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As employment improves, disabled jobless rate stays high

U.S. joblessness fell from 7.9 percent in 2012 to 7.1 percent in 2013, while it remained stubbornly above 13 percent for people with disabilities. Advocates said it is much the same in Arizona, where hesitation among both employers and would-be workers help keep the rate high.... Read more»

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Obama, Texas gov discuss solutions to immigration crisis

During a meeting Wednesday, President Obama urged Gov. Rick Perry to support his call for more funds for border resources. Perry urged the president to address policies he says have made Texas a magnet for illegal activity.... Read more»

Analysis

What the president can do on immigration if Congress fails to act

The president has broad—although not absolute—executive authority to set enforcement priorities, defer deportations of unauthorized immigrants, and mitigate some of the harshest effects of our broken immigration system.... Read more»

Tucson bishop joins clerics in Capitol to push immigration reform

Bishop Gerald Kicanas joined five other bishops who prayed and then fanned out across Capitol Hill to urge House members to act on comprehensive immigration reform. Kicanas said believes there is “still a glimmer of hope” for reform this year, despite little time and looming elections.... Read more»1

What the proposed NSA reforms wouldn't do

All the NSA reform plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.... Read more»

As enrollment exceeds 7 million, Obama says health law 'here to stay'

The administration took a victory lap Tuesday as enrollment through the health law’s exchanges topped 7 million.... Read more»

House Dems trying to force immigration reform vote

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a “discharge petition” to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer.... Read more»

He's short, but is he crazy? A brief psychoanalysis of Vladimir Putin

From Jon Stewart, to Sarah Palin to Brookings, inquiring minds want to know what’s in the head of Russia’s president.... Read more»

Advocates stage mock election in Capitol for immigration reform

An Arizona man joined dozens of advocates who “cast ballots” Thursday in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.... Read more»

Video: Barber leads Congress in moment of silence on Jan. 8

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber led the House in a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the Jan. 8 shooting. Surrounded by Arizona’s representatives and senators, Barber spoke of those who were killed, and House Speaker John Boehner ordered members of Congress to stand, quieting the House for about 20 seconds.... Read more»

By the numbers: a 2013 money-in-politics index

Center for Public Integrity highlights key stories and trends... Read more»

Capitol Hill staffer quits job to fight mom’s deportation in Arizona

Erika Andiola came to Washington expecting it would be the place to make a difference in the immigration reform fight – until the immigration fight hit closer to home. Andiola on Wednesday said she quit her job in the office of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to go home and focus on fighting the deportation of her mother.... Read more»

Phx hunger-striker breaks fast after 22 days, but protest continues

After 22 days with no food as part of an immigration reform protest, Phoenix resident Cristian Avila broke his fast Tuesday and was sent to a Washington-area hospital for a checkup. Avila was one of four hunger strikers who had been living and fasting in a tent on the National Mall in hopes of compelling congressional action on immigration reform.... Read more»1

This hunger is no game: Phoenix man fasting to force immigration reform

Visitors to a tent on the National Mall occasionally have to lean in close so they can understand what Phoenix resident Cristian Avila is saying. Avila is one of five protesters who stopped eating Nov. 12 and in an effort to force congressional action on stalled immigration reform legislation. They have vowed to continue their fast until the House acts.... Read more»1

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»

Advocates press on, despite grim 2013 outlook for immigration reform

Immigration overhaul advocates said they will keep fighting, despite a House Republican leader’s comment last week that there is not enough time left on this year’s legislative calendar to act on the issue.... Read more»

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