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Latest Jan Brewer Items
Seeking to blunt the worst of the government shutdown, the Obama administration agreed late last week to reopen national park sites in five states after governors said they would pony up millions of dollars to pay the workers needed to run them.
Arizona and the federal Interior Department agreed Friday to reopen Grand Canyon National Park for at least a week, with the state ponying up $651,000 to fund the National Park Service's operations in the midst of the government shutdown.
Utah has agreed to pay the federal government $1.7 million to open up eight national parks during the government shutdown, and the National Park Service officials said they would consider similar agreements with other states — but were apparently "dragging their feet" with Arizona.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and federal lawmakers are pressuring the Obama administration to reconsider its decision not to grant major-disaster aid to residents affected by the Yarnell Hill Fire, an early summer tragedy that killed 19 firefighters and prompted nationwide mourning.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden on Tuesday said 19 elite firefighters who died battling an Arizona wildfire were heroes "long before we knew their names."
The wildfires charring the West again this summer have reignited the debate over what is fueling the horrific infernos: man-made climate change or the proliferation of overgrown, diseased forests.
Republicans are accused of "sheer spite" for opposing Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid. Grasping for money, in this context, has become a sign of prudence and caring. Turning down money seems inexplicable, at least to liberal economists, unless it is a tantrum over the triumph of Obamacare.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer recently reached out to the Valley Interfaith Project in the Phoenix area to support her expansion of the state's Medicaid program, an effort losing support in the Legislature.
The stigma of "Obamacare" is so potent in many red states that some Republican leaders are walking a linguistic tightrope, trying to avoid being seen as joining the massive new health care entitlement but still hoping to get a piece of the money being offered.