While much attention has been focused on other news in recent days, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) continues to recover from the severe injuries she received in the Jan. 8 shooting rampage at an event she was holding in Tucson.
Among the latest news on her condition:
— Astronaut Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, reported on the congresswoman's Facebook page yesterday that "the doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury but they aren't kidding when they say this is a marathon process. There are encouraging signs everyday though. Gabby's appetite is back and — even though it's hospital food — she's enjoying three meals a day."
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' hospital room in Houston includes gifts from friends and Navy colleagues of her husband, astronaut/Capt. Mark Kelly.
There are also new photos on Giffords' Facebook page of her hospital room.
— Politico writes this morning that "on Monday, when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' breakfast was delivered to her Houston hospital room, she asked for something else: toast. It might not seem like much, but one month after a failed assassin fired a bullet into her brain, such seemingly small milestones in her long recovery have helped sustain Giffords inner circle — family, friends and aides — as they cope with last month's Tucson massacre by sharing in her progress and continuing to serve her constituents. ... Speaking is the latest sign of progress."
Six people were killed and another 13, including Giffords, were shot in the attack. Jared Loughner, a 22-year-old Tucson man, has been charged.
Update at 1:35 p.m. ET. The Associated Press now adds this:
"A spokesman for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says the congresswoman is speaking 'more and more.' ... Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin says Giffords spoke for the first time within the past few days. He does not know what her very first words were, but says at breakfast one morning she asked for toast."