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400 kilometers in these shoes: Realities of war in Ukraine

More than 1 million Ukrainians are now refugees, having left their homes as Russia invaded. Hundreds of thousands more are displaced inside that country, such as Veronika, who told the Tucson Sentinel her family's story.... Read more»

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State of the Union

Biden: 'We are the only nation that can be defined by a single word: Possibilities'

"We are the only nation on Earth that has always turned every crisis we have faced into an opportunity. The only nation that can be defined by a single word: possibilities."... Read more»

Az schools dodge massive cuts as Leg raises spending cap for this year

The state Senate voted Monday to raise the aggregate expenditure limit for K-12 schools, heading off a funding crisis and allowing Arizona schools to use nearly nearly $1.2 billion that would have otherwise gone to waste.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Dear Sens. Sinema & Kelly: 8 reasons the filibuster must end & 1 way to fix it

No single issue convinced me the filibuster must go. Thinking about the structural problems that legislative barrier has created did the trick. But I have a way out that will let democracy continue to function without a breakdown. ... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers split as House OKs $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

Arizona lawmakers split on party lines late Friday night as the House voted 228-206 to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which has already passed the Senate and now goes to the president for his signature - but the $1.85 trillion Build Back Better bill still on hold.... Read more»

Voting by proxy becomes business as usual in U.S. House

Data from roll call votes shows that 171 U.S. House Democrats and 89 Republicans have voted by proxy at least once since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi authorized the pandemic-era practice beginning last year. ... Read more»

Az House again passes sentencing reform bill, which faces unknown fate in Senate

For the second time this year, the Arizona House of Representatives passed legislation to allow some prison inmates to earn earlier releases, but it remains to be seen whether it will get a vote in the Senate, where the bill already died once this legislative session.... Read more»

U.S. House passes D.C. statehood bill, but votes still lacking in Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to make the District of Columbia the 51st state for the second time, but odds of enactment remain long in the narrowly Democratic-controlled Senate.... Read more»

Tucson woman arrested for role in U.S. Capitol riot, linked to Proud Boys by feds

A Tucson-area woman and her brother were arrested by FBI agents Thursday, accused of five federal charges including conspiracy and civil disorder connected to the Jan. 6 attack on Congress by Trump supporters.... Read more»

1 in 4 Arizonans still insist Trump won, as second impeachment begins

As the Senate began debate on an historic second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, a recent poll shows that more than half of Arizona Republicans believe Trump was the rightful winner of the November election. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Southern Az voters uniquely positioned to prevent Trump from stealing election

Worried about Trump deciding to stay in power if he loses? It ain't up to him. Southern Arizona voters are in a place to bust up any potential conspiracies in progress, because the deciders will be people elected right here. ... Read more»

Gun control group to spend $5M on Arizona races in 2020

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that it will be spending $5 million in Arizona to try to back Democrats up and down the ballot, with a focus on the U.S. Senate race and winning control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 60 years. ... Read more»

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.... Read more»

House OKs $484 billion in COVID-19 relief, loans could go out this week

Money could start flowing to distressed small businesses as early as this week, after the House overwhelmingly approved a $484 billion measure that refills the exhausted Paycheck Protection Program and adds funds for hospitals and other services. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s attack on the WHO

Trump made his announcement on funding at the White House coronavirus task force daily briefing on April 14, accusing the WHO of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.” There is no evidence that the WHO has covered up the spread of the novel coronavirus. There has, however, been evidence that China was slow to report the outbreak. ... Read more»

Billions of relief dollars for small businesses stuck in Congress quicksand

Replenishment of a federal loan program for small businesses failed to get Senate approval Monday amid a dispute over money for coronavirus testing. ... Read more»

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