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Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

WASHINGTON – For four years, the Trump administration took steps to boost uranium mining for what it called national security reasons, a move environmentalists saw as an attempt to open the door to mining...

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden, say Haaland nomination a good start

WASHINGTON – The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be...

Biden picks former public school teacher as secretary of Education

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday formally introduced his nominee for secretary of Education—Miguel Cardona, a veteran of public schools and the third Latino selected for the Cabinet. “We knew we needed an education secretary who...

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

WASHINGTON—To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never...

Health care, restaurant, tech companies among top PPP recipients in Arizona

Arizona businesses got up to $8.6 billion dollars in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the federal government due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but some businesses got far more money than others, specifically chain...

Congress passes massive ‘first step’ in pandemic relief with $900B package

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday night approved the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough...

Congress strikes deal on new pandemic relief after settling dispute over Fed lending

WASHINGTON — A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to...

Politicians quit Congress, but their ‘zombie’ campaigns stagger on with millions in the bank

WASHINGTON — Republican Michele Bachmann hasn’t set foot in the U.S. Capitol as an elected member of Congress from Minnesota for at least six years.

Workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

WASHINGTON — A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with a Tyson meat packing facility in Iowa alleged that managers secretly took bets on how many employees would get sick from COVID-19.

US Supreme Court rejects Texas AG’s attempt to overturn Biden’s win

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday turned aside a Texas lawsuit that sought to derail the presidential election results from four battleground states, despite pressure on the justices from President Donald Trump on social media.
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