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First Photos Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Released

The first photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson about five months ago were released on her Facebook page early Sunday.

According to the Huffington Post the photos were taken May 17 outside her Houston hospital since her shooting 5 months ago at a constituent meet and greet outside of a grocery store in Arizona

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Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
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Michigan Motorcyle Helmet Laws To Be Repealed?

There are many arguments for and against helmet laws.  There are safety concerns.  There are liability concerns.  There are those who say that it is a bikers' right to choose.  Michigan's law currently requires all riders to wear a helmet, but that may be about to change.

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Are Charter Schools the future of education?
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Will Charter Schools Replace Public Schools?

Parents who have been on the look out for a superior education for their children may not have to work so hard to get his or her children enrolled in a charter school.

I'm not 100% versed on all of the controversy surrounding funding and accredidation requirements, but I do know that public school districts have been battling the challenge of offering a higher educational standard or else parents will take state funding for their child(ren) elsewhere.  Of course, there is home schooling and parents then opt to pay out of their pocket -- as do parents who choose to send their kids to parochial or boarding schools.

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Donald Trump Won’t Run for President

There's an old saying that goes, "The more commotion, the more promotion".

Chalk one up for Donald Trump.

Trump released a statement today saying he will not run for president in 2012 against Barack Obama, while questioning

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Shirtless Congressman? Does Justin Amash Know About This?

Our West Michigan congressman, Justin Amash has drawn a lot of attention for being the second youngest person in Congress, along with his use of social media to explain his positions on the issues.

Look what Congress' youngest member is up to.

Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois is now poised to get the vote of every woman in America thanks to a new spread in Men's Health, in which our nation's youngest congressman can be seen posing shirtless.

But before you accuse him of trying to advance his celebrity, the 29-year-old hunk is actually doing it for a cause.

Schock has teamed with the magazine, who naturally dubbed him "America's Fittest Congressman," on its Fit for Life Summer Challenge, a campaign designed to help Americans lose weight and get in shape by Labor Day.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wife Maria Shriver Separate

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, journalist Maria Shriver, announced their separation Monday evening in a press statement. The statement makes no mention of divorce, but does confirm that the two are no longer living under the same roof:

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U.S. Army Paratroopers in Northwest Afghanistan get a thanks for their heroism!
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Salute Our Troops With A ‘Thank You!’ [VIDEO]

I'm ashamed to admit that I have responded the same way that the woman, in the video you're about to see, responded when she saw a group of soldiers at the airport.

By the end of this must see clip, I was in tears and convicted to learn how to say 'thank you' in sign language!  I am and always have been proud of our military. 

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Watch Michelle Obama Do the Dougie [VIDEO]

Sure, President Barack Obama took down the most wanted terrorist in the world this week, but it looks like wife Michelle has some pretty slick moves of her own.

While promoting her Let's Move campaign Tuesday, which aims to fight childhood obesity, the First Lady took part in a flash workout to Beyonce's 'Move Your Body,' in which she showed off her ability to do the Dougie and the Running Man (pretty well, I might add).

Check out the fun video after the jump, then relive Beyonce's dance-tastic music video.

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Congressional Leaders Dedicate Statue Of President Gerald Ford
Unveiling of President Gerald Ford bronze statue on Tuesday (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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A Bronze Statue Of President Ford Stands Tall In U.S. Capitol Rotunda

Former President Gerald Ford is back on Capitol Hill today!

The Grand Rapids native will forever stand tall in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington in the form of a bronze statute cast in his likeness.

Yesterday, Ford's only daughter Susan Ford Bales and son Steven led the unveiling ceremony.

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(Photo via http://topics.mlive.com)
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West Michigan Election Results!

The results are in and while some people are celebrating the outcome of yesterday's elections ... others are facing defeat.

In Kent County, voters were asked to approve a transit millage to improve service for The Rapid bus system

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Today is an election day!
The Rapid is on the ballot (Photo via flickr.com/photos/joshmcconnell)
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Get Out And Vote Today!

Local, local, local!  That is the theme of the issues on the ballot today and here is what you will be voting for or against:

In Kent County there is a transit millage that would increase your taxes to help revamp The Rapid bus system.

There are also two seats up for grabs on the Grand Rapids Board of Education.  Eight candidates are vying for the four-year term.

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Osama bin Laden Dead: Recapping 24 Unforgettable Hours in History

A late-night announcement made from the White House's East Room on Sunday set the world aflutter, and news of the death of Osama bin Laden quickly spread across the globe.

President Barack Obama announced Sunday night that bin Laden had been killed and his body taken into U.S. custody in Pakistan.

Word of the death of Al Qaeda's leader quickly spread, and politicians, celebrities and athletes began releasing statements while crowds gathered across the country in celebration of bin Laden's death.

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