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Capitol Christmas tree to come from Ariz.

ALPINE - This year's Capitol Christmas tree will be an 85-foot blue spruce from Arizona's White Mountains. Ted Bechtol, superintendent of the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, made the final selection this week after reviewing 10 candidates from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

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Kyl will vote against Sotomayor (access required)

Sen. Jon Kyl announced July 23 that he would vote against Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying he is not convinced that she will set aside her biases and decide cases impartially based on the rule of law.

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Border to top Burke’s agenda as U.S. attorney

Dennis Burke hasn't officially taken his post as Arizona's next U.S. attorney, but he's already familiar with an area that may be his top priority as a federal prosecutor - the border. Just days after being nominated by President Barack Obama as U.S. attorney for Arizona, Burke was on the border at Nogales, part of three days of meetings with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's border czar. Obama and U.S. Attorney Eric Holder have made drug trafficking and human smuggling a top priority, and Burke said he plans to put those issues at the top of his agenda as well.

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