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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»

As feds crack down on immigration, locals push to protect residents

Arizona city officials said Monday that while federal policy on immigration is shifting under President Donald Trump, municipalities still have a duty to make residents in their cities feel safe – undocumented or otherwise.... Read more»

CBO estimates millions more would be uninsured under GOP repeal plan

The Congressional Budget Office releases its anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republican's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»

Howling success could be latest threat for gray wolves

Populations of endangered Mexican gray wolves have reached their highest numbers since reintroduction efforts began nearly 20 years ago, but rather than cheer the success, environmentalists are worried it could backfire on the struggling animals.... Read more»

Report: Immigrants living in Arizona contribute $21.4 billion to state's economy

A New York group urging immigration reform has calculated that about 900,000 immigrants living in Arizona contribute at least $21.4 billion to the state’s economy through purchases as well as taxes.... Read more»

New travel ban by Trump stirs familiar arguments for, against

President Trump signed a revised travel ban that dials back vetting procedures from his earlier order but keeps much of the rest – sparking similar debate. The changes did not impress Rep. Raul Grijalva, who said the only difference between it and the new version “is the time Trump and his cronies spent scheming up a plan to get it past our legal system.”... Read more»

Farmers worried possible import tax will hurt border produce business

What would a 20-percent tax on Mexican goods mean for cross-border agricultural businesses that supply grocery stores across the United States with fresh produce?... Read more»

Trump call for merit-based immigration puzzles experts

Immigration advocates are unsure what the merit-based immigration system President Donald Trump called for last week would do for the country – mostly because they don’t know exactly what the president meant.... Read more»

Executive order: Complete text of Trump's new travel ban

The complete text of President Trump's new executive order: "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States."... Read more»

Trump signs revised travel ban order, leaves Iraq off

President Trump signed a revised executive order Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the U.S. but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts. The new order keeps a 90-day ban on travel by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.... Read more»

Trump admin. has found just $20M in existing funds for multi-billion border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign, was to be financed with "existing funds." But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project.... Read more»

Grijalva & Gallego host kids of deported mom to send message to Trump

Angel and Jacqueline Garcia de Rayos could have spent Tuesday celebrating their mother’s 36th birthday, but the Mesa teens spent it in Washington instead to protest her deportation. The teens were invited by Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ruben Gallego to attend the first speech to Congress by President Trump – the man they blame for taking their mother away from them.... Read more»

Az lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

President Donald Trump delivered an hour-long speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands.... Read more»

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