July 2017

President Trump has questioned the role of NATO, focusing on why the U.S. is paying for more of what the organization does than other member nations do. He recently announced that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, setting the country apart from most of the rest of the world.
July 25, 2017
Craig Harris
The pressure on Arizona and municipalities around the state to take action on pension costs is growing. This week, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason called on the state Legislature to put additional millions into the statewide pension system for judges and other elected officials.
July 25, 2017
A new rule adopted by the Arizona Clean Elections Commission is sparking some controversy at the state Capitol this week. The Commission instituted new regulations clarifying and modernizing the process for candidates who take clean-elections money and then use it to hire political parties or consultants.
July 25, 2017
Sen. John McCain
Whether he meant to or not, Sen. John McCain has played an important role in Donald Trump’s path to the White House and throughout his time in office. That's according to Washington Post reporter Amber Phillips, who recently chronicled how their paths have intersected for the Post blog The Fix.
July 25, 2017
Extreme partisanship in the Senate isn’t anything new, but it’s not as common as you may think. Attorney and former Senate aide Ira Shapiro wrote about the late 1970s Senate in his book "The Last Great Senate." We spoke with Shapiro about expectations for the Senate.
July 25, 2017
Steven Shepard
Steven Shepard, editor for the Politico Caucus and chief polling analyst for Politico, joined us on Tuesday morning for on-the-ground perspective ahead of the Senate vote on health-care reform.
July 25, 2017
Space
And next we bring you a story about the challenges of baking bread — in space, which turns out to be harder than you might initially think. A German company called Bake in Space has spent the last year tackling the rather complex problem of how to bake and eat bread in space.
July 24, 2017
"The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class" book
For most observers over the decades, the so-called “elite” were people who were extremely wealthy and had access to essentially anything they wanted. But a new book, "The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class," argues that the elite are defined less by how much money they have and more on what is labeled "cultural capital."
July 24, 2017
Department of Homeland Security logo
The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that they’ll essentially double the cap on this year’s quota for these H-2B non-agricultural visas with an increase of 15,000 a year. But many think that increase is too little, too late. So what is the Department of Homeland Security’s motivation here?
July 24, 2017
Border wall
Since President Trump took office, illegal immigration has gone down on our southern border. But over the weekend, nine migrants died in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, in an incident that will be tried as a human-trafficking crime.
July 24, 2017

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