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Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, carried copies of the law and the U.S. Constitution outside the Supreme Court, the scene of the latest in a series of fights between the federal and state governments.

Many states feud with the federal government. But Arizona has become something of a poster child of late. Read more»

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was surrounded by reporters after the Supreme Court’s hearing on SB 1070.

Supporters of Arizona’s SB 1070 were buoyed Wednesday after a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in which most justices appeared skeptical of the federal challenge to central parts of the immigration law. Read more»

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, testifies Tuesday about his bill, Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, before a U.S. Senate subcommittee as Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, listens.

Former state Sen. Russell Pearce defended his SB 1070 immigration law before a highly partisan Senate subcommittee Tuesday on the eve of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the law. Read more»

Maureen Meyer and Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America discuss their report about the U.S.-Mexico border that says a buildup of security in recent years has made the border safe and that more military presence will yield diminishing returns.

A dramatic buildup of security personnel on the Southwest border has contributed to a decline in illegal immigration, but more efforts will yield “diminishing returns,” according to a report released Thursday. Read more» 5

Experts say that not only are Latino workers’ salaries lagging those of other groups as the recovery picks up, but they are more likely to take low-skilled jobs that have little promise or security for the future.

Minorities continue to lag behind whites across several economic indicators, even as the job market improves, a report released Thursday said. Read more»

Carrie Sperling and Sue Shapcott are shown in their Phoenix home in February 2011. Sperling, right, an Arizona State University employee, is a plaintiff in the lawsuit seeking to block the state law that would deny benefits to same-sex partners of state workers.

A federal appeals court Tuesday refused to reconsider its September ruling that blocked an Arizona ban on benefits for domestic partners of state employees. Read more»

Bivens’ withdrawal clears former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona’s path to the Democratic nomination for Senate, more evidence that Carmona is the 'preferred candidate' of national party officials, political analysts say. (January file photo)

Don Bivens ended his U.S. Senate bid Wednesday, a move intended to unify the party behind former Surgeon General Richard Carmona. But observers say Carmona still has his work cut out for him in the general election. Read more»

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, led the effort to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court opposing Arizona’s SB 1070. The brief was signed by 68 House Democrats.

House Democrats, led by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, on Tuesday filed a challenge to Arizona’s SB 1070, the immigration law to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. Read more» 2

Yuma had the second-highest unemployment rate of any metropolitan area in the country in January, and tied for the biggest rate increase from a year earlier, new federal statistics show. Read more»

Neither Arizona State nor the University of Arizona, shown here in a Dec. 31 game, advanced to the NCAA tournament, but both teams can brag about improving their academic performance.

While their on-court performance hasn’t measured up, Arizona's college teams have posted small off-court gains in academic ratings in recent years. Read more»

Arizona was 'supportive' of abortion access in 2000, according the Guttmacher Institute, which showed states with laws “hostile” to abortion access as dark red on this map, states supportive as the lightest shade.

Arizona is one of 13 states to turn “hostile” toward abortion rights during the last decade, according to a report Thursday from a national reproductive health organization. Read more»

A federal appeals court said Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s policy of putting inmates in pink underwear amounts to “punishment without legal justification” and might be considered by a lower court in a retrial.

A federal court has reinstated a lawsuit against Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio by a woman who said her brother’s death stemmed from being held down, stripped and forced into the pink underwear of county inmates. Read more» 1

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement discovered a cross-border drug smuggling tunnel near San Diego, in November, 2011.

Citing the high number of cross–border tunnels, a House committee Tuesday passed a bill toughening laws for smuggling underneath the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, right, discusses ongoing litigation between state and federal governments at a conference of Republican attorneys general who accused the Obama administration of “overreach” of federal authority. With him are attorneys general Pam Bondi of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne joined other attorneys general Monday to criticize the Obama administration’s “unprecedented” overreach of federal authority. Read more»

Army Capt. Brian D. Hartman, 35, of San Manuel, was one of 78 service members honored at a White House dinner for their roles in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Army Capt. Brian D. Hartman, a San Manuel native, was among 78 servicemen and women who who were honored at a White House dinner dined at the White House with President Barack Obama and the first lady Wednesday. Read more»

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