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Factchecking Trump, Carson on 9/11 ‘celebrations’

Donald Trump’s widely discredited claim that Muslims in New Jersey were seen on TV cheering the 9/11 terrorist attacks — and Ben Carson’s initial support of Trump’s remarks — has resulted in even more false claims, as both candidates try to explain their statements.... Read more»

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Factchecking claims about Syrian refugees

The Paris bombings and other recent terrorist attacks have given rise to a political debate within the United States about the Obama administration’s plan to admit Syrian refugees. But the facts about refugees are being distorted in some instances.... Read more»


To thwart terror, start with America’s own craven crazies

We can counter what is still a limited global threat by understanding it and reacting sensibly. Our first priority is boxing off our own cowards and crazies who are ready to abandon fundamental values for the illusion of security. ... Read more»

Arizona Muslims worry about backlash following Paris attacks

Imam Ahmad Shqeirat at the Islamic Community Center of Tempe and others who attend services there condemn the Paris terror attacks, but worry about a growing backlash.... Read more»

Az lawmakers split as House tries to put brakes on Syrian, Iraqi refugees

The U.S. House overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday that calls for the U.S. to stop admitting refugees from Syria and Iraq until they pass additional background checks, including direct approval by three federal security agencies.... Read more»

Border agents apprehend 5 from Pakistan, 1 Afghan near Patagonia

Border Patrol agents detained five Pakistani men suspected of being in the country illegally and another from Afghanistan on Monday near Patagonia. While Gov. Ducey jumped to comment, Homeland Security data shows that unauthorized immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan, not to mention Iraq and Syria, have been coming into the U.S. for a decade. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on bombing ISIS oil fields

Donald Trump says the U.S. is “just starting … as of two days ago” to heed his advice to “attack the oil” fields controlled by the Islamic State group. The U.S. has changed its policy, but it happened more than four weeks ago — not two days ago.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Turning away refugees proves Gov. Ducey more scared than American

Gov. Doug Ducey has a message for a neighbor of mine. "It was a mistake to let you into this country." My neighbor and I talk in the parking lot of an apartment complex that is, for all intents and purposes, a refugee relocation center. Turks, Russians, Burundians, Iraqis and Sudanese outnumber Latinos and African Americans.... Read more»

FactChecking the GOP economic debate

The fourth Republican presidential debate featured fewer candidates, but no shortage of factual missteps. ... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

After more than a decade of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. ... Read more»3


The Iran accord is going to change everything

Stephen Kinzer, one of the world’s leading experts on Iran, tells us why the Iran deal is going to make the world a better place.... Read more»

Factchecking the Benghazi hearing: What’s new?

Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said the committee “learned an awful lot” during Hillary Clinton’s marathon testimony Oct. 22. Rep. Adam Smith, a Democratic member, said the hearing produced “literally no new information.” Who’s right?... Read more»

FactCheck: Partisan spin on Benghazi

The Republican chairman and ranking Democrat on the House Benghazi committee each distorted the facts during TV appearances to discuss the committee’s work.... Read more»

FactCheck: Clinton and the Benghazi reports

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said all of the government investigations into the terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi concluded that “nobody did anything wrong.” That’s not exactly accurate.... Read more»

S. Az resident among dead in Afghan plane crash

A civilian worker from Sierra Vista was among those killed in the crash of a C-130 transport plane in Afghanistan on Friday. Carlos Carrasco, a Southern Arizona native, was among five contractors and six U.S. service members who died in the crash, officials said. ... Read more»

Az Rep. Gosar to skip pope's address in protest

When Pope Francis delivers a history-making address to a joint session of Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar won’t be there. Gosar, a Catholic, said he decided to stay away because he is “ashamed” of the pope’s position on the “false science” of climate change and what Gosar sees as a failure to speak out against radical Islam and Planned Parenthood.... Read more»

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