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Race and Beyond: When words are used as weapons

Lately, I’ve become aware of an increase in the amount of kvetching that surrounds me. Whether online, in private conversation, or in public discourse, people seem eager to express their discontent with one thing or another. Rarely do I hear folks expressing an equal measure of praise or satisfaction for the bounty of people, places, or things that they encounter in their daily lives.... Read more»

Advocates say court ruling won’t stop Obama’s immigration action

Arizona is one of 26 states suing to block President Obama's expanded immigration reforms, and state GOP lawmakers hailed the order delaying those policies two days before they were to take effect. Immigration advocates were unfazed, confident the order will be overturned. ... Read more»

Homeland Security delays accepting DACA applications

The day before federal officials were scheduled to begin accepting applications for deferred action under President Obama's executive actions, a Monday decision by a federal judge has halted the program. The secretary of Homeland Security announced that his agency had to comply with the eleventh-hour order and suspend the program until further notice. ... Read more»

Attorneys, feds mull options after immigration ruling

Immigration attorneys are telling their clients not to panic following a federal court ruling that temporarily halted President Obama’s November executive action.... Read more»

Advocates welcome FAA’s proposed rules on commercial drones

Backers say the proposed rules could open the door to a multibillion-dollar industry of commercial drone use, for jobs as varied as inspecting infrastructure to farming to movie making. The proposal was years in the making, and it will be months before they can take effect. ... Read more»

Federal judge blocks Obama's immigration action

In a late Monday filing, a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction halting President Obama's November executive actions expanding deferred action. The order could keep federal officials from accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Wednesday. ... Read more»3

Despite efforts, Latino Obamacare enrollment lags

Hispanics represent about a third of the nation’s uninsured, and for a number of reasons, signing them up has been harder. According to the latest government statistics, as of Jan. 16, two months into the current open enrollment period, just 10 percent of those who had enrolled in the 37 states served by healthcare.gov are Latino. ... Read more»

States brace for flood of deportation-relief requests

Millions of undocumented immigrants could benefit from President Barack Obama’s immigration changes planned for this spring. A new report profiles 94 areas in 24 states with the most concentrated undocumented immigrant communities. ... Read more»

Family confirms death of Az woman held hostage by ISIS

The family of Kayla Mueller, the Prescott, Ariz., woman held in Syria, confirmed her death in a statement Tuesday. Last week, the Islamic State claimed Mueller had been killed in a Jordanian airstrike against the group in Syria. "Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace," her family said.... Read more»

More eligible in Arizona after deferred action expansion

The Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is changing Feb. 18 to make people of more ages eligible and to shorten the length of time a person needs to have been in the U.S. to apply. Experts say that will mean more in Arizona applying for DACA. ... Read more»

As U.S. marijuana legalization spreads, Mexican 'mota' takes a dive

Less demand for Mexican marijuana could be reducing homicides, and some spy a future of a legal cross-border trade.... Read more»

White House budget includes $133M to fight heroin abuse

The administration's proposal comes amid a rising heroin epidemic in the nation and in Arizona, where overdose deaths have risen steadily. The funding would go toward prevention strategies, medication-assisted treatment programs and efforts to reduce drug crimes.... Read more»

FactCheck: Obama’s tax loophole logic

The White House is claiming that the top 1 percent of all earners would pay 99 percent of the capital gains tax increase proposed by the president. But that claim rests on some debatable logic.... Read more»

Babeu tells House panel there’s ‘no law’ on immigration under Obama

The charged hearing on immigration enforcement came as Congress grappled with Department of Homeland Security funding, which ends this month. A House bill to fund the agency without money for the president's immigration actions is stalled in the Senate. ... Read more»7

Obama recruits Texans to help sell immigration plan

Texas lawmakers may be leading the charge to derail President Obama’s executive action on immigration. But the White House wants it known: Not everyone in the Lone Star State wants to scrap the policy. ... Read more»

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