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House Ethics panel: Rep. Schweikert may have OKed improper expenses, campaign donations

The House Ethics Committee released details of its probe of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, that began last year, finding “substantial reason to believe” he may have approved improper office expenditures and campaign contributions.... Read more»0

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Partisan House vote renews Violence Against Women Act; Senate fate unclear

Two months after it let the Violence Against Women Act lapse, the House voted to renew the 25-year-old law that extends protections for victims of domestic violence.... Read more»0

Tribal leaders urge House to extend funding for water settlements

Tribes argue that a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is needed to provide certainty to their water rights passed 2029, to ensure the government meets obligations it has already agreed to providing.... Read more»0

Az lawmakers, House split in vote against transgender military ban

Two days after courts removed the last hurdle to a Trump administration ban on transgender military service, the House voted 238-185 Thursday to condemn the ban – but not block it.... Read more»0

Task force to study abuse of tribal youth, after IHS doctor convicted

The White House unveiled a task force that would find ways to prevent sexual abuse of children in the Indian Health Service, after an IHS pediatrician’s conviction last year on four counts of abuse.... Read more»0

Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status.... Read more»0

Advocates call for funding, data to find missing, murdered Native women

The United States does not have a uniform system for tracking reports of missing Native women on reservations. And what information is available is wildly inconsistent, depending on whether it is in a federal or private database, or reported by individuals or agencies.... Read more»0

Democrats unveil bill to give DACA, TPS recipients path to citizenship

House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 2 million immigrants protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status and other programs.... Read more»0

Transgender soldiers say ban will backfire, but Pentagon defends policy

Transgender troops face an uncertain future awaiting a final court ruling on the Trump Administration's ban of transgender troops enlisting or being booted after they are diagnosed. ... Read more»0

Arizona, other states in ‘governors challenge’ target veteran suicides

Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to develop a strategy for reversing the complex problem of suicides among veterans. ... Read more»0

Trump call for unity appears to do little to sway divided Congress

The split response to President Trump's speech was mirrored in Arizona’s congressional delegation, whose reactions largely followed party lines.... Read more»0

Santa Cruz sheriff: Border wall alone is not the best way to stem drug trafficking

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said a border wall would do “very little” to stop the flow of drugs, most of which come in to the U.S. through ports of entry.... Read more»0

Mesa mayor, others blast plan to ask citizenship status on 2020 Census

Mayors worry that asking about citizenship on the upcoming census will have a chilling affect on responses but anti-immigrant groups disagree. ... Read more»0

Lawmakers, advocates say gov't shutdown hits hardest in tribal areas

The government shutdown is in its 29th day, and America's tribal reservations are among the places hardest hit. ... Read more»1

9th Circuit says Tucson woman can use battered woman syndrome as defense in gun case

A federal appeals court ordered a new trial for a Tucson woman, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome in her defense against weapons charges.... Read more»0

Arizona DPS chief, after White House event, says wall needed for border ‘crisis’

Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead attended a White House meeting and said the wall isn't about "elitism," "separatism" or "racism" but is about a border crisis. ... Read more»0

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