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FactCheck: Sanders misleads on Social Security

Sen. Bernie Sanders repeats a Democratic talking point in saying that Social Security hasn’t contributed “one penny” — or “one nickel” — to the deficit. In fact, it contributed $73 billion to the deficit in 2014.... Read more»

In red-state Arizona, fervent supporters await Bernie Sanders visit

Republican-dominated Arizona might seem like an unlikely place for left-leaning Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to garner support, but the Arizonans who do back the Vermont senator are fervent.... Read more»1

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources

The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers, October update

FactCheck's quarterly update of selected statistical indicators of Obama's presidency.... Read more»

Phoenix lawyer urges Congress to block NLRB’s new ‘joint employer’ rule

Supporters said the new definition of “joint employer” is needed to protect workers in the modern economy, where contracted-out work often gives employees no recourse when labor laws are violated.... Read more»

Hopefuls Babeu & Gowan enter crowded GOP field for open CD1

The Republican primary field in the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District got more crowded Monday, setting the stage for a competitive GOP primary reminiscent of the bruising 2012 campaign for the same seat. State House Speaker David Gowan and Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu threw their hats in the ring.... Read more»


Is the gun lobby's power overstated?

The NRA and other anti-gun-control groups are formidable, but political trends may be loosening their grip on lawmakers. ... Read more»

Senate passes McSally border jobs for veterans bill

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Thursday the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, a bill that requires Homeland Security to actively recruit outgoing military veterans for 1,200 unfilled positions at U.S. ports. ... Read more»

Congress passes stopgap budget with a day to spare; Arizona vote split

It took until the last minute to do it, but Congress on Wednesday passed a short-term budget that avoided a shutdown and will keep the government operating through mid-December.... Read more»

Amid court fights, some states consider redistricting commissions

After one of the most litigious rounds of redistricting in recent history, movements have popped up in at least five states to take the power to draw legislative and congressional maps away from legislators and put it in the hands of commissioners.... Read more»

House Speaker Boehner quits after five stormy years

House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday he will step down and leave the House at the end of October after struggling with repeated rebellions by conservatives during a tumultuous five-year reign as the chamber's top Republican.... Read more»1

McCain, McSally offer praise to Boehner on resignation

U.S. Sen. John McCain thanked House Speaker John Boehner for his "years of distinguished service" as the GOP leader announced he would step down next month. Rep. Martha McSally said she was "grateful for his support to me and my fellow pragmatic freshmen as we wouldn't be serving in Congress without it."... Read more»

Outside Capitol, mood for pope’s speech was part picnic, part pilgrimage

They started gathering before the sun came up Thursday, eager for a spot outside the Capitol where they could witness Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give blessing to Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

Members of Arizona’s congressional delegation gave generally high marks to Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress that touched on immigration, climate change and the death penalty. Rep. Martha McSally focused on the tone as much as the topics. Washington could use “a lot of compassion, and love, and peace and cooperation,” which is exactly what she said the pope brought to the city.... Read more»

McCain, whistleblowers demand end to VA retaliation

“During my time at the Phoenix VA, I lost six veterans to suicide,” a former addiction therapist told Congress. “Each one was like a punch in the gut.” Brandon Coleman got another punch after he complained and appeared in news stories: he was placed on leave and barred from the hospital without an escort.... Read more»

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