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Look out, Donald: Straight Talk Express rumbling back to life

John McCain seems ready to clear his throat and do the "Straight Talk" thing again, because his favorite card to play is the Ace of Spades — the Death Card — on those who done him wrong. Donald Trump's about to pay a price for his "I like people who weren’t captured" crack.... Read more»

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Bills to ease Border Patrol hiring advance in Senate, stall in House

A Senate committee Wednesday approved a bill that would make it easier to hire Border Patrol officers by waiving polygraph tests for applicants who are current or former military, police or other law enforcement officers.... Read more»

Obamacare

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»

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»

Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat

All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for a U.S. Senate representing Arizona.... Read more»

Kelly: Trump is giving him ‘elbow room’ on what border wall should be

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a Senate committee Wednesday that his department will not build a border wall “from sea to shining sea,” but will instead use a variety of techniques to secure the Southwest border.... Read more»

Senate panel asks experts if border wall is best approach to security

While they agreed that the U.S. needs to secure its southwest border, no one at a Senate hearing Tuesday appeared ready to say a wall along the entire border would be the only way to go.... Read more»

Trump’s Defense secretary cites climate change as national security challenge

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has asserted that climate change is real, and a threat to American interests abroad and the Pentagon’s assets everywhere, a position that appears at odds with the views of the president who appointed him and many in the administration in which he serves.... Read more»

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Sen. Jeff Flake begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike.... Read more»

Exclusive: Trump border 'wall' to cost $21 billion, take 3.5 years to build

President Donald Trump's "wall" along the U.S.-Mexico border would be a series of fences and walls that would cost as much as $21.6 billion, and take more than three years to construct, based on a Homeland Security internal report seen by Reuters on Thursday. ... Read more»

Tribes say feds gave them run-around, not aid, after Gold King spill

Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel Wednesday.... Read more»

Trump orders border wall construction, crackdown on 'sanctuary cities'

President Trump on Wednesday signed directives to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico and crack down on U.S. cities that shield illegal immigrants, proceeding quickly on sweeping and divisive plans to curb immigration and boost national security. ... Read more»1

Grijalva joins dozens of other Democrats boycotting Trump inauguration

Two Arizona lawmakers will join dozens of Democrats who plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, saying they will spend time with constituents instead. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Tucson and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix will be among at least 48 House and Senate Democrats who announced plans to skip the swearing-in.... Read more»2

Backpage.com executives plead Fifth in hearing on sex trafficking

Executives of the online classifieds site Backpage.com refused to answer questions from a Senate committee investigating claims that the site facilitated child sex trafficking through its adult ads section. The hearing last week came one day after the site – whose former owners Michael Lacey and James Larkin co-founded the Phoenix New Times – removed its “adult” ads pages because of what it called unconstitutional censorship.... Read more»2

Az charters excited by DeVos nomination, public schools wary

Public school advocates in Arizona are withholding judgment – for now – on school-choice champion Betsy DeVos, who faced a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on her nomination to become the next secretary of Education.... Read more»

3 men and a maybe: Can ex-foes Trump and McCain, Flake get along?

Of the 20 states with two Republican senators, only one state had both of those senators publicly declare they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee this year – Arizona.... Read more»

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