Bob Dole released from the hospital
January 13th, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Bob Dole released from the hospital

WASHINGTON (CNN) –Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is finally back on the mend after three stays in various hospitals after suffering from an infection that led to a fever.

"I want my friends to know I've left Walter Reed Army Medical Center," Dole said in a prepared statement on Thursday. "I appreciate the great care I've received from the outstanding men and women at Walter Reed. I feel a whole lot better after being treated for a minor infection."

Dole was admitted to Walter Reed for an elevated temperature early last week He was then was released later in the week, only to head back to George Washington University hospital for a check-up on Friday, and then was admitted to Walter Reed later that night.

The 87-year-old Dole is vowing to get right back to work at Alston & Bird, an Atlanta-based law firm that has a large lobbying office in Washington.
"I'm excited to get back to work tomorrow and to be joining my new colleague at Alston & Bird, Earl Pomeroy, he said. "It's going to be a different Congress and different players on each side of the aisle."


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January 13th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Chill in the White House briefing room

WASHINGTON (CNN) –It was what diplomats might call a "frank exchange of views," as White House spokesman Robert Gibbs got into a Cold War-style tiff with a Russian reporter Thursday about whether American freedoms go too far and may have led to the tragic shooting in Tucson.

In one of the most surreal moments I have ever seen in nearly seven years covering the beat, Andrei Sitov of the Itar-Tass News Agency pressed Gibbs at his daily briefing about whether "the quote, unquote 'freedom' of a deranged mind to react in a violent way is also American" like the freedom of speech and the right to assembly.

Gibbs, clearly ticked off by what appeared to some reporters in the briefing room to be a lecture by the Russian reporter just days after the horrific massacre in Tucson, bluntly declared that the tragedy was caused by the "deranged actions of a madman."
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Obama: 'The hopes of a nation are here tonight'
January 13th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

Obama: 'The hopes of a nation are here tonight'

By CNN Wires Staff
TUCSON, Arizona (CNN) –In between consoling those touched by Saturday's Arizona shooting and warning the nation against politicizing the tragedy, President Barack Obama delivered some good news in his address at a Tuscon memorial event on Wednesday.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona has opened her eyes for the first time since being shot four days ago.

"There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts," Obama said. "But know this: The hopes of a nation are here tonight."

The attack killed six and left Giffords fighting for her life.

Obama told a crowd of thousands that he visited Giffords earlier on Wednesday and that her husband told him that shortly after the president left her room, "Gabby opened her eyes for the first time."

"Gabby opened her eyes so I can tell you know she knows we are here, she knows that we love her and she knows that we are rooting for her through what will undoubtedly be a difficult journey," Obama said.
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POTUS Schedule for Thursday January 13, 2010
January 13th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

POTUS Schedule for Thursday January 13, 2010

Washington (CNN) – President Obama and his wife returned to the White House early this morning after attending the memorial in Tuscon for the shooting victims.

The President will meet privately with senior advisors in closed press meetings so we do not expect to see him today.

Gibbs will brief at 10:15am.  At least at this point he is scheduled to brief at 10:15am. We'll see if it actually happens at that time.   I mean he too got back early this morning from Tucson.