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Squeaker in House becomes headache for Senate: 5 things to watch

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act by a razor-thin margin. Now the bill — and the multitude of questions surrounding it — moves across the Capitol to the Senate. And the job doesn’t get any easier, with only a two-vote Republican majority and no likely Democratic support.... Read more»

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FactCheck: The preexisting conditions debate

Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. President Trump has said, “Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it.” While Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has said that “insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.”... 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»

CBO estimates millions more would be uninsured under GOP repeal plan

The Congressional Budget Office releases its anticipated analysis of the American Health Care Act, Republican's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

Report: Immigrants living in Arizona contribute $21.4 billion to state's economy

A New York group urging immigration reform has calculated that about 900,000 immigrants living in Arizona contribute at least $21.4 billion to the state’s economy through purchases as well as taxes.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump’s CPAC speech

President Donald Trump made a triumphant return to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. But we found that Trump’s speech to his conservative “friends” at the conference contained a lot of the same false and misleading claims we’ve been fact-checking for months.... Read more»

Obama's farewell address: 'Democracy threatened whenever we take it for granted'

Complete text & video: "Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it's really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power — with our participation, and the choices we make. Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

A look at 2017: The year of 'Who the Hell Knows'

Together we in Southern Arizona enter 2017 looking through the lens of just one tautology: God only knows what will happen. If you liked last year's uncertainty, you'll love what comes next. Five issues locally could give Tucsonans an idea.... Read more»1

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas wages a war on drugs at the border. That might be the wrong place.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. ... Read more»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

Revenge of the forgotten class

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were playing with fire when they effectively wrote off white workers in the small towns and cities of the Rust Belt. ... Read more»

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could be more complicated than it looks

Promising to make the law go away, as President-elect Donald Trump did repeatedly, and actually figuring out how to do it, are two very different things. ... Read more»

Obamacare repeal FAQ

President-elect Donald Trump has promised he’ll ask Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act on day one of his administration. Should you even bother signing up? Here are answers to questions you may have.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Living with 'new normal' makes Trump's win understandable

In their apathy, the elites call the troubles of the many "the New Normal." Those of us who have been forced to swallow the new normal just kicked the establishment in the keister for demanding our obedience. It was stupid but understandable. But checks and balances undermine the rapid, radical change Trump promised. You can campaign in tweets but governing is done in legalese.... Read more»

Will Prop. 205 make it easier for Arizona vets to treat their PTSD with pot?

While several veterans interviewed support researching the medical effects of marijuana for PTSD treatment, they have mixed feelings about Prop. 205, which would legalize recreational pot use in Arizona.... Read more»

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