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Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was facing threats long before she was shot in the head today at a supermarket in Arizona.

Though it's not yet clear what motivated the attack on Giffords -- though suspect Jared Loughner has left a long internet trail -- the attack came after numerous threats against Giffords over the past couple of years.

Giffords's father Spencer Gifford, 75, told the New York Post that her enemies were "the whole Tea Party."

But as Zachary Roth also outlined, Giffords has consistently faced threats, mostly for her view on health care reform.

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In an eerie coincidence, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), who was shot today at a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson, participated in this past week's reading of the Constitution from the House floor -- specifically reading the First Amendment, which protects among other things the right of citizens to peacefully assemble and petition the government.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has issued a statement in response to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) at an event in Tucson today. Reid called the Congresswoman "one of our most dynamic members of Congress."

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President Obama just spoke publicly on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, saying that the full resources of the federal government have been offered to the state of Arizona in handling the situation. Furthermore, he asked all Americans to keep Giffords in their prayers.

"Gabrielle Giffords was a friend of mine. She is not only an extraordinary public servant, but she is also somebody who is warm, and caring, she is well liked by her colleagues, and well liked by her constituents," said Obama. "Her husband, Mark Kelly, is a Navy captain and one of America's valiant astronauts. It's not surprising that today Gabby was doing what she always does - listening to the hopes and concerns of her neighbors. And this is the essence of what our democracy is all about.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Dem Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona]

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The suspect in the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona -- in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head and a federal judge was killed -- left a trail on the Internet, including YouTube video clips and what appears to be a deleted MySpace page.

Though the AP first identified the shooter as Jared Laughner, but later reported the correct spelling of his name is Jared Loughner.

A search of the Internet finds multiple references for a Jared Loughner in the Tucson area, including an apparently deleted MySpace profile which lists him as a 22-year-old from the city. This photo from the Arizona Republic, taken in March 2010, depicts Loughner at a Tucson book fair.

A series of YouTube videos apparently posted by Loughner can also be found. In the videos -- text on a black background with music playing beneath -- Loughner accuses the government of "mind control" and "brainwashing."

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Capitol Police have sent an email to all members of Congress updating them on the Arizona shooting in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was critically wounded, TPM has learned. The email confirms that a suspect is in custody and urges Members of Congress to take reasonable security precuations for themselves.

The text of the email obtained by TPM:

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