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Roll Call's Coverage of the Arizona Shootings

Gabrielle Giffords Farewell an Emotional Affair on Floor

Gabrielle Giffords Farewell an Emotional Affair on Floor

To roaring applause and steady tears, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received a hero’s tribute on the House floor before officially stepping down from her Congressional seat.

Loughner Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges

Jared Loughner pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he tried to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and two of her aides, the Associated Press reported.

First Round of Indictments Made Against Loughner

A federal grand jury indicted Jared Loughner on Wednesday in what prosecutors said is just the beginning of federal legal action against him, the Associated Press reported.

Members Can Pay for Security Upgrades With Allowances

The House Administration Committee has officially given Members permission to use their representational allowance for security upgrades in their district offices. But unless Members use one preapproved company, they will need clearance from the House Sergeant-at-Arms.

Giffords to Be Released From Hospital Friday

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be released from the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., to a Houston-area rehabilitation center as soon as Friday, her office announced.

Report: Arizona Statute Does Not Apply to Giffords’ Seat

An Arizona statute governing vacancies in public office does not apply to federal offices and therefore will not affect Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as the Democrat recovers from a gunshot wound, Capitol Media Services reported Tuesday.

Report: Arizona Law Puts Giffords’ Seat at Risk

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) was notified Monday of an obscure state statute that could jeopardize Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat as the Arizona Democrat recuperates from a gunshot wound, the Washington Post reported.

Doctors Repaired Fracture in Giffords’ Eye Socket

Doctors caring for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords performed surgery Saturday to repair a fracture in the roof of the Arizona Democrat’s right eye socket, they said Monday in an update on her condition.

Report: Federal Loughner Trial May Move to San Diego

The federal trial of Jared Loughner is likely to move from Arizona to San Diego, federal law enforcement sources told the Washington Post on Sunday night.

Giffords’ Condition Upgraded to Serious

Doctors in Arizona upgraded the condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to serious from critical on Sunday after her doctors removed her from a ventilator Saturday, one week after she was shot.

Arizona Shooting Victim Accused of Threatening Tea Party Leader

A man wounded in the Arizona shooting was accused of making threats and was arrested Saturday, following a town hall meeting about the tragedy taped for ABC’s “This Week,” the Associated Press reported.

CMF Helps Offices Face Fears After Tragedy

As Congress slowly gets back to its legislative routine, the Congressional Management Foundation is reaching out to Members and staffers as they adjust to a new kind of normal in the wake of the shootings in Tucson, Ariz. The main message: Talk.

Livingood Encourages Offices to Appoint Coordinator for Law Enforcement

A day after House Members complained in security briefings that threats had not been thoroughly investigated, the chamber’s top law enforcement official is telling them to get in direct touch with any concerns.

Obama Pleads for Civility in Message of Healing

Obama Pleads for Civility in Message of Healing

In what is arguably his most critical moment to date for uniting the country, President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening called on Americans to honor the victims of a shooting rampage in Arizona by tamping down the vitriolic tone of debate that has polarized the nation over the past two years.

Two House Chairmen to Discuss Panels’ Roles in Security

The two House chairmen with jurisdiction over the Capitol Police will huddle with the department’s chief and the House Sergeant-at-Arms to talk security this weekend at the GOP’s retreat in Baltimore.

Obama Visits Giffords Before Memorial Ceremony

President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and four other victims of Saturday’s gun rampage, according to pool reports.

Giffords Still Takes Updates From Her Office

The top staffer for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been keeping her apprised of activity in her Congressional office, even while the Arizona Democrat recovers from a gunshot wound, according to an interview taped Wednesday afternoon.

Senate Staffers Instructed to ‘Attack’ in Gunman Situation

Senate Staffers Instructed to ‘Attack’ in Gunman Situation

Congressional law enforcement agents advised staff on Wednesday to run and hide in the event a shooter attacks, but as a last resort, police said: “Attack.”

Security Fears Color Day of Tribute

Security Fears Color Day of Tribute

As lawmakers gathered in the House Wednesday to reflect on the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grief was beginning to give way to frustration over a lack of security not only for themselves but also for their staffs.

Boehner Debuts as Statesman

Boehner Debuts as Statesman

This was not the first week on the job that Speaker John Boehner envisioned. Instead of playing the role of a partisan, Boehner found himself practicing the art of a statesman.

Gohmert Suggests Politics Kept FBI Official From Answering Question

Gohmert Suggests Politics Kept FBI Official From Answering Question

Rep. Louie Gohmert complained Wednesday that FBI representatives were not forthcoming during a briefing with details about Jared Loughner, who is accused of the deadly shooting spree Saturday in Arizona.

Taciturn Members Emerge Somberly From Prayer Service

House Members and their spouses gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday for a closed-door prayer service to honor the victims of Saturday’s assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Boehner to Host RNC Party During Tucson Memorial

Speaker John Boehner will host a cocktail party for the Republican National Committee at the same time that President Barack Obama addresses the nation at the memorial service for victims of the Tucson shooting.

Arizona Republican Leaders Resign After Shooting

Last weekend’s shootings in Tucson have prompted a string of resignations from within a local Republican Party in Arizona.

Dingell Wants Probe Into Gun Control Law

Dingell Wants Probe Into Gun Control Law

Rep. John Dingell, dean of the House, wants to investigate whether gun control laws targeting mentally unstable individuals are working in the wake of the Tucson shootings.

Franks: Shooting Scene Needed More Guns

Franks: Shooting Scene Needed More Guns

A Republican from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ home state of Arizona suggested Wednesday that the shooting rampage that injured Giffords and killed or wounded 19 others could have been stopped sooner had there been more armed people at the scene.

House Pays Emotional Tribute to Arizona Victims

A tearful Speaker John Boehner kicked off Wednesday’s House tribute to the victims of the Arizona shooting, calling for “strength” in what he described as “difficult hours for our country.”

Arizona Republicans Will Fly to Tucson With Obama

Arizona Republicans Will Fly to Tucson With Obama

A mix of Arizona Republican lawmakers and senior administration officials will accompany President Barack Obama on his flight to Tucson to attend Wednesday’s memorial service.

Palin: Media Manufacturing ‘Blood Libel’ After Arizona Shootings

Palin: Media Manufacturing ‘Blood Libel’ After Arizona Shootings

Speaking for the first time about the weekend shootings in Tucson, Ariz., former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said she’s been saddened by “irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event,” complained about the media and suggested a new legislative proposal would limit free speech.

Tea Party Nation Founder Skewers King Over Proposal

The founder of Tea Party Nation accused Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) of “lunacy” on Tuesday for proposing a gun-free zone around Members of Congress.

Tucson Speech Offers Fresh Start for Obama

Tucson Speech Offers Fresh Start for Obama

President Barack Obama will do more than try to heal the nation with his speech in Tucson, Ariz., tonight: He’ll try to recast his presidency and regain the trust of Americans who have lost faith in him over the past two years.

Members Weigh Costs of Security

Members Weigh Costs of Security

Members are pitching a broad range of ideas to increase their security in the wake of an assassination attempt on one of their own. If any of the proposals come to fruition, one uncomfortable reality is certain: It will cost money.

Freshmen, Families Are Facing New Fears

Freshmen, Families Are Facing New Fears

The Arizona shooting that killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition has complicated the way freshman Members begin their tenures, forcing them to balance their own security — and their families’ fears — against their new duties as public officials.

Threats Not New for Former Lawmen

Threats Not New for Former Lawmen

For the Members of Congress who come from law enforcement backgrounds, the shooting in Arizona that wounded their colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), wasn’t a shock in the way it might have been for Members whose previous jobs were as real estate agents or accountants or teachers.

Poisonous Political Atmosphere Is Unhealthy

This is really, really hard to write. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) is my friend. I spent time with her, and her husband, Mark Kelly, less than two weeks ago.

Loughner’s Family: ‘We Don’t Understand Why This Happened’

Relatives of Jared Loughner expressed sorrow Tuesday for the victims of Saturday’s shooting but said they were unable to give any insight into why it happened.

Lawmakers to Assemble to Honor Victims

The House will formally pay tribute Wednesday to the victims of Saturday’s attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition in a Tucson, Ariz., hospital.

King Wants Gun-Free Zone for Members

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) announced in New York on Tuesday that he wants to ban people from being able to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of Members of Congress and other high-ranking federal officials.

Resolution to Condemn Attack in ‘Strongest Possible Terms’

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will bring up a bipartisan resolution Wednesday that “condemns in the strongest possible terms” the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 others in Tucson over the weekend.

Doctor: Giffords Breathing on Her Own

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has started to breathe on her own and doctors at the Tucson University Medical Center said Tuesday they continue to be optimistic about her recovery.

Fox News’ Ailes Tells Team to Tone Down Rhetoric

Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive officer of Fox News Channel, has told his TV personalities to “shut up, tone it down” in light of the sudden attention on harsh political rhetoric in the media.

Obama Will Honor Shooting Victims at Service in Arizona

President Barack Obama will fly to Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday for a memorial to commemorate the victims of Saturday’s shooting, a senior administration official confirmed Monday.

Capitol Mourns for Arizona Shooting Victims

Capitol Mourns for Arizona Shooting Victims

Shock turned to mourning Monday on Capitol Hill as Members and staff tried to come to terms with the Arizona shooting tragedy that included the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Security Debate Hits Home

Security Debate Hits Home

Three days after the attempted assassination of one of their colleagues, some Members are calling for legislative remedies, while others are amending their own behavior to ensure security in their work meeting with constituents.

On the Air, Nothing Has Changed

On the Air, Nothing Has Changed

As the nation reflected on the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, everyday politics remained frozen for official Washington. But on the airwaves and among left- and right-leaning activists, there was no cease-fire.

Expert Works to Calm Rage

Expert Works to Calm Rage

Heckling the president during a speech at a joint session of Congress. An f-bomb flying on the Senate floor. Boiling rage at town halls across the country. Can’t we all just get along? Well, no, probably not. But champions of civility in public life say that’s not the point.

Gun Control Rhetoric Heats Up

Gun Control Rhetoric Heats Up

The latest iteration of the gun control debate on Capitol Hill — touched off after Saturday’s tragic events in Tucson, Ariz. — is set to focus on banning the type of extended handgun magazine clip used in the shooting that left six dead and 14 wounded.

Loughner Family Blocked FBI Agents From Home

The family of Jared Loughner barricaded themselves inside their Tucson home Monday and refused to allow FBI agents inside to continue an investigation into a deadly Saturday shooting, the Arizona Republic reported.

Obama: Expect a Memorial for Victims

President Barack Obama said Monday to expect an announcement in the coming days about a memorial to honor the victims of the Tucson, Ariz., shooting, although he did not say whether he will travel to Arizona.

Limbaugh Says Democrats Trying to Profit From Tragedy

Limbaugh Says Democrats Trying to Profit From Tragedy

There’s no indication that Rush Limbaugh will temper his political rhetoric in the wake of the violent weekend attacks in Arizona.

Obama Receives More Briefings on Tucson Investigation

President Barack Obama received two more updates Monday on the investigation into the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in critical condition.

Giffords’ Doctor: ‘No Change Is Good’

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is continuing to make progress in her recovery from an attempted assassination Saturday that left six others dead, Tucson University Medical Center doctors said Monday.

Hill, Obama Observe Moment of Silence for Victims

Hill, Obama Observe Moment of Silence for Victims

Capitol Hill fell silent Monday morning as Members, staff, police and visitors paused to mourn the victims of Saturday’s shooting in Arizona. The tragedy left six dead and 14 wounded including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who remained in serious condition after suffering a gunshot to the head.

Arizona Shooting Evokes ‘Horrific Memories’ for Speier

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who was shot in the 1978 attack that killed Rep. Leo Ryan (D-Calif.), said Saturday’s attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) brings back “horrific memories” of the assassination of her former boss.

Giffords’ Husband Grateful for Response, Cites Heroes

The husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords expressed gratitude late Sunday for the outpouring of support after the Arizona Democrat was shot Saturday in a rampage that left six dead.

Quiet Descends on Capitol as Washington Copes With Tragedy

Quiet Descends on Capitol as Washington Copes With Tragedy

Flags flew at half-staff atop the Capitol building Sunday, the only visible sign of change following the horrific Arizona shooting that killed six and left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in critical condition.

Giffords Shooting Becomes an Instant Symbol

Giffords Shooting Becomes an Instant Symbol

In an instant on a January morning, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords went from a well-liked but largely unknown Blue Dog Democrat to a national symbol of the dangers of overheated political rhetoric.

Zimmerman’s Passions Were History, Helping Others

Friends and colleagues remembered Gabe Zimmerman, the 30-year-old Congressional aide who was shot and killed Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., as a friendly, intellectually curious person whose passion in life was helping others.

Partisanship Stalls in Wake of Tragedy

Partisanship Stalls in Wake of Tragedy

Saturday’s shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. — which left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life and killed or wounded at least 19 others — shook the Capitol like no event since 9/11.

Brady Will Offer Bill to Expand Protections for Members

Rep. Robert Brady is trying to put new Members and their spouses at ease by introducing legislation that would make it a federal crime to use imagery or language intended to threaten or incite violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.

‘An Attack on All Who Serve’

‘An Attack on All Who Serve’

The stunning Tucson, Ariz., ambush during the most basic act of democracy — a Congresswoman meeting with constituents back home — has illuminated an ugly breakdown in American political discourse.

House Leaders Urge Members to Rally Around Giffords

House Leaders Urge Members to Rally Around Giffords

House Members offered each other comfort and shared stories about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Sunday during their first briefing since their colleague was shot Saturday.

Affidavit Attributes ‘Assassination’ Note to Loughner

Federal investigators found evidence suggesting that 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner went to a Tucson Safeway on Saturday with the intent of assassinating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Second Man Cleared in Shooting

The search for a second “person of interest” in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 19 other people has ended and the man has been cleared, the Arizona Daily Star reported Sunday.

National Moment of Silence Planned

President Barack Obama is asking the nation to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m. EST Monday for the people killed and wounded in the shooting Saturday in Arizona.

Mueller: Loughner Will Be Charged in Shooting

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced Sunday that 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner is in federal custody and will be charged in a shooting rampage that killed six people and injured 14 more, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Lawmakers Agree on Need for More Civil Discourse

Lawmakers on Sunday called for their colleagues to tone down the harsh partisan rhetoric in order to avoid unintended responses from the public.

Giffords’ Doctors Are Cautiously Optimistic

Giffords’ Doctors Are Cautiously Optimistic

Tucson University Medical Center officials said Sunday that they were very pleased with the progress of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) following a gunshot wound to the head and that they were “cautiously optimistic” that she will recover.

Sen. Paul Offers Diagnosis for Accused Shooter

Sen. Paul Offers Diagnosis for Accused Shooter

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that, based on Internet writings attributed to a 22-year-old accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), he believes Jared Lee Loughner is a paranoid schizophrenic.

Boehner: We Will Not Be Deterred

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday morning denounced the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) that left six dead and 14 others wounded, including Giffords.

Giffords Remains in Critical Condition

Giffords Remains in Critical Condition

Arizona authorities were searching Sunday for a second person in connection with a shooting that critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and killed a federal judge and others.

At the Capitol, Some Gather for Vigil

At the Capitol, Some Gather for Vigil

Nearly 40 people gathered at the base of the Capitol on Saturday night for a vigil honoring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat shot earlier in the day at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz.

House Will Postpone Legislative Work

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Saturday that the House would postpone work on a health care repeal measure and all other legislation in the wake of a deadly attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Obama: Giffords ‘Battling for Her Life’

President Barack Obama said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is “battling for her life” after a gunman shot her in the head and killed at least five others in a Tucson, Ariz., shooting Saturday morning.

Capitol Police Urge Members to Take Precautions

Following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the top official in charge of House security is urging Members and staff to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the Capitol Police.

Arizona Members in Disbelief Over Giffords Shooting

Members of the Arizona delegation expressed shock and disbelief over Saturday’s shooting of their colleague, Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whom they called a friend and a model public servant.

Members React to Shooting With Twitter Posts

Members of Congress and other prominent political figures took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to express shock to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), with several using the social messaging site to condemn the attack.

Colleagues React to Giffords’ Shooting

Democratic and Republican leaders hailed Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ tough spirit and work ethic in a series of statements issued just hours after the Arizona Democrat was shot during a public event in her district.

Authorities Say Giffords Was the Target

Authorities Say Giffords Was the Target

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was the intended target of a shooting Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 14 more, including Giffords, injured, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said in a news conference.

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