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McCain: Disengaging in Middle East spurs al-Qaeda

“Unless America is actively engaged in trying to support those in the broader Middle East who wish to replace despair and extremism with hope and freedom, I fear the tide of war will eventually hit us again.”... Read more»2

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OpEd: Brewer makes case that her team can't govern

Gov. Jan Brewer painted a rosy and self-congratulatory picture of Arizona’s economic recovery in Monday’s State of the State address. But facts and research show that progress in Arizona is being impeded by Tea Party conservatives in the Legislature and Brewer’s inability to lead. Here are the Top 10 state government fails of 2013:... Read more»1

Brewer announces CPS dissolution in State of State

Delivering her annual account of the State of the State, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Monday that she has abolished Arizona’s troubled Child Protective Services and will launch a new cabinet-level agency. Here’s the full text of her speech:... Read more»2

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Jim Tucker: Choices in life after being shot Jan. 8

A victim of the Jan. 8 attack reflects on his choices: “Faith and forgiveness are the result of choices—not the result of feelings or circumstances. God doesn’t waste a hurt. He doesn’t comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.”... Read more»

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In gun control debate, sacred human values often forgotten

As we begin 2014, we still haven’t engaged in a conversation about gun control that brings both sides together. Polls indicate a country more or less divided over how to prevent another school shooting. And while legislation has been proposed to reign in the gun lobby, sales of guns have soared. This debate is not a new one in the United States, and while it intensifies with each tragic mass shooting, the conversation rarely advances.... Read more»1

Giffords: Rehab's lesson of patience key to gun control

In an opinion piece published in the New York Times, Gabrielle Giffords said she’s patiently working for gun control, drawing parallels with her rehabilitation after the Jan. 8, 2011 assassination attempt that killed six and left a dozen others wounded, including the former congresswoman.... Read more»3

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Here's a plan to end the conflict in Syria: Support Assad

There is a well-known maxim in American politics: a bad plan beats no plan. That surely has been proven the case in Syria, because neither opposition groups nor their external supporters, most especially the United States government, ever had an effective plan for removing the tenacious dictator. The U.S. should back Assad now, end the fighting, and set conditions for his departure and a democratic transition.... Read more»

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Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

It’s amazing how a little sunlight will change the behavior of some of the biggest names in corporate America — sunlight here meaning greater transparency and accountability. The American Legislative Exchange Council’s behind-the-scenes influence peddling should be getting more attention from the Washington press corps.... Read more»

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Az lacks educated & skilled workforce needed to truly compete

Arizona is not what it could be — not in education, not in economic development, not in immigration policy, or how we care for our children, our poor and our sick. In days gone by, Arizona built big things like canals and cities. We focused on our future. These days, we seem to be more interested in running out the clock than embracing the future. Tomorrow is not at the forefront of our thoughts; it lies dormant somewhere in the back of our mind.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Doubling down on Az's dangerous development

One must give the Real Estate Industrial Complex credit for chutzpah. It will not go down with a whimper, but with a bang. And many fires. Or rather, Arizona. The elites behind the growth machine will be long gone, safely behind their gates and walls in more hospitable climes.... Read more»

Obama: Mandela 'changed laws, but he also changed hearts'

Full text and video of Obama’s eulogy for Nelson Mandela: “It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection — because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried — that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood — a son and a husband, a father and a friend. And that’s why we learned so much from him, and that’s why we can learn from him still.”... Read more»

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Race & beyond: Remembering Nelson Mandela

The author’s personal encounter with Nelson Mandela showed the man’s quiet dignity and strength: “I am struck now by the fact that what seemed at that time a random, chance meeting represents my brush with one of the great historical figures of all time. What Mandela represents extends beyond the borders of his country; he is a person that will forever be linked to the history of the world.”... Read more»

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Faith in values: Repairing Christianity’s damaged brand

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right’s grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity. Change happens when there is a shift in the wind—when collective urges and values find public expression and action. Pope Francis is one of the expressions of this change. In office less than a year, he has urged the church to be more compassionate and welcoming.... Read more»

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Brewer: Dec. 7 a poignant anniversary for Arizonans

Saturday, Americans will unite to remember and reflect on the tragic events at Pearl Harbor 72 years ago. For Arizonans, December 7 is an especially poignant anniversary, as nearly half of those killed were aboard the battleship named for our state: the USS Arizona. While the ship was sunk on that day that will ‘live in infamy,’ its anchor and gun barrel – on display outside the State Capitol in Phoenix – will forever commemorate that fateful morning and honor the 1,777 aboard the USS Arizona who lost their lives.... Read more»

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Carr on CPS: Lack of gov't transparency a path to tyranny

CPS is an incredibly powerful but notoriously secretive, unresponsive, and opaque bureaucracy. Of course it’s broken. For governmental agencies, functionality rises in direct proportion to transparency. And secrecy multiplied by public and journalistic complacency equals tyranny. The equation really is that simple.... Read more»

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