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    She looks great if she had a wig on she would look pretty much the same. Good to see that picture I was wondering how she was doing.

    Did yall know the little girl was one of the 911 babies, born on 911?

    So sad.

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    yeah she looks wonderful, I hope that shes doing well too

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    She looks pretty damn good to me! Hope she continues to get better and better...

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    I have total sympathy for her, but if I was an Arizonan I have to say I wouldn't be thrilled with a bunch of unelected staffers making autonomous decisions on her behalf, which is what has been happening.

    No one would do it because it would be terrible PR, but I feel like this is a situation where a special election should've been called. Giffords could then run again for Congress if and when she is able, but until then, I'm sorry, but I don't think staffers should be able to run a Congressperson's office and conduct business when the elected official who holds the office is physically and cognitively unable to contribute to the work and decisions. Especially when there are so many important legislative issues right now going on in Arizona and at the federal level.
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    ^^In theory you make a good point, but who do you think runs EVERY congressperson's office EVERY day? Most (if not all) the elected officials are too busy schmoozing and raising money to actually read any of the bills they vote on or even write - they do what their staff people tell them is in their best interest to do.
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    I totally believe staffers make the offices run, and of course that's what they're there for. But the member still runs the office, is the boss, dictates the decisions - and does the important stuff of attending sessions, voting, collaborating with the other members, etc. Where there may be a few Congresspeople who just "show up" and vote or speak on whatever their staffers tell them to do, I think the general rule is that it's the other way around.

    I read the Newsweek article about Giffords' recovery a month or so ago, and IDK, just something about her chief of staff (I think it was) just rubbed me the wrong way. I felt there was an undercurrent of, "This is my office now" or something. And I feel like some of her staff have backtracked a little bit, from rushing to say that while they handle the day-to-day stuff, Giffords still okays all decisions, to admitting that she can't really speak and they rely on her facial expressions but don't approach her with anything "complex." So she doesn't know what's going on in her office in Washington, even if she can understand it.

    Just something fishy, IMO, and I feel that her staffers continuing to run this "Giffords machine" is debatable. Like I said, I have sympathy but the reality is that right now, Giffords is not capable of writing bills, casting votes, etc. and no one apparently thinks she'll be at that point anytime soon. So let her get on with her recovery and she can run again for her seat when she's able to, health wise.
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    She still looks more attractive than most of the other congresswomen She turned out better than I thought. I wonder if she's still holds her seat as a congresswomen or she stepped down? And is she still able to be intelligent and speaking well after all this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by t13nif View Post
    Like the big divot on her left temple.
    I was reading somewhere about them putting part of the skull back in so that should eventually look smoother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    I was reading somewhere about them putting part of the skull back in so that should eventually look smoother.

    I think the article said that they did, as she no longer needs to wear the helmet to protect her noggin.
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    Yes, they already replaced that part of her skull.
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    Yes, they already did. They removed a portion of her skull to keep the intracranial pressure from building up (dangerous). They replaced it with something synthetic last month, I believe. I'm guessing that divot is permanent, unless they can fix it somehow with plastic surgery. It's pretty amazing that that is all that remains visibly of her injury--and she has little or no drooping. That she can smile like that and has her personality intact is just wonderful to me.

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    US Rep. Giffords released from Houston hospital - Yahoo! News

    HOUSTON – Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released from a Houston hospital on Wednesday, five months after being shot in the head during a Tucson political event.
    Giffords will move to League City, a town 26 miles south of Houston, to a home owned by her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. She will continue outpatient therapy at a facility that is part of the TIRR Memorial Hermann system, the Houston hospital where she has been undergoing intensive rehabilitation since late January.
    Giffords, who was shot in the left side of her head and has been struggling to re-learn how to speak and walk, will be assisted by a 24-hour home health provider, according to a statement from the hospital.
    "Anyone who knows Gabby knows that she loves being outside," her husband, Kelly, was quoted as saying. "Living and working in a rehab facility for five months straight has been especially challenging for her. She will still go to TIRR each day but from now on, when she finishes rehab, she will be with her family."

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    To Applause, Giffords Returns to House Floor


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    By Katy O'Donnell
    Updated: August 1, 2011 | 9:50 p.m.
    August 1, 2011 | 7:06 p.m.


    Republicans won the vote, but Democrats stole the show when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., appeared on the House floor for the first time since a January shooting.

    There was no hint of what was about to happen, when suddenly, as the debt-ceiling vote was proceeding, Giffords could be seen being escorted onto the floor by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., a close personal friend.
    Giffords, wearing close-cropped brown hair and glasses, walked with a slight limp and wore a glove on her right hand.

    Giffords leaned into Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the two touched their foreheads together for a moment amid thunderous applause.
    Both sides of the aisle gave Giffords a minutes-long standing ovation as she made her way to her seat. Giffords acknowledged her colleagues with a smile, saying “thank you” into the roar.
    Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, smiled as he waited in the hallway outside.
    Speaking on the floor, Pelosi called Giffords "the personification of courage, sincerity, and admiration throughout the country."

    "Her presence today to make sure we honor the obligations of our great country is important and symbolic,” Pelosi said. "We are all privileged to call her a colleague, some of us very privileged to call her friend."
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    In a statement e-mailed by her office, Giffords said that she had been “deeply disappointed” by the gridlock in Washington as she watched the debt-ceiling debate unfold.
    “After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge,” Gifford said. I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.”
    When Giffords cast her vote—a yea—Wasserman Schultz, who said she learned yesterday that Giffords would definitely be coming, whooped and pumped her fists.
    This is first roll call vote since Jan. 7 that Giffords wasn't listed under "Not Voting."
    As lawmakers and visitors continued to clap while facing Giffords and a stunned press corps looked on from the gallery, the yea votes suddenly surged, finally hitting 269. The vote was the last before the August recess, and the House seemed poised to leave on a good note after a particularly rancorous summer of partisan divide over the debt ceiling.
    “It was spectacular, it really was,” said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. “It was spectacular. You forget any stitch of partisanship…It was the best moment to end on, you couldn’t ask for a better punctuation on the session.”
    House Speaker John Boehner was informed that Giffords would be voting about an hour beforehand, and he greeted her in the hallway outside the chamber.
    Members, including famed civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., wept at the sight of her.
    One of the most emotional moments was when fellow Arizonan Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., gave her a kiss.
    After the vote, a beaming Pelosi told reporters that she had known Giffords might come for a few days, but that she had persuaded her not to push herself.
    The mood certainly felt different as lawmakers of both parties streamed out of the chamber after Giffords had departed to greet a grinning Vice President Joe Biden, who said he had returned to the Capitol to see Giffords. Biden had spent part of the morning and afternoon on the Hill selling the budget deal to Democrats.
    Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., may have captured the change in tone best.
    "Who knew that the budget bill would be the second biggest story of the day?” he said.
    Giffords spent about 10 minutes in the chamber before meeting her husband at the doorway and departing in a waiting car.
    After Giffords had left, it wasn’t long before the hashtag #WelcomeBackGabby started trending on the Capitol, from both sides of the aisle.
    GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry tweeted, “Wonderful to have @Rep_Giffords back on the House floor tonight. A truly special moment. #WelcomeBackGabby.”
    To Applause, Giffords Returns to House Floor - Katy O'Donnell - NationalJournal.com

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    I can't imagine the kind of emotional and physical strength it takes to go through what she went through.

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