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Obama's numbers, July update

Unemployment is down, as is home ownership, while business start-ups, paychecks and oil production are up. ... Read more»

Apaches renew protest of Oak Flat copper mine

Members of a Native American tribe in Arizona took to the roadways on Monday to protest against a proposal for a massive copper mine at a small town east of Phoenix, vowing to protect sacred lands.... Read more»

Months after Kayla Mueller’s death, Obama OKs new hostage policy

The White House announced a new policy this week on how it deals with foreign hostage-takers and “in particular its interaction and communication with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage.” Obama’s order comes four months after former Prescott resident Kayla Mueller died while being held by ISIS militants.... Read more»

Obamacare’s next 5 hurdles to clear

Obamacare survived it's second Supreme Court challenge, but it's long term future still isn't ensured.... Read more»

FactChecking fallout from High Court Obamacare ruling

The Supreme Court upholds the ACA subsidies, and the political reaction is misleading. ... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on vote to advance Pacific trade deal

Arizona Republicans sided with President Barack Obama and the state’s Democrats opposed him Thursday, as the House voted to revive stalled negotiations toward a 12-nation free-trade pact with Asian and Pacific Rim countries.... Read more»

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pacific trade deal has lots of protections for businesses — but not for workers

The secretive, humongous treaty won’t stop labor abuses in poor countries, critics warn.... Read more»

Report: State, national economies could surge under deportation-deferral plans

Granting deportation deferral to an estimated 137,000 Arizona residents would add hundreds of jobs annually and billions of dollars over a decade to the state economy, according to a new state-by-state analysis from liberal think-tank Center for American Progress.... Read more»2

Obama wants to give $1 billion to scandal wracked Central American gov'ts

Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are in a crucial phase of lobbying for new U.S. funds to help them break cycles of poverty and violence, and stem migration. But the presidents of both Honduras and Guatemala have recently come under fire for alleged corruption.... Read more»

Factchecking Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the brother of one president and son of another, plans to join the 2016 presidential campaign today. It is the first time he has run for national office, so our file on him isn’t as robust as those for some other candidates.... Read more»

Sen. Flake goes to Cuba — again

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake traveled to Cuba this weekend, meeting with the island nation's vice president and foreign minister. The Arizona Republican is a strong backer of the Obama administration's push for a rapproachment with the communist country after five decades of a contentious relationship.... Read more»

Factchecking Obama's health care boasts

President Barack Obama made misleading and exaggerated claims in a speech Tuesday boasting of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

Pew: Most Americans support legal status for undocumented immigrants

Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. should be allowed to stay in the country if they met certain requirements, according to a poll published Thursday.... Read more»

Grijalva: Cuba visit showed trade opportunities for Arizona

"Visiting Cuba in person was an opportunity to see first-hand the many ways our nations can mutually benefit from open relations," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday, after a trip to the island nation last week. "President Obama has taken significant actions to normalize relations with Cuba. Now Congress must act to fully end the decades-old trade and travel embargo."... Read more»

U.S. drops Cuba from terror list, but obstacles remain

The United States removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism Friday, but obstacles remain in relations between the two countries.... Read more»

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