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Published: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:18:00 GMT2016-12-10T18:18:00Z

 



Rejected by N.J. voters (and maybe Trump), Christie's in retreat

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:18:00 GMT2016-12-10T18:18:00Z

Gov. Christie may have picked a winner, but he isn't acting like one lately. Instead of taking a victory lap after his early bet on Donald Trump proved correct, Christie has been avoiding public scrutiny as he weathers the worst approval ratings of his tenure and the attention to his non-selection (so far) for a job joining the president-elect in Washington.



Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:00:09 GMT2016-12-10T18:00:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments concluding that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican.



Wolf again skips Pa. Society gala, donates money instead

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:08:03 GMT2016-12-10T17:08:03Z

For the second year in a row, Gov. Wolf has opted out of Pennsylvania's premiere political event, held in New York City.



Trump's Pennsylvania electors showing no signs of flipping

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:02:36 GMT2016-12-10T17:02:36Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Anyone hoping Pennsylvania's 20 "unbound" Electoral College members might turn against Republican president-elect Donald Trump is almost certainly going to be disappointed.






CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:53:11 GMT2016-12-10T14:53:11Z




Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:21:53 GMT2016-12-10T14:21:53Z




Giuliani pulls out of consideration to serve in Trump administration

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:09:52 GMT2016-12-10T13:09:52Z




Mayor Kenney calls Toll's latest Jewelers Row plans 'deeply disturbing'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:54:33 GMT2016-12-10T11:54:33Z




Christmas parade gets 'political' with Kellyanne Conway as grand marshal

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:05:52 GMT2016-12-10T11:05:52Z

HAMMONTON, N.J. - Santa Claus - and Kellyanne Conway - are coming to town Saturday. But apparently, nobody wants to talk about it.



Dem's lead in Pa. House race grows -- to 26 votes

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:05:18 GMT2016-12-10T11:05:18Z

West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta said Friday her lead in the race for a Chester County state House seat has increased -- from 18, to 26 votes.



Philly judge: Decision coming Monday on Stein's request for statewide recount

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:41:45 GMT2016-12-10T10:41:45Z

A Philadelphia judge said he will rule Monday on the Green Party-backed petition for a statewide Pennsylvania recount, but signaled that the clock may be running out because the state must certify its election results for the Electoral College vote.



N.J. considers new investment to bolster public worker pensions

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 05:00:09 GMT2016-12-10T05:00:09Z

TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are considering a new tool to boost the state's underfunded pension system: Allow the Treasury Department to purchase unlimited bonds from the state's transportation fund.



Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:27:02 GMT2016-12-10T04:27:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised a renewed fight for the working class next year.



Obama orders review of election-season hacking

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:36:03 GMT2016-12-10T03:36:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia's meddling in U.S. elections, the White House said Friday.



Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 00:19:29 GMT2016-12-10T00:19:29Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years.



Millennials flock to ritzy PA Society to be seen, schmooze

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:42:04 GMT2016-12-09T23:42:04Z

Albert Eisenberg took a bus and two subway trains to get from Philadelphia to Manhattan for the swankiest political event in Pennsylvania politics.



John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 23:27:09 GMT2016-12-09T23:27:09Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.



Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raise conflict issues for NBC

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:10:10 GMT2016-12-09T22:10:10Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC.



Byko: CNN's Van Jones stumbles into uncomfortable racial and political truths

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:22:59 GMT2016-12-09T21:22:59Z

"But you are a woman! And you are a Democratic woman! And Hillary Clinton as best I can tell is a woman! I just don't get it!"



Japan ratifies Pacific trade pact that Trump plans to dump

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:09:04 GMT2016-12-09T21:09:04Z

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.



It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:00:08 GMT2016-12-09T21:00:08Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.



This is what happens when Trump attacks a private citizen on Twitter

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:14:20 GMT2016-12-09T20:14:20Z




Michigan lets autonomous cars on roads without human driver

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:43:53 GMT2016-12-09T19:43:53Z

DETROIT (AP) - Companies can now test self-driving cars on Michigan public roads without a driver or steering wheel under new laws that could push the state to the forefront of autonomous vehicle development.



Justices will consider forfeiture dispute in drug case

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:34:15 GMT2016-12-09T19:34:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court will decide whether a Tennessee man convicted for his role selling iodine water purification filters to methamphetamine makers can be required to forfeit nearly $70,000 in profits.



Goldman Sachs veteran Gary Cohn expected to head National Economic Council

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:32:03 GMT2016-12-09T19:32:03Z







Donald Trump remains producer on 'New Celebrity Apprentice'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:20:41 GMT2016-12-09T19:20:41Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC's reboot of "Celebrity Apprentice" but he's kept a business connection to the reality show.



Big business warns Trump against mass deportation

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 19:05:40 GMT2016-12-09T19:05:40Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Still grappling with Donald Trump's surprise election, the nation's business community has begun to pressure the president-elect to abandon campaign-trail pledges of mass deportation and other hard-line immigration policies that some large employers fear would hurt the economy.



Philly Clout: Did Fattah get railroaded by federal judge?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:43:06 GMT2016-12-09T16:43:06Z

Chaka Fattah is facing some serious prison time next week at his sentencing hearing on federal corruption charges. We don't expect U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III to give the 60-year-old ex-congressman the 17 to 22 years the feds are asking for, but a double-digit sentence is entirely possible.



Trump praises Michigan GOP while weighing RNC chairman call

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:00:08 GMT2016-12-09T16:00:08Z

LANSING, Michigan (AP) - Donald Trump is nearing a decision on who will lead the Republican National Committee and could tap Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel for a leadership post Friday during his visit to Grand Rapids.



Donald Trump's Inauguration: Which Celebrities Will Show?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:21:05 GMT2016-12-09T15:21:05Z




Under Trump, Congress likely to pull plug on medical device tax

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:53:09 GMT2016-12-09T14:53:09Z




Americans' odds of earning more than parents have plunged

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:37:03 GMT2016-12-09T14:37:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The likelihood that young adults will earn more than their parents has plummeted in recent decades, a study has found, fueling concerns that the American dream of steady upward mobility is foundering amid a widening wealth gap.



Harry Reid bids farewell to Senate after 30 years

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:35:46 GMT2016-12-09T14:35:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Harry Reid bid farewell to the Senate Thursday after 30 years in the chamber and more than a decade as top Democrat, a remarkable run during which he shepherded key Obama administration legislation including the sweeping health care law.



Biden says world will look to liberal Trudeau

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:33:58 GMT2016-12-09T14:33:58Z

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - Outgoing U.S. Vice President Joe Biden hailed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as genuine leaders during a time when they are in short supply at a state dinner in his honor in Canada on Thursday night.



Right to the end, Trump campaign spent less than Clinton's

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:29:11 GMT2016-12-09T14:29:11Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's campaign spent about $94 million in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports filed Thursday.



Donald Trump's latest distraction? While serving as president he'll still exec produce 'Apprentice'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:17:42 GMT2016-12-09T14:17:42Z

Also in Tattle: Leonardo DiCaprio, Sarah Jessica Parker, Candace Cameron Bure, Kobe Bryant, Mick Jagger



Clinton decries rise of fake news in Capitol speech

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:14:34 GMT2016-12-09T14:14:34Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton decried the rise of fake news as an "epidemic" during a speech on Capitol Hill.






Trump era confronts labor with gravest crisis in decades

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:07:30 GMT2016-12-09T13:07:30Z




Hand recount of paper ballots ordered in Chesco

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:30:49 GMT2016-12-09T06:30:49Z

Chester County on Thursday ordered a hand recount of 190,462 paper ballots cast in last month's election, as former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein continues her bid for a statewide recount.



Philadelphia to consider banning controversial conversion therapy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:30:49 GMT2016-12-09T06:30:49Z

Philadelphia City Council will consider banning the use of "conversion therapy," a treatment meant to change a person's sexual orientation, on anyone under the age of 18.



Your salary will soon be your secret in Philadelphia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:30:49 GMT2016-12-09T06:30:49Z

Philadelphia will soon be the first city in the nation to ban employers from asking job applicants for their salary history, a question advocates say perpetuates pay discrimination against women and minorities.



In tight Chesco race, judge orders 14 provisional ballots to be opened

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:30:48 GMT2016-12-09T06:30:48Z

Chester County will count 14 of the 15 unopened provisional ballots in a tight state House race, following a County Court order.



Fattah lawyers: A 17-to-22 year sentence for ex-congressman would be 'unnecessarily harsh'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:30:47 GMT2016-12-09T06:30:47Z

Chaka Fattah's lawyers pushed back against prosecutors Thursday, calling the two-decade-long sentence they recommended for the former congressman "extreme" and "unnecessarily harsh."



Trump meets with Ohio State victims, taking on somber duty

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:27:08 GMT2016-12-09T02:27:08Z

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - In the midst of his Cabinet deliberations, President-elect Donald Trump flew to Ohio Thursday to meet with victims and families after the latest U.S. outbreak of violence, a somber duty that became all too familiar to his predecessor.



Three nominated to judicial posts in Camden and Burlington counties

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:33:52 GMT2016-12-09T01:33:52Z

Gov. Christie this week filed three nominations for Superior Court in Camden and Burlington counties. The nominees, announced late Wednesday, are Linda W. Eynon of Cherry Hill, Christine Susan Orlando of Haddon Heights, both for positions in Camden, and Yolanda Carmen Rodriguez of Mount Laurel, whom the governor nominated to the bench in Burlington County.



Trump chooses former WWE exec McMahon for small business

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:18:05 GMT2016-12-09T01:18:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump is naming former wrestling executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.



Ohio lawmakers pass Republican 20-week abortion ban proposal

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:09:03 GMT2016-12-09T01:09:03Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers passed Thursday, adding to legislation already on its way to Republican Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.