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'We must do our part to mitigate climate change'—The military’s pollution problem

The United States and other countries have said they are committed to reducing military emissions - a major producer of greenhouse gases, with more emissions than many industrialized nations - but there is no consistent methodology and reporting requirement for emissions.... Read more»

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Congress avoids government shutdown with passage of short-term funding plan

After hours of uncertainty and an unsuccessful bid by some Republicans to defund federal vaccine mandates, the Senate passed a short-term funding plan that staved off a government shutdown and gives lawmakers two more months to pass a long-term plan. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Generals contradict Biden on Afghanistan advice

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley and Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, contradicted President Joe Biden’s claim last month that top military advisers didn’t recommend keeping a residual force in Afghanistan. ... Read more»

Getting educated while on active duty is getting harder as military rolls back benefits

While much of the attention to education benefits for service members focuses on veterans, most of the military’s 1.3 million active-duty personnel are also eligible for tuition assistance, but restrictions mean many service members have to wait for college until they leave the military.... Read more»

Remediation work continues at Az's border wall construction sites

The Army Corps of Engineers has continued remediation work along two sections of the border wall near Yuma, cleaning up the remnants of construction left by contractors during the last days of the Trump administration's rush to complete the boundary barrier. ... Read more»

GAO: Pentagon estimates of border duty costs, impact were unreliable

The Pentagon did not have reliable estimates for the cost of its work supporting Homeland Security efforts on the southwestern border and did not assess the impact of those efforts on military readiness, a new report says. The report by the Government Accountability Office also chided the Defense Department for failing to fully report its border costs to Congress in 2019, and said the Pentagon and Homeland Security need to come to an agreement on the level of long-term support.... Read more»

Supreme Court halts hearings on Trump border cases after Biden reversals

The Supreme Court postponed upcoming hearings challenging the government's ability to divert Defense Department funds to border wall construction and on the administration’s so-called "remain in Mexico" policy Wednesday, after both had been reversed on the first day of President Joe Biden’s term.... Read more»

Congress passes massive 'first step' in pandemic relief with $900B package

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»

Air Trump: Cost of trips to campaign events still hard to pin down

Government watchdog groups say they have not been able to get a full accounting of the expenses related to the president’s use of Air Force One, despite years of trying.... Read more»

Supreme Court will hear challenges on Trump's border wall, 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the Trump administration's immigration and border policies, including the siphoning of $2.5 billion from military funds for border wall construction, and a policy that requires thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims for protection are processed.... Read more»

9th Circuit again slaps Trump admin for siphoning Defense funding for border wall

The Trump administration unlawfully siphoned $3.6 billion in construction funds from the Defense Department, the 9th Circuit Court ruled, forcing a halt to 11 border wall projects, including four in Arizona. ... Read more»

Condemnation lawsuits stand between Trump and his 'big beautiful wall'

With President Donald Trump eager to fulfill his campaign promise to build 450 miles of border wall by the end of 2020, his administration has filed 63 eminent domain lawsuits against South Texas landowners this year. One problem: Such cases can take years to resolve.... Read more»

9th Circuit: Trump administration unlawfully siphoned Defense funds for border wall

The 9th Circuit Court ruled Friday that the Trump administration unlawfully used $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds to build the president's long-promised border wall without congressional approval. ... Read more»

Trump in Yuma to mark 216 miles of border wall, still a work in progress

President Donald Trump is set to visit Yuma Tuesday to celebrate the completion of 216 miles of border wall, well shy of the 450 miles he has pledged to have built by the end of this year.... Read more»

Arizona hospitals will soon be able to decontaminate N95 masks

A system that sterilizes used N95 masks using vaporized hydrogen peroxide will be available to health care facilities in Arizona in May, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.... Read more»

2 Arizona bases may see cuts as Pentagon siphons $3.8B to border wall

The Pentagon will once again shift military funding to border wall projects along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting $3.8 billion from defense programs, including two in Arizona worth nearly $1.4 billion. ... Read more»

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