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Yuma sheriff isn’t investigating election fraud because of '2000 Mules'

Dinesh D’Souza told a conservative podcast that “2000 Mules,” his film making flawed and faulty claims about election fraud in 2020, directly led the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office to open up an investigation — but the sheriff says that’s simply not true. ... Read more»

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Report: ICE created 'dragnet' surveillance program, allowing agency to spy on most Americans

ICE has a "dragnet surveillance system," allowing the agency to pull up dossiers on most people in the U.S., according to a report by privacy advocates.... Read more»

A dozen Arizona GOP lawmakers follow at least 1 far-right Facebook group

More than 1 in 5 Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report, and in Arizona, 12 have done so — about 25% of the state’s GOP legislators.... Read more»

Analysis

How media reports of 'clashes' mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian violence

When reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, headlines often fail to mention who instigated the violence nor any hint of the power imbalance in the region - and headlines matter because many Americans do not read past them when consuming news.... Read more»

Az Sen. Wendy Rogers facing Senate ethics probe after blaming Buffalo mass shooting on 'feds'

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist who is accused of carrying out the attack. ... Read more»

Texas law prohibiting social media companies from banning users over their viewpoints reinstated by appeals court

A panel on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday reinstated a Republican-backed Texas law that prohibits large social media companies from banning users over their political viewpoints.... Read more»

FactCheck: Biden’s economic spin

In a May 10 speech on inflation and the economy, President Joe Biden made some misleading claims and used political spin to criticize Republicans and promote his policies.... Read more»

Arizona justices to decide if public has right to see Cyber Ninja election 'audit' records

The Arizona Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether the Arizona Senate has the authority to conceal records from an "audit" of the 2020 presidential election that found President Joe Biden was lawfully elected. ... Read more»

Arizona Senate has spent $500,000 on election 'audit' legal fees

The Arizona Senate has spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money related to the partisan election review it conducted in 2021, including on legal battles over public records and access to the audit facility.... Read more»

The truth about ERIC, the voter roll program targeted by extremists

Attacks on the Electronic Registration Information Center show how lack of public understanding about how local election officials ensure voter rolls are accurate, and the role ERIC plays, created an opening for disinformation to threaten election integrity. ... Read more»1

FactCheck

When the science is messy: How SciCheck handles scientific disputes

A cautious approach can be hard for people who expect concrete statements - and of course, scientists live for caveats, since so much of science is uncertain - so SciCheck tries to be transparent and remind readers that the science can change.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Christy: The more things change in Pima County government

"Jan Lesher's tenure as Pima County administrator is off to a rocky start, marked by an inability to step out of Chuck Huckelberry's shadow to chart her own course, and clouded by the suspicion of her being a willing participant in keeping public information hidden."... Read more»

Earth Day, and the media’s point of view

By all scientific accounts, the environmental crisis that activists highlighted more than half a century ago with the first Earth Day is much more dire today, yet network news anchors from 1970 were in many ways ahead of where journalists are now.... Read more»

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

The chairs of two U.S. House committees said Thursday they are asking election officials from Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas to detail what they are doing to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.” ... Read more»

Analysis

News media heeding call to limit naming perpetrators in mass shootings

For the past 10 years, news media has followed the way law enforcement has reacted after mass shootings - never mention the suspect’s name or offer much information about the person - as a way to diminishes the notoriety of the perpetrator.... Read more»

Arizona Senate race nets $61.5 million; Kelly one of top U.S. fundraisers

Arizona Senate hopefuls had raised more than $61.5 million by March 31, led by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., whose almost $39 million in campaign contributions was the second-highest in the nation among Senate candidates this cycle. ... Read more»

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