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Giffords’ Returns to D.C. to Send a Message

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Last night, as the House vote on budget legislation was underway, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Democratic Congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head in her home state in January, was also there, unexpectedly, to cast her vote. She received a standing ovation.

According to The Daily Beast, Giffords’ wanted to send a message of compromise with her presence, one that’s sorely needed in Congress these days.

“I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote,” she said in a statement.

At long last, the Senate is scheduled to vote today at noon on a budget agreement that is expected to get bipartisan support and pass, just hours before the midnight deadline. PBS NewsHour just tweeted that President Obama will make a statement at 12:15 this afternoon.

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Rep. Giffords Photos Released to Stave Off Paparazzi

Photo: P.K. Weis/southwestphotobank.com for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords via Facebook

Photographs of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was critically injured during a mass shooting in her home state in January, were posted on her Facebook page yesterday in an effort to keep the paparazzi at bay, said a spokesperson for the Congresswoman.

That spokesperson, C. J. Karamargin, told The New York Times, that there was word of a “bounty” for photos of Giffords as she leaves inpatient rehabilitation this month. Karamargin said he heard TMZ had offered $250,000 for photos, a claim that the gossip site’s founder Harvey Levin denies.

Last week it was reported that despite the unbelievable progress Giffords has made over the past months, her ability to communicate is still greatly impaired.

We wish her all the best for a continued recovery.

Research: Americans Don’t Think Rhetoric Prompted AZ Shooting

The Obamas observe a moment of silence for the victims of the Arizona shooting on Monday. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

A CBS poll released today found that 57 percent of respondents don’t think that “heated” political rhetoric prompted the shooting in Arizona this weekend that killed six people and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. CBS conducted the telephone poll January 9 and 10, surveying 673 adults.

The survey also found that political affiliation has an impact on whether people make the connection. Sixty-nine percent of Republicans said the two are unrelated. Forty-nine percent of Democrats and 56 percent of Independents agreed.

We talked over the issue with GalleyCat editor Jason Boog on today’s Morning Media Menu. Click here to listen.

Tucson Tea Party, Others React to Arizona Shooting

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Shortly after the news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was among the 20 that had been wounded or killed by a gunman in Arizona, the Tucson Tea Party began its research into whether the Jared Loughner had any ties to its group.

In addition, the National Rifle Association has issued a statement condemning the heinous attack. And the state of political discourse in Arizona is getting a closer look.

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