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FactCheck: Harry Reid's 'bear facts'

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has said at least twice that climate change is causing bears in the Sierra Nevada mountains to change their hibernation patterns. There is no evidence that climate change is actually having such an effect.... Read more»

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Analysis

The Latino electorate by immigrant generation

Second-generation immigrants are the driving force behind the growth of the Latino electorate. As immigrants and their children make up a larger share of this electorate, immigration reform will become an even more pressing policy issue for the Latino electorate. ... Read more»1

Charles Koch's long history of education funding

The conservative billionaire's massive grant to the United Negro College Fund is nothing new.... 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»

Reid wrong on AFP criticism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrongly blamed the conservative group Americans for Prosperity for promoting a “false” story of a woman whose insurance premiums went up $700 per month. AFP didn’t feature that woman’s story in any of its ads.... Read more»

GOP lawmakers dislike ‘how’ as much as ‘what’ of Obama speech

President Obama’s State of the Union address renewed calls for comprehensive immigration reform and action on economic opportunity, including an increased minimum wage and extended unemployment insurance benefits. But Republicans in Arizona’s congressional delegation quickly attacked the speech not just for what the president wants to do but how he vowed to do it.... Read more»

Reid overstates reduction in uninsured

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid incorrectly claimed that 9 million Americans “have health care that didn’t have it before” because of the Affordable Care Act. That figure includes an unknown number who previously had insurance but switched to a policy sold through the exchanges, plus an unknown number of Medicaid recipients who renewed their coverage.... Read more»

Code talkers belatedly honored with Congressional Gold Medals

Warren Kooyaquaptewa did not live long enough to be honored by his country for his military service, but his daughter said Wednesday that the Hopi man would have been proud to see that day finally come. Kooyaquaptewa was one of more than 200 Native American code talkers, including 12 men from three Arizona tribes, to be honored with Congressional Gold Medals on Wednesday.... Read more»

Senate passes comprehensive immigration reform bill; House next

"It's landmark legislation that will secure our borders and help 11 million people get right with the law," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said of the bill. ... Read more»

Cornyn’s ‘ralse’ rhetoric

Sen. John Cornyn alleged President Obama has told the families of Newtown shooting victims that the Republican party “doesn’t really care about their loss.” But Obama never actually said that.... Read more»

The ‘Obamaquester’

This Republican talking point aims to blame President Obama for more than $1 trillion in automatic, across-the-board cuts in domestic and defense spending that — without action by Congress — are scheduled to take effect on March 1.... Read more»

Analysis

Top 10 reasons why it’s time for immigration reform

The president, Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and the American people are all pushing for comprehensive immigration reform. Now is the time to pass it. ... Read more»

As cuts loom, Phx mayor criticizes Congress for inaction

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton joined other mayors who criticized Washington leaders for their inability to act on a budget. The mayors fear that the failure to reach a budget agreement could cripple local economies, if drastic spending cuts are allowed to kick in this spring.... Read more»

Senate Republicans block DISCLOSE Act

A bill that would require groups that run political ads attacking candidates to disclose their donors fell nine votes short of moving ahead Monday night in the U.S. Senate.... Read more»

House votes to extend low student loan rates

The House of Representatives voted on Friday for a Republican-backed plan to extend low student loan rates.... Read more»1

Factcheck

GOP's bogus bipartisan bill claims

In a mailer to constituents, a Republican congressman claims 27 “bipartisan bills” have passed the House but “hit a brick wall” in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But most of the bills are in fact not very “bipartisan.”... Read more»

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