Politics

Trump boasts of record judicial appointment pace, promises more to come

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump boasted Wednesday about the record 158 federal judges that have been confirmed under his watch, with dozens more to come as he carries through on a campaign promise to remake federal courts - a prospect that alarms liberal groups.

Tucson voters handily reject sanctuary city proposition

TUCSON – Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated Proposition 205, which would have declared Tucson the state's first sanctuary city. The vote came amid warnings from the Trump administration of possible federal sanctions costing the city millions of dollars.

Democrats roast CIS head over plan to end ‘medical deferred action’

WASHINGTON - The acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services insisted to a House panel that there are no new plans to end "medical deferred action," but Democrats called the administration "cruel" for considering the notion in the first place.

‘Operation Kayla Mueller’ stirs memories of Arizonan killed in Syria

WASHINGTON - One official called it fitting: The military operation that tracked down and killed the leader of the Islamic State this weekend was named for Kayla Mueller, a Prescott native who was killed while being held by that group in Syria in 2015.

Arizona joins more than 40 other states in antitrust probe of Facebook

WASHINGTON - Arizona joined 46 other states and territories this week in antitrust investigation of Facebook, including whether the social media giant violated consumer data privacy and whether it is a monopoly that has driven up advertising prices and suppressed competition.

Officials: State making gains on teacher vacancies, still has way to go

WASHINGTON - Arizona school officials told a Washington forum Tuesday that the state has made strides in teacher recruiting and retention, but there is still a long way to go to fixing a problem that saw 21% of teacher jobs vacant at the start of this school year.