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Legislation to kill Common Core advances in state Senate

Gov. Doug Ducey said leaders can make the changes he wants to see to Arizona’s version of the Common Core standards without a law striking them down, but legislation continues to move forward.... Read more»1

Interpol warrant leads to arrest by Border Patrol agents

A man who had escaped from prison in Mexico was arrested on Wednesday by Border Patrol agents when he attempted to cross into the United States. ... Read more»

Is ASU the model for the new American university?

After more than a decade of remaking itself, the university has become a model of what higher education in America should be, according to a book by its outspoken president, Michael Crow: a place judged not by who it turns away, but by who it accepts, and how many of its students graduate. But critics wonder whether other campuses should copy ASU’s dramatic changes.... Read more»

Nat'l parks need $11.5 billion in work; Grand Canyon high on list

The National Park Service said Monday that there’s close to $11.5 billion in deferred maintenance in the nation’s parks, more than $516 million of it due at facilities in Arizona. Most of the state’s amount was attributable to a backlog of projects at Grand Canyon National Park, which needs $329 million in improvements.... Read more»1

Analysis

Anonymous 3 years ago, Ted Cruz now a presidential candidate

In January 2012, at a sidewalk table in front of a Starbucks on Congress Avenue in Austin — this is a block from the state Capitol, mind you — Ted Cruz was taking a reporter through what sounded like a harebrained campaign for U.S. Senate.... Read more»

Ducey: Az leaders will solve conflict between driver's licenses, REAL ID law

Unless something changes, come next year Arizonans will have to present a passport to catch flights and enter secure federal buildings. That’s because Arizona driver’s licenses don’t comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005.... Read more»

FactCheck: Ted Cruz's presidential eligibility

Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president?... Read more»1

Factchecking Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven’t.... Read more»

Waiting for the Children’s Health Insurance Program

The federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will run out of money on Sept. 30. Until recently, Congress showed little interest in paying for it. But this week, the House agreed on a bill that would continue the $13 billion program in its current form through 2017. ... Read more»

Ducey orders flags lowered for slain Navajo police officer

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of a Navajo police officer, Alex Yazzie, killed in the line of duty Thursday night.... Read more»1

Cruz inflates IRS 'agents'

Sen. Ted Cruz has repeatedly gotten basic facts about the Internal Revenue Service wrong when delivering one of his favorite applause lines, calling for its abolition. He did it — again — over the weekend in New Hampshire, when he over-stated the number of agents employed by the IRS... Read more»

Kerry, Cotton spar over Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. Tom Cotton each claimed the other distorted the facts regarding the role of Congress in a possible international deal on Iran’s nuclear program:... Read more»

Guest opinion

We have a love/hate relationship with violence

“It’s the most perfect feeling in the world to know you’ve hit a guy just right, that you’ve maximized the physical pain he can feel . . . . You feel the life just go out of him.” No, these aren’t the words of a hit man or a serial killer. This celebration of savagery was offered by former NFL star Michael Strahan, now a TV commentator known for his smiling, affable ways. ... Read more»1

70 years after they disappeared, ‘Hot Garters’ crewmen get final honors

The day was almost 71 years coming. On Wednesday, the Army buried the remains of 1st Lt. Herbert Young Jr., a Clarkdale native, along with five crewmates who disappeared in their B-24 Liberator in New Guinea while on a mission to attack a Japanese anti-aircraft position during World War II.... Read more»

Pope Francis' drug war riffs keep offending Mexico

First he warns of the impending 'Mexicanization' of Argentina. Then he says 'the devil is punishing Mexico.' ¿Qué pasa, Francisco?... Read more»1

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