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Cap Times: Az legislators stonewall on releasing text messages

Arizona lawmakers are improperly redacting, delaying and denying the release of text messages they've used to conduct legislative business, in violation of state public records laws, the Arizona Capitol Times reported after a four-month investigation.... Read more»

Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s watching you

TV makers are constantly crowing about the tricks their smart TVs can do. But one of the most popular brands has a feature that it’s not advertising: Vizio’s Smart TVs track your viewing habits and share it with advertisers, who can then find you on your phone and other devices.... Read more»


Your graphic guide to every debate ever

Fit for any political debate, with candidates for any office at any level, here's a handy guide to what you'll actually hear when politicians try to bolster the base and expand their audience: Buzzwords, meaningless platitudes, arithmetic and grammar errors, biographical exaggerations, dog whistles and all.... Read more»

Only 3 states score higher than D+ in Integrity probe; 11 flunk

Trouble in America's statehouses: secrecy, questionable ethics and conflicts of interest — These are among the practices illuminated by the State Integrity Investigation, which measured hundreds of variables to compile transparency and accountability grades for all 50 states. The results are nothing short of stunning. The best grade in the nation, which went to Alaska, is just a C. Only two others earned better than a D+; 11 states received failing grades.... Read more»

Scandals spur little change: Arizona graded D in integrity exam

Gaps in government transparency and accountability in Arizona over the past few years are not hard to find. The Copper State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade — in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states.... Read more»

‘Disillusioned’ Flake tripped up a second time in charity spelling bee

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake was eliminated after the first two rounds of a charity “Politicians vs. the Press” spelling bee Wednesday night.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump 'hears' Obama wants to take guns

Donald Trump says he “heard” that President Obama “is thinking about signing an executive order where he wants to take your guns away,” claiming that he “read it in the papers.” None of the major newspapers in the country has reported that.... Read more»

Arizona: It's no longer illegal to post your ballot on Facebook

Arizona voters who fill out their early ballots and post photos of them on social media are no longer risking jail time, thanks to a change in state law.... Read more»

Geraldo donates $500k for UA frat plaza

Sometime newsman and noted vault explorer Geraldo Rivera, a 1965 graduate of the University of Arizona, is kicking in a half-million dollars toward the construction of a Greek Heritage Park on campus, in honor of the school's fraternities and sororities.... Read more»

Feds now required to get warrants for Stingray surveillance

A new policy outlines the use of cell-phone surveillance equipment by federal agencies, including requiring investigators ask for warrants and outline the retention of data scooped up during investigations. Tucson police said they are no longer using the gear, citing training costs and privacy concerns. ... Read more»

Activists pursue private abortion details using public records laws

Across the country, those who support abortion rights and those who oppose them are feuding in court over how much information should be disclosed about women undergoing abortions.... Read more»

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

The GOP Trump card

Donald Trump kicked out reporter Jorge Ramos from a press conference in Iowa on Tuesday. As Ramos tried to question Trump on immigration, the Donald told him to "go back to Univision," keeping it classy as only he can. After the tweets directed at Megyn Kelly, Ramos may want to avoid the Internet for the following few days.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton's email brag

Hillary Clinton gave an odd — and factually inaccurate — account of how the controversy over her email habits as secretary of state mushroomed into a public spectacle.... Read more»

Commentary: James Foley's legacy

Reporting on Syria is nearly impossible at this point

News from inside Syria matters all over the world. The story of the war — now spilling over borders into Iraq, Turkey, and elsewhere — needs to be told, and accurately. The problem is this: It has become nearly impossible to report from inside Syria. It's too dangerous. The Syrian conflict has claimed the lives of more than 80 journalists in the last four years.... Read more»

Life on the front lines: A view from James Foley’s camera

James Foley, an American journalist who reported for GlobalPost, cared deeply about the victims of war and the rights of people living under oppressive regimes. He was an old-school reporter, who traveled light, talked to the locals and put the story first. Foley's execution at the hands of the Islamic State was made public one year ago. His death followed nearly two years of captivity in Syria.... Read more»

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