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Biden’s ambitious higher cap on refugee admissions unlikely to be met

President Joe Biden’s decision to raise this year’s cap on refugee admissions from a historic low of 15,000 to as many as 62,500 will not happen, as "we are working quickly to undo the damage of the last four years,” according to a White House statement.... Read more»

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'Better than the hospital': pandemic boosts home care for serious illnesses

Since the pandemic began, a growing number of health systems are offering people with more serious health conditions hospital-level treatment in the comfort of their homes, and studies suggest at-home care provides better outcomes for patients and costs less to provide than traditional inpatient care.... Read more»

Census studied citizenship question even after losing in Supreme Court

Even as it was losing the fight to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the bureau was running tests last summer that it now claims show the question would not have affected response rates.... Read more»

Rogue columnist

Talton: Phoenix failing at netting tech innovation

Local and state policies and mindsets have crippled Phoenix's ability to compete at the highest level when it had every opportunity. Arizona is known for SB 1070 and suburban sprawl. Coastal "winners" invested in the amenities, infrastructure, quality of life, and dense urban innovation centers to draw and retain the best advanced industry jobs.... Read more»

Why states don’t want Trump to make ‘very big changes’ to NAFTA

As the Trump administration sits down to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, governors will be hoping for minor adjustments rather than the “very big changes” Trump has promised. ... Read more»

Arizonans reluctant to open wallets for Trump, Clinton campaigns

Arizonans head to the polls Tuesday to cast actual ballots for president, but if they were voting with their pocketbooks the results wouldn’t be pretty for either of the major parties’ nominees.... Read more»

Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

Head Start, the first early education program in the U.S., is undergoing its first overhaul in more than 40 years.... Read more»

Supreme Court scrutinizes GOP challenge to Arizona legislative map

U.S. Supreme Court justices today weighed a challenge to Arizona’s legislative districts, which claims the maps systematically deprived Republican, non-minority voters of one person, one vote protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.... Read more»

Analysis

Hart: Has Arizona's entrepreneurship sailed?

These are far from fat times for the economy, in Arizona or most of the country. But there's one potent economic weapon we can still rely on: our entrepreneurial spirit. We innovate, we invent, we risk it all to create new ventures. Or, we did. Lately, it seems, not so much.... Read more»

Four reasons to reconsider Common Core

Standards have suffered through attacks from both liberals and conservatives who express various complaints about the Common Core. To better understand standards, we looked at evidence from other sectors and found that if properly implemented there are numerous reasons that people should reconsider their opposition to Common Core.... Read more»1

Medicare records provide new details of doctor payments

Medicare records are revealing tantalizing new details of payments to doctors, but physicians and database experts caution that the information can be easily misconstrued or misunderstood. ... Read more»

Az reaps jobs, funds from decades-long boom in federal contracting

Federal contract spending in Arizona grew more than three times faster than the national rate over the past 20 years, according to a Cronkite News Service analysis of government data.... Read more»

As McCain urges intervention, Syrians in Az keep a wary eye

U.S. Sen. John McCain told a Washington audience Thursday that the United States must establish a safe zone in Syria and arm the opposition with “heavy weapons” before the region sinks “deeper into extremism and conflict.” But Reda Taleb thinks that would be a mistake. Taleb is one of several Syrians in Arizona who are keeping an eye on the conflict in their homeland, and on McCain's actions.... Read more»1

Flake calls sequester a scare tactic

Arizona would face millions in budget cuts and see the loss of services to thousands of residents if automatic budget cuts are allowed to take effect Friday, the White House warned. Critics, like Sen. Jeff Flake, accused the administration of engaging in scare tactics.... Read more»

Four millionaires among Az’s congressional delegation

At least four members of Arizona’s congressional delegation had estimated wealth of more than $1 million in 2010.... Read more»

Report: Tucson lags behind Phx in economic recovery

A recent report by the Brookings Institution found that the Tucson metropolitan area trails the Phoenix metropolitan area in economic recovery.... Read more»4

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