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What the Devil won't tell you

Never mind border wall, legal immigration system is the big fix

If a wall can't hold something back as simple as an invading Mongol horde, how in the name of Ghengis do we expect one to stop a force incalculably more powerful: attraction of supply to demand. It's like keeping boy away from girl. ... Read more»

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Senate immigration plan: No path to citizenship without secure border

There will be a path to citizenship for immigrants in this country illegally but not before the border is secure, under a bipartisan Senate bill expected to be filed this week. An outline of the immigration reform bill proposed by the so-called “Gang of 8″ calls for billions more for border security, changes in visa laws, stricter enforcement of laws against hiring illegal immigrants and a pathway to lawful residence in 10 years and, later, citizenship.... Read more»3

Flake, Giffords part ways on background check bill

Minutes after he shared a stage with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he still plans to oppose a bill supported by Giffords that calls for expanded background checks for gun buyers. The pair appeared together as Vice President Biden helped dedicate a room in the Capitol Visitor Center for slain aide Gabe Zimmerman.... Read more»6

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: AG candidate Rotellini wants rematch with Horne

An interview with state Attorney General candidate Felecia Rotellini, plus the Tuesday Money Maker Report with Shelly Fishman. Also, nutrition reporter Jack Challem with his monthly report, and Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan with the bi-monthly Buckmaster Arts Report.... Read more»

Factcheck: Spinning Obama's budget

Both parties are putting political spin on the deficit reduction contained in President Obama's $3.78 trillion budget plan.... Read more»

Boston bombings

Obama: 'The American people refuse to be terrorized'

This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. But we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. (with video)... Read more»

Game & Fish fee bill on governor's desk

Legislation that would allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department to price and package hunting and fishing licenses without approval from the Legislature was heading to Gov. Jan Brewer after winning state House approval Monday.... Read more»

Analysis

Prison reform: Time to retire elderly inmates via early release?

Prison reform has never seemed very high on Arizona’s “to do” list, even though we’re spending $1 billlon annually for a “corrections” system that sees half of its released inmates return within six years. But saving money is always popular. So what if there were a way to reduce the state prison population at minimal threat to public safety?... Read more»

Commentary

Is Phoenix really the new New Orleans?

Phoenix does not generally inspire passion. Maybe it is just that we’re too new. Maybe we’re too much a generic reflection of post-war urban America. But maybe it is that life here – despite all the criticism of living in the desert – isn’t actually all that challenging. We don’t have devastating catastrophic events to pull us together, or provide a partial blank canvas to reinvent our place. ... Read more»

Gun rights group breaks with NRA to support background checks

A national gun rights group has split from the National Rifle Association and said they will support bipartisan legislation to expand background checks on gun sales. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which calls itself the second largest gun-rights group in the US, said Sunday that it now supports the Manchin-Toomey agreement.... Read more»

Poll: Don't scrub early voting lists

Advocates contend the survey shows public opinion is behind their opposition to a bill aimed at helping each county manage its permanent early voting list. The bill would allow counties to drop from their lists those who fail to vote by mail in two straight elections. ... Read more»

Supreme Court declines to hear NY gun control case

The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out of the gun control debate for now. Justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law that makes it difficult for citizens to get concealed carry permits, and requires residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a weapon for self-defense outside the home.... Read more»

Cornyn’s ‘ralse’ rhetoric

Sen. John Cornyn alleged President Obama has told the families of Newtown shooting victims that the Republican party “doesn’t really care about their loss.” But Obama never actually said that.... Read more»

Biden revises NRA history on background checks

Vice President Joe Biden exaggerates when he waxes nostalgic about the “good old days” — a time when “everybody, including the NRA, thought background checks made sense.” Biden’s office says he was referring to the NRA’s support for background checks in the early 1990s and its stated support for expanding background checks to include gun shows in 1999. But vice president’s sentimental journey rides roughshod over the facts.... Read more»

FDA let drugs approved on fraudulent research stay on the market

After discovering that a drug research firm had tampered with records and manipulated test data, the FDA was expected to move swiftly to compel new testing and to publicly warn patients and doctors. Instead, the agency decided to handle the matter quietly, evaluating the medicines with virtually no public disclosure of what it had discovered. It pulled none of the drugs from the market, even temporarily, letting consumers take the ibuprofen and other medicines it no longer knew for sure were safe and effective.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Dr. Andrew Weil on living and eating well

The Monday Political Face-Off, featured John Munger and Jeff Rogers. Then, we chat with Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.... Read more»

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