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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez exhorts demonstrators in front of the White House who were protesting the Trump administration’s decision to revoke the DACA program. Perez told the crowd that the party is “on board” and ready to fight for a bipartisan legislative solution to reform DACA.

Immigration advocates vowed they would go to court to block a Trump administration plan to wind down a deferred deportation program for young immigrants, almost as soon as Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the plan Tuesday. Read more»

Phoenix and Tucson finished in the middle of the pack in a new report that ranked U.S. cities on how well they United Nations sustainability goals, which include social and economic as well as environmental goals.

A study scored the 100 most-populous U.S. cities on the Sustainability Development Goals set by the U.N. Those include criteria such as poverty levels, water scarcity, climate action and economic growth. Read more»

The remarkable comeback of bald eagles from the brink of extinction 50 years ago led to them being taken off the endangered species list. Environmentalists claim Sonoran Desert bald eagles still deserve special protection, but a court has disagreed.

A federal court has rejected a bid to declare the Sonoran Desert bald eagle an endangered species, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly when it determined the birds were no different than other bald eagles. Read more»

Salt River Project executive Michael O’Conner holds the Employer Support Freedom Award the Pentagon presented to recognize the utility’s programs to support guardsmen and reservists.

The Tempe-based utility received the Defense Department’s Employer Support Freedom Award on Friday at a Pentagon ceremony. Read more»

Bears Ears National Monument, designated by then-President Barack Obama on Dec. 28, was cited specifically in President Donald Trump’s order for a review of monuments. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said Bears Ears should be “right-sized.”

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed “handful” of monuments in a report to the White House. Read more»

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