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Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Proposal would cut military pay, benefits

The Monday Political Face-Off featured commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Then, our monthly conversation on military and foreign affairs with General John A. Wickham, Jr., former United States Army chief of staff.... Read more»

Analysis

Race and beyond: Is white supremacy making a comeback?

In almost every discussion of race in this country—whether private conversations among friends and family or public debates between political antagonists—those engaged tend to talk past one another. Passions often displace reason; facts disappear like smoke in the wind, blown aside in the rhetoric of extreme beliefs.... Read more»

Generic or name-brand? 10 docs talk about picking drugs

We talked to dozens of experts on how Medicare is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to look into doctors who disproportionately prescribe name-brand drugs. They struggled to explain why some doctors wouldn’t routinely pick cheaper generics.... Read more»

Medicare’s failure to track doctors wastes billions on name-brand drugs

Medicare is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to rein in doctors who routinely give patients pricey name-brand drugs when cheaper generic alternatives are available.... Read more»

Consumer Reports on healthcare.gov

GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy falsely claimed Consumer Reports warned “Americans not to go to the [HealthCare.gov] website because of the fear of having fraud.” The consumer advocate initially advised people to wait until the website’s many technical problems were worked out, but it told us that its advice “was not in reference to any concerns regarding fraud.”... Read more»

6 things to know about Scotland’s independence plan

Scottish leader Alex Salmond on Tuesday unveiled what he called a “mission statement” for the country’s future: a 649-page paper detailing many of the terms for an independent Scotland.... Read more»

Analysis

How sequestration gets worse in 2014

Sequestration—the automatic across-the-board cuts that started earlier this year—are a disaster for the American people. Unless lawmakers act, it’s going to be even worse in 2014.... Read more»

From the editor

Saying goodbye to a faithful and loyal beast

This morning we said goodbye to Biscuit "Boo" Hound, 2000-2013. A faithful and loyal beast, Biscuit was a reliable guardian and a sweet and caring doggie. She served as a snuggling caretaker when you were ill, and - ever a blues hound - heartily sang along with perfect pitch and a resonant voice whenever she heard a harmonica wail.... Read more»

Anti-discrimination rule earns Phoenix top score in LGBT equality index

After adding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and disabled residents to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance in February, Phoenix earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.... Read more»1

Federal grant has ADOT studying climate change impact on state transportation

If generally accepted predictions of global warming come to pass, Arizona’s transportation system will have to adapt due to stronger dust storms, snowfall, flooding, forest fires and other factors, experts say.... Read more»

From state Senate to State Department: Jackson is new liaison to tribes

Former Arizona state Sen. Jack Jackson Jr. knew his job with the State Department would be a balancing act between representing the federal government and serving tribal communities. But five months into the job, he is finding that he also faces another balancing act, the same one that challenges tribes across the country – how to weigh economic growth against and cultural and environmental concerns.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Walk a shelter dog on Thanksgiving

An interview with state Sen. Al Melvin, Republican gubernatorial candidate. Also, Barbara Brown, V.P. of Program Services & Community Initiatives for the Community Foundation for Southern arizona. Plus, Jose Ocano, volunteer coordinator for Pima Animal Care Center.... Read more»

Christie: GOP needs to ‘show up’ and engage groups that disagree

Believing that Republicans can win support from Hispanics just by supporting immigration reform “is insulting to Hispanic voters all over the country,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Friday.... Read more»

Officials, advocates hope state ban on e-cigarettes curbs rising use among kids

With electronic cigarettes increasingly popular among children nationally, officials and advocates hope a new Arizona law banning sales to those under 18 will pay dividends here. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said e-cigarette use among high school students rose from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 2.8 percent in 2012.... Read more»

This hunger is no game: Phoenix man fasting to force immigration reform

Visitors to a tent on the National Mall occasionally have to lean in close so they can understand what Phoenix resident Cristian Avila is saying. Avila is one of five protesters who stopped eating Nov. 12 and in an effort to force congressional action on stalled immigration reform legislation. They have vowed to continue their fast until the House acts.... Read more»1

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