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Capt. Mark Kelly, Husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Talks to NBC’s Brian Williams

Astronaut and Navy captain Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, spoke to “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams about his wife’s recovery.

Kelly gave his first TV interview back in January to “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer. With his wife in rehab and making amazing progress, and his next (and last) shuttle mission looming just a few months away, he is giving an update on the situation.

Part one of the interview ran on “Today” this morning, with additional segments slated for this evening’s “Nightly News.”

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Bob Woodruff Reflects 5 Years after Brain Injury: ‘I couldn’t even say scissor’

ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff spoke with TV Guide about the traumatic brain injury he suffered as a result of an IED explosion in Iraq in 5 years ago.

“I couldn’t say hammer,” Woodruff told the magazine. “When I could finally say it, I spelled it h-a-m-o-r. This was my therapy in the first month or two after I woke up — just trying to name these things.”

Five years later, Woodruff finds himself talking to Gabrielle Giffords‘ husband — Mark Kelly — about Giffords’ similar brain injury: “I told him about the pace of recovery and the unpredictability.”

The ABC anchor isn’t fazed by the attack. He’d like to travel to Egypt, to report on what’s happening there, but his ABC news bosses are hesitant. For now, Woodruff has started filling on “GMA” and “World News” weekend newscasts.

Diane Sawyer ’20/20′ with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ astronaut husband Mark Kelly is second for the hour

A special edition of “20/20″ featuring Diane Sawyer‘s interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, finished second in its timeslot drawing 6.18 million Total Viewers.

“The Congresswoman & the Astronaut: An American Story of Love and Strength” gave ABC its best  Tuesday 10pm audience in six weeks, but came in a distant second to CBS’ “The Good Wife” with 11.34M viewers and had fewer viewers than watch Sawyer’s “World News” on most nights.

In the A25-54 demo rating, “20/20″ (1.9) was third behind “Wife” (3.2) and NBC’s “Parenthood” (2.5).

The news today from Tucson, Arizona is that Rep. Giffords is expected to be released from the hospital Friday.

Astronaut Mark Kelly Says He Thought Wife Was Dead Based on TV News Reports

NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that he watched television reports erroneously report that his wife had died in the shootings in Tucson.

“The kids … Claudia and Claire start crying. My mother, you know … I think she almost screamed. And I just, you know, walked into the bathroom, and you know, broke down,” Kelly said. “To hear that she died is just, it’s devastating for me.”

NPR was the first outlet to report her death, with all three cable networks, as well as the broadcasters, following suit, either citing NPR or their own sources.

Kelly also said that Giffords had expressed concerns about her safety in the past.

“She says, you know, ‘Someday I’m really worried that somebody’s going to come up to me at one of these events with a gun,’” he told Sawyer.

Diane Sawyer gets first interview with astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

In his first interview since the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona last weekend, Mark Kelly sits down with “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer to talk about the recovery of his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The interview will air in a special “20/20″ Tuesday night. ABC puts it this way: “She is the political centrist who likes to ride motorcycles. He is the NASA astronaut set to command the space shuttle Endeavour’s final mission to space this April. The two met in China and their first date was not a typical one – a trip to an Arizona State Prison; she was working on legislation about capital punishment. Now, their relationship has captured the hearts of America.”

“The Congresswoman and the Astronaut: An American Story of Love and Strength” airs Tuesday, at 10pm ET/PT with portions airing Tuesday morning on ”GMA.”

Pres. Obama Delivers News at Tucson Memorial: ‘Gabby opened her eyes’

During the “Together We Thrive” memorial service, all of which was carried on the cable news channels and some of which was carried on the big four broadcast networks, President Obama delivered his own news about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who he and Mrs. Obama visited in the hospital earlier today:

“A few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues from Congress were in the room, Gabby opened her eyes for the first time. Gabby opened her eyes,” repeated the President to a cheering crowd, “so I can tell you she knows we are here.”

President Obama’s remarks, which ran about 35 minutes with applause, were the culmination of the event at the University of Arizona. Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer spoke, as did Arizona’s former Governor, now DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who read from the book of Isaiah. Two Supreme Court justices, Justice Anthony Kennedy and retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor sat in the front row along with Daniel Hernandez, hailed a hero for tending to Rep. Giffords in the moments after she was shot, and Rep. Giffords’ husband, the astronaut Mark Kelly. Arizona’s two U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl, sat just behind them in the second row of dignitaries.

About the political rhetoric, Obama said: “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized; at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

FOX broadcast coverage with Shepard Smith began at 8:30pmET, NBC’s Brian Williams, live in Tucson, began at 8:38. ABC’s coverage with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos began at 8:40 and CBS with Katie Couric in Washington, began coverage at 8:41. The networks returned to regular programming when the president concluded around 9:20pmET.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ Husband is to be Commander of Final Space Shuttle Mission

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, who is anchoring MSNBC’s live coverage of the Arizona shootings this afternoon, talked with the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords this past summer. Mark Kelly, is a navy captain and an astronaut. His twin brother Scott, is also an astronaut, and currently in space. Mark Kelly (right) is to be the commander of the final space shuttle mission.

Interview after the jump…

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