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Kurt Volker, the former executive director of the McCain Institute and former U.S. envoy to Ukraine, told the House Intelligence Committee that he was not aware of efforts to get the Ukrainians to investigate the family of former Vice President Joe Biden. National Security aide Tim Morrison looks on.

Former McCain Institute Executive Director Kurt Volker told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that he was unaware of any efforts to get the Ukrainian government to interfere in U.S. politics in exchange for military aid. Read more»

A security breach at the credit-monitoring firm Equifax from May to July of 2017 exposed the personal data of 147 million people – including 2.9 million in Arizona – to hackers.

As many as 3 million Arizonans whose personal data may have been exposed in a 2017 data breach have to decide by Tuesday whether to be part of a settlement with Equifax for that breach. Read more»

President Donald Trump looked on last year as Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, one of two high court justices named by Trump, who has had judges confirmed at a record pace.

President Trump boasted about the record 158 federal judges confirmed under his watch, with dozens more to come as he works to remake the courts — such as Pima County Judge John Hinderaker, nominated Wednesday to the federal bench. Read more»

Members of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators’ meeting on missing and murdered indigenous women pose outside the U.S. Capitol. Attendees said the problem of missing women is ages old, but only now starting to get attention.

State officials agree that none of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women that was created in May has been seen yet. But they disagree on who’s to blame. Read more»

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program was created in 2008 for people who went into service careers – teachers, nurses or public defenders – and still had college debt 10 years later. But the approval rate in 2018, the first year people could apply to have their loans paid off under the program, was dismal.

A congressional attempt to salvage a foundering student loan forgiveness program was only marginally better, with just 4% of Arizona applications approved in the second round – and that was four times better than the national rate. Read more»

Trucks line up on the Mexico side of the border to enter the U.S. through the Mariposa Port of Entry near Nogales in this 2011 file photo. Mexico is Arizona’s biggest trading partner, buying $7.5 billion in goods from the state in 2017.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined business leaders in Washington on Monday to push for final approval of the “critical” U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement and protect trade that is worth billions in trade to the state. Read more»

Cosmetologists -shown here duing a competition – are among the professionals who could have licenses from other states recognized in Arizona under a new law that aims to save professionals the time and cost of retraining and retesting to get licensed to work in a new state.

A new Arizona law requires most professional licensing boards and commissions in the state to accept valid out-of-state licenses for people looking to hang a shingle here. Read more»