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Dazed & confused? McCain grills 'President Comey'

Sen. John McCain gave James Comey a bit of a promotion during his long and tangled questioning during a Senate hearing on whether President Trump pressured the former FBI director to drop an investigation into Russian connections to White House staffers. ... Read more»

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McCain’s line of questioning for Comey not exactly a straight line

Former FBI Director James Comey may have expected many things when he testified to a Senate committee Thursday – but being promoted to president was probably not one of them. But that’s what Arizona Sen. John McCain appeared to do in a question in which he accidentally called the former FBI chief “President Comey.”... Read more»

McCain: Questions to Comey 'went over people's heads'

With many political observers wondering what Sen. John McCain was getting at with his questions to former FBI head James Comey on Thursday, the Arizona senator said "my line of questioning today went over people’s heads. ... What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the president rise to the level of obstruction of justice."... Read more»

Factcheck: Timeline of Russia investigation

Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election ... Read more»

McCain: Trump firing FBI director 'confirms need' to investigate Russian election interference

In the wake of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, U.S. Sen. John McCain said the move "confirms the need and the urgency ... for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election."... Read more»

Arizona gun sales start to climb after January’s Trump slump

Gun sales in Arizona have started to rebound after a brief January slump that experts attribute to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.... Read more»

Teen in Israel linked to bomb threats against Jewish community centers

An Israel-American teenager has been arrested by Israeli police after an investigation that linked him to the rash of bomb threats against nearly 150 Jewish community centers in the United States — which may include two threats that put the Jewish Community Center in Tucson on lockdown late February and early March. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Examining Trump’s wiretap claim

With no evidence, President Trump called it a “fact” that “President Obama was tapping my phones in October.” He compared the alleged surveillance to the criminal acts of “Nixon/Watergate.” Yet, Trump provided no support for the startling claim, and when the White House press office finally got around to explaining the tweets, it undercut Trump’s baseless claim.... Read more»

Sonora man gets 33 months for 2016 primary election bomb threats

A 43-year-old Sonora man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for making dozens of calls last year, including on Arizona's presidential primary day, claiming bombs had been placed in public buildings in Tucson and Phoenix, including the Pima County Attorney's Office, high schools and recruiting offices. ... Read more»

Az's Reagan hopes other election officials learn from her tumultuous year

It was a rough year for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who told a national group Friday that after learning the hard way how to deal with election issues, she hoped her experience would keep them from going through the same turmoil. ... Read more»

Tucson woman sentenced for mailing child porn to husband already jailed for child porn

A Tucson woman will serve more than five years behind bars for mailing child pornography to her husband — who was in custody himself, awaiting trial on separate child porn charges that later found him sentenced to 25 years in prison. ... Read more»

Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

CBP aircrews aid search for girl, kidnapping suspect on Navajo Nation

Following an Amber Alert issued by the FBI on Monday for a missing 15-year-old girl, Customs and Border Protection dispatched a helicopter and an airplane from the Tucson Air Branch to aid the search in a remote area of the Navajo Nation. Officials found the girl unharmed and arrested a 40-year-old man later that day. ... Read more»

Court filing: Indicted PCSD official Radtke acting 'on behalf of employer'

Christopher Radtke, a former chief deputy with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department scheduled to go to trial Jan. 24 on federal theft and money laundering charges, will argue he was “acting within the lawful scope and authority of his employment.”... Read more»

Hate crimes on rise — but gov't isn't keeping good track

There is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence after a bitter national election. The data kept on hate crimes won’t reassure anyone. ... Read more»

U.S. bolsters cyber defense for election, few new steps on violence

Federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against potential electronic attacks on voting systems ahead of U.S. elections on Nov. 8, but few are taking new steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence. ... Read more»

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