Politics

‘An unlikely friendship’: Biden taps McCain for UN ambassador-rank role

WASHINGTON - Presidents typically pick ambassadors for technical skills or their political connections, but in the case of President Joe Biden tapping Cindy McCain to a United Nations post, it is probably a little bit of both, experts say.


Border Patrol chief out, as White House grapples with immigration

WASHINGTON - The chief of Border Patrol was forced out this week after just 17 months in the job, a move that critics blasted as a politically motivated decision by the Biden administration.


Biden, senators tentatively agree on $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators announced agreement Thursday on a "historic" $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that is heavy on construction but does not include the "human infrastructure" the White House originally wanted.


As Telegraph Fire nears containment, a first look at the damage

GLOBE – The Telegraph Fire is one of the largest Arizona wildfires in the state’s history. Experts said the area, east of metro Phoenix in the Tonto National Forest, is accustomed to seasonal wildfires and expected to recover.


Sinema defends filibuster on same day it’s used to stall voting rights

WASHINGTON - Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., repeated her refusal to end the filibuster Tuesday, the same day that Republicans used the maneuver to block debate on sweeping voting rights legislation that has already passed the House.


Advocates: Affordable Care Act here to stay, as more Arizonans enroll

WASHINGTON - Arizona advocates are breathing "a sigh of relief" this week after the Supreme Court again refused to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, a decision that should preserve the health care program for at least several years.


Arizona’s aerospace and defense industry has close financial ties to Israeli security

PHOENIX – Amid recent violent clashes in the Middle East, Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted "Arizona stands with Israel." Beyond the show of support, Arizona also is where the Iron Dome, a key Israeli defense technology, was created.


Arizonans host a range of events to mark brand-new Juneteenth holiday

WASHINGTON - The federal Juneteenth holiday may be brand new, but you might not know it from the number of celebrations already planned to mark the day in Arizona, with celebrations across the state scheduled to start Friday night and continue through Saturday evening.


ASU students react to Ducey’s order blocking mask and vaccination policies

TEMPE – Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order banning Arizona universities and community colleges from requiring unvaccinated students to wear masks and to get tested regularly. Students weigh in on the order.


Tempe mayor calls for ‘continued and increased’ housing, transit funds

WASHINGTON - Tempe Mayor Corey Woods told a Senate panel that cities like his need federal funding for affordable housing and public transit, saying local investment alone cannot do the job. His testimony came as Washington wrangles over massive infrastructure proposals.


Airport, TSA officials say as passengers return, so do security delays

PHOENIX - Due to the low volume of air travelers at the height of the pandemic, getting through security was quick and easy. But passengers are coming back and travelers now should come prepared for a process that's a bit more difficult, officials say.


Sister act: Sister cities, many in Arizona, step up if nations falter

PHOENIX - When President Dwight Eisenhower unveiled the forerunner to Sister Cities International, he saw the federal government as a sometime obstacle to world peace and encouraged local communities to do their part. When the pandemic hit, that’s exactly what they did.