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Michelle Obama in Phoenix on Thursday.

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned Thursday as the Hillary Clinton campaign closer in Arizona, speaking of the power of hope to build human connections, show empathy for the strength of inclusiveness and acknowledge the hard work of Americans who struggle to improve their lives. Read more»

Hillary Clinton at a March campaign rally at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix. Her campaign announced a new commitment of funds and rallies in the state, giving Democrats hope that Arizona could be in play this Election Day.

With only three weeks to Election Day, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sending top surrogates to Arizona this week and pledging $2 million in advertising in an effort to turn the state blue for the first time in 20 years. Read more»

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says there is “no way that Melania Trump was plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s speech.” Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, called the allegation “absurd.” But the language is mostly identical in these passages, and for Manafort, in particular, to deny the obvious is — to use his word — “absurd.” Read more»

Nia Thomas, 10, at the White House, where the Tucson girl took part in the fifth annual Kids’ State Dinner.

Some people are excited to attend a White House state dinner. Most would be thrilled to see their signature dish on the menu. Not everyone tops off the day by skipping through the White House kitchen garden. But Nia Thomas is not everyone. The 10-year-old Tucson girl was one of 55 grade-schoolers invited to the Kids State Dinner on Friday. Read more»

Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell at the CBP Nogales Placement Center on June 18.

Commentary: There are few universal truths we can settle on in this world. But one of the few truths we can probably all agree on is that children are not political animals — they are not motivated by politics and while they are often caught in political spheres, they are never the actors. Read more»

Cody Vasquez, a Gilbert 12-year-old who was at the White House for the 'Kid’s State Dinner,' which honors children from around the country for their original, healthy recipes.

Cody Vasquez's passion for food earned him an invitation to the White House, where the Gilbert 12-year-old will be one of 54 young chefs Friday taking part in a “Kid’s State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama. Read more»

Jack Lunsford at the White House, where first lady Michelle Obama honored cities – like Phoenix – that have worked to eradicate veterans’ homelessness. Lunsford, a special assistant to Mayor Greg Stanton, said the event was an important reinforcement of what the cities are doing.

It’s been a rough couple weeks for Phoenix as far as the news that has been coming out of the city about veterans. But on Wednesday, the White House delivered a welcome bit of good news. Read more»

President Barack Obama appealed directly to Latinos on Thursday, telling them time is running out to sign up for health coverage this year and that they should enroll now to avoid problems. Read more»

President Barack Obama reacts as Joey Hudy, then 14, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon during a White House science fair in 2012

Joe Hudy is not your average 16-year-old. The self-described “maker” from Anthem has been to the White House to demonstrate one of his inventions, has traveled the world to show off other creations and has landed an internship at Intel. All before graduating high school. But Joe said he was still excited to be back in Washington, invited to joinMichelle Obama to watch the State of the Union address. Read more»

A November 22nd, 2013 visit from United States Vice President Joe Biden on day 11 of the 'Fast for Families' at the National Mall - Washington, DC

Though the Fast for Families tent sits in the shadow of the Capitol on the National Mall, entering it is a decidedly non-Washington experience. At first, I wondered if fasting could actually influence the legislative progress. Who would listen? But now it’s been a month since the fast began, and its impact on the reform movement and on me has been profound and—I suspect—permanent. Read more»

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that obesity among preschoolers increased between 2008 and 2011 in only three states that were measured, and stayed the same or fell in 37 states.

The obesity rate for low-income Arizona preschoolers remained level from 2008 to 2011 after growing sharply in previous years, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Read more»

After lunch and musical entertainment at the 'Kids’ State Dinner,' Phoenix’s Alexandra Nickle and the other 53 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge toured the White House’s kitchen garden.

Phoenix fifth-grader Alexandra Nickle wants to be a “graphic artist and dog shelter owner” when she grows up, but it was her cooking creativity that landed her in the White House on Tuesday. The "Kids’ State Dinner" included remarks from Haile Thomas, a Tucson seventh-grader who was last year’s Arizona entrant in the healthy cooking challenge. Read more»

Rufus Gifford

President Barack Obama’s new picks to represent American interests in Denmark, Germany and Spain are all major Democratic fundraisers. Read more»

At last week's State of the Union address, Michelle Obama was joined by 102-year-old Desiline Victor, who, like many in Florida and elsewhere, waited hours to vote on Election Day. "By the way," Obama said in his election speech. "We have to fix that." But how to fix it remains unclear. Read more»

Tucson youth Haile Thomas, 12, has been invited several times to the White House for her work on youth health, which landed her an invitation to watch the State of the Union address with first lady Michelle Obama.

Haile Thomas was one of two Arizonans, along with Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, who were invited to join the first lady in the Capitol for the delivery of President Barack Obama’s State of Union address Tuesday. Read more»

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