While it seems that the debt limit compromise may have passed the House, something far more important has happened.
The House broke out into spontaneous applause when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) walked on to the House floor to vote on this bill. Giffords was shot in the head at near point blank range at a campaign event in Arizona by Jared Lee Loughner. The shooting killed 6, and wounded 19, including a young girl and a Federal Judge, John Roll.
The shooting took place on January 8th. On August 1st – almost eight months later – Rep. Giffords walked back into her place of employment. It is a testament to her, and to the great medical advances of America. Regardless of your place on the political aisle, this is something to marvel at, and to celebrate.