Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Thursday continued her dramatic recovery from a gunshot wound to the brain by going outside for physical therapy, one of her principal doctors in Tucson, Arizona, told CNN.
"Today actually, we were glad to say that we were able to take her outside and she was able to do her physical therapy," Dr. Peter Rhee told John King.
(CNN) - On the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy's swearing in and the delivery of the iconic line, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy said he's heeding his uncle's words.
The most recent Kennedy to serve elected office plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his uncle's charge to the nation with his own plan to "unlock the mysteries of the mind" and find cures for neurological disorders. Kennedy stressed the importance of treating soldiers that suffer from those illnesses and the need to "de-stigmatize wounds of the brain."
Tucson, Arizona (CNN) – Accompanied by a veterans' motorcycle escort, Arizona U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords will be taken Friday from a Tucson hospital to a nearby Air Force base for a flight to Texas and the beginning of her extended recovery, according to the congresswoman's office.
Giffords, thus far, has made a remarkable recovery after being shot through the brain in an assassination attempt, but doctors said she will require further rehabilitation.
Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday that the House of Representatives will consider legislation to permanently bar federal funding for elective abortions, calling the measure "one of our highest legislative priorities."
"A ban on taxpayer funding of abortions is the will of the people and it ought to be the will of the land," Boehner said at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In the run-up to President Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday, Republicans are turning up the volume on their pledges to cut spending.
On Thursday, the House Republican Study Committee - which includes some of the party's most conservative members - introduced a bill that the committee said would reduce spending by $2.5 trillion over a decade.
Washington (CNN) - A liberal reform group has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of conflict of interest by Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
Washington-based Common Cause filed a petition Thursday with the Obama administration, urging that a controversial campaign finance reform decision be vacated because, the group says, the justices attended closed-door political gatherings sponsored by two top Republican donors and industrialists.
Washington (CNN) - House Republicans stepped up their campaign against President Obama's health care overhaul Thursday, voting to begin drafting a measure to replace the controversial new law.
Thursday's vote followed a first move Wednesday, when the GOP-controlled House voted largely on partisan lines to repeal the health care overhaul, fulfilling a Republican promise from last fall's midterm election.
Washington (CNN) - Mike Huckabee will visit six cities in Iowa and five in South Carolina during his upcoming book tour – one more sign that the former Arkansas governor wants to keep his name in the presidential mix for 2012 even as he enjoys the comforts of a lucrative talk show career.
The tour to promote his new book, "A Simple Government," kicks off in Davenport, Iowa on February 27 and will take him to five more cities in the first-in-the-nation caucus state over two days: Dubuque, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Des Moines.