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Sinema: 'I don't care, just don't move the clocks all the time'

Kyrsten Sinema, a senator from a state where residents don't change their clocks, said Thursday that "I don't care, just don't move the clocks all the time," after cheering as she presided over the passage of a so-called "permanent Daylight Saving Time" measure.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

No cancellation: Tucson's Cherrybell mail center gets approval stamp from Postal Service bill

Tucson's Cherrybell postal operation has been defying death for so long, it should be a Marvel franchise. The odds of it staying open just improved with the U.S. Postal Service measure passing Congress. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump wrong on European aid to Ukraine

President Donald Trump wrongly said that “Europe and other nations” were “not” contributing to Ukraine, specifically calling for Germany and France to “put up money.” In fact, the European Union and European financial institutions have contributed more than $16.4 billion in grants and loans to Ukraine since 2014.... Read more»

FactCheck: Double-counting trillions in Trump's budget

How does President Donald Trump’s proposed budget reach a balance in 10 years, as the administration says it will?... Read more»

Trump’s first budget draws praise, pans from Az lawmakers

The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans.... Read more»

FactCheck: Did Democrats once support border wall?

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006.... Read more»

FactCheck: No evidence jobs data was 'manipulated' by Obama

President Donald Trump’s chief budget officer claimed — without any evidence — that “the Obama administration was manipulating the numbers” to make the nation’s unemployment rate “look smaller.”... Read more»

Feds face Trump hiring freeze, with 100s of Arizona jobs vacant

With almost 500 vacant federal jobs in Arizona currently, many in the Department of Veterans Affairs, agencies are grappling with who’s in and who’s out. And lawmakers are keeping a wary eye.... Read more»

Congress can’t say no to military pay raises

While civilian salary increases have slowed to a crawl in the last five years, a new Pentagon report shows rapidly-growing military payrolls have proved immune to the economic pain felt in the private sector. In many cases, soldiering now pays much better than civilian work.... Read more»

Obama election-year pullbacks on safety, environment dismay advocates

Safety and environmental advocates say the Obama administration is sacrificing public health protections to blunt conservative attacks on government regulation. While it is common for candidates to move to the middle before an election, the shift has dismayed Obama supporters who had counted on a push for a raft of progressive reforms.... Read more»

Sole witness a no-show at Solyndra's federal hearing

A congressional subcommittee investigating a $535 million loan guarantee to a politically connected California solar panel maker sought answers Friday from the Office of Management and Budget—but the sole witness didn’t show up.... Read more»1

Transparency

Agencies open to the public? Some not so much

Last Saturday was the deadline for federal agencies to launch their open-government Web pages under a directive issued by the White House. We clocked their progress and found that while many agencies posted their new pages, there are some stragglers. ... Read more»