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President Joe Biden's pledge to a appoint an black woman on the supreme court is hardly a new kind of promise.

Republicans have criticized Biden for pledging to nominate an African-American woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. They should read what former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump said about women they appointed. Read more»

In Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, the cost of living and family needs have skyrocketed while funding for welfare remains the same.

In the 25 years since President Bill Clinton took Ronald Reagan's notions to their apotheosis in his 1996 welfare reform law - which Clinton said would “end welfare as we know it” - federal welfare funding, frozen by law at 1996 levels, has been decimated. Read more»

Judge Trina Thompson.

President Joe Biden put 10 people on the path to the bench Wednesday, including one nominee who, if confirmed, would be the only Black woman serving the Northern District of California as an active U.S. district judge. Read more»

Colin Powell, who was first Black secretary of state and the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol. Powell, who died Monday, was praised by Arizona officials for his legacy of firsts.

Arizona politicians from both sides of the aisle praised former Secretary of State Colin Powell as a dedicated public servant who will inspire “generations of Americans,” but who also leaves behind a mixed legacy. Read more»

In the early 1960s, Barry Goldwater, a Republican U.S. senator from Arizona, called for the GOP to adopt racist principles.

In 1981, GOP strategist Lee Atwater described how the party began to define itself as a white supremacist party in response to the civil rights movement - and for several decades, Republicans have depended on racism to keep white people in power and nonwhites on the outside. Read more»

In retrospect, inducting Martin Luther King Jr. into the Pantheon of American Heroes may have been a mistake and a disservice to what he fought for. Unfortunately, to make King an icon, we have had to make him non-controversial. We had to hollow him out, enabling anyone to fill that vessel with whatever supports their agenda. This is unfortunate, because his struggle continues. Read more»

The Arizona Republican Party's problem isn't a primary, it's the man himself. (Trump in Louisville, Ky., Aug. 21, 2019)

Republicans didn't subvert democracy in canceling their presidential primary in Arizona. The GOP is curing its cancer by canceling its oncologist appointment. If no one tells them they're sick, they must be healthy, right? Read more»

Seven of the 10 best-selling drugs on the market are "orphan drugs" but some assert they aren't that orphaned.

The "orphan drug" system intended to help desperate patients is being manipulated by drugmakers to maximize profits and to protect niche markets for medicines already being taken by millions, A Kaiser Health News investigation shows. Read more»

McSally stood on an equipment case to speak with reporters after announcing her Senate run in January 2018.

Bolt from Trump's wall and shutdown and lose the base. Stick with the president and lose the state. The truth is that Sen. Martha McSally remains the Arizonan most endangered by Trump’s xenophobic obsession with illegal immigration and his wall. Read more»

Birthright citizenship is granted in the first sentence of the 14th Amendment: 'All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.'

Can a president change the Constitution by way of executive order? President Donald Trump thinks he can, saying in an interview this week that he plans to revoke the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship. Read more»

If Arizona Democrats want to make the 2018 Senate race a referendum on who's less "establishment," the party should first check and see if U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is made of Capitol marble. Read more» 1

Iranian students climbing the gates of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov.4, 1979.

Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have implied that Iran released U.S. hostages in 1981 on the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated because Reagan ushered in a new foreign policy toward Iran. But several experts on the crisis told us the hostages were released that day as a final insult to President Jimmy Carter, whom the hostage-takers despised. Read more»

In 1993, the Dow Jones industrial average was still well under 4,000, the best-selling car in the country was the Ford Taurus, and the average cost of a Major League Baseball ticket was under $10. That was also the year that Congress last raised the federal tax on gasoline. Read more»

A panorama of the Arizona State Capitol complex.

Pima County home owners are looking at higher taxes and the story behind it is everything that makes Arizona politics this comically sinister. Here's how a taxpayer protection from 1980 led to a tax hike in 2015. Read more» 4

The president’s 18 commutations put him ahead of recent presidents but his use of pardons still lags behind Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Read more»

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