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USCIS scrambles to resume naturalizations after COVID-19, budget cuts

Arizona nursing assistant Perla Macias dreamed of the day when she would be sworn in as a citizen after 15 years living in the U.S. – followed by a big family celebration afterward. She was on the verge of realizing that dream when it was derailed for six months this spring, first by COVID-19 and

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Alone among Democrats, Sinema stays silent on GOP Supreme Court push

Almost every Senate Democrat has come out against President Donald Trump’s plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying the nomination should wait until after the looming elections. Every Senate Democrat but one – Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. While other Democrats were using language like “shameful,” “brazen

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Action on missing, murdered women legislation caps years of advocacy

Native American advocates and victim’s families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country’s epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. The federal government finally passed legislation that could help do something about it. The House gave final approval this week to two bills, Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act, that would

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Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

A man who killed a religious couple visiting Texas from Iowa was executed Thursday, the first Black inmate put to death as part of the Trump administration’s resumption of federal executions after a nearly 20-year pause. Christopher Vialva, 40, was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m. EDT after receiving a lethal injection at the federal

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Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington have survived severe wildfires before, but the smoke from this year’s blazes has been especially bad — thick enough

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