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What the Devil won't tell you

State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Groups prepare to defend constitutional rights, themselves

Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the “will of the people” have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots across the country who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights by any means necessary. ... Read more»3

Analysis

Kids Count shows Az's preferred obsolete model

I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.”... Read more»

Teacup pups, loved by celebrities, often begin life in abusive breeding mills

GlobalPost investigation: For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.... Read more»

Opinion

Mitt Romney's Southern defeat

It could have been the awkward “y’alls” that did it, or the forced references to “cheesy grits,” but the South roundly rejected former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney Tuesday night.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

The day the Tea Party died

The political news last week weaves a single narrative—the decline of the Tea Party. Whether in Tucson's elections or the GOP race to pick a presidential nominee, the right wing is on the ropes.... Read more»4

Smart v. Stupid

The right-wing reptile brain, now with science!

Two recent studies find significant differences in conservative brains and in how those brains process memories.... Read more»1

Europe fights the death penalty—with drugs

Danish drugmaker cries foul, saying the United States is misusing its anesthetic, pentobabital, to kill American criminals on death row.... Read more»

Quality of life

It could be worse: Arizona No. 21 on well-being list

Arizona ranks No. 21 on the nation's happiest, healthiest list, according to a new Gallup poll.... Read more»