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FactCheck: Spinning the CBO report on the Republican health care bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care bill has been released — so let the spinning begin: Democrats overstate what the CBO said about the impact on those who now have health insurance, while the White House budget director oversells the impact on premiums.... Read more»

Sunshine Week

Media groups push back after 'fake news' defined U.S. elections

One of the lessons of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is that many Americans could not distinguish between actual news stories and fabrications, leading to an environment in which damaging hoaxes spread across social media networks... Read more»

2 TUSD staffers arrested for failing to report student sexual incident

A pair of Tucson Unified School District employees were arrested Tuesday for failing to report alleged sexual contact between two students at a middle school, authorities said. Vice Principal Bernadette Rosthenhausler and counselor Linda Archuleta didn't tell law enforcement about the incident as required by Arizona law, police said.... 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»

Federal judge holds BP in contempt for failing to preserve video evidence

A federal judge has found Tucson Sector Border Patrol in contempt, writing that officials "violated" his orders, because they had "failed to take all reasonable steps" within their power to "preserve video evidence" as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 over the treatment of immigrants in holding cells.... Read more»

Phoenix immigration attorney leads campaign for Mexico to boycott U.S. corn

A Phoenix immigration attorney is leading an international campaign for Mexico to boycott the importation of corn from the U.S.... Read more»

A border runs through it: Tohono O’odham wary of wall on reservation land

President Donald Trump’s proposal for a southwestern border wall would do more than separate two nations – it would split another nation in half. The Tohono O’odham Nation's reservation straddles the border with Mexico, with tribal members on both sides of the boundary who cross regularly.... Read more»

Trump’s Defense secretary cites climate change as national security challenge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.... 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»

Dropped tire laden with ammo leads to smuggling bust for Nogales-area man

A Nogales-area man was sentenced to 92 months in prison for attempting to smuggle 5,517 rounds of ammunition through the Nogales border crossing last year. During the attempt, a spare tire stuffed with the ammo fell from his truck about 75 yards from the port. The man tried to recover the tire, but gave up and drove into Mexico. It was later recovered by border officers, who discovered the cache.... Read more»

Az Dems blast 'Trumpcare' after CBO reports 24 million could lose insurance

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a CBO report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, but leave as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. Politico reported that an internal White House analysis showed even more people would lose coverage.... Read more»

As feds crack down on immigration, locals push to protect residents

Arizona city officials said Monday that while federal policy on immigration is shifting under President Donald Trump, municipalities still have a duty to make residents in their cities feel safe – undocumented or otherwise.... Read more»

Can border officials search your phone? These are your rights

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. We detail what powers Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices. ... Read more»

Trump invites bids for border wall, cites 'aesthetics'

President Trump built his campaign on the promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Just a month after his inauguration, Homeland Security announced plans to begin construction. And the department took a step to make sure it will look good, stating in a little-noticed update that bids will be judged on “aesthetics.”... Read more»

CBO estimates millions more would be uninsured under GOP repeal plan

The Congressional Budget Office releases its anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republican's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

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