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Giffords To Resign Congress Post

In this Jan. 8 AP file photo, U.S Rep. Gabrielle Giffords recites the “Pledge of Allegiance” alongside her husband Mark Kelly, right, Ron Barber, far right, and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, left, at the start of a vigil at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday. The day marked the one year anniversary of the shootings at the Safeway in Tucson. Now, Giffords has announced that she will stepped down from her elected position to concentrate on her rehabilitation. Story here. (AP Photo/The Republic, David Wallace)

Question: Did Gabrielle Giffords make the right decision?

Giffords’ Husband To Go Into Space

The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has made his choice. He's headed to space in April. An official close to the space shuttle program confirmed Friday morning that astronaut Mark Kelly will be aboard Endeavour for its final flight. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the information has not yet been made public. Kelly is holding a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday afternoon. He took a leave from training after his wife was shot in the head outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket as she met with constituents on Jan. 8/Marcia Dunn, AP. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Did Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrille Giffords, make the right decision?

Dogwalk: Time To Put Tucson Behind

I am deeply sorry for the tradgedy that befell Gabrielle Giffords.  I couldn't be more pleased that her recovery thus far seems remarkable.  Other than that I'm getting tired of hearing about it as if she were some sort of fallen diety. She is not.  She's a Congresswoman from Arizona who, before the shooting, few, outside Congress and her state, were even aware of who she was.  It's time to move on. One of her fellow Democrats, Loretta Sanchez, D CA, even went so far as to suggest she should be removed from the Armed Services Committee until (and if) she recovers from her injuries. It seems some were outraged at the suggestion, saying it was bad for morale while she was recovering. Why?/Dogwalk Musings. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Do you agree with Dogwalk Musings that it's time to move on from Tucson tragedy? Or is it still too soon?

Giffords Leaves Hospital For Rehab

The ambulance carrying Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., leaves University Medical Center behind a police escort in Tucson, Ariz., this morning. Giffords is being moved Houston for further rehabilitation. It's the first time Giffords left the Tucson hospital since she was brought there with a gunshot wound to the head. Story here. (AP Photo/Greg Bryan, Pool)

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Another Shooting Victim Laid To Rest

Jessica Dewitt of Phoenix is dressed as an angel outside the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for the funeral of Judge John Roll earlier today in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Arpie: In Praise Of 9-Year-Olds

Arpie: This was a hard speech for me to watch. For the past half dozen years I have been teaching nine-year-olds. Obama’s references to Christina Taylor-Green, the girl that was killed were sorrowful and uplifting at the same time. I’ve been lucky to have taught dozens of kids like her in my career of teaching hundreds of kids. Obama has been criticized for not coming up with a lasting line in any of his speeches. I’d nominate, “We should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.” More below.

Question: How can we live up to the expectations of today's 9-year-olds?

Funeral Held For Youngest Victim

Mourners line the road to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, the site of Christina Taylor Green's funeral in Tucson, Ariz. Thursday. Story here. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

Obama: Quit Pointing Fingers

“But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another.  As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility.  Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together”— President Barack Obama//Now Public. More here.

Question: Were you inspired by President Obama's speech last night in Tucson?

How Giffords Survived Bullet To Brain

It looks like Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is one of the lucky ones. Few people who take a bullet to the brain - just 10 percent - survive such a devastating wound. Yet doctors have reported the critically injured woman has been making steady progress each day since she was wounded last weekend. Then Wednesday night - with her closest friends from Congress holding her hand - Giffords opened her eyes for the first time. “It was raw courage. It was raw strength. It was so beautiful and so moving,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. “She wanted us to know that she was with us a hundred percent and understood everything we were saying”/Alicia Chang, AP science writer. More here. (AP file photo: Emergency personnel and intern Daniel Hernandez move Congresswoman Giffords after she was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz.)

Question: Do you have a friend or loved one who miraculously survived an injury or illness?

Palin Calls Attacks ‘Blood Libel’

Sarah Palin today accused her opponents of manufacturing a “blood libel” by suggesting her rhetoric and campaign tactics had anything to do with the Arizona shootings. Four days after an incident which left six people dead and critically injured the congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Palin released a video statement condemning the attack. She denied that a now infamous campaign map showing Giffords's electoral district in the cross hairs of a gun had influenced the shooter Jared Lee Loughner. In an attack on her accusers, she said: “Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible”/Matthew Weaver, The Guardian. More here.

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AIB: Nothing Woulda Stopped Nut

Almost Innocent Bystander: I get weary of people wanting to blame Sarah Palin, for pete's sake, this guy prayed to a skull in a tent in his back yard. The only voices he heeded were the ones in his head. No political commentary from the left or the right were going to contain or expand his madness. Oh, and btw, he's a pot smoking Marxist whose girlfriend broke up with him. How about we outlaw Marx and girlfriends before we stick it to law abiding folks who own guns? I did admire Diane Sawyer for being somewhat astonished at the lame brain Sheriff down there, so some in the media have been responsible, it's a start.

Cis: Media Gave Killer What He Wants

But when I see the picture of the young man in the paper, I have got to say, I am not only upset with him even in his demented state of mind … but also with the Media … To me, the picture says it all. There he is in his range, with a big smile on his face … like he got what he wanted. MEDIA COVERAGE. He doesn’t have the demeanor of say the Unbomber, (which by the way, his lawyer has stepped up to the plate to be a lawyer for this mental case.) No head bowed like one usually is … when someone thinks the government is taking over his mind, and other claims by this person. No anger of say, like McVeigh, but it appears to be the, I am enjoying all of this attention. Sad on so many levels/Cis, From A Simple Mind. More here.

Question: How do you think the media have handled the Tucson shootings?

Arizona Bans Pickets At Funerals

The Arizona Legislature has approved emergency legislation to head off picketing by a Topeka, Kan., church at the funeral service for a 9-year-old girl who was killed during Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Unanimous votes by the House and Senate on Tuesday send the bill to Gov. Jan Brewer for her expected signature. The bill prohibiting protests at or near funeral sites would take effect immediately. The Westboro Baptist Church said Monday it plans to picket Thursday's funeral for Christina Taylor Green. She is one of six people who were killed in the shooting that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Does this action infringe on the free speech rights of Fred Phelps & his Westboro Baptist Church followers?

Westboro To Picket Tucson Funeral

The families in Arizona have suffered quite a bit. But one group wants to make them suffer just a little bit more: Westboro Baptist Church, the church of hate that pickets funerals to highlight its vile attacks, will picket the funeral of the little girl and five others who were killed in Saturday’s shooting rampage. Fred Phelps, in an offensive press release you may not want to read in full, announced Sunday he will bring his tiny band of followers, fresh from last month’s Elizabeth Edwards funeral, to this wounded city because, “That’s how God the avenger rolls,” he says/Adam Graham, Adam's Blog. More here. (SR file photo: Dan Pelle, taken during October visit of Westboro Baptist Church to Ferris High & other Inland Northwest stops, including Coeur d'Alene & Lake City highs & North Idaho College.)

Question: Are you surprised by anything Fred Phelps and company does at this point?

Giffords Breathing On Her Own

Fans pause during a moment of silence for Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, D-Ariz., and the victims of the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., before the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game at the University of Phoenix Stadium between Auburn and Oregon, Monday, in Glendale, Ariz. Today, doctors report that the congresswoman is breathing on her own. Story here. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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