January 8th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

Bob Dole in the hospital

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole was in and out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center earlier this week because of an elevated temperature, but the former lawmaker disclosed Saturday that he has now been admitted to the hospital yet again after the fever returned.

In a written statement obtained by CNN, the 87-year-old Dole revealed that he was admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Tuesday because of the initial fever.

“I was examined, treated and discharged Friday when everything looked clear,” Dole said in the statement released by Alston & Bird, the law firm where he serves as special counsel. “After a recurrence of a fever I decided to stop by the George Washington University Hospital nearby then return to Walter Reed Friday evening for further examination.”
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President Obama is briefed on the shooting in Arizona
January 8th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

President Obama is briefed on the shooting in Arizona

This is a picture of President Obama in the Situation Room as he takes part in a conference call with his aides regarding the shooting today in Tucson, Arizona.

A Senior White House official tells CNN the president was notified of the shooting at 1:20pm eastern by his Homeland Security advisor John Brennan, and his Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina. The same official tells CNN the president called Rep. Gifford's husband, and left a message. He also made calls to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Speaker Boehner, Representaive Eric Cantor, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Represenative Steny Hoyer, Representative James Clyburn, and Representative Ed Pastor to express his deep concern and to update all of them on the latest information.

The president asked FBI Director Robert Mueller to travel to Arizona to oversee the coordination of the investigation.


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January 8th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

President Obama's statement on shooting in Arizona

Written statement by the President as released by the White House

This morning, in an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot in Tucson, Arizona, at a constituent meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded.

We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.


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