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The napping elephant is the symbol of the Pima County Republican Party.

Any list of important democratic institutions must include the Republican Party. The party's failures in Pima County are adding an extra 20,000 votes to Democrats statewide and that's proving decisive. Read more»

Oklahoma delegates to the summit included, from left, Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Reggie Wassana, Peoria Chief Craig Harper, Muscogee Chief David Hill and Muscogee Second Chief Del Beaver.

For the first time in six years, leaders of federally recognized tribes from across the country gathered in Washington last week to meet with Biden administration officials in a gathering one Oklahoma leader called “extremely powerful.” Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in 2020.

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich's letter to the state Legislature concerning dead voters looks now like a concession speech ending a failed U.S. Senate race in a party he's no longer crazy enough to lead. Read more»

Gabby Giffords and the late John McCain were among the 17 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom announced Friday by the Biden administration, making them among the relatively few Arizonans to be honored with the nation's highest civilian honor. Read more»

I dropped off my kid at his Tucson school with trepidation today, a day after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. I gave my boy a hug and kiss and watched as he walked inside. I could not help but think, would he be “safe?” Read more»

I think the real injustice is that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn’t survive long enough for her replacement to be someone who shares her values, and before Republicans and Donald Trump would be able to put a cult-dwelling lunatic in her seat. Read more»

Among Reid's signature accomplishments was securing Senate passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday and Saturday to mark the death of a Casa Grande police officer from COVID-19, and for the funeral of former U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Read more»

Among Reid's signature accomplishments was securing Senate passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Harry Reid, the former majority leader in the U.S. Senate and longtime fixture in Nevada and national politics, died Tuesday at the age of 82 after battling pancreatic cancer in the years since his retirement from the Senate in 2017. Read more»

As proposals to unify food safety have ebbed and flowed, longtime proponents of a single agency say they’ve come to believe that modernizing food safety laws needs to happen first.

For more than 70 years, consumer advocates, government experts, members of Congress and several presidents have called for a single food safety agency - but the idea has stalled again and again, easy to propose but all but impossible to enact. Read more»

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on March 23, 2021, the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, at the Arthur James Cancer Hospital and the Richard Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with nearly a month remaining to enroll in most states - with some of the largest increases in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA. Read more»

Mitch McConnell infamously blocked former President Barack Obama from naming a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia after the conservative stalwart died nine months before the 2016 election. Four years later, upon the death of the liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over a month out from the 2020 election, McConnell sped through the confirmation of Barrett.

A commission set up by President Joe Biden to study how the U.S. Supreme Court can be improved voted unanimously Tuesday to submit the extensive research it has conducted, but the few recommendations contained in the report leave little indication on next steps. Read more»

The Treasury Department believes the impact from spending $80 billion over 10 years on increased IRS enforcement on the wealthy would garner about twice that: $400 billion, which, if correct, would make the Build Back Better Act 'fully paid for.'

For weeks, President Joe Biden has been saying the Build Back Better plan would be “fully paid for” and would not increase the deficit - but the official congressional scorekeeper in its long-awaited final analysis contradicted the president’s claims. Read more»

Climate activists protest at COP 26 on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.

Crucial talks in Glasgow to rein in climate change entered the final stretch on Monday after a weekend of protests where activists criticized the conference as a failure because world leaders aren't taking global warming seriously enough. Read more»

President Joe Biden will arrive at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, without new federal programs in hand to fight climate change, after Democrats in Congress failed to reach an agreement to pass his revised $1.75 trillion spending plan. Read more»

ICE and CBP agents in Nogales, Arizona in 2018.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will again limits arrests at schools, hospitals, and other "protected" areas under new guidelines issued Wednesday by the Homeland Security secretary, part of the Biden administration's effort to roll back Trump-era policies. Read more»

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