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  • FEC: Giffords Can Use Campaign Funds for Home Security

    09/02/2011 5:28:30 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 1, 2011 | Matt Loeb
    In a unanimous vote, the Federal Election Commission on Thursday allowed Rep. Garbielle Giffords to use campaign funds to install enhanced security measures at her home. Giffords’ campaign asked the agency whether she may use campaign funds to defray the installation cost of additional security measures in her Tucson home. Giffords was recently transferred to outpatient rehabilitation, allowing her to return to her family home when not undergoing rehabilitative therapy from the gunshot wound she suffered. With Giffords’ recovery, the U.S. Capitol Police issued several recommendations to protect the congresswoman’s safety at home. The recommendations included improved exterior lighting, safety...
  • Arizona GOP is Giving Away a Glock

    09/01/2011 10:18:42 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 53 replies
    New York Magazine - Daily Intel ^ | 9-2-11 | New York Magazinie
    A late August newsletter from the Pima County Republican Party plugged an upcoming raffle with a questionable prize: a Glock handgun, not unlike the one Jared Loughner used to kill six people and wound thirteen others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in January. "Get yourself a new Glock 23 .40 cal handgun for just 10 bucks — if your name is drawn. That's right, for just 10 dollars this gun could be yours," reads the announcement, which comes complete with a picture of the shiny, black gun. There's also a reminder to act now: "Tickets will go quick for this firearm!"...
  • Judge: No Videotaped Mental Exams for Jared Loughner

    08/04/2011 10:31:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies ^ | 4 Aug 2011 | unattributed
    (Phoenix, AZ) -- A judge in Arizona rules that mental exams of accused Tuscon shooter Jared Loughner should not be videotaped.  Loughner, 22, is accused of a mass shooting in which he allegedly tried to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. According to the New York Post, Loughner's lawyers filed a motion requesting Federal District Court Judge Larry Burns to order hospital officials at Springfield's Federal Medical Center to capture all clinical proceedings of Loughner's health. That was denied Thursday. The judge says there's no basis to question the impartiality of staff at FedMed.
  • Giffords, the debt ceiling, and left-wing hypocrisy

    08/04/2011 2:36:53 PM PDT · by tysonbam · 16 replies
    The Battalion ^ | 08.04.2011 | Taylor Wolken
    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to Washington, D.C. Monday, seven months after her tragic attack to cast her vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling. Her timing couldn't be better to unveil the absolutely relentless hypocrisy of left-wing media and politics. The vicious attack on Giffords sparked a whirlwind of criticism over the violent rhetoric of the right in which the media castigated the tea party for its tone. Sarah Palin was criticized relentlessly over a map depicting crosshairs over vulnerable democrats, similar to the DNC's use of targets on Republicans. Most heinously, Giffords' attacker, Jared Loughner, was assumed by...
  • Ideological bigotry: Calling Republicans terrorist and more must stop

    08/03/2011 11:35:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 3, 2011 | Eric Golub
    Racial and ethnic bigotry have long been rejected, but once again the left needs ideological bigotry to get them through their day. In the 1860s, the Civil War was fought to preserve the Union and reinforce the notion that blacks would never again be relegated to a value of 3/5 of a human being. Slavery was abolished, and the struggle for full equality commenced. In the 1940s, German Jews were loaded on to boxcars, stripped naked, and thrown into ovens for "delousing." My great-grandparents were the victims of the worst genocide in world history. My grandfather saved seven people including...
  • American Tipping Point

    08/02/2011 1:10:20 PM PDT · by Da Bilge Troll · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 8.2.11 | Jeffrey Lord
    Hush puppies and the Tea Party. The Republican run House of Representatives passed a debt limit plan last night 269-161. With Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords returning from death's door to cast a yes vote. Good for her. You always think of these things together, right? No? Well, you should. Hush puppies, for those coming in late, were once the casual shoe of choice in the late 1950s. By the 1990s they were pretty much vanished, disappeared to the fashion twilight zone along with tri-corner hats and powdered white wigs for men. They sold somewhere in the neighborhood of a pathetic...
  • Chris Matthews Blames Tea Party for Gifford Shooting

    08/02/2011 1:42:16 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 37 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 8/2/11 | Brian Koenig
    If there's one thing Chris Matthews is good at, it's spewing rhetoric-infested propaganda that generally ends up making himself look like an ignorant dunce. Indeed, while the rest of the country was celebrating Gabrielle Gifford's surprise visit to Washington today, Matthews was lumping "gun-toting" Tea Partiers into the same category as psychotic murderers. Here is MSNBC's crazy nut job host in his attempt to play "hardball": "It’s also important to remember why she was, why she was coming back. She was shot by a violent act, of course a person using a gun, breaking up a political meeting with a...
  • Biden on Giffords: “She’s Now a Member of Cracked Head Club Like Me” (Repost)

    08/02/2011 2:33:30 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/1/11 | Jim Hoft
    You just can’t make this up. Oaf Joe Biden told reporters he joked with shooting victim about “cracked heads.” Vice President Joe Biden, with a big smile on his face, walked to the House floor and said, “I came to see Gabby, that’s why I’m here.” …When Biden was asked about what he spoke with Giffords about, he joked, “She’s now a member of the cracked head club like me.”
  • To Hell with You People

    08/02/2011 11:34:08 AM PDT · by freespirited · 133 replies
    NRO ^ | 08/02/11 | Jonah Goldberg
    Look, I am past exhausted talking about liberal media bias. It’s real, we all know it, and people who deny it aren’t even fooling themselves. But some things just have to be pointed out. This morning I watched the first 15 minutes of the Today Show. I don’t particularly love or even like the program, but I find it useful to see what the producers think is the big news of the day. And sometimes Chuck Todd is on, and I like him. If I sound defensive about watching the show it’s only because I am. Anyway, the first ten...
  • Joe Biden on Shooting Victim Gabrielle Giffords: “She’s Now a Member of Cracked Head Club Like Me”

    08/01/2011 9:41:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 83 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/1/11 | Jim Hoft
    You just can’t make this up. Oaf Joe Biden told reporters he joked with shooting victim about “cracked heads.” Vice President Joe Biden, with a big smile on his face, walked to the House floor and said, “I came to see Gabby, that’s why I’m here.” …When Biden was asked about what he spoke with Giffords about, he joked, “She’s now a member of the cracked head club like me.”
  • House OKs debt bill, Giffords brings down House

    08/01/2011 8:40:14 PM PDT · by shove_it · 12 replies
    Yahoo!/AP ^ | 1 Aug 2011 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crisis legislation to yank the nation past the threat of a historic financial default sped through the House Monday night, breaking weeks of deadlock. The rare moment of cooperation turned celebratory when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords strode in for the first time since she was shot in the head nearly seven months ago. The vote was 269-161, a scant day ahead of the deadline for action. But all eyes were on Giffords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber unannounced and cast her vote in favor of the bill. [...]
  • Giffords in House for first time since shooting

    08/01/2011 6:18:16 PM PDT · by PROCON · 63 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 1, 2011 | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since she was shot last January, making a dramatic entrance Monday night during a crucial debt vote and drawing loud applause and cheers from surprised colleagues. As lawmakers stood on the floor, staring up at the vote board, Giffords slowly made her way through an entrance on the Democratic side of the chamber. Applause built and rolled like a wave through the House as lawmakers realized that their colleague had returned.
  • House OKs Debt; Giffords Brings Down The House

    08/01/2011 5:17:13 PM PDT · by edpc · 36 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1 Aug 2011 | David Espo
    .WASHINGTON (AP) — Emergency legislation to avoid an economy-rattling government default sped through the House Monday night, a scant day before the deadline for action — the dramatic vote made all the more memorable by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' first appearance in Congress since suffering a head wound in a shooting six months ago. The vote was 269-161, but all eyes were on Giffords, who drew thunderous applause as she walked into the House chamber and cast her vote in favor of the bill.
  • Giffords returns to Washington (CD-8 Gabby Giffords)

    08/01/2011 4:40:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 82 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has returned to Washington and will vote on the debt ceiling bill tonight. It will be her first vote since the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson. More on this story as it develops.
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) Returns to House Floor for 1st Vote Since Shooting

    08/01/2011 4:36:38 PM PDT · by montag813 · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 08-01-2011 | John Hill
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has just come to the U.S. House floor to cast her first vote since the shooting, in favor of the debt ceiling "deal", which has just passed. She entered via a wheelchair, but was last seen standing on her own accord after the vote completed. We wish her well. This certainly answers questions about whether she would serve or resign. Let's hope that her post-recovery career is less in line with the disgusting Raul Grijalva and her buddy Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and more in line with the people of Arizona, on SB1070 and illegal immigration.
  • Prison resumes forcible medication of Loughner

    07/21/2011 2:04:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 7/21/11 | JACQUES BILLEAUD
    Lawyers for the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage say prison officials have resumed forcibly medicating their client with a psychotropic drug. Jared Lee Loughner's attorneys in filings Thursday questioned whether the forced medication violates an earlier order by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that forbid them from involuntarily medicating Loughner as the court mulls an appeal on his behalf. The filings say officials at the federal prison facility in Missouri resumed the forced medication on an emergency basis because Loughner had become an immediate threat to himself. Loughner's attorneys say their client has been on 24-hour suicide watch,...
  • Court: Jared Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic medication

    07/13/2011 5:54:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/13/11
    A three-judge federal appeals panel has ruled that Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner can refuse anti-psychotic medication. Tuesday's ruling comes days after the court said it would review an appeal by attorneys for the government who argued the alleged gunman should be forced to take anti-psychotic drugs for his behavior. The federal appeals court last week temporarily halted the forced medication. "Since Loughner has not been convicted of a crime, he is presumptively innocent and is therefore entitled to greater constitutional protections than a convicted inmate," court documents said.
  • Decision to Forcibly Medicate Loughner in Judges' Hands (Case now before the 9th Circuit)

    07/11/2011 8:10:06 PM PDT · by BCrago66 · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/7/11 | JOHN R. EMSHWILLER And TAMARA AUDI
    PASADENA, Calif.—A three-judge federal panel pressed a U.S. Justice Department attorney Thursday to justify the government's decision to force psychotropic drugs on Jared Loughner, who is accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in January in Tucson, Ariz. The judges appeared skeptical of the government's argument that Mr. Loughner could be involuntarily medicated without clearance from a court.
  • Six Months After Tucson Shooting, White House Readies Gun Control Stance

    07/08/2011 2:02:09 AM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/07 | Fox News
    Friday marks six months since the Tucson shooting which severely injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the White House is now hinting it's prepared to add its own voice to the gun control dialogue that tragedy reignited. "As you know, the President directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve Americans' safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday. "That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues. And we...
  • Appeals court temporarily halts forced medication of Jared Loughner

    07/06/2011 5:21:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/5/11
    A federal appeals court in San Francisco has temporarily halted the forced medication of Tucson shooting defendant Jared Loughner until a three-judge panel can hear competing arguments from his lawyers and prosecutors by mid-week. Loughner is charged with seriously wounding U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a January rampage that also left six others dead. The brief order from a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals set a tight deadline for lawyers from both sides to file more detailed legal briefs. The federal government has until 5 p.m. PT Wednesday to argue the involuntary medication should continue....
  • Can Prison Officials Forcibly Medicate Jared Lee Loughner?

    06/29/2011 4:05:21 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 19 replies · 1+ views
    WallStreetJournalLawBlog ^ | June 29, 2011 | Nathan Koppel
    Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was declared unfit to stand trial last month, a ruling that put government prosecutors in a position of having to try to restore Loughner to a mental state that would allow him to defend himself in court. Prison officials is Missouri, where Loughner currently is undergoing a mental evaluation, decided earlier this month to try to medicate Loughner against his will with anti-psychotic drugs. But lawyers representing Loughner have asked a federal judge to block prison officials from forcibly medicating Loughner, WSJ reports. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns is considering the issue at a hearing...
  • Judge orders hearing on forced medication for Loughner

    06/28/2011 8:21:19 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies
    reuters ^ | June 28, 2011 | Tim Gaynor
    (Reuters) - A federal judge has ordered a hearing on Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Loughner's petition to stop prison officials from forcibly medicating him with anti-pyschotic drugs. U.S. District judge Larry Burns set the hearing for 2 p.m. on June 29 at the U.S. District Court in San Diego, California. Loughner, being held at a federal prisoners' hospital in Missouri, is not expected to attend, a spokesman for the prosecution said.
  • Rep. Giffords should resign her seat

    06/28/2011 6:59:27 AM PDT · by bjorn14 · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | 24 June 2011 | Paul Sracic
    In the months since the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, reports about her condition have been sparse. We have learned of a follow-up surgery to repair her skull and that she was recently released from a rehabilitation hospital. Also released were a set of photos. We still, however, do not know the extent of her injuries. Out of respect for the privacy of the family, the media has not delved too deeply into the more common and troubling aftereffects of a serious trauma to the brain. Should the media and the public be so reluctant to demand more information?...
  • Loughner's Attorneys Seek to Halt Forced Medications [AZ Shooter Jared Loughner]

    06/28/2011 12:56:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 27, 2011 | JOHN R. EMSHWILLER And TAMARA AUDI
    Attorneys for Jared Loughner, accused shooter of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, have filed an emergency motion to block federal authorities from forcibly medicating their client with anti-psychotic drugs. The motion, filed Friday in Tucson, Ariz., federal court, argues that the Justice Department is making "an end run" around Mr. Loughner's right to contest such treatment by misusing the rules governing administering such drugs. [BIG snip] According to the Friday court filing, federal officials took this second route by declaring the defendant a danger to others. This claim only came after Mr. Loughner refused to be medicated in an...
  • Rep. Giffords should resign her seat (CNN)

    06/24/2011 6:53:04 PM PDT · by Paul Kib · 144 replies
    CNN ^ | June 24, 2011 | Paul Sracic
    (CNN) -- In the months since the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, reports about her condition have been sparse. We have learned of a follow-up surgery to repair her skull and that she was recently released from a rehabilitation hospital... ...Should the media and the public be so reluctant to demand more information? The Arizona Democrat is not just a private citizen; she is a sitting member of Congress. Do Giffords' responsibilities demand a more searching inquiry into her health? No one is asking this question because it seems moot... ...In reality, the congresswoman is not carrying out any...
  • How the Democrats Nearly Destroyed the Economy

    06/24/2011 5:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies ^ | June 24, 2011 | Mona Charen
    History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. -- Winston ChurchillThere is history -- a chronicle of human events -- and then there is perceived history. So often, the two are wildly at odds. In 1963, a popular Democratic president was assassinated by a Marxist named Oswald, who had actually defected to the Soviet Union and returned to the U.S. with a Soviet wife, was an active member of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, and had attempted to assassinate a right-wing general named Edwin Walker earlier in the year. Yet those who write history found...
  • Astronaut Mark Kelly; Arizona’s next senator?

    06/23/2011 2:25:02 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 42 replies
    WashPost ^ | 06/23/2011 | Reliable Source
    Senator Mark Kelly? That’s the question in political circles this week. The minute Kelly, 47, announced his retirement from the Navy and NASA Tuesday, the behind-the-scenes speculation that’s been brewing for weeks went public: Will the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords run for office himself? One of Arizona’s Senate seats is open in 2012, thanks to the retirement of Jon Kyl. Giffords has been polling way ahead of any other Democratic candidate, even amid uncertainty about her recovery. Now the name of her Gulf War vet-turned-astronaut husband is in play. “Gabrielle is working hard every day on her mission of...
  • Agents worried ATF program connected to Loughner gun

    06/16/2011 7:23:11 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Federal agents were worried that the gun used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in the head could have been part of the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation. They learned eventually that it had not, sources said. The “Fast and Furious” operation was a program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that authorized and monitored the sale of weapons to known and suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels with the stated goal of exposing and dismantling gun trafficking routes. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) held...
  • Miami Media Finally Run Debbie Wassermann News! (Talking About Giffords)

    06/13/2011 4:14:45 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 6 replies ^ | 6/13/11 | Recovering_Democrat
    Debbie Wassermann has been making an ass of herself for WEEKS in the national press....but Miami "news" outlets haven't been showing her idiocy. FINALLY today, anyone wondering where DWS has gone saw some "coverage" of the chair of the Democrat Party. What news did the Democrat poodle for Obama make? She spoke about wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, of course! She also flip flopped on the Weiner issue.
  • Aide: Time nearing for Giffords' hospital release

    06/11/2011 9:30:59 PM PDT · by quantim · 34 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 11, 11:55 PM EDT
    HOUSTON (AP) -- An aide to wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says the Arizona congresswoman could be released from her rehabilitation hospital in Houston as early as this month. Chief of Staff Pia Carusone tells The Associated Press that the congresswoman may leave TIRR Memorial Hermann by the end of this month or early July. However, there is no set date for Giffords' release. Her husband astronaut Mark Kelly has said she would continue outpatient therapy in Houston upon her release.
  • Report: Gabrielle Giffords struggling to communicate; return to Congress uncertain

    06/09/2011 10:48:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 112 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 9, 2011 | By James Oliphant
    Gabrielle Giffords is nowhere close to returning to Congress. And there remains real doubt about whether she ever will. That appears to be the bottom line of an article Thursday in the Arizona Republic that provides the most complete assessment yet of the wounded congresswoman’s current condition. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in Tucson in January. Now, six months later, she still struggles mightily to communicate, although her staff believes her comprehension skills are strong. And it remains unclear just how much damage her brain has suffered. Asked for a blunt description of Giffords’ condition, her...
  • The Uninvited Ombudsman Report, No. 100 - NICS Background Checks Expensive,

    06/09/2011 4:37:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 7 June, 2011 | Alan Korwin
    1- "Guns Save Lives" Censorship Opposed -- in Court The lamestream media told you: The city of Phoenix has censored 50 ads for the educational program of a local gun-safety training association, We oppose censorship in all its forms. The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that: Although the "news" media steadfastly censors news about firearms, self-defense cases, new firearm products, the shooting sports and basically anything that confirms that guns are good, save lives, stop crime, and help keep America free -- the media is intolerant of censorship by government, and in this case it's a good thing. On May...

    06/08/2011 2:46:42 PM PDT · by Syncro · 70 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | June 8, 2011 | Ann Coulter
      OBAMA: HOPE, CHANGE, AND THE OCCASIONAL SEX DREAM June 8, 2011 In Part One of my new book -- released this week! -- "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America," I demonstrate that liberals have all the earmarks of mob psychology. Their myths, slogans, demands for immediate action, messianic goals, demonization of opponents, creation of political idols and occasional resorts to violence -- all this is classic herd behavior. Because mobs are irrational, immature, subject to wild passions and infatuations, they cannot be reasoned with. And they are always dangerous. The mob attributes of liberals we will review...
  • Live Thread - Endeavour's Final Landing (2:35 a.m. EDT)

    05/31/2011 1:50:14 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 107 replies
    Deorbit burn scheduled for 1:29am (weather permitting). Landing at Kennedy Space Center scheduled for 2:35am.
  • Obama Administration Eyeing Gun Control 'Under the Radar,' Groups Warn

    05/28/2011 8:20:18 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28, 2011 | Judson Berger
    The Obama administration, after keeping gun control on the back burner for over two years, is prompting concern among gun rights groups that it's slowly starting to squeeze the trigger on tighter regulation. In the wake of the January shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, President Obama remained mostly quiet on the firearms front as lawmakers clamored for new restrictions. But the president has since made a public call for tougher background checks. The Justice Department launched a series of meetings with officials and advocates to examine gun control policy. And while gun-control bills in Congress have...
  • Giffords Shooting Suspect Ruled Incompetent for Trial

    05/25/2011 7:05:18 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | Staff
    A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Lee Loughner was not mentally competent to stand trial on charges of opening fire Jan. 8 at a constituent event for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona, killing six and injuring 13, including Giffords. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means Loughner, 22, will be sent back to the federal medical center for prisoners in Springfield, Mo., until Sept. 21, when a hearing will be held to determine whether he understands the 49 federal charges against him and can help in his defense. Doctors will try to medicate Loughner to see...
  • Jared Loughner found mentally unfit for trial

    05/25/2011 9:12:45 AM PDT · by Keith in Iowa · 101 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/25/11 | Staff
  • Tucson Gunman Jared Loughner Ruled Unfit to Stand Trial (Headline only)

    05/25/2011 12:46:53 PM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies ^ | 05/25/2011 | n/a
    Tucson Gunman Jared Loughner Ruled Unfit to Stand Trial
  • Ariz. shooting spree suspect incompetent for trial

    05/25/2011 12:47:16 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    ap/yahoo ^ | 5/25/11 | JACQUES BILLEAUD,
    PHOENIX – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage that wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is mentally incompetent to stand trial, putting the criminal case against him on hold indefinitely. The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns means Jared Lee Loughner, 21, will be sent to a federal facility for up to four months in a bid to restore his competency. Loughner, dressed in a khaki prison suit and sporting bushy, reddish sideburns, was removed from the hearing after an outburst and had to watch part of the proceeding on a TV screen...
  • Loughner removed from courtroom after outburst

    05/25/2011 12:32:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 28 replies ^ | 5/25/11 | ACQUES BILLEAUD/AP
    PHOENIX – The suspect in the Arizona shooting rampage that wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been removed from a court hearing after am outburst during the proceedings. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns had Jared Lee Loughner escorted from the courtroom after Loughner lowered his head and mumbled something loudly, his head inches from the table in front of him. Loughner's words were inaudible to many in the courtroom. The outburst occurred at a competency hearing where Burns was expected to determine whether Loughner was mentally fit to stand trial. Burns says he might allow Loughner back in "if he...
  • Kennedy's sympathy for suspect Loughner (Patches sympathy for Loughner)

    05/24/2011 10:53:34 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    WPRI-TV ^ | 5/23/11 | Bill Tomison
    (WPRI) - Patrick Kennedy continues his campaign for support for brain research -- with empathy for the suspect in a serious case of violence: Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others in a rampage earlier this year. Kennedy, the former Rhode Island representative who stepped down last year, wants to eradicate the stigma attached to mental health disorders. In an interview that aired this weekend on CNN -- an hour-long program called "Patrick Kennedy, Coming Clean" -- he told the news channel's Dr. Sanjay Gupta people with mental problems have been ignored for...
  • Patrick Kennedy: Loughner has brain injury, too

    05/23/2011 2:09:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KTAR ^ | 23 May 2011 | KTAR
    The suspect in the January mass shootings in Tucson has been cited by former Congressman Patrick Kenndy as an example of discrimination against the mentally ill. Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, mentioned Jared Loughner during an interview on CNN Sunday night to discuss his past problems and addictions and his campaign for recognition of brain disease. Loughner, 22, is charged with shooting 19 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., in a Tucson parking lot in January. Six people were killed. Giffords was shot in the head and is currently in a rehabilitation center in...
  • CNN's Piers Morgan Battles with Ted Nugent on Guns, Says Second Amendment Almost Killed

    05/20/2011 9:49:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies ^ | 19 May, 2011 | Tim Graham
    CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight has been such a parade of celebrity interviews it’s almost made Larry King Live look like a hard-news show. But on Wednesday night, Morgan interviewed Ted Nugent and pounded him repeatedly and personally, especially insulting him as a “draft dodger.” He also suggested he was homophobic and not compassionate toward the poor. Morgan naturally picked a big fight on the Second Amendment, which he declared “the reality is you end up with what happened to Gabby Giffords in Tucson.” Morgan insisted to Nugent, “Eighty people a day die in America from gunshots.” Nugent replied, “Kiss my...
  • Attempts to cut lawmaker pay stall . . . in Congress

    05/19/2011 3:21:57 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Government Executive ^ | May 19, 2011 | Emily Long
    Lawmakers' bids to reduce their own pay are caught up in committee.While career federal employees have seen a number of threats to their salaries and benefits, including an extended pay freeze, higher health care payments and an increase in contributions to retirement accounts, lawmakers have proposed cuts to their own compensation, citing a need to reduce costs and share the sacrifice.Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., in January introduced legislation mandating two-week furloughs for all federal employees that also would cut lawmaker pay by 10 percent. Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., sponsored similar legislation. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.,...
  • Loughner's Mental Competence Is Doubted

    05/17/2011 10:26:40 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 15, 2011
    Two federal court filings Monday in the criminal case of the man accused in the January shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Tucson, Ariz., strongly suggest that two health professionals who evaluated his mental state have determined he isn't competent to stand trial, according to legal experts. The filings, one by the defense and one by the prosecution, indicate that a competency hearing for Jared Loughner scheduled in a Tucson federal court for May 25 could largely be a formality. Both filings agreed that the two doctors who evaluated Mr. Loughner wouldn't need to testify. The filings...
  • Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Live Thread (05/16/11 8:56 EDT)

    05/15/2011 4:46:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 102 replies · 1+ views
    05/15/11 | Kevin Davis
  • Giffords arrives for 2d try at launch

    05/15/2011 10:11:37 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies ^ | 16 May 2011 | AP story
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Representative Gabrielle Giffords arrived in Florida for the this morning’s planned launch of the space shuttle Endeavour that will be commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly. A posting on the congresswoman’s Facebook page said she flew in on a NASA jet yesterday afternoon and got a quick fly-by of Endeavour at the pad. The Democrat from Arizona arrived with the family of Endeavour pilot Gregory Johnson. The shuttle was being fueled last night, and the weather looks good for Endeavour’s 8:56 a.m. launch. An April launch try was delayed because of electrical problems. Giffords suffered a...
  • Gingrich ‘a delusional loser’ says ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mike Barnicle (civility alert!!)

    05/12/2011 6:37:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/12/11 | Jeff Poor
    Remember earlier this year when civil discourse was en vogue in the wake of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting in Tucson? That theme has eroded somewhat over the past several months. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Mika Brzezinski asked her co-host Mike Barnicle if former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s run would “reignite hope” for the Republican Party. And that led Barnicle, the once-accused plagiarist who resigned his position at the Boston Globe in the wake of those charges, to go off a diatribe about the former House Speaker. “Well, they better hope not,” Barnicle said. “He...
  • Judge won't keep Loughner records confidential

    05/05/2011 5:05:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 5/5/2011
    A judge has denied a bid by defense lawyers to keep confidential information about Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner's behavior while in federal custody. District Court Judge Larry Burns, in a ruling made public on Thursday, said there is no reason to prohibit the U.S. Bureau of Prisons from releasing to law enforcement and federal prosecutors psychological records and other information about the 22-year-old college dropout. Loughner's lawyers said such a release would violate the federal government's own guidelines and Loughner's constitutional right to protection from self-incrimination and due process. "The Court finds that neither the psychotherapist-patient privilege nor the...
  • Giffords has edge in AZ Senate Race

    05/04/2011 10:00:17 AM PDT · by fifedom · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2011 | Sean J. Miller
    Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) would start a Senate campaign with a 7 point lead over the likely Republican nominee Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)according to a survey by Public Policy Polling. The Democrat also enjoys a 57-31 lead over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).