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US Congressmen tone down health debate

The House of Representatives reconvened yesterday for the first time since the attempted assassination of one of its members, and staged a toned-down debate on a bill to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms.

Cheney says he may undergo heart transplant

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says he believes he'll have to make a decision on whether to have a heart transplant given his medical history.

Congresswoman making recovery

The Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords's medical condition was upgraded from critical to serious, eight days after she was shot through the head by a gunman at close range.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords making progress

In yet another sign of significant recovery during a remarkable week, the gravely wounded US Representative Gabrielle Giffords was upgraded from critical to serious condition after a procedure to remove her from a ventilator was successful.

Shooting victim makes death threat

A victim of last week's Arizona shooting rampage was arrested on Saturday and ordered to undergo a mental evaluation after threatening a Tea Party leader during the taping of a television show.

Rupert Cornwell: A pitch-perfect response restores Obama's stature

The aftermath of Tucson showed the President at his best – while his rival appeared combative and petty

Revealed: gunman's weird countdown to Tucson rampage

Investigators piece together bizarre behaviour in hours leading up to attack on congresswoman

Obama's emotional plea for unity on day of grief

In his speech in Tucson, the President reminded a nation of his appeal as an inspirational leader

Mary Dejevsky: Fact: our politicians are not necessarily safer than theirs

That the blame has settled so soon on the malevolence of US politics fosters the conclusion that their politicians are uniquely threatened

Obama makes unity plea as Giffords opens eyes

Barack Obama appealed for unity at a memorial service for those attacked in the Arizona shooting rampage and implored a divided America to honour them by becoming a better country.

Missed opportunities to thwart gunman's plans

As Federal investigators in Tucson try to piece together a detailed picture of Jared Loughner, the suspect in last weekend's mass shopping centre shooting, one question keeps coming back: why were no alarm bells sounded with the authorities before last Saturday about his disturbing behaviour?

Palin: Blaming me for Tucson shootings is 'blood libel'

Right-wing firebrand goes on offensive as Obama leads national mourning for victims

Sarah Palin blames journalists for inciting hatred after shooting

Right-wing US politician Sarah Palin has posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page condemning those who blame fierce political campaigning for the Tucson massacre.

Politics as usual in a city struggling to come to terms with its grief

As Americans mourn a national tragedy, they have also been grappling with hard questions about their ideological divide

Arizona shooting suspect could face death penalty

The 22-year-old loner accused of trying to assassinate a U.S. congresswoman and killing six others, appeared in court and looked on impassively as a judge told him he could face the death penalty for the shooting rampage that shocked the nation.

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Call me Ed Mozart

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Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

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