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Congress fully funds Homeland Security

The 8,900 U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed on Texas’ border with Mexico can clock in next week knowing they’re still going to get paid after Congress Tuesday voted to fund the DHS through September. ... Read more»

McSally, Grijalva vote 'aye' as Congress approves clean DHS funding

Department of Homeland Security workers, including Border Patrol agents, will be paid for another year, as Congress voted 257-167 on Tuesday to fund the agency, ending a dispute over controversial amendments that would have blocked funding for Presdient Obama's recent executive actions on immigration.... Read more»1

High court grills both sides in Arizona redistricting case

Supreme Court justices grilled both sides in the Arizona Legislature's challenge of a voter-approved redistricting commission. Opponents say the Constitution give the job of redistricting to lawmakers, but some justices argued that ultimate legislative power belongs to voters.... Read more»4

Factchecking CPAC

A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.... Read more»

DHS shutdown plan: 30k furloughed, 85% remaining to work without pay

While a fractious Congress battled to the last minute over Homeland Security funding, the administration released a 46-page contingency plan showing just what parts of the agency would be shuttered in the event that Congress fails to pass a funding bill.... Read more»

Homeland Security funded for one more week

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.... Read more»

Congress punts, McSally votes for 1-week DHS extension

With just hours to go before a midnight shutdown, Congress voted Friday to fund Homeland Security for one more week. The stopgap move does nothing to resolve the impasse between rightwing Republicans who want to roll back President Obama's immigration policies, and Democrats who want a vote on a "clean" funding bill for the department.... Read more»1

FactCheck

Biden resurrects bogus talking points

Factcheck: Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and U.S. oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire.... Read more»

Analysis

Israeli gov't has exaggerated Iranian nuclear threat for years

Analysis: A leaked Mossad report suggests Israel's own spy agency disagrees on the threat posed by Iran. ... Read more»

‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblowers welcome effort to protect others

Two men who exposed the government’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-running probe in Phoenix said they hope a new Senate caucus can keep other whistleblowers from enduring the retaliation they faced.... Read more»

Enviros ‘auction’ Grand Canyon to illustrate threat to public lands

A conservation group held a mock “auction” of the Grand Canyon Wednesday to illustrate what they said could happen if Congress strips the president’s authority to identify and protect national monuments.... Read more»

Analysis

Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

Tribes seek say in federal taxes

Speakers at a National Congress of American Indians panel said tribal input on federal taxes is challenged by disagreements among tribes on the issues and on what stance to take on those issues. ... Read more»

Factchecking Az congressman's 'amnesty bonuses' claim

Factcheck: At a townhall meeting on Feb. 9 Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Flagstaff, claimed “each illegal alien will get $24,000 in compensation. " Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration?... Read more»1

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

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