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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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Kyl plays key role in Sotomayor hearings (access required)

WASHINGTON - As President Obama's first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court faced senators in open hearings last week, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., emerged as a leading Republican voice in raising questions about Judge Sonia Sotomayor's record.

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Renzi lawyers object to speech and debate ruling

TUCSON - Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi have objected to a federal magistrate's denial of their motion to dismiss the public corruption case against him on constitutional grounds. Renzi's lawyers contend that the government violated the U.S. Constitution's "speech or debate" clause in wiretapping his conversations with aides concerning a failed land swap deal in which he's been accused of conspiracy.

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Lawmakers send message to D.C. – pull U.S. out of U.N.

Arizona lawmakers sent more than 100 bills to Gov. Jan Brewer for her approval or veto earlier this month, but a few measures they passed don't need the governor to sign off - including one that asks Congress to reconsider a measure that would pull the United States out of the United Nations.

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