TPM News

If you think yesterday's events will ease the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill for a long time going forward, think again. On CNN Sunday morning, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Congress will return to business as usual quickly.

"For the next few days, obviously it's going to affect our agenda," Alexander acknowledged. "The House of Representatives has already said they're not going to vote on repealing the health care law now. So we need to stop pause and reflect."

"But then I think we're back to business," he added.

Alexander wasn't just referring to health care repeal. He said members of Congress should return to normal outreach right away, to provide constituents with a sense that the government will continue to function normally in the wake of the shooting.

On CNN Sunday morning, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) sought to deflect blame for yesterday's attack in Arizona away from the Tea Party.

Twice, unsolicited, Alexander highlighted facts about the culprit that clash with tea party norms.

"What we know about this individual, for example, is that he was reading Karl Marx, and reading Hitler, and burning the American flag," Alexander said. "That's not the profile of a typical tea party member if that's the inference that's being made."

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Across the Nation, Vigils Held for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords]

Read More →

1||January 8, 2011: People create a makeshift shrine outside University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of Saturday's shooting. Giffords was in critical condition after being shot in the head. ||QI HENG/Xinhua/Newscom&&

2||In addition to Giffords, at least 17 other people were shot, and six killed, including federal judge John Roll and Giffords' staffer Gabe Zimmerman.||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 3||||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 4||||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 5||People holding a vigil outside Giffords' office in Tucson on Saturday night.||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 6||||Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 7||||Bill Clark/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 8||On Saturday, people began placing flowers and candles in front of Giffords' Tucson office.||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 9||||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&& 10||See pictures of Giffords, and of the scene on the ground in Arizona. ||Will Seberger/Roll Call Photos/Newscom&&

Speaking from his Ohio congressional district on Sunday morning, House Speaker John Boehner called the shooting in Arizona yesterday an "inhuman act" and said it was a reminder of the risks taken by public officials in doing their duty, said NPR.

Boehner said the shootings would not prevent lawmakers fulfilling their responsibilities. Boehner said:

To the members of the House and our staffs, I ask that you, on this sabbath day, that we keep Gabby and her staff in our thoughts and prayers.

Public service is a high honor. But these tragic events remind us that all of us in our roles of service to our fellow citizens comes with a risk. This inhuman act should not and will not deter us from our calling to represent our constituents and to fullfill our oaths of office.

No act, no matter how heinous, must be allowed to stop us from our duty.


[TPM SLIDESHOW: Across the Nation, Vigils Held for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords]

Update: At just before 3:30 ET, Sheriff Clarence Dupnik announced that they had cleared the person of interest. The Pima County Sheriff's Department is asking the public for information on a second person of interest in the shootings in Arizona yesterday that included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Read More →

Late last night we told you that local and national media outlets were reporting that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was conscious and had recognized her husband. But a spokesman for the hospital told NBC News that those reports were erroneous.

Politico reported that a hospital spokesman said that Giffords is still in critical condition as of 6:20 a.m. ET and that her condition had not changed much since Saturday night. She was sedated as of 6:20 a.m.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Across the Nation, Vigils Held for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords]

Late Update: A spokesman for the hospital said reports that Giffords was awake were inaccurate.

Original: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was awake in her hospital room and recognized her husband, several media outlets reported late Saturday.

Giffords is now in critical condition in the intensive care unit and has been responding to doctors' commands, according to media reports.

Read More →

The man suspected of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and 18 other people at an event in Tucson, Arizona today may not have acted alone, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik told reporters at a news conference this evening. Five people died at the scene of the shooting, and a nine-year old girl later died at a hospital.

Read More →

LiveWire

Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…