Gabrielle Giffords made a surprise visit to the House yesterday to vote on the debt ceiling. The Daily Beast explains what it symbolized.

For our New York readers, try checking out Personal Kyoto, where you can monitor your energy level and try to get it below Kyoto levels. You have to give them your electric bill account number, which seems a little fishy to us. But any risk is acceptable if it means lowering your personal carbon emissions..