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Transgender soldiers say ban will backfire, but Pentagon defends policy

WASHINGTON - Transgender soldiers told a House panel that the Trump administration's plan to reimpose a ban on transgender service would backfire, as Pentagon officials defended the move that they said will allow them to better assess military readiness.


Tribal members push less government, more sovereignty to conservatives

WASHINGTON - The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference had heard the message of low taxes and local control from speakers before, but maybe not from this group - Native Americans calling for less government oversight on reservations and greater tribal sovereignty.


Arizona lawmakers split on party lines in vote to block Trump emergency

WASHINGTON - Arizona lawmakers split down party lines as the House voted 245-182 to terminate President Donald Trump's declaration of national emergency at the southern border, a move Trump said is needed so he can shift $6.7 billion toward construction of a border wall this year.


As trade deal looms, North American farm officials pledge cooperation

WASHINGTON - The top agriculture officials from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. reiterated the importance of North American trade and cooperation Thursday in their first joint meeting since the release of a replacement deal for NAFTA that is now struggling toward passage.



As border budget talks wind down, rhetoric from warring sides heats up

WASHINGTON - As congressional negotiators reportedly closed in on a border-security funding compromise, advocates on both sides were complaining about the deal - with immigration advocates saying it gives too much, and strong-border supporters saying it needs to give more.


Officials testify on climate change’s outsized effect on Indian Country

WASHINGTON - An Inupiaq witness said melting glaciers led to erosion around rural villages. A Quinault Indian Nation member said treaty-protected fishing has dried up. And a Tohono O'odham official said floods are stronger and droughts longer. All were testifying on the effects of climate change on Indian Country.


Keel: State of Native nations ‘strong,’ but feds need to do their part

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders Monday called on federal lawmakers to avoid another government shutdown, saying the 35-day shutdown that ended in January was felt across Indian Country, hitting everything from housing to tribes' efforts at economic development.


Arizona, other states in ‘governors challenge’ target veteran suicides

WASHINGTON - Arizona was one of seven states that met with federal officials and veterans groups in Washington to map out a strategy for reversing the high rate of suicides among vets, a particular problem in Arizona which had the sixth-highest veteran suicide rate in the nation in 2016.


Trump call for unity appears to do little to sway divided Congress

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump used his first speech to a divided Congress to call for unity and a plea to "govern not as two parties, but as one nation." But the reaction to his State of the Union address fell largely along party lines, which was mirrored in the Arizona delegation's response.


Transgender troops in limbo as courts, Pentagon debate right to serve

WASHINGTON - Since leaving her dream job as a Navy pilot because she is transgender, Brynn Tannehill has seen her hopes of re-enlisting repeatedly raised and dashed as the Pentagon and the courts flip-flop on the issue, leaving Tannehill and thousands of other service members waiting and watching.


Estrada says border wall alone is not the best way to stem drug trafficking

WASHINGTON - Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said a border wall would do "very little" to stop the flow of drugs, most of which come in to the U.S. through ports of entry, which require more personnel and better technology.