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Trump concession on wall funding rekindles gov't shutdown talks

The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend appeared to recede Tuesday after President Trump backed away from a demand that Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill. ... Read more»

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Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat

All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for a U.S. Senate representing Arizona.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dems' best hope to beat McSally could be a complete nobody

Rep. Martha McSally is in trouble, but to do something about it, the Democrats – the national Democratic establishment – may have to break form and follow the voice of their base. Who can beat McSally? It may be a nobody out there thinking “I'm sick of this … I'm gonna run without apology."... Read more»4

Tucson city election system will stand, after Supreme Court rejects GOP appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appeals court ruling that said Tucson’s hybrid election system – primaries by ward and general elections at-large – does not infringe on the right to vote by city residents. The denial ends two-year court battle by Republican critics.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Supreme Court tells Tucson Republicans to 'play ball'

As the Supreme Court denies a GOP appeal of a ruling that upheld Tucson's system of electing City Council members, it's back to the campaign trail for local Republicans and I will offer the “Red Team” advice because I'm the columnist who cares. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Spinning the CBO report on the Republican health care bill

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care bill has been released — so let the spinning begin: Democrats overstate what the CBO said about the impact on those who now have health insurance, while the White House budget director oversells the impact on premiums.... 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»

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»

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»

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»

Democrats leave ICE meeting convinced arrests a taste of what’s to come

Democratic leaders left a meeting with immigration officials Thursday convinced that recent apprehensions, detentions and deportations have greatly expanded under President Donald Trump, and said they were told to “expect more arrests.”... Read more»

One-third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them safer

Imposing a temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim countries, President Trump said the move would help protect the U.S. from terrorism. But less than one-third of Americans believe the move makes them "more safe," according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Tuesday. ... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on Trump order halting refugee admissions

Arizona lawmakers split over President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending refugee admissions and stalling travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, with Democrats predictably voicing opposition – along with some Republicans.... Read more»

Az political parties pick leadership: Dems reelect chair, GOP votes for new leader

Arizona's main political parties held organizing meetings over the weekend, with the Democrats and Republican each holding meetings in Phoenix to pick this year's statewide leadership. Democrats dealt with accusations of financial improprieties, while Republicans were riled by statements about Mormon "cronyism."... Read more»

Analysis

Trump's voter fraud probe could be used to justify voting restrictions

President Trump's plans to investigate the possibility of voter fraud in the 2016 election could pave the way for tough voting rules including stringent ID requirements that Democrats and rights groups say would amount to a new assault on voting rights. ... Read more»

Trump seeks 20 percent tax on Mexican imports

The White House said on Thursday that President Trump wants a new 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border, deepening a crisis after a planned summit between the two countries' leaders fell through. ... Read more»

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