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Published: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:47:11 GMT2017-01-19T23:47:11Z


FactCheck: Obama and Russia’s Nuclear Stockpile

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:47:11 GMT2017-01-19T23:47:11Z

Davies: The honeymoon ends and the craps game begins

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:45:33 GMT2017-01-19T23:45:33Z

So much for the honeymoon.Donald Trump entered the White House as the least-popular president in modern times, according to a number of major polls. Of course, everyone knows the polls are rigged and the news is fake.

Smerconish: Philly congressmen, others wrong to boycott inauguration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:45:11 GMT2017-01-19T23:45:11Z

Barack Obama is the most disrespected president of my lifetime. This space is insufficient to recap all of the indignities to which the first African American in the White House was subjected while in office but a greatest hits reel would certainly includ

Inaugural cheers, fireworks: Trump sweeps in for his big day

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:45:07 GMT2017-01-19T23:45:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ready for his big moment, Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday for three days of inaugural festivities and pledged to unify a nation that is divided and clamoring for change. Washington braced for an onslaught of crowds and demonstrators - with all the attendant hoopla and hand-wringing.

Byko: America held hostage? Let's see what reality Trump brings

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:44:00 GMT2017-01-19T23:44:00Z

More than eight years ago, candidate Barack Obama offered America "hope and change." America accepted. About eight days ago, Michelle Obama lamented the death of hope, but the 62.2 million Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump don't see it that way.

Kenney stands with women, says no to business coalition

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:32:02 GMT2017-01-19T23:32:02Z

Mayor Kenney said Thursday he plans to sign into law legislation aimed at addressing wage discrimination, despite threats from Comcast and the city's chamber of commerce to challenge it in court.

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:27:03 GMT2017-01-19T23:27:03Z

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - With waning political support for an income tax break championed by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature are spearheading an effort to end it.

Trial set for Philly Rep. Vanessa Brown in sting case

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:24:36 GMT2017-01-19T23:24:36Z

Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:00:17 GMT2017-01-19T23:00:17Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised to rely on federal scientists, including those who work on climate change.

On Obama's last day, a low-key end to fast-paced presidency

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:54:03 GMT2017-01-19T22:54:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With a few final moves and a round of goodbyes, President Barack Obama quietly closed out his presidency on Thursday and prepared for life as a private citizen, as the country readied itself for President-elect Donald Trump.

Lawmakers: Put pro-police blue lines on right side of law

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:43:12 GMT2017-01-19T22:43:12Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two New Jersey congressmen have introduced legislation to allow towns to paint strips of blue on roadways to honor police after regulators said the tributes crossed the line of federal safety rules.

Pa. Republicans trek to Washington for an inauguration unlike any other

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:39:36 GMT2017-01-19T22:39:36Z

Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:27:02 GMT2017-01-19T22:27:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday.

Pennsylvania gets 4 more months to comply with Real ID law

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:18:03 GMT2017-01-19T22:18:03Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal authorities have given Pennsylvania a few more months to comply with a 2005 federal law that requires people to prove they are legal U.S. residents in order for their driver's licenses to be valid for federal purposes, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Thursday.

While some schools keep inauguration day low-key, Chesco students head to D.C.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:16:02 GMT2017-01-19T22:16:02Z

In many area schools, the mood swing from President Obama's historic swearing-in eight years ago - hailed as a "teachable moment," with a few districts even shutting down for the day so students could watch - to Donald Trump's inauguration is palpable.

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:45:06 GMT2017-01-19T21:45:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

Philly cops meet with pot smokers to plan a bust (but don't call it an arrest)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:37:46 GMT2017-01-19T21:37:46Z

Members of the Philadelphia Police Department’s top brass met with marijuana activists Thursday to hash out how pot citations will be issued at a protest planned for Friday.

Jersey man arrested for allegedly threatening Obama on Facebook

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:34:04 GMT2017-01-19T21:34:04Z

A man who believed that President Obama had slept with his fiancee and then announced it in a nationally televised speech was charged Thursday with threatening the president's life.

Lawmaker fires aide behind fake news site

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:09:02 GMT2017-01-19T21:09:02Z

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker has fired a legislative aide who was behind a fake news site that accused Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton of election-rigging.

Farnese lawyer: Why are the feds investigating in local party politics?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:29:33 GMT2017-01-19T20:29:33Z

With less than a week until his trial, State Sen. Larry Farnese urged a federal judge to throw out the charges against him, accusing prosecutors of overstepping their authority and seeking to criminalize the type of routine politicking that has existed in the Democratic City Committee for decades.

Christie set to impose pain pill limits despite N.J. doctors' objections

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:27:40 GMT2017-01-19T20:27:40Z

TRENTON - Gov. Christie wants to tackle opioid addiction by limiting the number of pills physicians can initially prescribe - an idea experts say could reduce excess supply but may cause some pain patients to go days without medication.

Mideast expects big changes under Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:00:08 GMT2017-01-19T20:00:08Z

CAIRO (AP) - Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances.

Russian business world hopes for relief from Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:36:14 GMT2017-01-19T18:36:14Z

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - Few people are more eager for Donald Trump's arrival in the White House than those who do business in Russia.

Pa. wins extension on compliance with feds tougher ID law

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:04:53 GMT2017-01-19T18:04:53Z

Pennsylvania residents will still be able to enter federal buildings next month with just a driver's license or state ID, after the U.S. Homeland Security Department extended the state's deadline to comply with a new, more stringent identification law, state officials said Thursday.

Slovenia, birthplace of Melania Trump, to boost NATO defense

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:51:18 GMT2017-01-19T17:51:18Z

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) - Slovenia, the birthplace of America's next first lady, plans to deploy troops to Latvia, joining NATO efforts to defend the Baltics against a possible Russian threat.

Ex-senator, 2 former governors are named fellows at Harvard

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:49:54 GMT2017-01-19T16:49:54Z

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Two former governors and a former U.S. senator have been named visiting fellows at the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

800 turn out in King of Prussia to learn how to confront a Trump administration

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:33:00 GMT2017-01-19T16:33:00Z

A standing-room crowd of 800 packed the auditorium of Upper Merion Middle School on Wednesday night to listen to one speaker after another outline ways to mobilize against the man about to be inaugurated as president of the United States.

Who's minding the East Wing? So far, nobody knows

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:33:27 GMT2017-01-19T15:33:27Z

Under Donald Trump, one tradition-bound White House office could be in for a small revolution. During the opening days of his administration, the Office of the First Lady could be nearly empty.

Maine governor won't apologize for criticizing U.S. Rep. Lewis

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:27:21 GMT2017-01-19T15:27:21Z

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage isn't backing down on his statements about John Lewis, a black Georgia congressman who risked his life in the fight for civil rights.

Mnuchin initially omitted more than $100 million from disclosures, memo says

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:11:40 GMT2017-01-19T15:11:40Z

FOP adds to an already bad week for Seth Williams

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:53:17 GMT2017-01-19T14:53:17Z

The Fraternal Order of Police lodge in Philadelphia, long in a war of words with District Attorney Seth Williams, is putting its concerns down on paper and up in the sky.

Dance party takes to DC streets to protest Mike Pence

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:54:32 GMT2017-01-19T12:54:32Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With glow sticks, hula hoops and rainbow flags, protesters took a dance party to the streets near the vice president-elect's temporary home to oppose his positions on LGBT issues.

New Jersey inaugural gala replaces Springsteen cover band

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:26:17 GMT2017-01-19T11:26:17Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey group will have music after a Bruce Springsteen cover band canceled its performance at a gala celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration.

Even before taking office, Trump has changed the presidency

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:11:46 GMT2017-01-19T11:11:46Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course.

Cat ears and attitude - women embrace 'Pussy Hats' for March on Washington

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:04:53 GMT2017-01-19T11:04:53Z

It lacks whiskers, tail, and claws, but bristles with ambition and bite: The Pussy Hat. The woolen, two-cat-ear headgear has fast become the feline symbol of feminine protest for thousands headed to the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. Project leaders envision a sea of pink hats as the perfect way to tweak President-elect Donald Trump over his infamous remark about grabbing women by their . . . you know what.

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:45:15 GMT2017-01-19T09:45:15Z

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

Worried about Trump, former governors urge N.J. to beef up environmental protection in 2017

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:00:03 GMT2017-01-19T05:00:03Z

TRENTON - As the race to succeed Gov. Christie begins to take shape, former Govs. Jim Florio and Christie Whitman joined environmental advocates Tuesday in launching a campaign to press New Jersey's next leader to make the environment a priority.

1st US rules for pot in public fire up debate in Denver

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:45:03 GMT2017-01-19T00:45:03Z

DENVER (AP) - Denver started work Wednesday on becoming the first city in the U.S. to allow marijuana clubs and public pot use in places such as coffee shops, yoga studios and art galleries.

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:36:01 GMT2017-01-19T00:36:01Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV.

FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:58:32 GMT2017-01-18T23:58:32Z

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:45:07 GMT2017-01-18T23:45:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:36:02 GMT2017-01-18T23:36:02Z

HOUSTON (AP) - Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.

Haley supports moving US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:14:51 GMT2017-01-18T23:14:51Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley declared her support for moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a shift firmly endorsed by Donald Trump but one that could trigger increased violence in the Middle East.

In inaugural speech will Trump call on our better angels?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:36:02 GMT2017-01-18T22:36:02Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.

Price tries to reassure on health care; Dems not buying it

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:27:06 GMT2017-01-18T22:27:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Offering reassurances, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for health secretary said Wednesday the new administration won't "pull the rug out" from those covered by "Obamacare." Democrats were unimpressed, noting a lack of specifics.

Chelsea Manning: a potent symbol for transgender Americans

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:08:29 GMT2017-01-18T20:08:29Z

NEW YORK (AP) - For most Americans, Chelsea Manning has been a hero or villain based on how they view her decision to leak classified material. For transgender people, she has another dimension - serving as a potent symbol of their struggles for acceptance.

Comcast helps out the Trump inauguration ... and his protesters

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:47:05 GMT2017-01-18T19:47:05Z

Christie: Wife refused to move to Washington for Trump post

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:29:24 GMT2017-01-18T18:29:24Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down several jobs in the Trump administration because his wife refused to move to Washington, the governor said Wednesday.

Newall: No laughing matter from DA Seth Williams

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:07:47 GMT2017-01-18T18:07:47Z

Have you heard the one about our district attorney's new roof? Or his tire-stabbing girlfriend? Or his cigar soirees? You have.