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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, accused Democrats of stalling on a bill to address the crisis at the border, but Democrats said the bill being pushed by Republicans would do more harm than good and would not get through the House.

The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through a Republican-backed asylum reform bill on a party-line vote last Thursday over the strident objections of Democrats, who were blocked from offering amendments to it. Read more» 2

Arizona has recorded more than 3,300 opioid-related deaths in the past two years, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, part of a national crisis of deaths in recent decades related to prescription painkillers.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to stop the Sackler family from “looting” Purdue Pharma of billions of dollars being sought by victims of the opioid crisis the company is accused of helping create. Read more»

The Four Corners Power Plant is required to buy its coal from a mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co. – which courts have ruled is protected from lawsuits by environmental groups because it is an arm of the Navajo Nation government, which enjoys tribal sovereign immunity.

A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., because it is an arm of the Navajo government and thus immune from civil suits. Read more»

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction of Richard Djerf, who was sentenced to death for the grisly murders of four members of a Phoenix family in retaliation for a minor theft by another family member.

A federal court rejected the appeal of an Arizona death-row inmate who murdered four Phoenix family members in their home in retribution for a petty theft by another of the family members. Read more»

The nearly four-hour House Judiciary Committee hearing on family separations and conditions at migrant detention facilities brought lawmakers, officials from five different agencies, and a full house of spectators.

A House panel grilled administration officials Thursday over migrant family separations and conditions at border detention facilities, but the hearing produced more partisan sparks than answers. Read more»

Lawmakers on the House Veterans Affairs Committee welcomed improvements in service for VA health care, but Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, center, said he worries that old problems still linger at the agency.

Five years after the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix made national headlines for falsifying records about patient wait times, agency officials told House lawmakers Wednesday that the system has seen a “tremendous transformation.” Read more»

People who get Temporary Assistance for Needy Families would no longer be automatically eligible for food stamp, or SNAP, benefits under a proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Arizona is one of the 43 states that could be affected by a Trump administration proposal to tighten restrictions on access to food stamps for people receiving other financial assistance. Read more»

Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, and her leading Democratic challenger, Mark Kelly, have already raised almost $13.9 million for the 2020 election, expected to be one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the country.

If there was any question that Arizona’s 2020 Senate race would be one of the nation’s hottest, it was answered this week with an emphatic “yes” when second-quarter Federal Election Commission reports were released. Read more»

President Donald Trump’s critics have been calling for his impeachment since his inauguration, but the House this week rejected a resolution that would have opened an impeachment inquiry, with only two Arizona lawmakers voting for it.

Four Arizona Democrats had previously called for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, but an impeachment inquiry vote this week took a surprising turn when just two of them voted for it. Read more»

Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva, back row right, sits next to Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing where Gosar tried repeatedly, and unsuccessfully, to amend mining restriction bills.

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments Wednesday before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico. Read more»

The House condemned as racist President Donald Trump’s tweets in which he told Democratic congresswoman to 'go back' to the countries they originally came from. Despite the furor, Trump has repeatedly refused to back down from the statements.

The House Tuesday condemned President Trump’s “racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred” in response to the president’s tweets that congresswomen should “go back” to the countries they originally came from. Read more»

Havasupai Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss said her tribe has made some progress on internet connectivity but it – like other residents of rural areas – is in danger of being left behind without broadband.

The Havasupai tribe is falling behind in education, health and emergency needs because, like many rural communities, it lacks affordable, reliable and high-speed broadband, a tribal councilwoman told a House committee Thursday. Read more»

Special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations arrested more than 100 people at meat processing plant in Salem, Ohio, in June 2018.

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities this weekend and footage of migrant families being held in "deplorable" conditions at the border, the Hispanic Caucus rallied against threatened ICE roundups. Read more»

A federal appeals court said the life sentence that Riley Briones Jr. received for gang-related crimes he committed while a juvenile needs to be reviewed, in light of a Supreme Court ruling that such sentences should apply to only the “rarest” cases of minors who cannot be rehabilitated.

A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that since Riley Briones Jr.’s sentencing in 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court has banned life without parole except for “the rarest” of juveniles who are permanently incorrigible. Read more»

Death penalty opponents demonstrated this week outside the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear an appeal in an Arizona capital case that advocates say could affect as many as 20 inmates on the state’s death row.

In the fall, the Supreme Court will rule on whether Arizona state courts improperly imposed the death penalty on James McKinney by having a judge sentence him instead of a jury. Read more»

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