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Giffords’ Recovery Improves, Upgraded to Serious

Doctors treating Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have upgraded her condition to serious from critical. Giffords is reportedly now able to smile and even gave her husband a back-rub as he sat by her hospital bed. The Washington Post meanwhile is reporting Giffords could lose her seat under a longtime Arizona regulation that mandates a special election if an elected official does not perform their duties for three months. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s office has suggested she will amend the statute to ensure Giffords retains her seat.

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