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Background checks fail on dangerous mentally ill

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.... Read more»

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How scared should Americans be of the Islamic State?

The United States is grappling with the risk level of the extremist militants retaliating as Obama inserts military might into Iraq.... Read more»

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Texas gov misuses 'criminal alien' data

In discussing his decision to send the National Guard to the Mexico border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry repeatedly has misused data on “criminal aliens” arrested in Texas.... Read more»

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Andrew Thomas: A campaign fueled by hate

Only in Arizona can people run a TV ad using bigotry and homophobia as possible gubernatorial virtues.... Read more»1

Fatal 2010 Border Patrol shooting comes under renewed scrutiny

After a Border Patrol agent in 2010 fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back, a review deemed the shooting death justified. But now that conclusion has been called into question by law enforcement officials, some of whom suspect that the agent was coached on his version of events by an internal affairs investigator.... Read more»

Border crisis: Cities and states revisit anti-gang policies

Critics say the way cities and states dealt with gangs 20 or more years ago greatly contributed to the recent surge in Central American kids crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone.... Read more»1

Here's one way to land on the NSA's watch list

If you downloaded the privacy software Tor in 2011, you may have been flagged to be spied on.... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

No warrant, no problem: How the gov't can get your digital data

The government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day.... Read more»

Grijalva lauds Tucson VA hospital for low wait times

While the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix has been beset by scandal, the VA hospital in Tucson has successfully passed a nationwide audit by the Department of Veteran Affairs. New patients waited an average of 33 days for an appointment, while current patients waited a day.... Read more»1

Border agent shoots, kills suspect in Green Valley

A suspected drug runner was killed in a shooting Friday at A Border Patrol agent shot and killed the driver of a vehicle loaded with bundles of marijuana after the driver abandoned the vehicle and tried to flee on foot in a pecan grove near a Green Valley golf course.... Read more»

Why don’t we know how many people are shot each year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows. We don’t even know if the number of people shot annually has gone up or down over that time.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation.... Read more»

Even the 99 percent get kidnapped in Mexico

With ransoms set as low as $250, now more lower-class Mexicans can ‘afford’ an abduction. Although, sometimes they’re killed anyway. “If there’s anything democratic in Morelos, it’s kidnapping,” says Gerardo Becerra, 56, a businessman who is leading a citizens’ anti-crime protest movement in Cuernavaca.... Read more»

FBI releases 600+ pages from Jan. 8 investigation

The FBI has released more than 670 pages of documents from the early stages of the investigation into the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting that killed six and wounded 13 others, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Most of the pages have information redacted, and more than 300 pages were held back by federal investigators.... Read more»1

Can we trust crime numbers?

In the midst of a revolution where criminal justice data moves at the speed of light, the pace of federal statistical studies can seem glacial, critics say.... Read more»

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