Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, eight days after being shot through the brain at a public event.
"The congresswoman continues to do well," University Medical Center in Tucson said Sunday in a statement.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A week after the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, her colleagues in Congress have a message for constituents: their job is not changing.
"What do you think about health care?" two-term Congressman Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, asked a fellow diner at a restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia, Friday.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Bring back the ban on assault weapons, or tighten enforcement of existing gun control laws and regulations?
Those were two options for strengthening gun control offered Sunday by Democrats in the wake of the Tucson, Arizona, shootings last week that killed six people and wounded 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Here are some of the most notable sound bites from the Sunday morning shows:
On blaming political discourse for violent behavior:
"This is something we have to pay attention to. Look, as we're trying to piece together what happened in Arizona, unfortunately, people are going at the low-hanging fruit and they're blaming political discourse, which may have some role in the underlying aspects here, but we also need to look at there will be other things that come out - the music, the video games, the social ways that people handle anger." - Republican Rep. Tim Murphy, CNN's "State of the Union"FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn signaled Sunday that the debate over health care reform will continue in the Senate despite an obstacle-filled repeal process.
The House is expected to vote to repeal the law this week, but similar legislation is unlikely to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate or survive a presidential veto. However, a repeal vote fulfills a GOP campaign promise, allowing Republican legislators to publicly record their views and concerns.
(CNN) - So what did I like about today’s show. I have to tell you, I liked everything about today’s show. I thought it was, we all thought this was, as early as Monday, two days after the shooting – we thought doing a show on the state of mental health facilities and the availability of treatment in the U.S. – would be a good show to do. And I loved it. I loved our two experts, our two psychiatrists. I loved that they both had schizophrenic siblings and brought not just brains but heart to the matter to try to explain to us what Tucson was and what it wasn’t. They think it’s a huge failure of the psychiatric community and of mental health policy in the U.S.
(CNN) - Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Sunday that he was not criticizing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin when he told The New York Times that she "rightfully has been criticized" for consistently following a script.
"It wasn't a criticism of her. It was an observation," Christie said on "Fox News Sunday." "If you avoid those unscripted moments, I don't think the American people will trust their instincts about whether you would make a good president or not."
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after a shooting at a January 8 public event, is moving both sides of her body and is able to breathe on her own, a fellow member of Congress said Sunday.
"She's doing great," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, a friend of the Arizona congresswoman, on NBC's "Meet The Press." Gillibrand said she spoke to Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, on Saturday night and that Giffords is "making progress every day."FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a symbolic gesture toward more civil political discourse, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday that they will sit together at the upcoming State of the Union address.
Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Schumer and Coburn called for political debate based on issues and ideology, rather than motives and personal attacks, in the aftermath of the Tucson, Arizona, shootings last week that killed six people and critically injured a Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.FULL STORY