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Press freedom groups dispute the government’s claim that First Amendment concerns are hypothetical, citing the surveillance of journalists covering the migrant caravans.

The Biden administration will head to the Supreme Court to defend a federal law that criminalizes certain speech - while the law is aimed at those who would encourage people crossing the border to skirt law enforcement, it has been used by the government to surveil journalists. Read more»

The Texas Observer was founded in 1954.

The Texas Observer, the storied progressive publication known for its feisty, combative and often humorous investigative journalism, is shutting down and will lay off its 17-person staff, including 13 journalists, several members of its board said Sunday. Read more»

Though none spoke up at the Energy and Commerce hearing, some progressive Democrats and outside groups have expressed uneasiness with a government ban of a private service.

A U.S. House panel grilled TikTok’s CEO for more than five hours Thursday over the social media giant’s ties to China, and indicated there may be bipartisan consensus for a national ban on the platform. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Arizona GOP lawmakers are continuing to promote legislation targeting drag shows, while insisting that their proposals aren’t actually about drag shows at all after the term "drag shows" was removed on March 2 when the Senate debated the bill. Read more»

During the 2014 midterm elections, the group behind the suit was one of the largest spenders on political ads and due to its nonprofit status, did not have to disclose the source of its donors. It continues to play a key-role in major conservative causes.

A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday aims to declare the anti-dark money ballot measure that Arizona voters approved last year unconstitutional on grounds that political donors have a First Amendment right to do so anonymously, among other claims. Read more»

Arizonans are losing control of their government. As the nation celebrates National Sunshine Week, March 12-18, all indicators point to an alarming trend of increasing government secrecy, including in our state. Read more»

Leo had taken a leave of absence from the Federalist Society to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

Leonard Leo, the longtime Federalist Society leader who helped create a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, has moved on to the Teneo Network, a little-known group he called “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence. Read more»

The bill Instructs DCS to provide specific information about the child and, if known, the child’s abductor, to all local media outlets within 48 hours of receiving a report of a missing, abducted or runaway child.

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a that bill would require the Department of Child Safety to begin making notifications within 24 hours of a child’s disappearance, with the hope of locating missing children before they are found dead. Read more»

Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum where ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted on May 1, 2021. The Maricopa County ballot recount comes after two election audits found no evidence of widespread fraud in Arizona.

Arizona Republicans are continuing their parade of election conspiracy theorists spreading unproven claims in legislative hearings, even after a report from the former Attorney General’s office showed that all of the 2020 election fraud theories it investigated were baseless. Read more»

So "Dilbert" cartoonist Scott Adams has exposed himself as a racist now. What happened? On YouTube, Adams called Black Americans a “hate group” and said white people should “get the hell away from” them. Read more»

The Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora in November 2021.

Two Mexican men were sentenced to prison Wednesday for attempting to smuggle weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition into Mexico through Nogales, Ariz., in two separate cases from last summer. Read more»

Brnovich’s office had been tight lipped about the work that had been conducting reviewing the findings of the Arizona Senate’s partisan 'audit,' as well as investigating other alleged claims of voter fraud.

While conspiracy theories continued to spread online about alleged voter fraud, former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s Office had already concluded that those allegations were factually inaccurate — but he kept those conclusions hidden from the public. Read more»

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., led House Republicans to tour the U.S.-Mexico border between Nogales and Douglas on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. The other delegates included Reps. Rep. Juan Ciscomani, R-Tucson; Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Ore.; Jen Kiggans, R-Va.; and Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy led a delegation of Republican representatives on a tour to the southern border and demanded more security - while Rep. Raúl Grijalva visited the border in Douglas to focus on the rollout of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen's nomination to run Arizona Department of Health Services got scuttled by the state Senate. Her high crime was doing her job right.

None of the Democrats saw an upside in forcing Arizona Republicans to go on the record as saying no public health leaders should ever take public health actions during a public health emergency. Read more»

Aliento founder Reyna Montoya, center, at the UnidosUS awards. She is flanked by friends Devin O’Brien, left, and Cynthia Aragon and, back row from left, Frankie Pastor, Denise Garcia and Frank Sharry.

An Arizona nonprofit was honored Tuesday for its push to win in-state tuition for undocumented students, a change that organizers said has moved the state from an “epicenter of hate toward immigrants into an epicenter of hope.” Read more»

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