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Updated 4:15 p.m.

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head today outside a Safeway in Tuscon, Ariz. The story seems destined to blow up into a partisan firestorm, as the Democrat is already being linked to tea party political hit-lists (literally), before we can even get clear word about whether or not she is alive. So, at this hour, it's worth taking a second to read something she wrote back in 2005, after another national tragedy occurred. Giffords went to Houston to help people displaced by K. In a blog for her campaign website, she recounted the unthinkable size and weight of the devastation on the people moving throughdisaster relief lines. To close, she wrote, "But we can and should learn from their experiences when sifting through the evidence of what went wrong." Sounds simple enough, right?

 

3:45 p.m. CBS News reports that in addition to the Congresswoman, a federal judge and 7-year-old child were shot. Giffords is alive despite conflicting early reports, and was undergoing head surgery this afternoon. A surgeon was optimistic about her recovery. A suspect, 22 year-old Jared Loughner is in custody. Since it's the Internet, websites are already linking to his supposed youtube channel.

 

4:15 p.m. The New York Times reports President Barack Obama ordered the FBI director to Arizona to run the investigation. He called Giffords a friend.

"It's not surprising that today, Gabby was doing what she always does, listening to the hopes and concerns of her neighbors," he said.




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