DALLAS -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to sign the $8.8 billion budget approved in a contentious special session that ended Thursday with expansion of the state's Medicaid system under President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Amid bitter rhetoric, Republican legislators set aside their ideological objections to the so-called “Obamacare” and agreed to accept $1.6 billion in federal funds for providing federal medical insurance for the working poor.

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