Just got it in:
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. Read More
The steam seems to be going out of the move to "deftly pin this" -- the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 13 others -- "on the Tea Partiers," as one unidentified senior Democratic operative put it to Politico. It has become obvious that the murderer was crazy, the follower of no political movement, motivated only by the bizarre ideas ricocheting through his head. Read More
For official Washington, currently on hold while the nation comes to terms with the weekend shootings in Tucson, Ariz., the question isn't whether partisan politics will return, but how fast and ferociously. President Obama on Wednesday will address a memorial service for the victims of the shooting rampage that killed six and left 14 wounded, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition. Read More
The morning after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, a Republican strategist wondered what the violence might mean for the political debate in Washington. "Is this Oklahoma City, or is this Virginia Tech?" he asked. Read More
The bleak aftermath of the weekend shooting rampage in Tucson is the first test of President Obama's skills as consoler-in-chief -- a recurring demand of the job that some presidents embrace more easily than others. So far, the administration's response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 19 others has been nimble: Obama spoke out soon after the events transpired on Saturday, stayed out of the public eye on Sunday while ordering government flags to half-staff and on Monday participated in a moment of silence at the White House. Read More
As Vice President Biden prepares to visit Pakistan this week, he must let the Pakistani government know that billions of dollars in U.S. aid must be matched by tangible accomplishments in combating terrorism in frontier lands where al Qaeda and other insurgencies have found safe haven, experts and military officials say. Biden is expected to meet with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan's powerful Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Read More
With her warm brown eyes, friendly manner, astronaut husband and moderate political views, Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was an unlikely target for what investigators indicate was a hate-fueled shooting rampage in her Tucson district. A Blue Dog Democrat and fiscal conservative, Giffords has taken a tough line on immigration reform -- her district shares a 100-mile border with Mexico -- and in support of gun rights. Read More
Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in Saturday's shooting rampage, had begun her third term this week after squeaking out a victory over Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly in Arizona's 8th Congressional District. A moderate, Giffords election was made tougher by her support of major initiatives of the Obama Administration, including health care reform, the $1 billion stimulus and the financial regulatory reform bill. Such support cost the jobs of dozens of her fellow moderates. Read More
Slow-but-steady job growth is good but not good enough for President Obama, whose re-election prospects increasingly depend on his ability to prove costly economic policies are working.
"We've got a big hole that we're digging ourselves out of," Obama said last week. "You've still got a whole bunch of folks who are out there looking, still struggling." Read More
"He possesses a deep understanding of how jobs are created and how to grow our economy." That's what Barack Obama said as he announced the appointment of his new chief of staff, William Daley, before a crowd of admiring White House staffers.
It's not hard to understand Obama's reasons for choosing Daley. Businesses are sitting on $1 trillion in cash and refusing to make job-creating investments. Read More