Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - One week after being shot through the head, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is off the ventilator and breathing on her own through a tracheotomy tube, the University Medical Center of Tucson, Arizona, said Saturday.
Giffords, who authorities say was the target of a mass shooting by Jared Lee Loughner that left six dead and another 13 wounded, remains in critical condition. Still, in a statement, the southern Arizona hospital said that her recovery "continues as planned."
(CNN) - A man who was shot but survived last Saturday's massacre in Tucson, Arizona, was taken to a county mental services unit Saturday after making a threatening comment at a town hall event, Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jason Ogan said.
James Eric Fuller, 63, was involuntarily committed after he made threats against a Tea Party member at the Tucson event sponsored by ABC News, Ogan said.
(CNN) - Appearing Saturday at a retreat for Congressmen in his party, newly elected Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spelled out his goals and philosophy in his effort to overhaul the committee, according to two GOP aides.
At the session in Baltimore, Maryland, Priebus said, "I believe what we need at the RNC, in my case, is less of self and more of everybody else," according to a House Republican aide.
(CNN) - The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy may hit a road block in Congress next week.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, is drafting a bill that would change how - and possibly if - the repeal is implemented. The repeal law passed in December requires the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to certify that the military is ready for the change. Hunter's bill would require the four service chiefs to also sign off on the policy change.
(CNN) – For supporters of Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid, this Tuesday's visit from former President Bill Clinton just became a little sweeter.
According to a letter sent to supporters Saturday, a donation to Emanuel's campaign ensures the contributor is in the running for a chance to meet the mayoral candidate and Clinton before Tuesday's rally. A winner will be picked Monday.
(CNN) - One week after the Arizona shootings, President Obama dedicated his weekly address to the memory of the victims and pivoted the conversation toward political bipartisanship.
"As shrill and discordant as our politics can be at times, it was a moment that reminded us of who we really are – and how much we depend on one another," Obama said in Saturday's address. "While we can't escape our grief for those we've lost, we carry on now, mindful of those truths."