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Arizona choses official state gun

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Arizona turns on Tea Party with veto of Obama 'birther bill'

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Arizona birthright bill 'may violate constitution'

The state of Arizona is returning to the front line of the simmering debate over immigration after local politicians unveiled a plan to scrap the law requiring all children born on American soil to be classified as US citizens.

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