President Obama speaks about AZ shooting
January 10th, 2011
02:54 PM ET

President Obama speaks about AZ shooting

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama spoke about the shootings in Tucson, Arizona again on Monday saying he was reflecting about what happened not only as the commander-in-chief but also as a father.

 “Right now, the main thing we're doing is to offer our thoughts and prayers to those who have been impacted, making sure that we're joining together and pulling together as a country,” said Obama, “and, as President of the United States, but also as a father, obviously, I'm spending a lot of time just thinking about the families and reaching out to them.”

President Obama made the comments during a press availability with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in the Oval Office.  The president also praised the Arizona citizens who helped wrestle the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, to the ground. 

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Obamas lead nation in moment of silence
January 10th, 2011
02:43 PM ET

Obamas lead nation in moment of silence

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stepped on to the White House South Lawn at 11:00am Monday, and led the nation in a moment silence to honor the victims of the shootings in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday.

On the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue, members of Congress and their staff stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at that hour to observe the moment. The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing the arguments scheduled for Monday ten minutes ahead of schedule so that the moment could be observed there as well.
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January 10th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Ex-Hill aide dies in burning car

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Lobbyist and former Congressional aide Ashley Turton, wife of a top White House staffer, was killed Monday in an early morning fire in her garage, according to sources familiar with the still-unfolding investigation.

D.C. Fire Department spokesman Peter Piringer would not confirm the identity of the victim but said the first emergency calls came in around 5 a.m. He said "the main theory now is that this was a crash event and then a fire" in the garage adjacent to Turton's home on Capitol Hill.

Other sources familiar with the investigation identified the victim as Ashley Turton, wife of Dan Turton, a staffer on President Obama's Congressional liaison staff. The couple has three very young children who were at home sleeping during the fire but were all brought to safety.
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Biden makes surprise visit to Afghanistan
January 10th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Biden makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday.

"The primary purpose of the trip is to assess progress toward the transition to Afghan-led security beginning this year, and to demonstrate the United States' commitment to a long-term partnership with Afghanistan," the White House said in a statement announcing Biden's arrival in Afghanistan.

According to a report from reporters traveling with Biden, who were briefed by a senior administration official on the flight over, the Vice President plans to meet with General David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry on Monday evening to get an "update from them on the situation on the ground." Biden was scheduled to visit an Afghan training facility to get a first hand look at efforts to train Afghan Army and police officers to eventually assume control of the nation's security.

Biden will also meet with President Hamid Karzai where the two plan to have lunch at some point, and also hold meetings with officials from both governments. He also planned on traveling to Bagram Air Base to get a series of briefings from military leaders on the current state of military operations, including the counter-terrorism program, as well as a visit to a counter-insurgency site to see the efforts being made on that front.

There were plans for Biden to greet the staff of the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan during his visit to thank them for their work in difficult conditions.

This is Biden's first visit to Afghanistan as Vice President. He last visited the country in January 2009 as Vice President-elect.

POTUS's schedule for Monday, January 10, 2011
January 10th, 2011
09:11 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Monday, January 10, 2011

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)- President Obama will begin the day with a moment of silence for the victims of Saturday's shootings in Arizona. He and the first lady will participate in a small ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

Later today, French President Sarkozy will be visiting the White House. They'll have a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office where they are expected to talk about issues including the situation in Sudan and the global economy. They'll make statements to the press in the Oval Office and perhaps take a couple of questions. Maybe we'll hear more from the President in the aftermath of the Tuscon shootings. Afterwards, they'll have a private lunch together in the Old Family Dining Room. FULL POST