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Donald Trump is Putin’s puppet. He is Putin’s poodle. Donald Trump can’t get over his man-crush on Vladimir Putin. Read more»

A sculpture in Hance Park titled 'Maternal Love,' showing a panda and her cub, was given to Phoenix by its sister city of Chengdu in China. Some critics worry about Chinese government influence on sister city programs, supporters say they can build the people-to-people relationships that governments cannot.

Though the relationships between most sister cities center on student exchanges, citizen diplomacy can step up and fill the gaps left by national politics, as was on display when Phoenix Sister Cities Vice President Rick Gerrard made the connections that led to receiving 100 N95 masks for Gilbert first responders from its sister city, Leshan, China. Read more»

The country’s southern border will close to all nonessential travel and trade in an effort to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Trump administration announced Friday morning. Read more»

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said during Friday’s briefing that both closures would go into effect Saturday at midnight and would include exceptions that allow people to continue crossing for things like work, school, medical services and business.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the closing of the southern border during a press briefing Friday, saying the U.S. and Mexico had reached an agreement to restrict all “nonessential” travel. Read more»

Randy Perkins

Randy Perkins donated $500,000 to America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, a day after his company won federal money as part of a contract. The same PAC was dubbed “Committee 1” in a federal indictment alleging illegal donations from two Rudy Giuliani associates. Read more»

McCain Institute Executive Director Kurt Volker at an event in Ukraine earlier this month. Volker was U.S. special envoy to Ukraine until last week, when he resigned after a whistleblower raised concerns about the White House’s dealings with that country.

Kurt Volker is still serving as executive director of ASU's McCain Institute, after resigning as U.S. special envoy for Ukraine when his name surfaced last week in a whistleblower’s report on President Trump’s dealings with that country. Read more»

Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said the committee “learned an awful lot” during Hillary Clinton’s marathon testimony Oct. 22. Rep. Adam Smith, a Democratic member, said the hearing produced “literally no new information.” Who’s right? Read more»

The Koch Industries ad aimed at the media.

The Koch Industries boycott is taking hold. Americans have begun to wonder just how much influence these guys have purchased. Now the Kochs are fighting back. Read more»