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Sunshine Week commentary

Republicans & Democrats ask Obama: Why haven’t you signed this transparency order?

Ten billion dollars. That’s what some experts predict the 2016 election will cost (at least financially). This Sunshine Week, as news organizations and advocates reflect on the progress we’ve made on transparency and right-to-know reforms, it is critical to urge President Obama to sign an executive order that would shine a light on one tranche of money in politics.... Read more»

Commentary

Trying (and trying) to get records from the ‘most transparent administration’ ever

I experienced firsthand the incompetence and neglect behind Obama’s failure to make good on his FOIA promises. ... Read more»

FactChecking the 12th GOP debate

The candidates’ factual stumbles touched on ISIS, ethanol, climate change and more. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

ICE chief a bipartisan punching bag in immigration debates

When she was a federal prosecutor in Texas, Sarah Saldaña was seen as hard-nosed and nonpartisan. Since President Obama appointed her to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she's learned to take hits from the left and right.... Read more»

Obama plan to close Gitmo panned by Arizona GOP lawmakers

Arizona Republicans responded swiftly – and vehemently – to the plan announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some of the most notorious terrorism suspects are detained.... Read more»

White House, Congress feud over future of popular park-funding program

Both sides agree with the intent of the Land and Water Conservation Fund – to help acquire and improve federal and local park projects – but they disagree on how it should be implemented.... Read more»

McCain wants U.S. troops in Syria, compromise on cybersecurity

U.S. Sen. John McCain, who had earlier opposed U.S. "boots on the ground" in Syria, wants to deploy 10,000 troops in that Middle Eastern country to fight both ISIS and the Assad regime.... Read more»

Poll: 80% of Arizonans support 1.7M-acre nat'l momument near Grand Canyon

Backers of a bill that would create a new national monument on 1.7 million acres of federal land around the Grand Canyon touted a new survey Thursday that they said shows broad support for the plan.... Read more»

Factcheck: Cruz, Rubio twist 'precedent' on Supreme Court nominations

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz distort the history of Supreme Court appointments in arguing that President Obama should not be allowed to fill the vacancy left by the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.... Read more»

FactCheck: Cruz distorts Rubio, Trump stances on gay marriage

Sen. Ted Cruz says Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump believe that the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage “is the settled law of the land and we must … surrender and move on,” accusing them of “repeating Barack Obama’s talking points.” ... Read more»

Arizonans weigh in on picking Supreme Court successor to Scalia

Washington officials may be arguing over what will follow the sudden weekend death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but to Phoenix resident David Plummer the answer is obvious – the president should nominate a replacement, and quickly.... Read more»

Immigrants arrested in U.S. raids say they were misled on right to counsel

U.S. immigration authorities violated their own rules by telling some of the 121 Central American women and children they arrested in raids last month that they had no legal recourse to dispute their deportations, according to several of the women and their lawyers. ... Read more»

'Towering legal figure' - Supreme Court's Scalia found dead in Texas

Antonin Scalia, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was found dead of "apparent natural causes" at a resort in West Texas on Saturday. President Obama, who said he'll nominate a successor, said Scalia was among the "most consequential judges and thinkers to serve" on the court.... Read more»

FactChecking the PBS Democratic debate

The sixth Democratic debate, and the second between only Clinton and Sanders, was hosted by PBS and held at the University of Wisconsin.... Read more»

FactChecking the 5th Democratic debate

FactCheck found several false and misleading claims in the debate between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.... Read more»

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