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DHS leader leaving for White House chief of staff post

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly will leave his post as Homeland Security Secretary at the end of the month to become White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. ... Read more»

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After being hit hard by recession, Latinos see sharp income, employment rise

Hispanic Americans enjoyed the fastest growth in household incomes and the largest decline in the poverty rate of any major racial or ethnic group in 2015, the White House said Wednesday.... Read more»

Az artist moves earth for 40 years at Flagstaff volcanic crater

Artist James Turrell has spent almost 40 years moving 1.3 million cubic yards of earth and creating an 854-foot tunnel in the Roden Crater. When finally finished, it will have 21 viewing spaces and six tunnels that will channel light into the crater.... Read more»

White House punts in response to petitions decrying March elections

The White House told the hundreds of thousands of people who signed petitions demanding action after the botched March presidential preference election in Arizona that they would have to look elsewhere for help.... Read more»

White House petition demanding Az voting probe tops 100k signatures

A petition demanding an investigation into problems with Tuesday’s presidential primary voting in Arizona had already collected more than 100,000 signatures as of Thursday, obligating a response from the White House.... Read more»

Tucson, Phx set to increase joint water conservation effort

Tucson and Phoenix water officials used the of the first-ever White House Water Summit to announced plans Tuesday for a more than five-fold increase in the conservation effort between the two cities.... Read more»

Victims' relatives gather 14 years after Sept. 11 attacks

Relatives assembled under overcast skies on Friday to commemorate nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and outside Washington 14 years ago, when airliners hijacked by al Qaeda militants brought death, mayhem and destruction. ... Read more»

Panel ‘demands’ end to Native teen suicides, but answers hard to come by

The rate of suicides among Native American youth is 2.5 times the national average.... Read more»

White House touts Obamacare health insurance gains in Arizona

The number of Arizonans without health insurance fell from 20.4 percent of state residents in 2013 to 17.5 percent in 2014, further proof that Obamacare is working, the White House said Tuesday.... Read more»

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

White House budget includes $133M to fight heroin abuse

The administration's proposal comes amid a rising heroin epidemic in the nation and in Arizona, where overdose deaths have risen steadily. The funding would go toward prevention strategies, medication-assisted treatment programs and efforts to reduce drug crimes.... Read more»

In D.C., a delicate dance between free speech and security

Protesters come to Washington from across the country, often with the intention of getting arrested. And police are happy to oblige. But the “negotiated management” of D.C. protests leads to what one Phoenix man called his "gentle and peaceful" arrest by police. ... Read more»

Playing politics with the pay gap

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not a comparison of “comparable positions.”... Read more»

Arizonans among those rallying Washington to end deportations

Immigration reform advocates, many from Arizona, rallied in front of the White House where they called on the president to "to stop the deportation machine" that is splitting up families. It came just days before a planned weekend of marches and rallies across the country. ... Read more»

White House honors Pam Simon for work against gun violence

For Pam Simon, gun violence was something that happened to other people – until she was one of 13 wounded in a January 2011 attack on former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. Simon was honored by the White House for her work since then on gun control. ... Read more»

As enrollment exceeds 7 million, Obama says health law 'here to stay'

The administration took a victory lap Tuesday as enrollment through the health law’s exchanges topped 7 million. ... Read more»

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