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Published: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:39:47 GMT2018-04-25T18:39:47Z

 



White House doctor Jackson fights to save imperiled VA bid

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:39:47 GMT2018-04-25T18:39:47Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ronny Jackson is fighting to salvage his imperiled nomination to be veterans affairs chief as more details emerge about accusations from his time as a top White House doctor, including repeated drunkenness and a "toxic" work environment.



18-month sentence for man who tried to get Trump's tax data

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:39:34 GMT2018-04-25T18:39:34Z

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana private investigator was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for repeatedly trying to electronically access Donald Trump's federal tax information several weeks before the 2016 election.



AP FACT CHECK: Romney didn't illegally gather voter info

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:34:38 GMT2018-04-25T18:34:38Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney's likely Democratic opponent in the Utah Senate race has accused the former presidential candidate of improperly gathering voter information, the latest attack from challengers who aren't letting him just cruise to victory.



Judge prevents Trump from cutting Planned Parenthood grants

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:32:43 GMT2018-04-25T18:32:43Z

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting grants to Planned Parenthood that pay for a teen pregnancy prevention program in numerous states.



Listen up, Meek Mill, whether you want to be or not, you're now a role model | Editorial

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:25:38 GMT2018-04-25T18:25:38Z

To earn his freedom, Meek Mill must lead by example. Like another Philly legend, Charles Barkley, he may to be a role model, but he is.



Waffle House tragedy shows us how to curb mass killings. Will anyone listen? | Will Bunch

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:41:28 GMT2018-04-25T17:41:28Z

A quadruple murder in Nashville was a textbook case for why we need to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines (the killer was only stopped because he had to reload) and our inability to keep guns from the mentally ill. But despite a national protest movement, is anyone listening?



Macron urges US to reject isolationism

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:36:07 GMT2018-04-25T17:36:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron urged the United States to reject fear and isolationism Wednesday and instead embrace the historic bond between the two countries to launch a new era of 21st century leadership and security.



Working women rejoice: New Jersey now has the strongest equal pay law in America | Opinion

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:17:48 GMT2018-04-25T17:17:48Z

The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act will address wage discrimination in four ways.



Trump seems likely to win travel ban case at Supreme Court

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:28:03 GMT2018-04-25T16:28:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump appears likely to win his travel ban case at the Supreme Court.



Melania Trump takes her moment to sparkle in the spotlight

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:26:00 GMT2018-04-25T16:26:00Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - There were no celebrity guests, Hollywood entertainers or superstar chefs. But as she stepped out of the background to host her first state dinner, Melania Trump sought to sparkle in her moment in the spotlight.



Former President George HW Bush thanks Houston in tweet

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:22:17 GMT2018-04-25T16:22:17Z

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush is thanking Houston for its "professionalism and obvious care" during the memorials and services for his wife, Barbara Bush.



Daryl Metcalfe's hateful comments prove he needs to step down | Opinion

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:54:21 GMT2018-04-25T14:54:21Z

I pray that party leaders are looking down from on high and thinking: Am I making life easier for those who are doing what's necessary to expand the party and carry us into the future? This includes gay and trans conservatives who speak out in our communities, black Republicans who carry the GOP banner into hostile terrain, and student activists who dare to voice dissent from a sea of campus leftism.



Federal judge: Trump administration must accept new DACA applicants

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:34:36 GMT2018-04-25T02:34:36Z

U.S. District Judge John Bates called the government's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program "virtually unexplained" and therefore "unlawful." However, he stayed his ruling for 90 days to give the Department of Homeland Security a chance to provide more solid reasoning for ending the program.



Trump, Macron make a show as best buds but tussle over Iran

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:09:12 GMT2018-04-25T02:09:12Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship Tuesday, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear agreement, Syria and more.



In big shift, Trump assesses Kim Jong Un as 'very honorable'

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:09:03 GMT2018-04-25T02:09:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday said Kim Jong Un wants a historic, high-stakes meeting as soon as possible and suggested the North Korean dictator has been "very open" and "very honorable," a sharply different assessment of a leader he once denounced as "Little Rocket Man."



Chris Christie is out, but Bridgegate appeals continue

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 01:49:53 GMT2018-04-25T01:49:53Z

On Tuesday, attorneys for two of the former Christie allies who executed the plot appeared before a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Philadelphia in a bid to toss the convictions and spare their clients from prison.



Philly DA Larry Krasner asks City Council for 13% funding increase

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:51:35 GMT2018-04-24T23:51:35Z

Krasner said he needs an extra $5 million to modernize his office's technological capabilities, recruit new staffers from more diverse backgrounds, and correct pay inequities that he says have impacted women and minorities already employed at the office.



Another Pa. congressional candidate gets a super PAC, but who is behind it? | Clout

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:29:16 GMT2018-04-24T22:29:16Z

A super PAC is backing Democrat Ashley Lunkenheimer.



Rudy Giuliani: Inspiration for a new get-'er-done attitude? | Baer

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:40:47 GMT2018-04-24T21:40:47Z

Is Rudy Giuliani leading a new charge to change things long stalled? Or is he charging into a breach that really isn't there?



Appeals court rules in favor of Fishtown man who fixed up city lot

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:16:43 GMT2018-04-24T21:16:43Z

A three-judge Commonwealth Court panel heard the case in October and decided, 2-1, last month in Galdo's favor.



Philly should balance property tax abatement adjustments with growth | Editorial

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:15:33 GMT2018-04-24T21:15:33Z

As one might suspect, most of the abatements granted were in Center City, making it a prime target for shrinking property tax breaks there. Ring neighborhoods also are benefitting but not to the same degree as Center City and they should probably be able to hold onto the full 10-year abatements to push their growth.



Murphy silent on terms, cost of contract with state workers

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:00:07 GMT2018-04-24T21:00:07Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A labor union representing about 35,000 New Jersey state workers has reached a contract with the state including a pair of 2 percent raises, but the Murphy administration isn't discussing any of the terms of the deal or what the agreement would cost the state.



Undoing Christie's veto, Murphy signs new equal-pay law

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:54:16 GMT2018-04-24T19:54:16Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Erasing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's vetoes, Phil Murphy signed into law a measure that strengthens the state's laws against discrimination and aims to quash pay disparities between men and women who do the same work.



Mayor Kenney: We cannot allow the Starbucks incident to define Philadelphia | Opinion

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:24:12 GMT2018-04-24T18:24:12Z

The incident at the Center City Starbucks on April 12 painfully exposed the deep-rooted issue of implicit bias that lies at the core of race relations in 2018.



Where are the conservatives we need? | Opinion

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:08:53 GMT2018-04-24T18:08:53Z

We need a politics where the democratic left and right compete over who can most effectively and efficiently excise this social cancer from our body politic. Such a debate could be both instructive and productive.



Taxes in Philly? La Colombe's Todd Carmichael wants to pay more

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 17:11:45 GMT2018-04-24T17:11:45Z

Carmichael is betting that taxes will help the city improve services, including its schools, while also raising its economy. On Wednesday, April 25, he'll participate in a Philadelphia Inquirer tax panel featuring a host of state-and-local tax experts from Ballard Spahr, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and Moody's.



Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie's anti-Trump comments surface as team discusses White House visit

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:45:39 GMT2018-04-24T14:45:39Z

Jeffrey Lurie is reported to have said that many NFL owners "have no interest in supporting President Trump," who is presiding over "one [expletive] disastrous presidency."



Senate to postpone confirmation hearing for Jackson to head VA, White House officials told

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:41:56 GMT2018-04-24T14:41:56Z

In addition to Jackson's lack of management experience, the former combat surgeon had come under fire for his glowing appraisal of Trump's health following his annual physical in January.



Spokesman: George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:27:05 GMT2018-04-24T02:27:05Z

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said Monday.



Kushner plans to build twin-towers in New Jersey unraveling

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:39:25 GMT2018-04-24T01:39:25Z

NEW YORK (AP) - First, Jared Kushner's big plans for a skyscraper in Manhattan fell apart. Now, it's the turn of his major twin-tower project across the river in New Jersey.



Romney facing a family doctor in US Senate primary in Utah

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 23:18:33 GMT2018-04-23T23:18:33Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - When he previously ran for U.S. Senate 24 years ago in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney lost handily to the late liberal lion Ted Kennedy.



Wolf pushes to end 'gun show' exception to background checks

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:27:03 GMT2018-04-23T21:27:03Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday asked the Legislature to pass a measure expanding background checks on firearms in Pennsylvania and end an exception for private sales of shotguns, sporting rifles and semi-automatic rifles, known as the "gun show" loophole.



10 reasons to resist work requirements for Medicaid and food stamps | Opinion

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:21:45 GMT2018-04-23T21:21:45Z

On April 17, the Pennsylvania House passed HB-2138, imposing part-time work or training demands on Medicaid recipients. Support for similar legislation looms over food stamps.



Small businesses suffer when Trump and Congress play politics with migrant workers | Editorial

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:11:44 GMT2018-04-23T21:11:44Z

Homeland Security, with the blessing of Congress, raised the limit to 129,000 for this year. But it has slowed granting visas to a snail's pace, which makes the higher ceiling meaningless.



CDC chief makes $375K, far exceeding his predecessors' pay

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:10:40 GMT2018-04-23T21:10:40Z

NEW YORK (AP) - The new head of the nation's top public health agency is getting paid nearly twice what his predecessor made and far more than other past directors, government officials confirmed.



Rename Wells Fargo Center for Sam Hinkie? Ed Snider? Here's what Philadelphians suggest | Will Bunch

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:48:13 GMT2018-04-23T20:48:13Z

We said the corrupt Wells Fargo isn't a good look for the home of the Sixers and Flyers. You had alternatives.



Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:46:30 GMT2018-04-23T20:46:30Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The academic at the center of the Facebook data-misuse scandal apologized for his actions, but said he thought he did nothing wrong at the time.



US won't ease sanctions without action by NKorea on nukes

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:29:19 GMT2018-04-23T20:29:19Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House said Monday North Korea won't get sanctions relief until it takes "concrete action" toward denuclearization, the goal of President Donald Trump's planned summit with Kim Jong Un.



Rosenstein puts aside Russia probe to argue at Supreme Court

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:27:09 GMT2018-04-23T20:27:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laid aside the stress of one part of his job Monday to put himself in a different kind of pressure cooker: an argument at the Supreme Court.



Tammy Duckworth is uniquely privileged, but she is paving the way for working parents | Perspective

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:46:35 GMT2018-04-23T18:46:35Z

Duckworth may have made that rule change look easy (bipartisan and without dissent, folks!), and clearly most humans can't expect to bring a newborn to work. But one thing this crystallizes: It's too hard to be a working parent in America.



Clinton: Free press is under 'open assault' in Trump era

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:02:52 GMT2018-04-23T16:02:52Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Clinton excoriated President Donald Trump for his treatment of the media, saying in remarks on Sunday that press rights and free speech are "under open assault" in the current administration, which she compared to an authoritarian regime.



What's that smell? It's Harrisburg's political air | John Baer

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:46:13 GMT2018-04-23T11:46:13Z

Animosity between Pennsylvania's left and right is a front-and-center example of why Harrisburg has accomplished so little of value, especially when it comes to reform.



Presidential pardons for friends are legal - but they're wrong | Opinion

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:34:59 GMT2018-04-20T18:34:59Z

Clemency - which at its best is principled mercy - needs to be considered for those outside the shallow pool of a president's friends, and friends of friends. Trump's brutal favoritism makes a mockery of a deeply held principle intentionally placed in the Constitution by the framers.