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In this image from House Television, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., right, gets a hug as she appears on the floor Monday of the House of Representatives. AP Photo/House Television

House approves debt legislation, but it's Giffords who steals show

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WASHINGTON -- Crisis legislation to yank the nation past the threat of a historic financial default sped Monday through the House, 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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