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In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., center, draws a warm welcome on the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday. Attending to vote on the debt compromise, it was her first time was on the floor since she was shot earlier this year.

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House approves debt deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crisis legislation to yank the nation past the threat of a historic financial default sped through the House Monday night, breaking weeks of deadlock. The rare moment of cooperation turned celebratory when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords strode in for the first time since she was shot in the head nearly seven months ago.

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