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Five years ago, President Barack Obama nominated Garland as a Supreme Court justice after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed Merrick Garland to serve as U.S. attorney general in a 70-30 vote. Garland served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. As attorney general, he’ll lead the Justice Department as the agency continues to pursue hundreds of cases of Americans who were involved in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Read more»

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, like many Republicans in the House, criticized the timing of the impeachment, noting that President Donald Trump will have left office before the Senate can take up the issue. But Democrats – and some Republicans – said Trump’s part in an assault on the Capitol demanded action.

No Arizona lawmakers broke party ranks as the House impeached President Donald Trump on a mostly party-line vote, just one week after a deadly mob attack on the Capitol that critics said was incited by the president. Read more»

The U.S. House voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time, charging him with inciting violent rioters last week who rampaged through the U.S. Capitol, temporarily derailing the tally of presidential votes and leading to at least five deaths. Read more»

All five of Arizona's Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are among the 214 who have signed on to a measure to impeach President Donald Trump that was introduced Monday, charging him with inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., receives his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 on Dec. 22.

Members of Arizona's congressional delegation are deciding largely along partisan lines whether to avail themselves of the early access they're getting to the new COVID-19 vaccine. Read more»

Congress on Monday night approved the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn't go far enough for many Democrats. Read more»

Inside an Amazon warehouse.

Senate Republicans dropped their insistence that a liability shield be included in a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package, but union advocates worry that the measure could spring back to life next year, harming workers and undercut the Biden administration's plans to control the pandemic. Read more»

A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to ensure that several temporary Federal Reserve lending programs will end this year. Read more»

In a Tuesday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal that would fund transportation, the paycheck protection program to help businesses pay their employees, food assistance and coronavirus testing centers. Read more»

President Donald Trump announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court in a Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony, where several of the hundreds of attendees are believed to have contracted COVID-19. Barrett, whose confirmation was rushed through the Senate, was sworn in Monday at a White House event that Trump said would be smaller than the nomination announcement.

Arizona senators split along party lines after rushed vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday. Read more»

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Almost every Senate Democrat, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, has come out against President Donald Trump’s plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying the nomination should wait until after the election. Read more»

Some mourners wore clothes honoring Ginsburg while others brought signs, flowers and memories of her impact on their lives.

Long lines formed outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday as admirers came to pay their final respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon whom one mourner called a “lion of equality.” Read more»

Mark Kelly opposes adding new seats to the U.S. Supreme Court, a proposal that some Democrats are floating if Senate Republicans confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read more»

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death leaves a hole in the Supreme Court and a whole lotta trouble for Martha McSally. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a detail from the painting 'The Four Justices,' by Nelson Shanks, which depicts the first four women who have served as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left the bench. Martha McSally's life just got harder. Mark Kelly's tail is wagging. You don't attempt to push through a Supreme Court justice days before an election, unless you think you're going to lose. Read more» 2

The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance. Read more»

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