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Rep. David Schweikert, R-Scottsdale, accuses the Obama administration of scare tactics over the looming debt-limit, saying the county has options that will allow it it avoid default without having to raise the limit.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Thursday of a “potentially catastrophic” hit to the economy if the nation reaches the debt limit next week and defaults on its obligations. Read more»

A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands outside the Treasury building in Washington.

The effects of a U.S. government debt default will largely depend on how soon the House of Representatives ends its fiscal brinksmanship. As the 2011 debt-ceiling standoff showed, the effects of a potential default will not wait until the Treasury deadline of October 17, and the 2008 financial crisis proved it is extremely difficult to predict what will break in the financial system until it has broken. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, developer Richard Studwell, Health and Human Services Regional Director Herb Schultz, Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, Arizona Capitol Times writer Hank Stephenson. Read more»

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)

It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government is in the midst of another shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) presented the House floor last Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for weeks. Read more»

Interviews with: Tucson Weekly editor Dan Gibson, Ward 2 Tucson Councilman Paul Cunningham, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash, and Ward 6 Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik. Read more»

Rosemont Copper's Cathy Arnold, Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin Read more»

Giffords, Jan. 6, 2011.

In a letter to the budget-cutting "super committee" Thursday, 25 members of the House called for a cut to House and Senate salaries, echoing a bill proposed by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords just days before she was shot. Read more»

A Friday Focus newsmaker interview featuring U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva. Read more»

Sen. John McCain got an earful from both sides of the political spectrum at a town hall in Tucson on Tuesday. (with complete video) Read more»

The Monday Political Face-Off focused on the world-wide financial meltdown with commentators Bruce Ash and Paul Eckerstrom. Read more»

Michele Bachmann incorrectly claimed the new health care law is "the largest spending and entitlement program ever passed in our nation's history." Read more» 1

Dr. John Galgiani, director of the UA's Valley Fever Center for Excellence, discusses the health implications of Arizona's recent dust storms. Plus, the debt limit, studen-teacher Facebook friendships, and Arizona's medical marijuana debate. Read more»

There was finally a debt vote, and the president signed legislation to raise the debt ceiling Tuesday, but it didn’t stop the U.S. stock market from sliding farther down, as yet another economic report revealed how weak the economy is. Read more»

In the wake of the debt-ceiling deal signed into law by President Obama on Tuesday, the credit rating agency Moody's has confirmed the nation's AAA credit rating, and said that the deal "virtually eliminated" the risk of a default. But the agency also lowered its rating outlook to "negative." Read more» 1

America is coming dangerously close to institutionalizing hopelessness among large segments of its population, including many in the middle class, something that has never happened before in the nation’s history. Read more»

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