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Homeland Security may not have capacity to hire 15,000 border officers Trump promised

The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them.... Read more»0

Activists angered as DHS waives environmental rules on border projects

The Department of Homeland Security invoked a waiver of environmental and other regulations Tuesday to speed construction of border projects, a decision that critics said will “endanger wildlife and people.”... Read more»0

Advocates: Obamacare repeal would ‘painfully disrupt’ Arizona care

A Senate proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement plan in place “would immediately and painfully disrupt the health care system” and could force as many as 709,000 Arizonans off coverage, advocates said this week.... Read more»0

Local protests just part of pressure aimed at Flake on health care vote

When protesters descended on Sen. Jeff Flake’s offices last week to demand that he vote against the Senate’s health reform bill, it was just the latest in a campaign by local and national groups to pressure the Arizona Republican.... Read more»0

Protesters urge ‘no’ vote on GOP health care bill, as details emerge

Angry protesters rallied outside Sen. Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office Friday, demanding that he vote against a Republican health care bill that new analyses claim could hit Arizona particularly hard.... Read more»0

Arizona reaction to Senate health bill ranges from lukewarm to hostile

The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday.... Read more»1

Mt. Lemmon firefighters get 2nd chance in age-discrimination case

A federal appeals court Monday said two former firefighters can sue the Mount Lemmon Fire District for age discrimination in their firing, a suit that had earlier been thrown out by a lower court.... Read more»0

For victims of Jan. 8, Wednesday attack a painful reminder

It’s been more than six years since a shooting spree at a Tucson congressional event killed six and wounded 13, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, but Wednesday’s shooting in Virginia brought the memories flooding back.... Read more»0

House OKs banking deregulation bill, consumer advocates worry about impact

When Vietnam vet Randall Stankewicz was getting the runaround from his mortgage lender, he complained to the Servicemember Affairs Office in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – which settled the issue in 10 days. But that office would be eliminated under a sweeping bill approved by the House that would undo many of the financial reforms approved in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Act.... Read more»0

GOP health bill could cost 23 million coverage; 400,000 in Az

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare will force as many as 23 million Americans off health insurance over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported, with local experts predicting more than 400,000 of those will be in Arizona.... Read more»0