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Published: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:19:20 GMT2018-02-22T11:19:20Z

 



Woman in affair that led US rep to resign now seeks office

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:19:20 GMT2018-02-22T11:19:20Z

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A woman whose affair with a married eight-term Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation said Wednesday she is pursuing her own run for the U.S. House of Representatives.



New Pa. congressional district map could be challenged by Common Cause, NAACP on civil rights grounds

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:59:45 GMT2018-02-22T02:59:45Z

Pennsylvania's new map of congressional districts, imposed by the state Supreme Court, may violate the 1965 Voting Right Act, according to Common Cause.



Ted Cruz calls for ethanol overhaul at Philly refinery rally

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:18:48 GMT2018-02-22T02:18:48Z

The former Republican presidential contender held a town hall at the bankrupt PES refinery, which blames its financial woes on the federal biofuel mandate.



'Fix it': Students, parents plead with Trump to address gun violence at schools

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:01:56 GMT2018-02-22T02:01:56Z

By hosting the event, Trump signaled he wants to take ownership of addressing the vexing problem of gun violence at American schools. As one parent after another, one student after another, publicly pleaded with Trump to find a solution, the pressure mounted on the president to show that he can move Washington to act on an issue it has failed to confront despite the frequency of mass shootings in recent years.



'Fix it!' Gun violence plea to Trump from students, parents

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:00:49 GMT2018-02-22T02:00:49Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Spilling out wrenching tales of lost lives and stolen security, students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump on Wednesday to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence. Trump listened intently to the raw emotion and pledged action, including the possibility of arming teachers.



Top Pa. Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to block new map

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:53:54 GMT2018-02-22T01:53:54Z

Top Republican lawmakers will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block the implementation of a new Pennsylvania congressional map, House Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) said Wednesday morning.



Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:36:18 GMT2018-02-22T01:36:18Z

NEW DELHI (AP) - Donald Trump Jr. said any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures.



After Florida school shooting, Pat Toomey to press background check bill again

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:44:35 GMT2018-02-22T00:44:35Z

Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) plans to bring back his bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, reviving the proposal to tighten gun laws that has come closest to passing the Senate. He may have to change the measure to win more votes, however, and passage remains deeply uncertain.



Mayor denies campaign cash shakedown during corruption trial

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:09:05 GMT2018-02-22T00:09:05Z

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The Democratic mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city defended himself Wednesday against accusations that he sold his office to campaign donors, telling a jury that while he asked business executives for political money, he didn't promise them city contracts in return.



Murphy reverses Christie, approves $7.5M for women's health

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:23 GMT2018-02-22T00:00:23Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's new Democratic governor signed legislation Wednesday setting aside about $7.5 million for family-planning and women's health, reversing course on former Republican Gov. Chris Christie's handling of the issue.



Pa. Republican echoes conspiracy theory about school shooting survivors

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:59:54 GMT2018-02-21T23:59:54Z

Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe pushed a conspiracy theory suggesting that teenagers who survived a mass shooting at a high school in Florida weren't really students of the school.



Philly city solicitor leaves to teach at Penn Law

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:54:30 GMT2018-02-21T23:54:30Z

City Solicitor Sozi P. Tulante gave his resignation to Mayor Kenney Tuesday. After two years as the city's top lawyer, Tulante leaves city government to teach at University of Pennsylvania's Law School.



Joseph N. Bartlett Jr., 83, chemist, teacher, Upper Merion Township supervisor

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:43:06 GMT2018-02-21T23:43:06Z

"He loved being a supervisor. He put his heart and soul into that job," said his daughter, Patricia Erickson.



How to fix gerrymandering in Pennsylvania? Let the voters decide | Editorial

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:06:13 GMT2018-02-21T22:06:13Z

Partisans create districts that favor the party in power. The districts tend to produce extremist representatives who don't make compromises because they don't have to consider diverse viewpoints. The failure to compromise leads to gridlock, which has kept the country from addressing important issues like immigration, gun violence, and income inequality.



Trump's Misguided Comparison | FactCheck

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:40:56 GMT2018-02-21T19:40:56Z

President Donald Trump made a faulty comparison to suggest that former President Barack Obama and Democrats have changed their tune on election rigging.



'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek to moderate a Pa. gubernatorial debate

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:32:47 GMT2018-02-21T19:32:47Z

The debate will take place as part of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's annual dinner Oct. 1 at the Hershey Lodge in Dauphin County.



Pennsylvania Promise: A plan to force people who don't go to college pay for those who do | Opinion

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:27:56 GMT2018-02-21T19:27:56Z

On paper, the Pennsylvania Promise would pay for two years at any of Pennsylvania's public community colleges, or four years at Pennsylvania's public universities for students whose family income is below $110,000.



Fla. lawmaker's aide fired after calling school-shooting survivors 'actors'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:47:15 GMT2018-02-21T14:47:15Z

In his email to the Tampa Bay Times, Kelly said, "Both kids [in the interview] are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen," according to the newspaper. When the Times asked Kelly to support his claim, he sent a link to a YouTube conspiracy video.



In Pa.'s new congressional map, this Republican's 'bad dream' turns into 'a nightmare'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:13:20 GMT2018-02-21T14:13:20Z

Rep. Ryan Costello, a Chester County Republican, saw his already-tough swing district move from having a Republican-leaning constituency to having a narrowly Democratic one in Pennsylvania's new congressional map - making an already tough race even harder. "This turns what was a bad dream for Ryan Costello into a nightmare," said J.J. Balaban, a Democratic consultant based in Philadelphia.



Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:09:07 GMT2018-02-21T04:09:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - As a grieving Florida community demanded action on guns, President Donald Trump on Tuesday directed the Justice Department to move to ban devices like the rapid-fire bump stocks used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. It was a small sign of movement on the gun violence issue that has long tied Washington in knots.



Murphy, calling for school security review, praises students

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:36:06 GMT2018-02-21T00:36:06Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday praised students pushing for gun control measures and called for a review of school shooting protocols in the state.



Dems jockey over new Montco congressional seat

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:35:31 GMT2018-02-21T00:35:31Z

State Sen. Daylin Leach's possible candidacy in Pa's Fourth Congressional District is alarming some Democrats.



Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:27:05 GMT2018-02-21T00:27:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - A 33-year-old attorney fired last year by a prominent international law firm became the fourth person to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, admitting Tuesday that he lied to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official.



AP FACT CHECK: Where are Trump's 'tougher' steps on Russia?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:05:36 GMT2018-02-21T00:05:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he's been "much tougher" on Russia than his predecessor - but his evidence remains scant at best.



Stephen King in tweet slams congressman as "NRA sweetheart"

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:05:05 GMT2018-02-21T00:05:05Z

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Author Stephen King on Tuesday called a Maine congressman an "NRA sweetheart" for receiving thousands of dollars from the gun rights advocacy group.



Democrats on House panel urge Equifax to extend protections

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:04:36 GMT2018-02-21T00:04:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic lawmakers on a House investigative panel are asking the credit-monitoring company Equifax Inc. to provide free credit monitoring and identity theft protection for at least three years.



Pushing gerrymandering fight, Republicans prepare lawsuits challenging Pa. congressional map

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:59:21 GMT2018-02-20T23:59:21Z

Republicans are preparing at least two federal challenges to Pennsylvania's new congressional map. They are unlikely to succeed, experts said.



Ex-Philly Sheriff John Green's bribery trial opens with attack on his successor

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:05:18 GMT2018-02-20T23:05:18Z

As federal prosecutors opened their bribery and corruption case Tuesday against former Philadelphia Sheriff John D. Green, defense lawyers said the case may come down to a battle of credibility - between the sheriff on trial and the one who followed him into the office.



PPA proposes new fee on Uber, Lyft and taxi rides

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:02:28 GMT2018-02-20T23:02:28Z

The cash-strapped Philadelphia Parking Authority unveiled a proposal Tuesday to add a $0.50 surcharge to every taxi, Lyft, and Uber ride in the city.



False story claims Trump forged physical checkup results

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:36:24 GMT2018-02-20T21:36:24Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump did not forge the results of his physical, despite the claims of a story that suggested a misspelled name of the White House doctor indicated the doctor never signed off on the report.



Character witnesses testify for embattled Allentown mayor

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:27:04 GMT2018-02-20T21:27:04Z

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A parade of character witnesses have testified in defense of the embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city at his federal corruption trial.



Oh, the things we learn from Pa.'s gerrymander fight | John Baer

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:24:04 GMT2018-02-20T21:24:04Z

The reach and impact of Pennsylvania's gerrymander issue is an ongoing political science course for all.



If there was no collusion why doesn't Trump confront Putin? | Editorial

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:14:23 GMT2018-02-20T21:14:23Z

Trump has yet to show he can focus on a multitude of concerns. Near the top must be making it unequivocally clear to Putin that no amount of interference in our democracy will be tolerated.



For Philly safe injection sites to be inclusive, start by allowing crack | Opinion

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:03:37 GMT2018-02-20T20:03:37Z

Philadelphia's CUES should create and manage smoking spaces, similar to those created in Toronto - not just in Kensington, but across the city in neighborhoods like Center City, Point Breeze, Mayfair, and Manayunk.



Pols blocking citizens on Facebook, Twitter is our Orwellian present | Will Bunch

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:14:53 GMT2018-02-20T18:14:53Z

If Facebook and Twitter are the new town hall for a modern America, why do so many elected officials delete messages or block their constituents? Inside the new censorship.



Here are 6 gun law changes that almost everyone wants | Stu Bykofsky

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:04:46 GMT2018-02-20T18:04:46Z

Waving Australian and British gun law is as productive as waving Greek law concerning sheep shearing. It doesn't apply now and likely never will.



Murphy says women will be majority in Cabinet for first time

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:20:11 GMT2018-02-20T17:20:11Z

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says for the first time in state history the governor's Cabinet will consist mostly of women.



Trump allows short term health plans that cost less but could harm the insurance market

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:07:24 GMT2018-02-20T17:07:24Z

The new rule will likely entice younger and healthier people from the general insurance pool, but that could destabilize the individual insurance market.



Trump on Pa. gerrymandering case: Fight those maps!

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:05:21 GMT2018-02-20T17:05:21Z

Trump urges Pennsylvania Republicans to fight the state's new congressional maps "all the way to the Supreme Court."