DNC head optimistic Giffords will attend launch; More Loughner documents may be released; Gun safety plea from shooting victim fiancee

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The new head of the Democratic National Committee is optimistic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will attend the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavor.

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz says she is excited Giffords might see her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly into space.

"I spoke to Mark on Friday and she's continuing to make remarkable progress. She ... her mobility is improving, she's able to be even more responsive and I'm going to actually go see her while Mark's up in space, he's very excited.  We all are, that she's going to be able to attend the launch, and be there to send him off like she usually does, it's really incredible," said Wasserman Schultz.

Giffords' doctors have not yet approved a plan her staffers released last week on attending the launch.


The judge in the case of the man accused in the January 8 shootings is reviewing a request that could lead to more information released.

The Washington Post previously asked Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik to release all records related to the shooting, but prosecutors objected.

They've changed the request to ask for the release of all records that wouldn't hurt Jared Loughner's chances at a fair trial. The judge will rule May 25, which is Loughners next scheduled hearing.


An emotional message about gun safety Tuesday from the fiancee of a congressional staffer killed in the Tucson shooting.

Kelly O'Brien was engaged to gabe zimmerman, who was Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' community outreach director.

O'Brien is supporting a bill to ban large-capacity ammunition magazines.

"It is entirely reasonable to limit gun magazines to 10 bullets as Representative McCarthy and Senator Lautenberg are proposing.  Ten bullets are more than enough for self-defense, which is why many people own a handgun," said O'Brien.

O'Brien says all large capacity magazines do is allow someone to pull off a mass shooting like the one January 8 and that no community should suffer such a terrible loss the way Tucson did.