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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»

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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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

FactCheck: No evidence jobs data was 'manipulated' by Obama

President Donald Trump’s chief budget officer claimed — without any evidence — that “the Obama administration was manipulating the numbers” to make the nation’s unemployment rate “look smaller.”... Read more»

Judge blocks Trump's new travel ban before it takes effect

Just hours before President Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued an emergency halt to the order's implementation. The judge ruled that while Trump's order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."... Read more»

Trump’s Defense secretary cites climate change as national security challenge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s false Gitmo blame

President Trump wrongly tweeted that “122 vicious prisoners, released by the Obama administration from Gitmo, have returned to the battlefield.” Actually, it’s only nine former detainees. The other 113 were released under President George W. Bush.... Read more»

FactCheck: Examining Trump’s wiretap claim

With no evidence, President Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October.” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” Yet, Trump provided no support for the startling claim, and when the White House press office finally got around to explaining the tweets, it undercut Trump’s baseless claim.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

State of Indian Nations: Hopeful, but cautious, as Trump replaces Obama

Tribal leaders said they hope to see a continuation of the gains in tribal and federal relations under the Trump administration that they said began during the administration of President Barack Obama. ... Read more»

Appeals court rejects Trump's appeal over travel ban

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit refused to reinstate President Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., rejecting claims that courts could not review Trump's orders. A federal judge blocked enforcement of the measure last week.... Read more»

Intel uses White House to announce resumption of $7B Chandler factory plan

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich used the Oval Office as a backdrop Wednesday to formally announce the company’s $7 billion investment in a new chip plant in Chandler, a long-delayed project that is expected to create as many as 3,000 high-tech jobs in Arizona.... Read more»

Court won’t reconsider ruling OKing driver’s licenses for DACA recipients

A divided federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its April 2016 ruling that Arizona cannot deny driver’s licenses to DACA recipients, despite dissenting judges saying the court should address “a fundamental question of presidential power.”... Read more»

Lawmakers: Obama won’t OK Grand Canyon monument before leaving

President Barack Obama will leave office Friday without declaring a new 1.7 million acre national monument around the Grand Canyon, Arizona lawmakers said this week.... Read more»

From the editor

Sentinel editor joins in pushing Trump on transparency

In my role as head of a national group of local indie publishers, I signed onto a letter to incoming President Trump and VP Pence, urging changes to government policies that restrict reporters — and you — from learning what leaders and regulators are doing. The letter followed a series sent to President Obama and officials, urging greater transparency in dealings with the press and public.... Read more»

Grijalva joins dozens of other Democrats boycotting Trump inauguration

Two Arizona lawmakers will join dozens of Democrats who plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, saying they will spend time with constituents instead. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Tucson and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix will be among at least 48 House and Senate Democrats who announced plans to skip the swearing-in.... Read more»2

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