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After McCain’s death, false Forrestal claim resurfaces

Q: Did John McCain “hide the fact that he ‘accidentally’ killed 134 American sailors”? A: No. He wasn’t responsible for the fatal 1967 accident aboard the USS Forrestal.... Read more»

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Commentary

Who has the courage, honesty & fortitude to take McCain's place in our civic life?

Through it all, he was steadfast in promoting public service over self-service. It is that John McCain who I came to know and choose to remember. Now that he's gone, I wonder who – if anyone – has the courage, honesty and fortitude to take his place. ... Read more»

From the editor

Calling candidate commentaries: Pols' op-eds wanted

Local political candidates are welcome to submit guest opinion pieces for publication. Here's what we're looking for, and what we're not.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Ally Miller encourages cruelty in attacking Star reporter

It is with great sadness that I saw Supervisor Ally Miller’s Facebook post the other day publicly implying Arizona Daily Star (or the “Red Star,” as she calls it) journalist Joe Ferguson was asleep or drunk on the job, when I knew him to be neither. ... Read more»1

Senate unanimously declares 'press is not the enemy of the people'

The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday declaring that "the press is not the enemy of the people" — a rebuke of the repeated declarations by President Trump.... Read more»

El Chisme

Caught napping? News going to the dogs, Bond backers mum, Arpaio's blown chances

KVOA's sinking teeth into stories while station's on the auction block, and backers of Pima County road bonds aren't paving the way to passage. El Chisme never sleeps when it comes to what's news for political people in the Old Pueblo.... Read more»

Analysis

The press belongs to you, not the president

“The press” is just journalists who work as your eyes and ears in places you can’t be. The press is the people you send into rooms to witness what your government is doing and tell you about it. Dictators and tyrants don’t want you in the room.... Read more»

Editorial

Shooting the messengers: Trump's attacks on free press 'enemies' undermine our democracy

The president rails about "fake news" to distract from inconvenient truths, but there is no alternative to a free press: democracies run on facts. Informed citizens are the foundation of our country's success.... Read more»1

Our principles

What we stand for at TucsonSentinel.com

Journalism is best when pursued with purpose. As an independent mission-driven nonprofit, TucsonSentinel.com aims to tackle our community's biggest issues. We shine a light on this town because we love it.... Read more»

Factcheck

False stories revive claim about Trump donating salary

Q: Did President Trump donate his $400,000 salary to military cemeteries? A: No. A year-old viral email makes that claim. But the president does indeed donate his salary to different government initiatives each quarter.... Read more»

Free speech or hate speech? Americans struggle to decide when that line is crossed

More than 16 million people, many of whom are foreign, passed through the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in 2017. Most days, they only have to deal with immigration and customs inspectors. But one day last June, they dealt with a small, vocal group holding signs denouncing Islam.... Read more»

ACLU drops suit against Gosar for blocking social media accounts

The Arizona chapter of American Civil Liberties Union on Friday withdrew a lawsuit it had filed against Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, after he blocked two constituents from his social media accounts. Both sides claimed victory in the fight.... Read more»

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

Court: Former Arizona broadcaster owes millions in taxes on sale

A federal appeals court said that the former owners of Arizona's Slone Broadcasting Co. owe $15 million in taxes on the 2001 sale of their business.... Read more»

El Chisme: CD2 race turns testy; Kovacs outstanding - in parking tickets

Actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson: Kirkpatrick drops a dick joke, Kovacs racks up tickets, Chew's puzzling stances & Arizona Dems have no idea what the southern part of our state looks like.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

High Court nominee Kavanaugh will likely doom independent redistricting in Az

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the lone swing vote who saved democracy from the partisan lust of the Arizona Legislature. Trump's nominee Kavanaugh fits nicely in the Originalist Bloc that will swing the power to control elections back to Phoenix. ... Read more»1

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