Friday, January 14, 2011

New Republican Party chairman

Steele drops out of race; Priebus is the new Republican Party chairman
Reince Priebus is the new chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Priebus won with 97 votes in the seventh round of voting. Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, was the leader from the first ballot, and was the only candidate to not lose any supporters as voting progressed Friday afternoon...

He thanked Steele for his service but pledged that under his leadership the RNC will "begin to restore the faith of our donors" and "work hard to develop a new line of communication with state parties," including Republican leaders in Congress.

"I am here to earn the trust and support of each and every one of you," Priebus said. "I'm going to start working right now as your chairman."

"We can defeat Barack Obama in 2012, together unified as a committee," said Preibus, who told members he can't wait to "rebuild this party and move on to conservative candidates."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wonderful News!

Doctor: Giffords passes 'major milestone' msnbc
TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has passed a "major milestone" on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, doctors said Thursday.

The Arizona congresswoman has been sitting up, dangling her legs on the edge of the hospital bed and moving her limbs in response to commands. That's after she spontaneously opened her eyes during visits with her colleagues Wednesday night. She is able to lift both of her legs on command and is yawning and starting to rub her eyes, doctors said.

"She's becoming more aware of her surroundings," trauma chief Dr. Peter Rhee said during a news conference at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday....
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Sen. Gillibrand, Rep. Wasserman Schultz Describe Giffords Opening Her Eyes

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

TRANSCRIPT: Sarah Palin on ‘America’s Enduring Strength’

Sarah Palin: "America's Enduring Strength" from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

TRANSCRIPT: President Obama Speech in Tucson

TRANSCRIPT: Obama Speech Addresses Tragedy in Tucson

To the families of those we've lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants gathered tonight, and the people of Tucson and Arizona: I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts. But know this: the hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief. And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy pull through.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Representative Giffords and the families of all of those who were victims of this national tragedy

image source: CBS News

Boehner Condemns Attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement condemning the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and members of her staff today in Tucson, AZ:

“I am horrified by the senseless attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and members of her staff. An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have no place in our society. Our prayers are with Congresswoman Giffords, her staff, all who were injured, and their families. This is a sad day for our country."
Statement From RNC Chairman Michael Steele On The Attack In Tuscon
WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:

"I am deeply shocked and horrified by the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff, and her constituents. Today’s senseless act of violence is an attack on the American ideal and goes against our country's deeply held democratic values. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Representative Giffords and the families of all of those who were victims of this national tragedy."
Obama: Giffords 'gravely wounded, Unspeakable tragedy'
President Obama called the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Saturday an “unspeakable tragedy,” and he said she was “gravely wounded” in the attack.
"Loner" Jared Loughner Spoke to Giffords in 2007 - Suspected Gunman Believed to Have Tracked, Targeted Congresswoman; Was Known for Making Threats in the Past

'Who is Jared Loughner?' Doug Ross

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is alive, & out of surgery

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition after being shot, 9-year-old and judge dead