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The U.S. Postal Service just got a congressional reprieve that could save Tucson's Cherrybell Processing and Distribution Center from a decade-old death sentence.

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»

President Donald Trump after disembarking from Air Force One on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 at Joint Base Andrews, Md., after attending a United Nations summit in New York.

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»

President Donald Trump speaks during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017. .

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

President Donald Trump’s $4 trillion budget for fiscal 2018 makes what the White House calls 'targeted reductions' – and critics call painful slashing of domestic programs.

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»

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»

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»

President Donald Trump signed 18 executive orders or policy directives in his first two weeks in office, including a temporary freeze on federal hiring that has agencies scrambling to figure out how to comply.

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»

A U.S. non-commisioned officer is given a leadership coin, May 2012 in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

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»

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»

Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients was asked to testify Friday at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing into solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee. Zients did not show for the hearing, sending a letter stating his schedule precluded the 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

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»