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Posted at 5:06 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Afternoon Fix: Gabrielle Giffords doctor: "We're not out of the woods yet"; Tom DeLay sentenced to three years in prison

By Chris Cillizza

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) doctor says "we're not out of the woods yet"; a judge has sentenced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) to three years in prison for money laundering; and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says he's not interested in being the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee.

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* Doctors for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) said that there has been no change in the lawmaker's condition, but "at this point no change is good." Michael Lemole, the chief of neurosurgery at the University Medical Center at Tucson, told reporters Monday afternoon that "we're not out of the woods yet."

* A judge has sentenced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) to three years in prison. DeLay had faced up to life in prison for his involvement in a money-laundering scheme.

* Ashley Turton, the wife of White House Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. House Dan Turton and a former chief of staff to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), was found dead this morning in a burned car in the garage of the couple's Capitol Hill home. The cause of her death is uncertain.

* Conservative commentator Glenn Beck wrote a letter to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) in which he claimed that an attack on Palin's life "could bring the republic down."

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) blamed House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for his being passed over for the chairmanship of a House immigration subcommittee. "It makes it very clear that it's not a meritocracy," King said.


* Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said today that he plans to make an announcement about his political future by the end of the month.

* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that he's not open to the possibility of being the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee, saying that such speculation is "flattering sometimes, but that's about it."

* Florida Republican Party Communication Director Dan Conston is leaving his current post to become communications director for Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Conston worked for Roskam in 2009 and 2010.

* Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) will address the Missouri Republican Party's annual meeting next month. Another potential 2012 presidential contender may also address the gathering, according to GOP sources.


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By Chris Cillizza  | January 10, 2011; 5:06 PM ET
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