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Will the Latino 'sleeping giant' wake and vote this November?

An expected 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in November, yet, it’s unclear whether they will turn out. If they do, they have tremendous potential to affect the outcome.... Read more»

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Fort Worth judge blocks Obama transgender guidelines

As millions of children head back to school, a federal judge in Fort Worth has temporarily blocked Obama administration guidelines directing the nation’s public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that align with their gender identity.... Read more»

Federal judge approves plan to weaken Texas voter ID law

A federal judge on Wednesday approved a plan that says it won't be mandatory for Texans to present an ID in order to vote in the November general election. ... Read more»

Fight to remain silent: People often waive Miranda rights

The well-known Miranda right against self-incrimination, a case with its roots in Arizona more than 50 years ago, is still little understood by the public despite being a staple on police dramas and, as a result, it is waived in the vast majority of cases, knowingly or not.... Read more»5

Bordering on insecurity

What are your rights at U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol checkpoints?

Reporter Julian Aguilar answers a reader's question about what powers border agents have when questioning people at checkpoints.... Read more»3

FactChecking Hillary Clinton’s big speech

The Democratic presidential nominee made claims on income inequality, job growth, spending and more. ... Read more»1

Undocumented immigrants given roles at Democratic convention

The Democratic Party has selected a handful of undocumented immigrants for official roles at next week's Democratic National Convention, in a bid to highlight the gaping policy divide on immigration between White House hopeful Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald Trump. ... Read more»

Texas voter ID law violates Voting Rights Act, court rules

Texas’ voter identification law violates the U.S. law prohibiting racial discrimination in elections, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. ... Read more»

Obama administration asks Supreme Court for new DACA hearing

The Obama administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear a lawsuit between the federal government and 26 states, including Texas and Arizona, over two programs intended to protect thousands of immigrants from deportation. ... Read more»

Az cops can search based on pot smell, despite legal MMJ

Police in Arizona may legally search an individual's home or vehicle based solely on the smell of marijuana, even though the drug is legal for medical use, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. ... Read more»

Az advocates react as court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Arizona pro-choice advocates hailed Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that said Texas’ restrictions on abortion clinics are unconstitutional, calling the decision a “significant victory for women in Arizona.”... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Ruling that Texas' 2013 abortion restrictions place an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed Texas abortion providers a major victory by overturning the regulations.... Read more»

Deadlocked court leaves thousands of immigrants in limbo

A 4-4 tie by the U.S. Supreme Court justices leaves two programs created to protect thousands of immigrants from deportation remain on hold. ... Read more»2

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear immigrant detention dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether immigrants detained for more than six months by the U.S. government while deportation proceedings take place are eligible for a hearing in which they can argue for their release. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Full disclosure: Clean Elections measure needs work to push transparency

A citizen's initiative to change state law to — get this — require disclosure and clean up the state's elections faces a big hurdle: getting on the ballot. The idea of disclosure is pretty frickin' simple and would seem to be the bare minimum in an advanced democracy. However, in Arizona even criminal scandal-gates surrounding buying favors aren't enough to rouse action. ... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court reverses Arizona high court in death-row case

An Arizona death row inmate could get another chance to challenge his sentence in a 2001 murder, after the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday overturned a ruling by Arizona’s high court.... Read more»

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