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Trump says he thought being president would be easier than his old life

He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon, and is surprised how hard his new job is. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," President Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview. "This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier."... Read more»

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Rush to hire BP agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.... Read more»

Trump orders review of predecessors’ national monument designations

President Donald Trump ordered the Interior Department Wednesday to review two decades of national monument designations, actions he said represent an “egregious use of government power” affecting millions of acres of land — including four monuments in Arizona.... Read more»

Cap Times: Trump spokeswoman was still paid by Arizona Leg

The former top spokeswoman for the Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives was paid by state taxpayers for two months last year, even as she never showed up for work here. Instead, Stephanie Grisham, now a White House staffer, worked on Donald Trump's "thank you" tour after the election, the Arizona Capitol Times reported Tuesday.... Read more»

Trump concession on wall funding rekindles gov't shutdown talks

The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede Tuesday after President Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. ... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary city funding

A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's immigration priorities. ... Read more»

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Trump hosts McCains, Graham

Exchanges between President Donald Trump and Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, have been largely limited to sniping at each other through the media and Twitter over the past year.... Read more»

Advocates criticize Latino vendors for bids on ‘shameful’ border wall

Some Hispanic-owned companies on the list of “interested vendors” for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall say they are facing a backlash from Latino advocates who call the project “shameful” and “wrong."... Read more»

Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities.... Read more»

West Texas nuclear waste project on hold — for now

Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at its West Texas dump.... Read more»

Kelly touts Homeland Security gains, has harsh words for critics

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that apprehensions at the Southwestern border have fallen sharply during his first 90 days in office, but there is still security work to be done in the United States and abroad.... Read more»

Arizonans paid $11,264 in federal tax in 2016, below U.S. average

After accounts were settled Tuesday with Uncle Sam, the typical Arizonan sent $11,264 to the federal government, about 20 percent below the national average of $14,051.... Read more»

Sessions: Sanctuary cities ‘dangerously undermine’ fight against gangs

Attorney General Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities Tuesday, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs. But Tucson Councilwoman Karin Uhlich said, “Local law enforcement agencies need to be focused on community policing and keeping the community safe.” said ... Read more»

Exclusive: Asylum applications in Mexico surge after Trump win

The number of people applying for asylum in Mexico has soared by more than 150 percent since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, according to Mexican data, as more Central American migrants seek to stay rather than take their chances in the United States. ... Read more»

Highway fatalities in Arizona, nation continued three-year climb in 2016

Highway fatalities in Arizona rose from just over two per day in 2014 to an average of more than 2.6 per day last year, the highest level in nine years, according to the most recent estimates.... Read more»

Coalition calls for release of Mexican journalist seeking asylum in U.S.

As attacks against reporters in Mexico increase, a coalition of immigration lawyers and organizations that defend journalists is calling for the release of a Mexican reporter detained at the border after asking for political asylum in the United States.... Read more»

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