Rapinoe, Giffords, Denzel Washington to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Biden is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to 17 people, including Simone Biles, Denzel Washington, Gabby Giffords and, posthumously, inventor Steve Jobs and John McCain.washingtonpost.com
Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords
The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate.
Former Rep. Giffords tells Congress 'be bold' on gun reform
Eleven years after her own life was massively altered by gun violence, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords stood in front of the Washington monument and once again lobbied for stricter gun laws after yet another string of mass shootings in America.
Will Congress act on guns after Sandy Hook, Buffalo, Uvalde?
Congress Election 2022 Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., takes a question during a news conference following a closed-door policy lunch, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer swiftly set in motion a pair of firearms background-check bills Wednesday in response to the school massacre in Texas. But the Democrat acknowledged Congress' unyielding rejection of previous legislation to curb the national epidemic of gun violence. “It's our choice.”While President Joe Biden said “we have to act,” substantial gun violence legislation has been blocked by Republicans, often with a handful of conservative Democrats. Biden, whose party has slim control of Congress, has failed to push gun violence bills past what is now primarily Republican opposition in the Senate.wftv.com
In campaign ad, GOP Senate candidate shoots gun at actors playing Biden, Pelosi and Sen. Mark Kelly, whose wife Gabby Giffords was injured in Arizona rampage
Kelly is the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head while greeting constituents outside a Tucson supermarket 2011.washingtonpost.com
Lawsuit: NRA illegally funded Trump, other GOP candidates
A federal lawsuit accuses the National Rifle Association of violating campaign finance laws by using shell companies to illegally funnel up to $35 million to Republican candidates, including former President Donald Trump, Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and others.
Hero intern who helped save Giffords will run for her seat
(AP Photo/Matt York, File) (Matt York)PHOENIX — (AP) — Daniel Hernandez Jr., the intern hailed as a hero for helping save the life of then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords following an attempted assassination a decade ago, announced Thursday he's running to represent her former district in Congress. A Democrat, Hernandez currently represents parts of Tucson in the state House of Representatives. “Gabby Giffords continues to inspire me and I strive to follow her example of service for our community,” Hernandez said in a statement announcing his candidacy. A trauma surgeon who operated on Giffords that day, Dr. Randy Friese, is also running for the former Giffords seat. Arizona's 2nd Congressional District has historically been one of the most competitive in the state.wftv.com
GOP state lawmakers seek to nullify federal gun limits
Some bills would make it a crime for local police officers to enforce federal gun laws. Federal law plays a big role in some areas, such as keeping guns away from domestic violence offenders. Many Republican state lawmakers see attempts to pass federal firearms restrictions as a threat to the Second Amendment. Biasiucci compares his plan to Arizona voters' move to legalize recreational marijuana even though it remains against federal law. “The main issue there is the Supremacy Clause," the part of the Constitution that says federal law supersedes state law, said Jacob Charles, executive director of the Center for Firearms Law at Duke Law School.
Victims in 2011 Giffords attack see parallel to Capitol riot
“As I sat waiting for information about @SenMarkKelly’s safety today, I couldn’t stop thinking about what you must have gone through 10 years ago this week,” Giffords wrote on Twitter on Wednesday after it was clear lawmakers were unharmed. Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords' community outreach director, was the first congressional staffer killed on the job in the United States. She went to see her congresswoman with a child’s optimism and a belief that public service is exciting and hopeful. A decade later, in the aftermath of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, his words carry new meaning. All of us – we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.”
Fatal shooting of Black teen roils liberal town in Oregon
The fatal shooting of Ellison, a young Black man, by Robert Keegan, a white man who complained that Ellison was playing loud music, has roiled Ashland. Keegan, 47, is from the nearby small town of Talent, which was heavily damaged in a wildfire in September. “It’s not a coincidence that a white man, according to police, chose to take the life of a young Black man for the offense of playing his music. Sprinkled with cafes and trendy restaurants, Ashland is considered a hip town in a conservative part of Oregon. Only 1.4% of Ashland residents are Black, and 92.5% are white, according to the census.
Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly sworn into Senate, cutting into GOP majority
Former astronaut Mark Kelly attends his swearing-in ceremony as Democratic U.S. senator for Arizona as his wife Gabby Giffords, former U.S. Representative from Arizona, listens in Washington D.C., December 2, 2020. Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, cutting into the Republican majority in the chamber. "Arizona trusted me with an important job, and I'm ready to get to work," Kelly tweeted before his swearing in. In the short term, Kelly's presence in the Senate makes some matters more difficult for the Republican majority. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell may not again attempt to confirm Judy Shelton to the Federal Reserve, as Kelly could join his party and three Republicans to sink her nomination.cnbc.com
Arizona's Kelly is sworn into Senate, narrowing GOP edge
(Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly was sworn into the Senate on Wednesday, narrowing Republican control of the chamber and underscoring his state's shift from red to blue. Kelly, 56, defeated GOP Sen. Martha McSally in last month's election, making her one of only three incumbents to lose. Kelly's Arizona colleague, Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, held the Bible on which he took his oath. In what was one of the country's most expensive Senate races, Kelly raised $89 million. That was second only to the $108 million collected by defeated South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Judge allows John Hinckley to publicly display his artwork
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003, file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can now publicly display his writings, artwork and music, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. Hinckley, who shot and wounded Reagan in 1981, must inform his treatment team of his plans to display his works. Barry Levine, who represents Hinckley, said at a September court hearing that Hinckley should eventually be granted unconditional release. Around the time that then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in January 2011, Hinckley told one of his doctors: “Wow.
Arizona Senate race could play crucial role in confirmation
If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, 2020. A Kelly victory would shrink the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicate the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)PHOENIX – If Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly wins a seat in the U.S. Senate, he could take office as early as Nov. 30, shrinking the GOP's Senate majority at a crucial moment and complicating the path to confirmation for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. “If Mark Kelly comes out on top, HE could block President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee from being confirmed,” she wrote. The Supreme Court vacancy could shake up the race and boost McSally's lagging campaign by keeping those voters in her camp.
Democratic convention takeaways: Make history, pound Trump
(Democratic National Convention via AP)There has been one persistent theme in the Democratic National Convention so far: to portray President Donald Trump in highly personal ways as one unsuited for the White House both in skills and temperament. Here are some key takeaways from the third night of the convention. Donald Trump hasnt grown into the job because he cant, Obama said, according to his prepared remarks. Thats been a theme of the entire Democratic Convention, but having the most recent former president make it explicit demonstrates that this time Democrats are taking Trump seriously, and literally. The Democratic party is increasingly dependent on female voters, as a gender gap grows in U.S. politics.
Democrats pound their message: To oust Trump, you must vote
Our democracy.Throughout their convention, the Democrats have summoned a collective urgency about the dangers of Trump as president. Yet on the third night of the Democrats four-day convention, party leaders also sought to put forward a cohesive vision of their values and policy priorities, highlighting efforts to combat climate change and tighten gun laws. Democrats hope that Harris and Obama in particular can help bridge the divide between those reassured by Bidens establishment credentials and those craving bolder change. I have sat in the Oval Office with both of the men who are running for president, Obama continued, describing Biden as his brother. Beyond the carefully scripted confines of the virtual convention, there were modest signs of tension between the moderate and progressive wings of Bidens Democratic Party.
WHAT TO WATCH: Biden agenda and reviving Obama enthusiasm
THE BIDEN AGENDAThough Obama will offer Democrats nostalgia for his election to and tenure in the White House, the party hopes to send a message that a Biden presidency wont be a 2008 redux. TRUMPTrump is working to stay in the mix this week with a series of trips to counter the Democratic convention programming. He made appearances Monday in Wisconsin and Minnesota and on Tuesday in Arizona, with speeches taking on Biden and the Democrats. The president plans to travel to Pennsylvania, where Biden was born, on Thursday, hours before the Democrats acceptance speech. The president doesnt have any travel planned for Wednesday but is likely to continue delivering his reactions to the Democratic convention on Twitter.
US tested new missile in the Pacific as China paraded weapons
The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is a sea-skimming cruise missile that is difficult to spot on radar, and can maneuver to avoid enemy defenses. HAGTA, Guam - As China paraded some of its most powerful weaponry during celebrations marking the Communist state's 70th anniversary on Tuesday, the United States Navy tested its newest piece of firepower in the Pacific. In the waters off Guam, the USS Gabrielle Giffords fired off a Naval Strike Missile (NSM), a sea-skimming cruise missile that is difficult to spot on radar, and can maneuver to avoid enemy defenses. The Giffords is the first US Navy ship to deploy with the Naval Strike Missile, and analysts say it helps even the equation in the Pacific, where China has been increasing its missile arsenal in terms of quality and quantity. China now enjoys a 3-to-1 advantage in cruise missiles over the US, but the Naval Strike Missile can eventually "change the game," said Carl Schuster, a former US Navy captain now an instructor at Hawaii Pacific University.
Court revives Sarah Palin defamation case vs NY Times over editorial on shootings
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks while campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., September 21, 2017. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the judge who dismissed Palins case ran afoul of federal rules designed to ensure fairness by first hearing testimony from Times editorial page editor James Bennet, and accepting it as credible. We are disappointed in the decision and intend to continue to defend the action vigorously, Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in an email. The judge also said the Times decision to swiftly correct the editorial after a social media backlash suggested that readers might have perceived the false statements about Palin as based on fact. The case is Palin v New York Times Co, 2nd U.S.feeds.reuters.com
Sarah Palin can pursue defamation case against NY Times: U.S. appeals court
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court revived former U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palins defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, over an editorial that she said maliciously linked her to the 2011 mass shooting that seriously wounded Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks while campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., September 21, 2017. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the lower court judge who dismissed Palins complaint erred by first hearing testimony from the Times editorial page editor. Palin, 55, was Republican presidential candidate John McCains running mate in 2008, and Alaskas governor from 2006 to 2009. The case is Palin v New York Times Co, 2nd U.S.feeds.reuters.com
Sarah Palin can pursue defamation case against NY Times: U.S. court ruling
Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks while campaigning for U.S. Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore at the Historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., September 21, 2017. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the lower court judge who dismissed the complaint erred in hearing testimony from the Times editorial page editor before issuing the dismissal. We are disappointed in the decision and intend to continue to defend the action vigorously, Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said in an email. Palin was Republican presidential candidate John McCains running mate in 2008, and also served as Alaskas governor. In dismissing the case in August 2017, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said the editorial included a few factual inaccuracies somewhat pertaining to Mrs. Palin that are very rapidly corrected.feeds.reuters.com
What are the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates positions on gun control?
To see how much the Democratic party has changed its tune on gun control, look back to the April 2008 presidential primary debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. She is managing director of an affiliated group, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence. There was a reason for the pair to be nervous: Republicans had long used gun control as an effective cultural wedge issue against Democrats in national elections. While in the Senate, Biden supported an assault weapons ban that was eventually passed as part of the 1994 anti-crime bill. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a liberal state with a rural hunting culture, has faced criticism from gun-control advocates for not taking hardline positions on gun control in past congressional votes, though the independent senator has become increasingly aligned with todays liberal orthodoxy on stricter gun control.latimes.com
Shooting survivor Gabby Giffords advocates for an increase in gun violence research at Orlando Museum of Art
click to enlarge Photo by Gage SkidmoreFormer Congresswoman Gabrielle GiffordsGabby Giffords, the former Arizona Congresswoman who survived a gunshot to the head in a 2011 attempt on her life in Tucson, comes to Orlando for a rally to increase funding for gun violence research. Giffords is joined by medical professionals and gun safety advocates such as Doctors for America, the League of Women Voters and the Florida Chapter of the American College of Physicians, among other groups. Attendees can hear experts speak on the issue of increased gun violence in America, meet with advocates and become more aware of what they can do to combat the problem.11 a.m. Saturday, June 29 | Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Ave. | 407-896-4231 | giffords.org | freeorlandoweekly.com