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[INVESTIGATION] Big talk, little change on Trump’s border

Posted by   /  September 1, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

By Arizona Daily Star After months of tough campaign rhetoric, the Trump administration touted a steep decline in border-crossing arrests as evidence of a “new era.” In Arizona, the arrest of an unauthorized immigrant at a Pima County court and a raid on a humanitarian aid camp near Arivaca offered further signs of an immigration […]

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Trump Administration plans new restrictions on reverse mortgages

Posted by   /  August 30, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Mortgages help seniors supplement their incomes; HUD says program needs sounder financial footing The Trump administration is planning to raise premiums and place tighter loan limits on some borrowers in a mortgage program that helps seniors supplement their incomes, reports The Wall Street Journal. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced […]

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2 Senators question effects of a reverse mortgage proposal

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  1 Comment

By Matthew Goldstein | The New York Times Advocates for the elderly persuaded federal housing officials two years ago to offer more rights and protections to the spouse of a borrower who takes out a reverse mortgage and later dies. Now there is concern that a small wording change in the Trump administration’s proposed budget […]

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Trump administration weighs slashing mortgage deduction

Posted by   /  August 7, 2017  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

Reducing the mortgage interest deduction would send earthquakes through the real estate industry. By Colin Wilhelm | Politico A tax break popular with homeowners and the real estate industry could take a hit as Republicans look for ways to pay for their tax reform plan. Despite promises from the Trump administration in April that it […]

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Activists angered as DHS waives environmental rules on border projects

Posted by   /  August 2, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

Grijalva, Gosar split on issue By Brianna Stearns | Cronkite News The Department of Homeland Security invoked a waiver of environmental and other regulations Tuesday to speed construction of border projects, a decision that critics said will “endanger wildlife and people.” DHS announced that it would exercise its authority under a 1996 law to exempt […]

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Former Phoenix Councilman Tom Simplot takes job with Trump arts appointee

Posted by   /  July 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dustin Gardner | The Republic After apparently ghosting on his campaign for Phoenix mayor, former City Councilman Tom Simplot has landed a Beltway job working under an appointee in the Trump administration. Simplot has started a new gig as senior adviser to Mary Anne Carter, senior deputy chairwoman at the National Endowment for the […]

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