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Arizona bill aimed at Google, Apple app store profits fails again

A bill that sought to slash the profits Apple and Google make from their app stores was rejected by Arizona legislators Wednesday, the second year in a row the Big Tech firms have kept such legislation from advancing. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County, TUSD to fight Az's latest shifty euphemism for tax hike

Could it be that Arizona leaders have reached tax-cut bottom and we are suddenly craving nutrients? They are sure acting like it just dawned on them that there's a cost to the civilization that most voters seem to insist upon.... Read more»1

The conservative playbook for keeping 'dark money' dark

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors. Since 2008, dark money groups have spent more than $690 million in federal races. The same story is playing out on the state level, including in Arizona.... Read more»

Road hazard

How the 'embarrassing' gas tax impasse explains Washington

In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average was still well under 4,000, the best-selling car in the country was the Ford Taurus, and the average cost of a Major League Baseball ticket was under $10. That was also the year that Congress last raised the federal tax on gasoline.... Read more»

How Intuit fought free, simple tax filing

Intuit, producer of the top-selling tax software, has opposed letting the government do your taxes for free – even though it could save time and headaches for millions of filers.... Read more»

Border Roundup: BP abuse allegations; agency email denies interviews

Lawmakers debate border security, Border Patrol faces scrutiny, reporters discuss immigration reporting and a glimpse into policies on deportation, driver's licences and trade... Read more»

Norquist wants to 'unite center right' on immigration

Grover Norquist wants voters to know that Republicans are not the anti-immigrant party, and he thinks Texas can lead the conversation on immigration reform.... Read more»

FactCheck

FactCheck: Chained explained

Using a more accurate cost-of-living adjustment for federal benefit payments and tax brackets would cut the federal deficit by perhaps $300 billion over the next 10 years. But it faces opposition from both right and left.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Grijalva: What we need is a New Deal

Fiscal negotiations are the talk of Washington, but they’re not the talk around the dinner tables of millions of hard-working Americans. As usual, the conventional wisdom — and a lot of the media — is missing the real story. The real story is that we have a jobs shortage crisis in this country, and Republicans haven’t lifted a finger to help.... Read more»2

Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase military budget

Grover Norquist, an influential Republican lobbyist and anti-tax crusader, is advising his party's lawmakers to cut the defense budget deeply, to avoid a major federal tax hike. ... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

John Boehner: After the dead man walks

Republicans are destroying their brand in part because of naked ambition. But no one is more responsible for making Republicans look like nattering nabobs than “Weepy-John” Boehner. ... Read more»2

Analysis

Corps lobby for tax holiday for offshore profits

Goaded by battalions of corporate lobbyists, members of Congress are working to give a select group of U.S. multinational firms like Apple, Oracle and Pfizer a lavish tax break on a trillion dollars stashed offshore. ... Read more»