Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a news writer for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett and interned at The L Magazine. At New York University she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, The Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) fired a handgun at a Las Vegas, Nev. shooting range Monday as part of her "Rights and Responsibilities Tour."

In a video posted by ABC News, Giffords, who was shot in the head at an event in 2011, fired a single shot with her left hand. Her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, stepped in to steady her arm and take the gun from her when she pointed the firearm upwards after firing. Onlookers applauded Giffords after the shot.

Giffords and Kelly are on a week-long, seven-state tour to promote gun control laws.

Watch video of Giffords on the shooting range below, courtesy of ABC News: 


[h/t Atlantic Wire]

First Lady Michelle Obama attended the African First Ladies Summit on Tuesday and spoke alongside former First Lady Laura Bush to promote health, economic empowerment, and education for women.

According to a pool report, both first ladies discussed the importance of being role models for young girls who may feel pressured to give more importance to their looks than to their values -- leading Obama to talk about her famous bangs.

"But being able to pursue our passions and do things that not only help our country and connect us with the rest of the world, it's a great privilege," Obama said, as quoted by the pool report. "So while people are sort of sorting through our shoes and our hair -- and whether we cut it or not ... we take our bangs and we stand in front of important things that the world needs to see. And eventually, people stop looking at the bangs and they start looking at what we're standing in front of."

A spokesman for Canada's foreign affairs minister confirmed to the Associated Press Tuesday that the country will shutter its Cairo embassy over concerns about reports of violence in Egypt.

Rick Roth told the AP that divisions within Egypt threaten its stability and endanger its future economy. The spokesman told the news agency that Canada is calling on all parties involved to participate in the political process.

The embassy closure was first announced via Twitter: 

Opposition protesters calling for the resignation of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi converge on Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday. Watch the demonstration live below, courtesy of NBC News: 

Egyptian opposition protesters are threatening to escalate protests and march on the presidential palace Tuesday if President Mohammed Morsi does not step down, CNN reported.

The Tamarod opposition campaign called for "nationwide protests, civil disobedience and a march on the presidential palace" if Morsi doesn't leave office by Tuesday evening, according to CNN.

President Morsi also rejected the Egyptian military's 48-hour ultimatum declaring that it will intervene in the conflict if both sides do not reach an agreement by Wednesday.

Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bill Daley released a video endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg late Monday.

In the video, Bloomberg touts the Democratic candidate as "uniquely qualified" to lead Illinois. He praised Daley's record of fighting for "common sense gun safety laws," including supporting background checks for all gun purchases and a ban on high capacity ammunition magazines.

"Whether in the private sector or in top government jobs, Bill Daley has always been able to bring people together on tough issues and forge real solutions to our problems," Bloomberg said.

Watch the video endorsement below: 

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi rejected a military ultimatum Tuesday, claiming that he was not consulted by the armed forces and would follow his own path to reconciliation with the nation, Reuters reported.

"The president of the republic was not consulted about the statement issued by the armed forces," said a statement from the president's office, as quoted by Reuters. "The presidency sees that some of the statements in it carry meanings that could cause confusion in the complex national environment."

"The presidency confirms that it is going forward on its previously plotted path to promote comprehensive national reconciliation ... regardless of any statements that deepen divisions between citizens."

President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Monday to discuss the recent developments in Egypt, according to the White House.

Obama told Morsi that the U.S. is committed to maintaining democracy in Egypt and does not support any one party or group. He urged Morsi to show that he is receptive to the public's concerns and to solve the conflict through a political process, stressing that "only Egyptians can make the decisions that will determine their future," per the White House readout of the call.

The President also stated his commitment to maintaining the safety of U.S. citizens and diplomats in Egypt during that process.