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Wendy Rogers adds name to crowded CD1 field

Republican Wendy Rogers will take a third run at a congressional seat, but this time in a different district. While she lives in Tempe in CD9, she's jumped into a crowded GOP primary in sprawling CD1 as both parties jockey to grab an open seat. "Welcome to the clown car!," Democrats said.... Read more»

Advocates perplexed by U.S. response to Central American migrants

Refugee advocates said on Thursday the Obama administration is sending mixed signals to Central American migrants by deporting families who have fled to the United States while increasing resources in the crime-ridden region for asylum seekers.... Read more»

McSally hails reports Air Force backing off A-10 retirement

The Pentagon "is finally coming to its senses," said Rep. Martha McSally, welcoming reports that the military is backing off plans to retire the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, including planes based at Tucson's Davis-Monthan.... Read more»

Arizona well-represented in Capitol audience for State of the Union

While the rest of the nation watched from their living rooms, a handful of Arizonans had front-row seats to President Obama’s final State of the Union address. First lady Michelle Obama hosted two state residents, while Rep. Martha McSally brought a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson to Washington for the event.... Read more»

Full transcript: Obama's final State of the Union address

Complete text: "So let’s talk about the future, and four big questions that we as a country have to answer – regardless of who the next President is, or who controls the next Congress. "... Read more»

Victoria Steele resigns to focus on Congress run

State lawmaker Victoria Steele submitted her resignation Monday, the opening day of the legislative session, to focus on a run to be the Democratic candidate to challenge U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. Steele, first elected in 2012, is vying with former lawmaker Matt Heinz for the party's nod.... Read more»

Reuters exclusive

U.S., Mexican efforts to battle gun trafficking falter

Efforts to combat illegal gunrunning from the United States to Mexico have stumbled in recent years, hampered by a lack of cooperation between U.S. and Mexican officials, according to a report from a U.S. federal watchdog agency.... Read more»

Factchecking Clinton’s shaky cost-shifting claim

Hillary Clinton claimed in the Dec. 19 debate that private insurance premiums have “gone up so much” in some states that didn’t expand Medicaid because hospitals shifted their costs for providing emergency care for the uninsured. ... Read more»

Analysis

How for-profit companies are driving immigration detention policies

Companies’ quest for greater profits is expanding the immigration custody system at the expense of the health, safety, and rights of immigrants. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Close 'Terror Gap' to deny guns to those on no-fly list

People too dangerous to fly are too dangerous to buy guns and explosives. Makes sense, right? Not to Washington politicians. ... Read more»

Despite risks, U.S. Border Patrol tried to shorten polygraph tests for staff

Amid persistent complaints of corruption and abuse within its ranks, CBP proposed shortening congressionally-mandated polygraph tests for new agents because the difficulty of the tests and high failure rates have made it hard for the CBP to hire fast enough.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

McSally: How to defeat ISIS

ISIS' vision is to inspire jihadists worldwide to commit terrorist acts in their own communities. The attacks in Garland, Texas, Chattanooga and now San Bernardino highlight the challenges law enforcement have to keep up with this pervasive threat. It is already difficult to monitor all of the terror suspects on our radar screen, but an even more dangerous threat comes from those who have quietly radicalized before law enforcement can take notice. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Watch lists should never be used to deny constitutional rights

Terror watch lists may be a valuable tool to let law enforcement react at Jack Bauer speeds to thwart impending doom as the clock winds down. But they are horror shows when used to limit our civil rights, and Arizona Democrats may be on the road to McCarthyism as they attack McCain and McSally over gun laws. ... Read more»1

Factcheck: Cruz attacks Rubio on refugees

Sen. Ted Cruz claims the 2013 immigration bill Sen. Marco Rubio co-sponsored “would have dramatically expanded President Obama’s authority to admit Syrian refugees with no background checks whatsoever,” making it “easier to bring Syrian Muslim refugees” to the U.S. ... Read more»

Critics fault new highway law for concessions to trucking industry

A $305 billion highway bill approved by Congress includes several provisions aggressively sought by the trucking industry that, critics say, will undermine traffic safety. The long-awaited FAST Act removes truck safety ratings from a public website. It also creates a program to put drivers as young as 18 behind the wheel of a big rig if they have received military training.... Read more»

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