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Factcheck: Meme falsely compares benefits for refugees, senior citizens

A popular meme falsely claims that each month refugees in the United States receive over three times more money in “federal assistance” than Social Security beneficiaries. That’s a new version of an old claim we debunked more than a decade ago.... Read more»

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Arizona government

Legal ad print requirement facing questions

In a digital age, should Arizona taxpayers have to continue covering the cost of publishing public notices in newspapers?... Read more»

Analysis

Taiwan says hello to arms

Taiwan's reaction to America's formal offer of $6.4 billion in weaponry could be summed up as follows: "Thanks — but next time, give us the good stuff. And can we talk about the price?"... Read more»

City of Tucson

Text of Mayor Walkup's 'State of the City' speech

Text of Mayor Walkup's 'State of the City' address, as prepared for delivery. "For generations, men and women from all over the world have chosen Tucson to be their home. They choose Tucson for jobs, health, military service, climate, culture, safety, education and inspiration."... Read more»

Terror

Will Europe block a US anti-terrorism program?

The fate of the United States government’s Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) may hinge on how Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert’s week turns out. And it’s not looking particularly rosy for the TFTP at the moment. ... Read more»

Super Bowl ads

CBS rejects ad for gay dating site Mancrunch

CBS has rejected a Super Bowl ad from gay dating site ManCrunch.com.... Read more»4

Cars

Fordzilla vs. Japan: U.S. automaker stomping all over Toyota

Take that, Japan. I'm referring to this week's two most fascinating pieces of global economic news: Ford's profits rebirth and the recall disaster at Toyota (and, to a much lesser extent, Honda, which also announced a recall this week). ... Read more»

Comic:

Blackhawk down... to Chinatown

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan raise Chinese ire... Read more»

Humor

How to report the news

Video: Brit Charlie Brooker explains how TV news works.... Read more»

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Will 'Citizens United' ruling let Hugo Chavez & King Abdullah buy U.S. elections?

While political observers have dissected much of last week's 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one potentially huge (and probably unintended) consequence has gotten little notice: the impact the decision could have on foreign government spending on federal campaigns.... Read more»

Fact-checking the State of the Union

President Obama peppered his State of the Union with facts, which were mostly right but sometimes cherry-picked, strained or otherwise misleading. The Republican response had its problems, too... Read more»

State of the Union

Why Obama sidelined foreign policy

President Barack Obama had nothing fresh, and not much else, to say about American foreign policy Wednesday night. It was a reflection of the economic and political challenges Obama faces as he enters this midterm election year... Read more»

Arizona government

Tucson legislators boycott 'liberal' Star editorial board

Tucson-area state legislators Sen. Melvin and Reps. Antenori, Gowan and Stevens don't seem to be fans of the Star. They sent the paper a letter saying "The bias of the Arizona Daily Star editorial board makes a fair and balanced discussion impossible. As a result, we will no longer participate with the Star's editorial board."... Read more»6

Apple iPad

Public doesn't cotton to iPad name

The announcement of the iPad lead to a heavy flow of humor online. Great minds must think alike.... Read more»1

Public access

Access Tucson to close doors for 4 weeks

Access Tucson will shut its doors for four weeks - Feb. 10 to March 9 - following a 60 percent cut in city funding.... Read more»1

Apple unveils iPad

If the techie in your life is tipping the barrista a little less than usual lately, you can blame it on Apple's announcement Wednesday of the iPad.... Read more»5

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