doesn't know the couple.

She brought by a card and flowers. Campbell said in the card were her name and phone number – in case they wanted someone to talk to.

Campbell said she wanted the Loughners to know they had the support of Tucsonians.

The Loughners issued a statement Tuesday expressing remorse over the shooting.

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The AP reports that Randy and Amy Loughner have received cards and flowers from their community:

Besides the families of vic...Read More"},{"id":"255","created":"01/12/2011 5:21 PM EST","title":"Key Conservative's 'Civility Project' Disbanded","tweet_link":"255_key-conservatives-civility-project-disbanded","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Nick Wing reports:

Mark DeMoss, director of the Civility Project, a two-year-old effort to prompt legislators across the nation to cool political rhetoric that launched with Obama presidency, decided to shut the project down earlier this month -- even before the latest resurgence of debate about \"vitriol\" and \"rhetoric\" sparked by the events in Arizona over the weekend.

DeMoss, an evangelical conservative with ties to some big-name Republicans, cited a general lack of interest, as well as pervading signs that the nature of political discourse appeared only to be deteriorating during Obama's first two years as president, as justifications for halting his program.

Read the rest here.

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HuffPost's Nick Wing reports:

Mark DeMoss, director of the Civility Project, a two-year-old effort to prompt legislators across the nation to cool political rhetoric that launched with Obama presidency, decided to shut the project down earlier th...Read More"},{"id":"254","created":"01/12/2011 4:44 PM EST","title":"Boehner To Host RNC Party During Obama's Tucson Memorial","tweet_link":"254_boehner-to-host-rnc-party-during-obamas-tucson-memorial","entry_text":"

RollCall reports that Speaker of the House will be doing something decidedly different than participating in Obama's \"Together We Thrive\" memorial tonight (although he will be leaving the event before the president's speech):

Speaker John Boehner will host a cocktail party for the Republican National Committee at the same time that President Barack Obama will be addressing the nation at the memorial service for victims of the Tucson shooting.

The Ohio Republican is holding a 7 p.m. cocktail reception Wednesday night for 168 RNC members, who are in the Washington area for an annual meeting. The event is sponsored by Boehner’s political action committee and will take place at Maryland’s National Harbor resort.

The RNC party coincides with the 8 p.m. EST memorial ceremony at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where Obama will honor the victims of Saturday’s shooting rampage that left six dead and 14 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is in critical condition.

Full story here.

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RollCall reports that Speaker of the House will be doing something decidedly different than participating in Obama's \"Together We Thrive\" memorial tonight (although he will be l...Read More"},{"id":"253","created":"01/12/2011 4:36 PM EST","title":"TIME: Loughner Lawyer His Best Chance To Avoid Death Penalty","tweet_link":"253_time-loughner-lawyer-his-best-chance-to-avoid-death-penalty","entry_text":"

Time just published a profile of Loughner's lawyer most famous for defending Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.

Time reports:

Clarke is particularly skilled at working with unstable clients who, without careful guidance, run a high risk of self-sabotage in what is a life-and-death situation. Those talents were on display when she got Kaczynski to go along with a plea bargain (based on mental defect) that led to life in prison. The defendant's brother, David Kaczynski, now executive director of New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, tells TIME, \"Judy is not only a brilliant attorney; she is a good human being ... I remember her saying, 'David, you have a very special brother.' She was saying, in one way, 'He's a real pain,' but she also saw deeply into Ted. He is unusual, and she saw that his being different put him in a place where he was quite alone. His specialness and uniqueness enlisted deep compassion in her.\" David remembers, particularly, how Clarke rested her hand on Ted's shoulder during a court appearance.

Read the whole story here.

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Time just published a profile of Loughner's lawyer most famous for defending Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.

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