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Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid dies at 82

Harry Reid, the former majority leader in the U.S. Senate and longtime fixture in Nevada and national politics, died Tuesday at the age of 82 after battling pancreatic cancer in the years since his retirement from the Senate in 2017. ... Read more»

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Scammers are using fake job ads to steal people’s identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front - and scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits. ... Read more»

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DeConcini & Richtman: Sinema should reconsider filibuster stance to protect seniors' voting rights

Older Arizonans who voted safely and securely by mail in the 2020 election may find that it isn’t so easy next time, thanks to restrictions enacted by the Legislature last spring. To protect voting rights. Sen. Sinema should support modifications to the filibuster rule to allow the Senate to approve the For the People Act.... Read more»

Education Department will forgive $5.8 billion in student loans for disabled borrowers

A troubled Education Department program left many disabled borrowers unable to escape crushing debt, and finally, a decade after ProPublica exposed the issue, the US has taken a major step to address the program’s defects. ... Read more»

How the Federal Reserve is increasing wealth inequality

The Fed’s low-interest-rate policies have stabilized the economy and turbocharged the stock market but those policies have accelerated the decades-long increase in economic inequality by helping increase the wealth of people at the top far more than it has increased the wealth of working-class Americans.... Read more»

Payroll 'holiday' begins, but it's not clear that anyone's celebrating

President Donald Trump’s payroll tax holiday started Tuesday, but for analysts looking at the program, the holiday might as well involve a Secret Santa because no one really knows who is doing what.... Read more»

Unemployed parents see no refunds as child support overcharges continue

Arizona parents who pay child support have received hardly any of the state and federal unemployment aid that they are entitled to because the Arizona Department of Economic Security overcharged them for their child support obligation, according to the state agency.... Read more»

DES overcharges parents paying child support, leaving them with little unemployment aid

Arizona parents who pay child support have received hardly any of the state and federal unemployment aid that they are entitled to because the Arizona Department of Economic Security overcharged them for their child support obligation, according to the state agency.... Read more»

Some Arizona parents haven’t received federal unemployment aid

More than a 1,300 jobless Arizona parents who pay child support have had their federal unemployment weekly aid of $600 withheld, even though the Department of Economic Security already deducts child support obligations from state unemployment payments. ... Read more»

Intuit TurboTax and other for-profit tax prep companies lead Americans to pay for their stimulus checks

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»

Arizona firms cited for role in millions of scam robocalls

A federal court Wednesday ordered two Paradise Valley residents to stop operating businesses that prosecutors said were used to funnel hundreds of millions of overseas robocalls per month.... Read more»

House panel advances bill to expand farmworker visas, green card access

A House committee gave preliminary approval Thursday to a bill that would add 20,000 farmworker visas and let some workers apply for permanent legal residency, despite Republican concerns that it could open the door to more illegal immigration.... Read more»

Factcheck: Meme falsely compares benefits for refugees, senior citizens

A popular meme falsely claims that each month refugees in the United States receive over three times more money in “federal assistance” than Social Security beneficiaries. That’s a new version of an old claim we debunked more than a decade ago.... Read more»

Health care is Sinema's top issue in Senate bid

Protecting Arizonans with pre-existing conditions from losing their health care and controlling costs are Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's top priorities.... Read more»

McSally, Sinema trade barbs, stress voting records during their only Senate debate

In a debate peppered with accusations of lying and treason, Senate candidates Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema took shots at each other in their only public debate of the 2018 election, each calling out the other’s voting record as proof that the other candidate is not a true representative of Arizona.... Read more»1

CD2 GOP candidates square off; Arpaio refuses to bow out of Senate race

Two of the four Republicans running in the CD 2 congressional primary answered questions posed by a journalist at a forum on Thursday. Joe Arpaio, the controversial former Maricopa County sheriff, said he wouldn't bow out of the U.S. Senate race when called upon to do so by an audience member.... Read more»1

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