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Widow of Islamic State leader charged in death of Arizona woman

The wife of a deceased Islamic State leader was charged on Monday in federal court with conspiracy in the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was killed a year ago while being held hostage in Syria by the militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said. ... Read more»

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Pope, Russian patriarch to hold historic meeting in Cuba

Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church will appeal for an end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East as they meet in Cuba next week in what could be a landmark step toward healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.... Read more»

Pentagon: A-10s will fly through 2022

The Air Force's A-10 attack jets will not be retired until at least 2022, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday, previewing the Obama administration's military budget. The planes, including those based in Tucson, had been on a path to an earlier retirement in favor of the F-35, with some already grounded.... Read more»

McSally hails reports Air Force backing off A-10 retirement

The Pentagon "is finally coming to its senses," said Rep. Martha McSally, welcoming reports that the military is backing off plans to retire the Air Force's fleet of A-10 attack aircraft, including planes based at Tucson's Davis-Monthan.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split on Obama’s final State of the Union

Arizona Democrats welcomed Obama's "aspirational" speech, but Republicans called it everything from "fluff" to premature legacy-building by a lame-duck president.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Raising the minimum rage: A New Year’s revolution

A tongue-tied TV analyst was talking about salaries some time ago, and she referred to “a rise in the minimum rage.” That would have been a perfect Freudian slip for an America ready to storm its Bastilles. If only. ardly outraged, we hand over our keys to self-serving politicians and grasping tycoons who betray our basic values. Police gun down kids with impunity. If we don’t wield pitchforks now, our democracy may soon become serfdom.... Read more»

FactCheck: Christie PAC wrong about Gitmo prisoners

A TV ad from a pro-Chris Christie super PAC shows the New Jersey governor saying, “30 percent of the people the president has released from Guantanamo have gone back in the terrorism business.” That’s way off.... Read more»

FactCheck: Political 'whoppers' of 2015

It’s been a banner year for political whoppers. FactCheck gives you a generous sampling of the most far-fetched, distorted or downright fallacious claims made during 2015.... Read more»

Factchecking the third Democratic debate

The Saturday night showdown featured misleading claims on guns, the minimum wage and Wall Street. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Close 'Terror Gap' to deny guns to those on no-fly list

People too dangerous to fly are too dangerous to buy guns and explosives. Makes sense, right? Not to Washington politicians. ... Read more»

Factchecking the fifth GOP debate

The Republican presidential candidates’ fifth and final 2015 debate focused on national security and included misleading claims on terrorism, immigration and foreign oil.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McSally: How to defeat ISIS

ISIS' vision is to inspire jihadists worldwide to commit terrorist acts in their own communities. The attacks in Garland, Texas, Chattanooga and now San Bernardino highlight the challenges law enforcement have to keep up with this pervasive threat. It is already difficult to monitor all of the terror suspects on our radar screen, but an even more dangerous threat comes from those who have quietly radicalized before law enforcement can take notice. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Watch lists should never be used to deny constitutional rights

Terror watch lists may be a valuable tool to let law enforcement react at Jack Bauer speeds to thwart impending doom as the clock winds down. But they are horror shows when used to limit our civil rights, and Arizona Democrats may be on the road to McCarthyism as they attack McCain and McSally over gun laws. ... Read more»1

Factcheck: Dems mislead in comparing Trump, other GOP candidates on immigration

A Democratic super PAC ad claims that Republican candidates for president are “all on the same page” with Donald Trump on immigration — favoring the deportation of millions of immigrants who are in the U.S. without legal permission.... Read more»

Ted Kennedy and the no-fly list myth

Several Republican presidential candidates cite Ted Kennedy as a reason why they oppose President Obama’s proposal to block the sale of guns to known or suspected terrorists on the no-fly list. Kennedy, after all, was mistakenly placed on the government’s no-fly list, they say. But the Transportation Security Administration calls that a “myth.”... Read more»

FactCheck

Video: Syrian refugee facts

What religion are the Syrian refugees? Are they mostly men, women, or children? How many refugees will be admitted to the U.S.? Are they being sent to states with Republican governors? The following video from FlackCheck.org answers each of those questions.... Read more»

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