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House panel: ICE released 30,000 convicted criminals in 2014

House lawmakers grilled ICE Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday, saying her agency had released more than 30,000 immigrants with criminal records in 2014 while failing to act against other immigrants its officers stopped.... Read more»

Decades later, families wait as tribal relocation office struggles

A plan to end an age-old land dispute between the Navajo and Hopi was supposed to take five years and $41 million, but 30 years and $564 million later families are still waiting to be moved. No one seems happy with the relocation effort. But few want to see it go away – yet. ... Read more»

Barber: Not running again, cites family

Just months after losing his congressional seat by just 167 votes, Ron Barber has decided that he won't run for Congress again, saying that although he "enjoyed the job immensely," he was forced to miss "precious time" with his grandchildren.... Read more»3

Sources: Ron Barber looking at rematch with Martha McSally

Just months after losing his congressional seat by just 167 votes, Ron Barber is looking ahead to the next election, eyeing a rematch with freshman Republican Martha McSally, political insiders said Friday. Barber won't tip his hand until Sunday morning, when he'll "announce his plans for 2016," his campaign said.... Read more»

Arizona exports topped $21 billion in 2014

Arizona businesses exported $21.1 billion in goods last year, which supported 93,354 jobs in the state, according to a report by the U.S. Trade Representative. It said the state's exports have grown 57 percent since 2004, with the vast majority from small or mid-sized companies. ... Read more»

FactCheck

Ad links Rand Paul to Obama on Iran

FactCheck: A conservative group welcomed Sen. Rand Paul into the presidential race with a TV ad that says he “supports Obama’s negotiations with Iran.” That’s misleading. Paul does support negotiating a nuclear deal, but he wants Congress to approve it.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, April update

Jobs, earnings, health insurance, oil production, exports and more. Our latest installment of the Obama scorecard. ... Read more»1

Coconino, Santa Cruz counties join suit backing Obama’s immigration actions

The two Arizona counties joined dozens of local governments on a court brief urging immediate implementation of the president's orders on immigration - orders Arizona is suing to block. One county official said suing to back immigration reform was the "right thing to do."... Read more»1

Iran nuclear pact sparks divided reaction from Arizona lawmakers

President Barack Obama called it a "historic understanding with Iran, which, if fully implemented, will prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon." But Arizona lawmakers saw it as everything from a step to peace to a step down a "disgraceful path" with an enemy. ... Read more»

McSally, McCain target 'spotters' who warn border traffickers

With her first piece of legislation, introduced Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally joined with Sen. John McCain in focusing on spotters for drug cartels — who conduct covert surveillance to help smugglers dodge border agents.... Read more»1

FactCheck: Ted Cruz's presidential eligibility

Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president?... Read more»1

Waiting for the Children’s Health Insurance Program

The federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will run out of money on Sept. 30. Until recently, Congress showed little interest in paying for it. But this week, the House agreed on a bill that would continue the $13 billion program in its current form through 2017. ... Read more»

Sunshine Week commentary

An inconvenient truth: Open government requires transparency

Withholding information, or even appearing to keep the public at arm’s length, creates a breach of trust between the American people and our institutions of government. Journalists, good government watchdogs, private citizens and even members of Congress often butt up against a byzantine bureaucracy that makes it tough to track down answers.... Read more»

Forest Service seeks full funding for fire season

The Forest Service budget for fighting wildfires has been underfunded in eight of the last 10 years, leading the agency to raid other budgets to pay the firefighting bills. It's past time to end that "fire borrowing" and fully fund wildfire programs, the service's chief testified. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Ted Cruz distorts NASA’s mission, budget

During his critique of NASA’s spending on earth and atmospheric sciences at a recent committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz made some misleading claims regarding the agency’s budgets and the science that it conducts.... Read more»

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