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Senate takes up, then blocks, competing gun-control measures

The Senate had the opportunity to act on competing gun-control measures Monday, but proceeded instead to block action on any of the proposals in votes that fell mostly along party lines... Read more»

Gallego, Hispanic Caucus blast attempt to ban DREAMers from military

The Republican-led house narrowly defeated Thursday afternoon an attempt to ban young undocumented immigrants from serving in the military.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on the Orlando shooting

A day after the mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, Donald Trump made a series of false statements, misstatements and overstatements in TV interviews and a speech about the attack.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s drought claims

During a campaign rally in Fresno, Donald Trump claimed that California is not having a drought and water is being shoved “out to sea” to protect a “three-inch fish” at the expense of farmers.... Read more»

Obama not pursuing executive order to shut Gitmo, sources say

The Obama administration is not pursuing the use of an executive order to shutter the Guantanamo Bay military prison after officials concluded that it would not be a viable strategy, sources familiar with the deliberations said. ... Read more»

Lawmakers trade ‘hate,’ ‘censorship’ barbs in ‘illegal alien’ debate

The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.”... Read more»

Congressman Vela's 'up yours' letter to Trump wows Washington

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela's open letter to Donald Trump, that missive challenging the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to ram a theoretical border wall up his ass, is already the stuff of Capitol Hill legend. ... Read more»

TIA chief: Airports need more input on TSA staffing

Representatives of airports and airlines at Thursday’s Congressional hearing agreed the increased staffing is an important element. But Tucson airport chief Bonnie Allin said better coordination, and greater flexibility, is also key.... Read more»

Model gov't: Arizona lawmakers outsource legislative ideas

At least a handful of the 1,361 bills introduced in Arizona this year match bills introduced in other state legislatures. Nearly identical laws introduced in multiple states, or “model legislation,” come from national industry associations, individual companies, or policy think-tanks and advocacy groups, such as ALEC.... Read more»

Az mosquito surveillance helps track, curb spread of Zika

Phoenix is one of the best regions in the nation when it comes to the surveillance of mosquitos that can carry the Zika virus, one of the hard science approaches that could help check the spread of the disease, an Arizona epidemiologist said Wednesday.... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

Drought be dammed: Unplugging the Colorado River

The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned... Read more»

Az officials call for tightened limits on Lake Mead water use

Arizona officials said Tuesday it is time to end the “gentleman’s agreement” currently governing states’ use of water from Lake Mead and instead put tougher restrictions into law.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s foreign policy speech

In his foreign policy speech, Donald Trump claimed that “now ISIS is making millions and millions of dollars a week selling Libya oil.” He also repeated false and misleading claims on the NAFTA pact, Iraq War and the U.S. trade deficit.... Read more»

Border residents tell Congress something must be done, disagree on what

Southern Arizona residents Nan Stockholm Walden and Sue Chilton didn’t agree on much in their testimony to a House subcommittee Thursday, but they did agree on one thing – something needs to be done to better protect border communities.... Read more»

No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

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