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Analysis

'Jihadi John' a reminder that extremism comes in all shapes and sizes

Analysis: The White House's focus on poverty as the main cause of extremism may not tell the whole story. Thursday, "Jihadi John" was unmasked by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, a British man described by friends and relatives as “from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London."... Read more»

Melanoma survivor urges lawmakers to bar minors from tanning beds

Christine Nelson said there’s a reason a tanning bed looks like a coffin. A melanoma survivor, Nelson said she has had numerous surgeries and takes eight doses of a chemotherapy drug every day. And she said it’s all because she decided to add a little color to her skin with indoor tanning sessions 30 years ago.... Read more»

‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblowers welcome effort to protect others

Two men who exposed the government’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-running probe in Phoenix said they hope a new Senate caucus can keep other whistleblowers from enduring the retaliation they faced.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

When the Legislature worked

You know the Arizona Legislature. It's the bunch that reduces education funding for some of the worst-funded schools in the nation, savagely cuts money to universities, has its hands in the hustles of the Charter School Racket and Private Prison Racket. The worthy solons who sold off pieces of the Capitol. But there was a time when Arizona had one of the most respected legislatures in the nation. Yes.... Read more»

If placed on endangered list, desert tortoise could affect development

If the Sonoran Desert Tortoise lands on the endangered species list, experts say Arizona could see reductions in land availability and increases in cost. ... Read more»

Navy ship named for Giffords nears launch

A U.S. Navy vessel named for former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is nearing its launch date. "Can’t wait to help christen it this summer," the ex-congresswoman said Thursday, posting a photograph of the ship on Facebook. ... Read more»

Enviros ‘auction’ Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.... Read more»

Video: ScarJo loves Downtown Tucson

Scarlett Johansson loves Downtown, and somebody in city government really wants you to know about it. A video clip of the star's Oscar-night remark about Tucson was posted on by a "COTecondev" Youtube account Wednesday afternoon.... Read more»

Fund schools, parents and educators tell Az legislators

Parents and educators descended on the State Capitol on Tuesday to voice their concerns to legislators about the poor state of Arizona's education system.... Read more»

Analysis

Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

Tribes seek say in federal taxes

Speakers at a National Congress of American Indians panel said tribal input on federal taxes is challenged by disagreements among tribes on the issues and on what stance to take on those issues. ... Read more»

Death by assignment: Dem bills killed in Legislature

A review of all bills introduced this legislative session found that those authored by Democrats are four times more likely in the Senate and three times more likely in the House to be assigned to multiple committees — a practice that can effectively mean a bill won't become a law. ... Read more»1

Poll: Arizonans want education, water to be lawmakers’ top issues

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority.... Read more»

Experts: Orbiting observatory mapping soil moisture will benefit Arizona

A recently launched NASA satellite that is gathering data on the planet's soil moisture will benefit Arizona decision-makers from the halls of government to fields where farmers need to know when to plant, a project scientist says. ... Read more»

$3M pot bust leads agents to cross-border tunnel in Naco

A multi-million dollar drug bust led federal investigators to a "sophisticated" cross-border tunnel Monday night hidden beneath a shed in Naco, Ariz. ... Read more»1

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