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Trump orders review of predecessors’ national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona.... Read more»

Advocates: Relatively small budget cuts could have big impact on Arizona arts

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.”... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

As journalism marks its annual Sunshine Week, free speech advocates called the Trump administration the most hostile to the press in memory. They listed a wide range of potential dangers, from legal action to encouraging distrust and even violence. At the same time, advocates say that the media, at least on legal issues, is well positioned to withstand Trump and that the First Amendment is stronger than ever.... Read more»

Analysis: Sunshine Week

Why freedom of information faces problems, and how experts say those can be solved

From the UA's David Cuillier and ASU's Eric Newton: People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state and local open government laws. But the things people build — be they bridges, roads or freedom of information laws — wear out without regular maintenance. That’s why Sunshine Week exists, to remind us that it takes effort to keep freedom working.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A note to UA's new president: In my day, we didn't have 'safe places'

A kind of zero-option, zero-sum liberalism seemed to permeate the impending UA president's on-campus Q&A. Rather than saying "yes" to everything, I wish Robbins had said “prepare to be unsafe.” He would have done better to remind students that for centuries the most dangerous thing you can provide someone is an education. That's why authoritarians frown on it.... Read more»7

'Witchcraft' becoming more popular among young Latinos

To say the word “brujo” in some communities is akin to yelling “fire!” in a crowded movie theater. It incites fear and panic. Now, more and more younger Latinos are identifying as brujos and claiming to practice brujería, much to the bewilderment of others who grew up in fear of it.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

State bill would pay $2.5M toward memorial for Jan. 8 attack

Several Arizona legislators support a bill to fund a memorial honoring survivors and victims of the Jan. 8, 2011, attack in Tucson, when a man started shooting during a congressional meet-and-greet in a grocery-store parking lot.... Read more»

75 years later, Japanese detainees reflect on painful part of U.S. past

Seishi Oka was 5 and his sister, Mitzi, only 3, when their family was loaded on to a train and taken from their Salinas, California, home to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. Oka said he only vividly remembers two things about the train ride: Hearing a coyote howl for the first time, and wondering to himself, “Why do they hate us so much?”... Read more»

Rodeo photographer, Western legend Louise Serpa dead at 86

From the archive: Rodeo photographer, Tucson fixture, mother and legend of the West Louise Serpa died Thursday. There are a lot of things I wish I had the chance to say to Louise before she mounted up and rode out into the ether.... Read more»6

Guest opinion

McCain blasts Trump: 'Profound concern America is laying down mantle of global leadership'

Speaking at a security conference, McCain spoke of alarm about a "turn away from universal values ... hardening resentment toward immigrants, refugees and Muslims ... growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies ... more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."... Read more»1

Public service announcement: Int'l Clash Day observed in Tucson

Honoring the inspiring and inclusive spirit of the ground-breaking punk band, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has declared Tuesday to be "International Clash Day" in Tucson.... Read more»

D-M flight training going old school

Among the dozens of visiting fighter planes flying out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base this month will be be classic warbirds — P-51 Mustangs, a P-38 Lightning, a P-47 Thunderbolt, two F-86 Sabres and more will take off along with F-22 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as Dutch F-16s and National Guard A-10s.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McNamee: Saving the humanities

The current mood in Washington disdains the arts, the humanities, the life of the mind, anything that contributes to the examined life or the life worth living. But that disdainful Congress is also scared of its own shadow and sensitive to what the folks back home are saying.... Read more»

'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... Read more»

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