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Pima County Supes to vote on plan to tackle rental crisis

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a five-part plan to tackle the affordable housing crunch in the Tucson area. It's a step but tens of thousands of affordable units are needed. Plus more in local government meetings this week.... Read more»

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Opinion: Scaring up votes in Arizona

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has figured out at least this much: Mexican drug dealers are, to average folks, much scarier than Mexican dishwashers. So Brewer, who is running for election, has decided to make one the face of the other — all Mexicans being interchangeable, after all.... Read more»1

Opinion: Turn off the oil subsidy spigot

Three weeks ago, the Senate rejected a proposal to eliminate about $35 billion in tax subsidies to oil companies as millions of gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico.... Read more»


Britain's low-key attitude on terrorism

Opinion: Mass murders are significant events and their anniversaries are usually a time for reflection and public commemoration. But Wednesday's anniversary of the 7/7 suicide bombings is being marked, well, it's being marked by nothing.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Arizona’s SB 1070 isn’t racist... is it?

Guest opinion: The marching song of the backers of Arizona’s new immigration law SB 1070 includes an oft-repeated verse that this law has nothing to do with race. ... Read more»8

Comic: Somalia

"... proceeding on foot."

Since the events of October 3-4, 1993, things in the Somali capital of Mogadishu have been... pretty much the same. In case you were wondering.... Read more»


With McChrystal gone, Taliban advances

Opinion: To fire or not to fire? That was the question facing President Barack Obama. Would he better have suffered the slings and arrows of his outrageous general?... Read more»


‘Bailout’ baloney: Serving up loaded word to spin public

This campaign season, "bailout" is a dirty — and often misused — word. Those who abuse the word "bailout" aren't appealing to logic, or trying to describe what they oppose accurately. They are seeking to trigger a gut response in an audience inclined to recoil instinctively at the word, and hoping nobody stops to think or ask questions.... Read more»


Petraeus needs luck as he lands in Afghanistan

"Give me lucky generals," Napoleon once said. Luck is always an element of war, and Gen. David Petraeus is going to need it as he once again takes up command in a war that is badly faltering.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Happy independent day!

Smart v. Stupid: 30 percent of voters call themselves “independent.” We like to imagine there is a Republican right, a Democratic left, and a nice, tidy independent center, but Pew found that independents are neither centrist nor of a single mind. They are not really even “independent.” ... Read more»

Comic: Tour de France

Acid Tour

Another year, another Tour de Pharmacologie, er, Tour de France.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Goddard: Sensible outline for immigration reform

Guest opinion: This week we heard two well-reasoned calls for reforming the nation's badly broken immigration system. Though the calls came from very different places, they propose similar reforms that I have long supported and deserve the immediate attention of Congress.... Read more»6

Comic: World Cup

Los pensamientos profundos de Luiz Suarez

With the clock running out in extra time against Ghana and the ball pinballing around the penalty area, Uruguayan striker Luiz Suarez found himself in a difficult position.... Read more»

Opinion: Afghanistan war slipping

McChrystal aside, the critical battle for Afghanistan is playing out right now — and we’re not winning. ... Read more»1

Comic: World Cup

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

Cristiano Ronaldo is without question a smooth soccer player and a well-loved global superstar. But does anyone love him as much as he loves himself?... Read more»

Guest opinion

Giffords: Don't let the sun set on solar for schools

Those of us who live in Arizona know that if there's one resource we have in abundance, it is sunlight Given this plentiful resource, it only seems natural that we should harness its energy to power our homes, schools and businesses.... Read more»2

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