Government

Analysts downplay Trump threat to shut down government over immigration

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump repeated a threat to shut down the government this fall if Congress does not approve the immigration reforms he wants, including funding for a border wall, but analysts say the threat is likely little more than a political ploy.

Anti-Defamation League review: 6 Supreme Court cases that delight conservatives, dismay liberals

An Anti-Defamation League annual review of SCOTUS opinions paints a picture of this year’s Supreme Court decisions on immigrant detentions, voting rights for minorities, religious rights at a Colorado bakery and anti-abortion pregnancy centers. How people view those decisions depends on their ideology, a panel of legal and political experts says.

Unlikely allies back bill to fund $11.6 billion in national parks work

WASHINGTON - Reps. Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two came together to back a bipartisan bill that could steer billions in federal energy revenues toward a national parks maintenance backlog that reached $11.6 billion last year - $531 million of it in Arizona.

Mesa firm gets front-row seat at White House ‘Made in America’ showcase

WASHINGTON - Andrew Medway wasn't sure how his Mesa business, Lanternland Lighting, was picked to represent Arizona at the White House's "Made in America Showcase," but he was still excited to be there Monday among companies that made everything from spacecraft to MoonPies.

After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project

WASHINGTON - The House gave final approval to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water system, ending two years of back-and-forth debate in Congress on what most said was a simple issue.

Senate blocks Flake resolution seeking answers on Trump-Putin summit

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jeff Flake vowed to try again after the Senate blocked a vote on his resolution supporting U.S. intelligence agencies, rejecting Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 elections and seeking details on the Trump-Putin summit.