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Travelers wait at the Morley Pedestrian crossing in Nogales, Sonora for entrance into the U.S. in November 2021.

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection faces sharp questions following revelations over the summer that the agency is building a massive database from electronic devices seized at the nation's airports and border crossings—adding text messages, call logs, photos and other sensitive data from as many as 10,000 devices per year. Read more»

The IRS, the Justice Department and congressional Republicans and Democrats are all trying to put an end to syndicated conservation easements. But with lobbyists like Henry Waxman helping lead the resistance, the efforts have had little effect. Read more»

HSI agents during an investigation in Nogales in 2018.

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is calling for an investigation into what he called "an indiscriminate and bulk surveillance program" that collected data on millions of money transfers managed by federal officials in Phoenix. Read more»

Over the long term, the idea is to slow the overall inflation of drug prices, which has exceeded general inflation for decades.

The Medicare prescription drug pricing plan Democrats unveiled this week is not nearly as ambitious as many lawmakers sought, but they and drug policy experts say the provisions crack open the door to reforms that could have dramatic effects. Read more»

TPD Chief Chris Magnus speaks to the media during a press conference in Tucson in 2016.

The nomination of Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection moved forward Wednesday after a Senate committee voted 15-13 to advance his confirmation. Read more»

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, center, told the Senate Finance Committee he accepted the nomination to be the next Customs and Border Protection commissioner for the same reason he got into law enforcement decades ago, 'to make a difference.'

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus walked a fine line in a hearing Tuesday on his nomination to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, easily fielding questions from Democrats while telling GOP senators some of what they wanted to hear. Read more»

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus during a press conference in August 2020.

Five months after Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus was tapped to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection, his nomination will move forward after the head of the Senate committee responsible for the process resolved a months-long dispute over questions about the actions of federal officers during unrest in Portland, Oregon last year. Read more»

An image shared by Tucson Sector's acting chief of a group of 127 migrants encountered by agents on Wednesday. Of those, 82 were children traveling with parents or guardians.

Since the beginning of September, Border Patrol agents have encountered more than 432 people traveling in large groups of people on the Tohono O'odham Nation southwest of Tucson. Read more»

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus during a press conference in 2016.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, is holding up the confirmation process for Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, who was tapped by the Biden administration in April to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Read more»

Right to the City Los Angeles held a downtown rally April 18, 2011 calling for higher taxes on corporations and the ultrawealthy.

ProPublica’s investigation released Tuesday revealing that the top 25 wealthiest Americans have paid little, and sometimes nothing, in federal income taxes has resulted in demands to rewrite the tax code and to investigate how the confidential data was released. Read more»

Despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate of 6.1% in April — representing 9.8 million people who say they are actively looking for work — many employers are reporting that they can’t find people to hire, and economists disagree whether a too-generous unemployment supplement is the cause. Read more»

A screenshot of TurboTax’s stimulus registration product. Red arrows, added by ProPublica, point to buttons for tax prep products in which many users have to pay.

Congress gave the IRS the job of sending out coronavirus rescue checks. But the underfunded agency is struggling, while for-profit companies like Intuit have started circling, hoping to convert Americans in need into paying customers. Read more»

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, are two of 10 bipartisan members of the new caucus that aims to protect and encourage federal whistleblowers.

Two men who exposed the government’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-running probe in Phoenix said they hope a new Senate caucus can keep other whistleblowers from enduring the retaliation they faced. Read more»

The Wallow Fire burns in the White Mountains, 2011.

By enacting the president’s recent budget proposal, Congress can provide the Interior Department and the Forest Service with critical funds needed to effectively prevent and fight wildfires. Read more»

The former treasury secretary says his close ties to ex-Citigroup executive Robert Rubin ‘tempered my skepticism’ about the bank’s health in the years before the financial crisis hit. Read more»

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