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Advocates: Kelly went ‘too far’ telling Congress fix laws or ‘shut up’

Immigration advocates Wednesday called for Congress to play a bigger role in checking executive power, saying the Trump administration is causing an “unprecedented level of anxiety, confusion and fear” in immigrant communities.... Read more»

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Az lawmakers praise Trump on Syria strike, but warn about not being consulted

Most Arizona lawmakers agreed Friday that Syria’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians called for quick action by the U.S., but some said President Donald Trump went about it the wrong way.... Read more»

Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.... Read more»

Senate panel asks experts if border wall is best approach to security

While they agreed that the U.S. needs to secure its southwest border, no one at a Senate hearing Tuesday appeared ready to say a wall along the entire border would be the only way to go.... Read more»

Bill to exempt tribes from some labor oversight draws union concerns

Tribal leaders called on Congress to exempt their governments and government-run businesses from oversight by the National Labor Relations Board, a right they said is enjoyed by every other government in the country. But critics said that would remove any protections tribal workers might have.... Read more»

Change bill: McCain again pushes dollar coins, eliminating pennies

Even small change can make a difference in the fight against government spending. That’s why Republican Sens. John McCain and Mike Enzi reintroduced legislation to phase out the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin, as well as eliminating the penny.... Read more»1

Call for crackdown on immigration, sanctuary cities, splits House panel

House Republicans renewed their call this week for an immigration crackdown, this time focusing on sanctuary cities that they say threaten public safety by harboring criminal immigrants.... Read more»

Congress rescinds rule limiting sale of Internet customer data

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business.... Read more»

Scientists: Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

At the U.S.-Mexico border, scientists say existing fencing is hurting wildlife and warn that a continuous wall could devastate many species. The barriers in place have made it harder for animals to find food, water and mates. Many, like jaguars, gray wolves and ocelots, are already endangered.... Read more»

AG Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' may lose federal grants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.... Read more»

Resolution mine official calls permitting process a barrier to business

The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs, a company official said Tuesday. But Rep. Raul Grijalva said "we have regulations ... to make sure environmental, public health and all other attributes of community impact are taken into account."... Read more»

Trump budget would hire lawyer team to obtain property for border wall

President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for the hiring of 20 attorneys to help the federal government “obtain the land and holdings necessary to secure the Southwest border.”... Read more»

Judges say plan to split 9th Circuit could backfire, spark court delays

Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals criticized plans to split the massive Western circuit in two, telling a House committee Thursday that doing so would cost taxpayers money while slowing down the judicial process.... Read more»

FactCheck: Spinning the CBO report on the Republican health care bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care bill has been released — so let the spinning begin: Democrats overstate what the CBO said about the impact on those who now have health insurance, while the White House budget director oversells the impact on premiums.... 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»

Az Dems blast 'Trumpcare' after CBO reports 24 million could lose insurance

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a CBO report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, but leave as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. Politico reported that an internal White House analysis showed even more people would lose coverage.... Read more»

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