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Judge tells lawmakers Arizona federal courts are overloaded, overworked

A bipartisan group of lawmakers held a meeting of a House Judiciary subcommittee with oversight on the U.S. courts to consider the excessive caseloads that plague judges across the United States, particularly in the Ninth Circuit. The hearing came three years after the Judicial Conference recommended to Congress that at least five new judgeships be created for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.... Read more»

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Obama administration turns over Fast and Furious documents

The White House on Friday turned over documents to a House committee investigating the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-trafficking probe, months after a federal court said executive privilege did not shield the records.... Read more»

.50-cal rifle seized during El Chapo raid connected to Fast & Furious

A .50-caliber rifle sold by a U.S. gun dealer during the botched law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious" was seized in the coastal hideout of Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman following a raid by Mexican marines. ... Read more»

Judge rejects Obama's executive privilege over 'Fast & Furious' docs

The Justice Department must release documents relating to the Operation Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The botched federal probe allowed the trafficking of hundreds of firearms into Mexico by illegal straw purchasers.... Read more»

Critics blast election-eve release of 64k pages in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe

The Justice Department released 64,280 pages of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious on Monday night, more than two years after a House committee originally demanded records from the botched “gun-walking” probe.... Read more»1


Violence, not deferred action, behind border surge

Based on a statistical analysis of unaccompanied children arrivals data, border security statistics, and violence levels in Central America, it is clear that violence in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador—rather than deferred action or lax U.S. border enforcement—is driving the increase in unaccompanied children.... Read more»1

IRS probe so far yields partial, partisan ‘facts’

The House Oversight Committee chairman and the ranking Democrat are overreaching in recent statements about the committee’s investigation of the IRS.... Read more»

New drone radar reveals Border Patrol 'gotaways' in high numbers

The Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever.... Read more»

STEM Jobs Act

House votes to give green cards to U.S.-trained math and science experts

The House has passed a bill that would replace the green card lottery with permanent residency visas for U.S.-trained math and science experts.... Read more»

Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie killed, another wounded near Naco

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning near Naco, the agency said. Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near SR 80.... Read more»3

Congressmen press for more resignations in gun-walking probe

Members of a House committee called for more accountability from Justice Department officials Thursday, even as they praised an internal investigation of two botched “gun-walking” operations: operations Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver.... Read more»

Report: Fast & Furious, earlier probe lacked oversight, put public at risk

Government officials in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., mishandled two “gun-walking” operations in Arizona and put the public in serious risk in the process, according to an inspector general’s report released Wednesday.... Read more»

Fast & Furious

Heinz blasts Barber vote on Holder civil contempt

Matt Heinz, a state representative running against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in the CD2 Democratic primary, said the new congressman's vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in civil contempt "in no way helps Arizona with its border security issues."... Read more»1

Az lawmakers split along party lines on Holder contempt vote

Arizona lawmakers split along party lines Thursday as the House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in its probe of Operation Fast and Furious, the government’s botched “gun-walking” investigation in Phoenix.... Read more»1

Smart v. Stupid

New revelations point to a Darrell Issa conspiracy

On Fast and Furious, did Did Darrell Issa just make up the whole thing? Bombshell reporting in Fortune Magazine and the Washington Post sheds new light on the festering, wormy mess that is his probe of an ATF gun-smuggling investigation.... Read more»5

Holder held in contempt; Grijalva joins walkout, Barber splits votes

GOP members of the U.S. House, joined by a few Democrats, voted 255-67 on Thursday to hold AG Holder in criminal contempt of Congress in the investigation into Fast and Furious. Many Democrats walked out during the vote, including U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva. Ron Barber voted against it.... Read more»5

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