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Is your drive home less than smooth? Use our mapping tool from SeeClickFix to report everything from potholes and graffiti to broken streetlights and overgrown weeds and keep watch over your neighborhood... Read more»

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Walkup, Uhlich, Romero targets

City recall activists get down to business

A small group of political activists came out into the cold on Saturday morning. Spurred by radio talk shows and political blogs, they signed up to circulate petitions calling for a recall of Mayor Bob Walkup and council members Karin Uhlich and Regina Romero.... Read more»1

Health care

Health-care reform: Friend or foe? Area politicians split along party lines

I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t exactly been following all the hubbub about health-care reform. I’m one of the lucky people that has pretty good medical insurance through my employer. But I also know there are a lot of people who aren’t so lucky. ... Read more»5

Arizona legislature

Bill would dock legislator pay for skipped votes

Rep. Jerry Weiers is fed up with fellow lawmakers who skip floor votes. His solution: Dock their pay and list their names on the Web. "Nobody can sit in your seat and vote for you," said Weiers, a Glendale Republican. "We are paid to vote no matter how you look at it."... Read more»

China v. Google: Beijing fights back

After days of circumspect near-silence amid an international debate on Chinese censorship and surveillance that began more than a week ago when Google threatened to quit its operations here, China came out swinging Friday.... Read more»

Bank bailout

FDIC chief got Bank of America loans while working on its rescue

Sheila Bair, one of the chief regulators overseeing Bank of America’s federal rescue, took out two mortgages worth more than $1 million from the banking giant last summer during ongoing negotiations about the bank’s bailout and its repayment.... Read more»

Recall election

Rally to push Mayor, Council recall effort Saturday

Take Back Tucson, a group dedicated to recalling Mayor Bob Walkup and two City Council members, will be collecting signatures this weekend to aid in its efforts.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

There're two sides to every sign

Driving west on Valencia Road toward the casinos, I'm always amused by the many billboards announcing how much farther away they are. Each billboard seems so overtly promissory that all visitors will win and win big. This, of course, has often left me wondering: what do the other sides of the billboards advertise, for the gamblers who are returning to reality from their fleecings? I always forget to look.... Read more»

Massachusetts Senate election

Mass. panic for Democrats?

The Sunday morning chattering class was busily Wednesday-morning quarterbacking the election even before the polls closed Tuesday. But what's the real impact of Scott Brown's election to the Senate?... Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva

Grijalva not reconciled to health care reform loss

Rep. Raúl Grijalva is pushing a plan for the Senate to pass the House health care reform bill with budget reconciliation, reports The New Republic. Reconciliation would only require 51 votes in the Senate, removing the threat of a filibuster. ... Read more»

Unemployment

COBRA health insurance subsidy extended by feds

Workers who become unemployed in January and February may qualify for a 65 percent subsidy of their health insurance premiums, and the length of that subsidy was extended to 15 months.... Read more»

Center for Biological Diversity

Obama earns 'C' for environmental efforts

The Center for Biological Diversity awarded the Obama administration a C grade for its environmental record Tuesday. In its "Report Card," the Tucson-based environmental advocates found that the administration has a mixed record on protecting endangered species, climate, public lands and oceans.... Read more»

Tucson City Council

City Council won't consider changing overtime pay rules

The City Council voted 6-0 Wednesday to drop further consideration of new overtime rules that would require 40 hours of on the job work before an employee could earn overtime pay.... Read more»

'A perfect war'

'Everybody makes money' on Afghan war

The question of Taliban funding is currently roiling the highest levels of the U.S. government. As GlobalPost reported last year, USAID has launched a probe into what is believed to be a protection racket by the Taliban. Huge USAID contracts often involve Afghan subcontractors who end up paying the Taliban a form of extortion.... Read more»

Iraq war

Canada no longer a haven for war resisters

Canada has long been a haven for Americans escaping their wars. Many Canadians would consider this tradition a noble one. But it has come to an end.... Read more»

United Kingdom/Northern Ireland

A real-life Mrs. Robinson undermines Irish peace

The political crisis in Northern Ireland arising from a dalliance between a 59-year-old woman and a teenager has underlined the fragility of the power-sharing arrangements that were beginning to be taken for granted. The whole edifice of shared government, painstakingly negotiated over years with the help of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and the British and Irish governments, could fall apart.... Read more»

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