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Could the Vatican face racketeering charges for harboring abusive clergy?

The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

GOP Council candidates need to up fundraising ahead of looming deadline

The GOP aspirants have $16,715 cash on hand. Which ones? All of them. Together. Lawton, challenging Cunningham in Ward 2, has $7,962 in the bank. Burkholder, vying for Scott's Ward 4 seat, has $4,559. Hunt, pursuing Romero's seat in Ward 1, is sitting on $4,194. At this rate, they'll be fierce contenders by 2019.... Read more»2

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Details show bus strike disaster was much ado about nothing

Game ball to Mike Ortega. Finally given rein to push a deal, he figured out how to settle the Sun Tran strike so both sides walked away feeling like they won something. And he did it without much long-term cost to the city. ... Read more»2

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Secret deal to end bus strike only raises more questions

Only in Tucson does the longest, most disruptive strike in modern municipal history end in a secret deal, punctuated by a big question mark. Good news: The Sun Tran strike is over and 60,000 people are able to get around town. Bad news: Taxpayers and bus riders have no idea what the deal will cost them — and neither does the city.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

History lessons: The first deportation

Led by Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidates are embracing the policy of deporting some 11 million Hispanics in the country illegally. If implemented, it would be a humanitarian calamity and a stain on the nation. But it wouldn't be the first time "American exceptionalism" took such a cruel turn.... Read more»

FactCheck: Spinning 'tax breaks' for outsourcing

Who says Congress can’t get anything done? As a new TV spot in New Hampshire once again demonstrates, it excels at grinding out symbolic votes that become fodder for political attack ads.... Read more»

Analysis: A new, dimmer era for Rick Perry

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be the first to tell you that he had no business running for president four years ago. He wasn’t in good health, wasn’t prepared, wasn’t up to the job. It was supposed to be different this time. But voters have concluded that Rick Perry, God love him, is not presidential material.... Read more»

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Subsidy express: Who gets a lift, and who does Sun Tran take for a ride?

So how badly bloated is Sun Tran's budget with hard-earned tax dollars to give people (aka unfortunately necessary collateral damage) a lift? I'm about to give you, dear readers, news involving Sun Tran: Hard figures that tell a story that may shock and amaze you involving which riders are really subsidized by taxpayers.... Read more»7

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'Scab' labor threatens to prolong Sun Tran strike, scramble Tucson election

From the start, the city has thrown in with management by not throwing a few more bucks into the kitty. Standing with Sun Tran's strategy means standing with their tactics. Now, that means "scab" labor, which has union leaders calling this a "pivotal point."... Read more»3

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Council's helplessness in bus strike is wrong message for November

Three people who should have been paying an inordinate amount of attention to the labor talks are Scott, Romero and Cunningham. Back in February, when these races truly begin with meetings over Diet Coke and snack food, someone should have asked with a mouth full of Funyuns: "What is it out there that can completely screw us in November?" ... Read more»3

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It's in the contract: Mayor & Council have cards to play in Sun Tran strike

Sun Tran refusing to negotiate has to stop. Sure, be tough. But we have an issue with management twiddling their thumbs in an air-conditioned office, while people are stranded without a bus service they need because in this low-wage town, not everyone can afford cars. There are ways to make them talk that no one is talking about.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Pedicone: What's wrong with education today?

When teaching becomes devalued to the point where in many states — including Arizona — a teacher with a family qualifies for state and federal subsidies, is it surprising that there is an increase in the number of veteran educators choosing to leave the profession? ... Read more»

Commentary: James Foley's legacy

Reporting on Syria is nearly impossible at this point

News from inside Syria matters all over the world. The story of the war — now spilling over borders into Iraq, Turkey, and elsewhere — needs to be told, and accurately. The problem is this: It has become nearly impossible to report from inside Syria. It's too dangerous. The Syrian conflict has claimed the lives of more than 80 journalists in the last four years.... Read more»

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Stop calling it Sun Tran: Bus strike a piece of a bigger puzzle

It's easy to get myopic about bus drivers asking for better wages than paid to many in Tucson, but who is behind the strike and just who Sun Tran is are all part of a bigger picture. Here's a look at the players behind the bottleneck, and how Tucson's buses ultimately are run by the French government.... Read more»

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Dear legislators: Open letter from a pissed-off taxpayer

Yes, yes, the Tea Party Legislature has screwed their own in an effort to stick it to the spendthrift. Here's what a conservative might say, if they found out what was going on with their taxes... ... Read more»

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