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Feds ask appeals court to let immigration plan proceed

The Obama administration Thursday asked a federal appeals court to do what a Texas-based judge didn’t: allow a controversial immigration program to move forward while the issue plays out in the courts.... Read more»

FactCheck

FactCheck: Obama on Clinton’s emails

President Obama said he first learned “through news reports” that Hillary Clinton used a private email system when she was his secretary of state. But it turns out he did know she used a private email address, at least for some official business.... Read more»

McCain: AG nominee unfit because she supports Obama’s immigration action

U.S. Sen. John McCain said Friday that attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s support of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration makes her unfit for the post.... Read more»1

Texas accuses Obama administration of misleading judge

Attorneys for the state of Texas say the Obama administration started granting work permits to undocumented immigrants before it said it would, and misled a federal judge about it. They're demanding more details. ... Read more»

Lawmakers question authorizing military force against ISIS

President Obama wants Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State militants waging a brutal campaign in parts of Iraq and Syria. House members asked if the request was too narrow and if allies were capable of holding on to any U.S. gains.... Read more»

States urge judge to keep immigration plan on hold

A coalition of states' attorneys general argued Tuesday that President Obama’s own actions should convince a federal judge to keep a controversial immigration plan on hold.... Read more»

TPD's Villaseñor, task force to Obama: End racial profiling

A task force on "21st Century Policing" presented recommendations to President Obama on Monday, including urging independent reviews of police shootings, a ban on all racial profiling by law enforcement, and better data collection. The group, including Tucson's police chief, stopped short of calling for other controversial reforms, such as mandatory body cameras.... Read more»1

DHS shutdown plan: 30k furloughed, 85% remaining to work without pay

While a fractious Congress battled to the last minute over Homeland Security funding, the administration released a 46-page contingency plan showing just what parts of the agency would be shuttered in the event that Congress fails to pass a funding bill.... Read more»

Executive action won't solve issue of uninsured immigrants

The president’s proposed immigration action could give millions of unauthorized immigrants the right to stay in the country and work, but it won’t solve their lack of health insurance. ... Read more»

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»

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»

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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

County leaders say local gov't must play role in immigration

Immigration may be a federal issue, but Arizona officials said county governments have a role to play, too - particularly in educating residents about the immigration system. The comments came at briefing on the president's immigration actions at national meeting of county officials. ... Read more»3

Factchecking Az congressman's 'amnesty bonuses' claim

Factcheck: At a townhall meeting on Feb. 9 Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, claimed “each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation. " Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?... Read more»1

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

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