Rep. Giffords to resign from Congress this week

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona said on her Facebook page that she intends to resign from Congress this week to concentrate on recovering from wounds suffered in an assassination attempt a little more than a year ago.

According to officials in Washington, her resignation is expected to take effect Monday.

The Democratic congresswoman was shot in the head last January as she was meeting with constituents outside a supermarket in Tucson, Ariz. While her recovery has seemed remarkable, she said on Facebook that she has more work to do to recover, and it is best for her state if she resigns her seat in the House.

Her shooting prompted an agonizing national debate about supercharged rhetoric in political campaigns.

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