Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt that took 6 lives and injured 12 others, has decided to step down from the House. While Giffords’s recovery from her injuries was remarkable, there have been questions all along as to whether she would be able to return to her position. In an affecting video posted Sunday on Youtube, Giffords gave a brief statement thanking her constituents and explaining her decision:
It would almost seem that the stars had finally aligned. After weeks of stalled talks and contentious meetings between House Republicans and Democrats that escalated into a public spat between Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, a bill finally made it through the House and into the Senate, where it was speedily approved Tuesday morning Read More
Long Island congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy announced today that her campaign to ban high capacity ammunition magazines is gaining steam.
“The nation is recognizing that these devices facilitate mass carnage and their availability is a threat to public safety,” said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy. “We can save lives and reduce injuries by restricting access to high-capacity magazines Read More
Daniel Hernandez, the intern who became a national hero when he cared for wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will be at City Hall tomorrow to call for better enforcement of gun control laws.
“It is my hope that President Obama and Congress will work together right away to reform our gun background check system so that Read More
A sharp-eyed reader passed along the following article in Roll Call about how members with experience in law enforcement are responding to the Giffords shooting.
Staten Island congressman Michael Grimm, who, as we have noted has extensive experience in the FBI, floated a novel approach to keeping elected officials safe.
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been on a whirlwind circuit of television news shows in the past 48 hours, talking about her friendship with Gabrielle Giffords and what it was like to be in her hospital room when the Arizona congresswoman opened her eyes for the first time.
This morning Gillibrand was on Morning Joe, and Read More
The deranged expression on the face of Jared Lee Loughner in the mug shot released by the police–taken within hours after he allegedly killed six innocent people and wounded 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords–suggests that we may never fully understand whatever illness afflicts him. The law requires us to assess his mental state and Read More
There is little question that political discourse in the United States in the early 21st century will never be confused with the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Political combatants take an unseemly delight in characterizing opponents as enemies of the state, and reasonably decent public servants can expect to be labeled as pinheads and traitors, puppets of capital Read More
In a brief interview after his gun control press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg today, Long Island Congressman Peter King weighed in on the big question that has been dominating the blogosphere: How much is the violent rhetoric, of the type used by Sarah Palin and the Tea Party, responsible Read More
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann donated a total of $7,200 to three different Democrats prior to Tuesday’s election. NBC, like many other news organizations, has a policy against its employees making political contributions.
Olbermann gave $2,400 apiece, the maximum allowable by law, to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords, and to Kentucky Senate Read More