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Grand Canyon partly open, blunting biggest hit of gov't shutdown

As Congress met this weekend in an effort to end the government shutdown before it could enter its third full day, the costliest impacts of the shutdown in Arizona have been blunted – for the moment. Privately run shops, lodging and other businesses at Grand Canyon National Park remain open, although no park rangers are on hand.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Protective amnesia: Shutdown debate ignores 'wall' already on the border

For what it's worth, we have a wall on the border now. Fence … wall … it's all semantics. Don't think "Rent-a-Fence" It's big, vertical and and there are almost 400 miles of it. Rebrand it, extend it if we must to fix up the "Dreamers," get some kids to the doctor and go back to work. ... Read more»

Polls show ‘stunning reversal’ in recent Mexican attitudes toward U.S.

Mexican attitudes toward Americans have gone through a “stunning reversal” since the election of President Trump, with most Mexicans holding an unfavorable view of the U.S. for the first time ever.... Read more»

DACA advocates push for action as clock ticks down on budget deal

As congressional lawmakers were wrangling over a deal Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday budget deadline, about 200 DACA advocates were urging Congress to include protection for “Dreamers” as part of any budget bill.... Read more»

Flake, McCain: Trump attacks on media hurt democracy, aid dictators

Arizona’s two senators took President Donald Trump to task in separate forums Wednesday, saying his attacks on the press and “fake news” claims embolden dictators to crack down on media abroad and endanger democracy at home.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain to Trump: 'Stop attacking the press'

Trump continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets. This has provided cover for repressive regimes to follow suit. The phrase "fake news" — granted legitimacy by an American president — is being used by autocrats to silence reporters.... Read more»

Flake: GOP must stand up to Trump's attacks on journalism

'The enemy of the people,' was what the president of the United States called the free press. When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn’t suit him “fake news,” it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press.... Read more»3

Justice Dept. will appeal DACA ruling, asks to go directly to Supreme Court

DOJ officials said they are appealing last week's decision by a federal judge that blocked the Trump administration from ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and want to take the "rare step" of asking the Supreme Court to intervene, leap-frogging over the 9th Circuit.... Read more»

Passage prevented: How Trump’s border wall will harm Arizona wildlife

President Trump wants to stop illegal immigration with a "big beautiful" wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but experts agree it would harm the ecology of one of the most biodiverse regions of North America.... Read more»

MLK's final sermon: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop'

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»

Watch Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

McSally uses PC dodge in failing to swat Trump

Martha McSally can't promise she's tough enough to tell it like it is when she makes excuses for Trump and coddles his base. That's either PC, BS or both. For a woman who prides herself on candor, she sounds like a politician.... Read more»1

Quick take

McCain on Trump's 'shithole' remark: 'Respect for dignity of every human being is essence of American patriotism'

U.S. Sen. John McCain condemned President Trump's comments about immigrants from "shithole countries," saying "people have come to this country from everywhere, and people from everywhere have made America great."... Read more»

McSally's DACA bill slashes new immigration, doubles down on border security

While thousands of people face the expiration of work permits and protection from deportation under DACA, Rep. Martha McSally and other Republicans submitted a bill that would reintroduce the temporary permit system while clamping down on legal and illegal immigration alike. ... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from ending DACA, the Obama-era program that shielded about 788,000 young people from deportation. Ruling that plaintiffs may succeed in showing the reasons for ending the program were based on a "flawed legal premise," the injunction forces officials to continue accepting renewals past a March 5 deadline. ... Read more»

Justice Dep't pushes for citizenship question on census, alarming experts

“This is a recipe for sabotaging the census,” said one. The administration’s stated reason for the controversial move: protecting civil rights.... Read more»

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