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FactCheck: Former presidents not allowed to take home official records

Despite claims that the law allowed former President Donald Trump to “take documents when he left the White House,” a former president isn’t allowed to take possession of official records, which Trump has said the 15 boxes of materials recovered from his Mar-a-Lago residence are.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Roger Stone's constitutional irony

Roger Stone lashed out at the January 6th committee, saying he invoked his Fifth Amendment right because “I am fully aware of the House Democrats’ long history of fabricating perjury charges.” That’s a funny comment coming from a goon who committed perjury before Congress.... Read more»

After prolonged period of press-bashing, a more constructive form of media criticism is now flourishing

Over the past several years, and maybe even longer, it seems as if every day brings a new round of attacks on the American press. Some of these attacks come under the guise of criticism: accusations of being “fake news”; arguments that journalists are biased. But some more seriously threaten journalists themselves. Recently, though, another kind of press criticism has come to prominence after a period of marginalization. This brand of press criticism takes a free and independent press as a necessity for life in a democratic society. Instead of seeking to delegitimize the press, these critics are simultaneously explaining the workings of the press to the public and holding it accountable in its role as the public’s representative and watchdog. ... Read more»

Rogue columnist

Arizona in play? Dem hopes spring eternal

Every election cycle since Bill Clinton carried Arizona in 1996, the narrative has gone like this: The state will change politically as newcomers bring their (more liberal) values. And thanks to Hispanics Arizona is on the cusp (always!) of becoming a purple or even deep blue electorate.... Read more»

Nixon's nemesis: Political prankster Dick Tuck dead at 94

Dick Nixon, you can finally rest easy. You don't have Dick Tuck to kick you around anymore. The Tucson resident, who was one of the top political legends of the 20th century, died Monday evening.... Read more»1

Sunshine Week

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

As journalism marks its annual Sunshine Week, free speech advocates called the Trump administration the most hostile to the press in memory. They listed a wide range of potential dangers, from legal action to encouraging distrust and even violence. At the same time, advocates say that the media, at least on legal issues, is well positioned to withstand Trump and that the First Amendment is stronger than ever.... Read more»

Analysis

Donald Trump and the return of seditious libel

This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.... Read more»1

Comic: Politicomix

Great moments in politics: Miller & Nixon

Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller continues to deny having used personal email accounts to conduct government business, although copies of emails proving otherwise have been turned over to the Pima County Attorney's Office. ... Read more»9

Political prankster Dick Tuck turns 91

It's not often you can shake the hand of a genuine American political legend, much less wish him a happy 91st birthday. Sunday afternoon, a group of Tucsonans had just such an opportunity, as trickster Dick Tuck marked his 91 years with a party at the Shanty.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Udall: Gray wolf delisting not sound science

Forty-six years ago in 1967, my father Stewart Udall — as Secretary of Interior — issued the first endangered species list under the Endangered Species Preservation Act. His list included such great American icons as the timber wolf, red wolf, bald eagle, grizzly bear, American alligator, and the peregrine falcon.... Read more»4

Analysis

As media gets bored with Obamacare, is public getting on board?

We have now passed several key milestones in the open enrollment cycle for the Affordable Care Act: The deadline to sign up for coverage that was effective in January, the due date to pay for that coverage, and the deadline to enroll in coverage that is effective this month. Periodically during this open enrollment cycle, we’ve checked in with experts to get past the sound bites so endemic in this heated political debate.... Read more»

Nixon's nemesis still kicking: Dick Tuck turns 90

The man whose pranks may have set off the chain of events that ultimately brought down a president celebrated his 90th birthday in Tucson last week. Political trickster Dick Tuck still despises Richard Nixon, whom he dogged for decades. Tuck wants Aug. 9, the date of the 1974 resignation of the 37th president, declared a national holiday: Nixmas.... Read more»

Think again

Think again: Worse than Watergate?

In a new poll from Public Policy Polling, 74 percent of Republicans polled said they think the actions of the Obama administration during the crisis in Benghazi were worse than Watergate. The results, however, might be taken with a grain of salt as half of that 74 percent appear to have no idea whatsoever where—or even what—Benghazi is.... Read more»

Analysis

War on drugs: What is it good for?

It's not just Colorado and Washington: The world is abandoning the U.S.-backed drug war in favor of a more liberal approach to cannabis. Four decades after President Nixon declared war on drugs, nearly everyone agrees it's time for a truce.... Read more»2

Presidential election 2012: 5 more nail-biters

This presidential election is definitely down to the wire, but it isn't the first time America has seen a close call. ... Read more»

Living apart: How the government betrayed a landmark civil rights law

The authors of the 1968 Fair Housing Act wanted to reverse decades of government-fostered segregation. But presidents from both parties declined to enforce a law that stirred vehement opposition. ... Read more»

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