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Far from border, Central American kids find familiar faces

The number of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the Mexican border has skyrocketed since 2011, generating open hostility in many communities around the country. But children have gotten a warmer reception in places where Central Americans are the predominant immigrant group.... Read more»4

Metro Week: Campaign money flows to Tucson TV

On AZPM’s Metro Week, Sentinel Editor Dylan Smith joined a roundtable discussion of the top stories of the week, including campaign fundraising, the GOP gubernatorial primary debate, the Sun Link streetcar’s first week of operations, and a sales tax proposal made by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.... Read more»

Seven insane problems outlined in new Afghan reconstruction report

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction published its quarterly report for Congress Wednesday, and this line just about sums it up: “poor planning, shoddy construction, mechanical failures, and inadequate oversight.”... Read more»

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.... Read more»

Analysis

Why Millenials aren't saving, and what can be done

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.... Read more»1

White House protest ends in arrests; Congress balks on border funds

A Phoenix minister was among a group of religious leaders and immigration advocates arrested Thursday at the White House, where hundreds turned out to demand a halt to deportations. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the House canceled a vote on a bill to address the crisis of children illegally crossing the Southwest border.... Read more»1

Time runs out for Congress to address border crisis

Lawmakers spent hours earlier debating the merits of a border bill. But CSPAN reported that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, failed to garner enough support from his GOP colleagues, who argued the measure was not strong enough.... Read more»

Experts: Don’t be fooled by funding gap in tight congressional races

The Democratic incumbents in three Arizona districts that have been deemed among the most competitive in the country have raised substantially more than their challengers, more than 3-to-1 in some cases. The closest challenger in the money race is Martha McSally, who’s aiming to face off against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.... Read more»

Opening land to renewable energy could make Az 'solar capital'

Arizona could become the world’s solar-energy capital - with some help from Congress, said Eric Fitzer, of the governor’s energy office. He and La Paz County Supervisor D.L. Wilson were supporting a bill to make it easier to develop renewable-energy on federal land.... Read more»

Az official backs bill to streamline Western state land exchanges

State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman told a House panel that a bill to streamline public-land exchanges in the West could make for more sensible and environmentally sensitive development. And that could mean more trust land money to go to local schools, she said.... Read more»1

Analysis

Border crisis demands Central American intervention

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.... Read more»1

Lobbying declines among top special interests

As election season spools up and an already lethargic Congress readies for recess, federal lobbying efforts among elite special interests are sputtering, too.... Read more»

Analysis

Sarajevo centennial: Today's turbulence a legacy of WWI

The tinderbox of circumstances and realities that required only the tiniest of sparks to plunge the world into thirty years of global chaos a century ago are in many ways still with us today.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on party lines over immigration

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the “far-left” scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was “honored” by his perfect score.... Read more»2

VA agreement includes $20M for Phoenix outpatient clinic

The Phoenix facility was one 27 projects, worth more than $230 million, that were part of the tentative $17 billion deal between the House and Senate on the overall veterans health-care package. The two chambers have only a few days to act before leaving town for their August recess.... Read more»

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