UPDATE: as of 3:00, Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is definitely alive, and her doctor is optimistic. Useful links; MSNBC feed here, Salon liveblog here. Also, as of 4:00 I’m stepping away to hug the cat. Talk to you all later.


There are reports she’s still alive. Let’s hope so. Unfortunately, others are definitely not. Welcome to the world of breaking news on the Internet. In the meantime, here’s the New York Post’s interview with Gifford’s father after the shooting.

I’m going to sit back and watch and read rather than typing for awhile. A good news aggregator on this story is the Huffington Post — you can go there for breaking details. And I guess there’s that old-time television thing…