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Fall election means immigration reform chances continue to dim

Just days after President Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the House for their August recess. After a year of squabbling, experts say it’s increasingly unlikely that anything will get done by this Congress.... Read more»

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House leaders derail plan to force vote on bipartisan immigration bills

House leaders this week derailed an attempt by Democrats and moderate Republicans to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, announcing instead that they will bring two Republican bills to the floor.... Read more»

With a week to next shutdown, no obvious progress on budget, DACA bills

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trent Franks deserved a fair shot at due process

Two things should bother us about this wave of revelations: 1) women face some seriously nasty behavior in the workforce, and 2) one accuser can end a man's career as we move toward “zero tolerance.” ... Read more»

Trent Franks to resign over ethics probe into asking staffers to bear his child

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., will resign from Congress after the Ethics Committee began investigating his request of two female staffers that they be surrogate mothers to a child for him.... Read more»2

20% of Arizona filers took state, local tax deduction House wants to drop

A GOP tax-reform plan to eliminate deductions for state and local income and sales tax payments would affect one in five Arizona taxpayers, who used it to deduct more than $3.5 billion from their 2015 income.... Read more»

FactCheck

Trump’s tax plan and 'the rich'

In promoting his plan to overhaul of the nation’s tax system, President Donald Trump claimed “the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” ... Read more»

McSally, other Republicans press for congressional fix for DACA

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and nine other GOP members of Congress submitted a letter to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Friday asking him to find a legislative solution to the possible end of DACA. ... Read more»

Quick take

Christian radio owner: 'Trump must repent or resign'

Doug Martin, the owner of a group of conservative Christian-oriented radio stations in Tucson, said Wednesday that Trump must "repent humbly or resign" after blaming both sides for the violence at the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. ... Read more»1

Quick take

McSally: 'White supremacy has no place in America'

With dozens of national Republicans specifically blasting Donald Trump's responses to the fatal neo-Nazi rally in Virginia, Rep. Martha McSally made a restrained comment Tuesday evening: "Let's be clear: white supremacy or any form of racism, bigotry, violence or domestic terrorism has no place in America."... Read more»

Congress hits pause as members, staff grapple with shooting

Lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill were grappling Wednesday with what one member called the “horrifying and concerning” shooting spree in a Washington suburb that left five people injured, including staffers, police officers and a House member.... Read more»

GOP health bill could cost 23 million coverage; 400,000 in Az

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare will force as many as 23 million Americans off health insurance over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported, with local experts predicting more than 400,000 of those will be in Arizona.... Read more»

HHS: Az health insurance premiums almost tripled since 2013

Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, a new report said. But the report does not mention the tax credits that many low-income consumers received under Obamacare.... Read more»1

Judge blocks Trump's new travel ban before it takes effect

Just hours before President Trump's revised travel ban was set to go into effect, a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday issued an emergency halt to the order's implementation. The judge ruled that while Trump's order did not mention Islam by name, "a reasonable, objective observer ... would conclude that the Executive Order was issued with a purpose to disfavor a particular religion."... Read more»

Az Dems blast 'Trumpcare' after CBO reports 24 million could lose insurance

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a CBO report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, but leave as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. Politico reported that an internal White House analysis showed even more people would lose coverage.... Read more»

Trump admin. has found just $20M in existing funds for multi-billion border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign, was to be financed with "existing funds." But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project.... Read more»

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