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Trump's 'Buy American' pledge at risk with border wall

Current trade agreements mean foreign companies, including some big firms in Mexico, might well get in on the building of the president’s wall. ... Read more»

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Pope Francis urges profound global economic change

In his candid speeches and sermons, the new pope "forges a moral vocabulary on economics" to remind church leaders — and followers — of their responsibility to the poor.... Read more»

Pima Community College

'New day' - Incoming PCC head calls for public input

Video: The incoming chancellor of Pima College, Lee Lambert, reiterated his statements that he'll hold administrators "accountable" as the college works to get off probation. He said wants to hear from faculty, staff, students, community members and even disgruntled former employees as he works to determine the college's next steps.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Medicaid expansion expected on gov's desk Thursday

DUI defense attorney Jim Nesci, Inside Tucson Business Writer Keith Rosenblum, Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

Franks’ abortion remarks spark media frenzy

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, created an online furor Wednesday with comments in a House committee hearing that “the estimates of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”... Read more»2

Az farmers cautiously optimistic on farm bill, despite funding cuts

Arizona farmers are cautiously optimistic at the Senate’s passage this week of a five-year farm bill, even though it cuts $24 billion from current spending levels. ... Read more»

The top 5 reasons why immigration reform in 2013 Is different than in 1986

The specter of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, or IRCA, has haunted every immigration-reform effort over the past few decades and continues to influence the 2013 reform debates.... Read more»4

Housing crisis: widespread discrimination; little taste for enforcement

The results of Tuesday's U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development national study on the persistence of housing discrimination are unlikely to shock: Racial and ethnic minorities continue to find themselves locked out of many housing opportunities. ... Read more»

Az court gives nod to Brewer's 'Day of Prayer'

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Gov. Jan Brewer can declare a state "Day of Prayer," tossing a suit by the Freedom from Religion Foundation that sought to declare the practice unconstitutional. ... Read more»

Analysis

The rise of the American antihero

Edward Snowden’s decision to come forward as the über-leaker behind the latest government abuse scandal has made him into a modern antihero. He and Bradley Manning are shattering traditional concepts of patriotism, loyalty, even legality. A TV series can’t be far behind.... Read more»

Brewer calls special session on budget, Medicaid — starting now

Gov. Jan Brewer called for a special session of the Legislature to begin immediately Tuesday evening, GOP Speaker Andy Tobin had adjourned the House earlier in the day, and legislative leaders had planned to delay consideration of the state budget and Medicaid expansion until Thursday.... Read more»

Federal legislation targets Mexico over water treaty

A growing list of federal U.S. lawmakers is urging Mexico to comply with the terms of a 1944 water treaty they say its southern neighbor is violating.... Read more»

Tucson Water warns of scam phone calls

Phone calls asking Tucson Water customers to provide private information prompted the utility to warn of the apparent attempted scams Tuesday.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: Smoothing out Medicaid's 'churn'

Bipartisanship is so rare on Capitol Hill these days, especially in regard to health care, that when such comity breaks out, it’s worth reporting.... Read more»

Ted Vogt appointed Az Veterans director

Former Tucson-area legislator Ted Vogt has been appointed director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Tuesday. Vogt, a former Air Force intelligence office, lost a bid for reelection to the state House in November. As Veterans Services director, he replaces Joey Strickland, who resigned after hiring former GOP legislator Terri Proud as an assistant.... Read more»

Commentary

We’re not doing enough to engage parents, even though it improves achievement

These days, the battle over public school is more pitched than ever. A veteran journalist told us that, in a 30-year career, he’s never covered an issue that provokes as much disagreement and rancor as education.... Read more»

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