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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), who survived a gunshot wound to the head three years ago in her native city of Tucson, marked the shooting's anniversary Wednesday with a New York Times op-ed urging gun control reformers to be persistent.
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) said last week that he's not focusing on re-election as he returns to Capitol Hill from a stint in rehab, but that may be difficult now that he's drawn his first official primary challenger.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday rejected the argument that extending unemployment insurance encourages the long-term unemployed to remain jobless in remarks encouraging Congress to pass an extension of those benefits.
The Senate voted 60-37 Tuesday to invoke cloture on Sen. Jack Reed's (D-RI) and Sen. Dean Heller's (R-NV) bill to extend unemployment insurance benefits for three months. The bill needed 60 votes to advance.
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) is expected to return to the state legislature Wednesday, nearly two months after his son Gus committed suicide in an altercation that left Deeds with multiple stab wounds.