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Congresswoman Who Served 16 Terms Dead at 88

New York's 'tough as nails' Louise Slaughter was planning on going for her 17th term

(Newser) - An aide to Rep. Louise Slaughter says the 88-year-old Democratic congresswoman from upstate New York has died. Slaughter was serving her 16th term in Congress and was the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, per the AP . She was the first woman to chair that committee when she led... More »

Former Congresswoman Guilty on 18 Fraud Charges

Ex-Florida Rep. Corinne Brown's charity misused almost everything it raised

(Newser) - Former US Rep. Corrine Brown's "One Door for Education" charity raised $833,000 between 2012 and 2016 to award scholarships to disadvantaged students—but prosecutors say only $1,200 was spent on a total of two scholarships. Brown, a Democrat who represented a Florida district in Congress for... More »

Of Mice, Pop Tarts: Congresswomen Who Bunk at the Office

They look to save money, avoid settling down

(Newser) - It's become fairly standard for some congressmen to spend both their days and nights in their offices. For what appears to be the first time, however, congresswomen are doing the same, the Wall Street Journal reports in a look at three House Republicans. "My poor staff, they have... More »

Pelosi Daughter: Mom Wants to Retire

Alexandra says her mother 'wants to have a life'

(Newser) - In the for-what-it's-worth department: Nancy Pelosi's daughter tells the conservative Big Government website that her mom would love to leave Congress. "She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly," says filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi. "She’s... More »

Congresswoman Aims to Be First Openly Gay Senator

Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin announces 2012 candidacy

(Newser) - Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a self-described Wisconsin progressive, hopes to make a little history next year: She is running for Senate, and a victory would make her the first openly gay senator, notes the Huffington Post . Baldwin will likely be the most formidable Democrat in the race, writes Amanda Terkel, who... More »

Giffords Now Knows Who Died in Shooting

Family waited til she had recovered enough to process grief

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords has long known that she was injured in a shooting that claimed six lives, but family and friends waited until recently to tell the Arizona congresswoman the full story: That among the dead were 30-year-old aide Gabe Zimmerman, who she adored as if he were family, friend John... More »

Among Debt Bill's 'Aye' Votes: Giffords

Arizona congresswoman returns to DC for historic debt ceiling vote

(Newser) - Among House Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote in favor of tonight's debt ceiling bill was one for whom those steps were unthinkable just months ago: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made her return to Washington today to vote in favor of the measure, reports Politico. “Gabrielle has returned... More »

Loughner Appeals Forced Meds

Drugs will attempt to make him competent to stand trial

(Newser) - Attorneys for Jared Lee Loughner yesterday appealed a federal judge's ruling that he can be forced to continue taking anti-psychotic drugs. Loughner's attorneys appealed to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in a one-paragraph filing. They say Loughner, accused in the Tucson shooting rampage... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Heads Home to Tucson

Trip home 'will mean the world to her,' says rep

(Newser) - Barely released from the rehab center where she's spent the last five months, Gabrielle Giffords made a beeline for her hometown Tucson yesterday for the first time since she left it 13 days after she was shot. "We've been dreaming of this trip for some time,"... More »

Michele Bachmann Signs Deal for Memoir

Congresswoman's book expected in the fall

(Newser) - The good vibes keep on rolling for Michele Bachmann. Fresh off the positive reviews for her debate performance, the congresswoman has signed a deal to write her memoir, reports the New York Times . The book (no title yet) is expected in the fall, and Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund... More »

First Photos of Giffords Out

Congresswoman might be released from rehab this month

(Newser) - It's been five months since the public got a clear view of Gabrielle Giffords, and she's looking pretty good for someone who nearly died: Photos released on her Facebook page today show the congresswoman smiling, her hair cropped short, with no sign of the gunshot she took to... More »

Bachmann's Beach Reading: Economic Theory

Vacation means it's time for Ludwig von Mises

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann gets the "weekend interview" treatment today in the Wall Street Journal , and editorial board member Stephen Moore writes that he has "no doubt" she will be announcing her candidacy soon and that it would be a "mistake to count her out." Some highlights from... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Isn't Close to Returning to Work

She struggles to speak in full sentences, though hope remains

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords still struggles to speak in complete sentences, and she's not close to returning to Congress, writes EJ Montini in the Arizona Republic . He interviews Giffords' chief of staff for the most realistic assessment to date of her recovery. Hope remains: Giffords' comprehension seems about normal and she... More »

Loughner Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial

'Thank you for the freak show,' he tells judge

(Newser) - A federal judge declared today that Jared Lee Loughner is mentally incompetent to stand trial in the shooting of Gabby Giffords, reports the Arizona Daily Star . Doctors testified that he is schizophrenic and would not be able to understand the proceedings. The ruling came after Loughner was removed from the... More »

Giffords Awake, Talking After Skull Surgery

She is doing well after surgery to repair her skull

(Newser) - Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has woken up and is communicating after doctors placed an implant in her head to repair her skull yesterday, neurosurgeons said today in a news conference. The operation is another milestone in Giffords' recovery and will allow her to move around without the helmet she has... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Can Stand, Plans to 'Walk a Mountain'

The Arizona Republic offers a long look at her incredible progress

(Newser) - On Easter Sunday, some happy news from the Gabrielle Giffords camp: The Arizona congresswoman can stand and even walk a little, and though she is currently working on improving her gait, she told her nurse she plans to “walk a mountain” one day. More from the Arizona Republic ’... More »

'Great' to Hear Giffords' Voice, Says Intern

Hernandez talks to Gabby via phone, says she's making progress

(Newser) - Daniel Hernandez, the intern to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords credited with saving her life on the day of her shooting, says he's talked to the Arizona representative by phone and that Giffords is making good progress, reports ABC News . "It's great hearing her voice," said Hernandez. While he declined... More »

Photo Shows Giffords a Minute Before Shooting

Rep talks with constituents in only photo released from that day

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords' hands are clasped, and she's listening to two of her constituents at a "Congress on Your Corner" event, just moments before a gunman walked up and opened fire. Giffords' office released the image—the only one it's released of that day—yesterday via Facebook, reports the AP,... More »

Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

Answers federal charges relating to Giffords, staff

(Newser) - The man accused of carrying out the mass shooting in Tucson pleaded not guilty today to federal charges that he tried to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and murder two of her aides. The plea was Jared Lee Loughner's second court appearance since he allegedly shot the congresswoman and 18 others... More »

Giffords Heard Cheers, Teared Up

Rep looks 'spectacular,' has 'great rehab potential,' say new team

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson doctors handed her over to Houston rehab officials in a "flawless transfer" yesterday, and the congresswoman responded to Arizona crowds cheering along her route by "smiling and even tearing up a little bit," says one of her doctors. Giffords' plane flew 14,000 feet... More »

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