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Obama: 'Shameful' as Senate blocks background check bill

President Barack Obama blasted the Senate for blocking a tightened background checks on firearms purchases, and said the gun lobby “willfully lied” about the bill. Before saying “this was a pretty shameful day for Washington,” Obama was preceded by the father of a victim of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. (with video)... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: City of Tucson workers hope for raise

A legislative update from Tucson-area state Rep. Adam Kwasman, plus world-renowned comet discoverer Dr. David Levy, and an interview with Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero.... Read more»

Full text: Immigration reform bill

The full text of the immigration reform bill released by the Gang of 8: “Our immigration system is broken and it is time for a national conversation about how to fix it. We believe common-sense immigration reform is vital in order to secure America’s borders, advance our economic growth, and provide fuller access to the American dream.”... Read more»

Flake, Giffords part ways on background check bill

Minutes after he shared a stage with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he still plans to oppose a bill supported by Giffords that calls for expanded background checks for gun buyers. The pair appeared together as Vice President Biden helped dedicate a room in the Capitol Visitor Center for slain aide Gabe Zimmerman.... Read more»6

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: AG candidate Rotellini wants rematch with Horne

An interview with state Attorney General candidate Felecia Rotellini, plus the Tuesday Money Maker Report with Shelly Fishman. Also, nutrition reporter Jack Challem with his monthly report, and Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan with the bi-monthly Buckmaster Arts Report.... Read more»

Boston bombings

Obama: 'The American people refuse to be terrorized'

This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. But we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. (with video)... Read more»

Game & Fish fee bill on governor's desk

Legislation that would allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department to price and package hunting and fishing licenses without approval from the Legislature was heading to Gov. Jan Brewer after winning state House approval Monday.... Read more»

Analysis

Prison reform: Time to retire elderly inmates via early release?

Prison reform has never seemed very high on Arizona’s “to do” list, even though we’re spending $1 billlon annually for a “corrections” system that sees half of its released inmates return within six years. But saving money is always popular. So what if there were a way to reduce the state prison population at minimal threat to public safety?... Read more»

Cornyn’s ‘ralse’ rhetoric

Sen. John Cornyn alleged President Obama has told the families of Newtown shooting victims that the Republican party “doesn’t really care about their loss.” But Obama never actually said that.... Read more»

Biden revises NRA history on background checks

Vice President Joe Biden exaggerates when he waxes nostalgic about the “good old days” — a time when “everybody, including the NRA, thought background checks made sense.” Biden’s office says he was referring to the NRA’s support for background checks in the early 1990s and its stated support for expanding background checks to include gun shows in 1999. But vice president’s sentimental journey rides roughshod over the facts.... Read more»

FDA let drugs approved on fraudulent research stay on the market

After discovering that a drug research firm had tampered with records and manipulated test data, the FDA was expected to move swiftly to compel new testing and to publicly warn patients and doctors. Instead, the agency decided to handle the matter quietly, evaluating the medicines with virtually no public disclosure of what it had discovered. It pulled none of the drugs from the market, even temporarily, letting consumers take the ibuprofen and other medicines it no longer knew for sure were safe and effective.... Read more»

Border roundup

U.S. seeks answers on border security; reporting in Mexico

Border Patrol agents look for ways to stay on the job despite budget cuts that threaten security, nine states show how shifting demographics may shift immigration policy and cartel crime affects reporting coming out of Mexico.... Read more»

Attorneys, advocates to immigrants: Beware of notario fraud

Spanish-speaking immigrants working their way through the federal immigration system often seek legal services from notarios, people who pose as attorneys while charging much less than lawyers.... Read more»

Commentary

Lead exposure in older homes means children 'pay with their lives'

Lead poisoning has been recognized as a major health problem since at least the 1930s, but it continues to threaten many Americans, particularly children. The CDC issued new guidelines last week, estimating that roughly 535,000 youngsters may have unsafe levels of the toxic metal in their blood.... Read more»

For most homeowners, gov’t foreclosure deal brings a few hundred bucks

The government’s largest effort to compensate victims of the banks’ foreclosure practices is finally sputtering to an end. But for most of those eligible – nearly three million borrowers – it won’t be much of an ending: they’ll be receiving a check for $300 to $500.... Read more»

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