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Published: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:18:08 GMT2018-01-17T01:18:08Z

 



House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:18:08 GMT2018-01-17T01:18:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday refused to answers questions from the House Intelligence Committee about his time working for President Donald Trump, provoking a subpoena from the panel's Republican chairman.



From his big appetite to his big button: a year in Trump

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:53:16 GMT2018-01-17T00:53:16Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has proven himself an unconventional leader time and time again in his first year in office. Here are some of the more memorable moments from the AP reporters tasked with covering this whirlwind presidency:



Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:18:02 GMT2018-01-17T00:18:02Z

The resignation of nine out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks.



N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy vows to resist Trump's 'assault on our values'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:57:48 GMT2018-01-16T23:57:48Z

New Jersey has a new governor, Democrat Philip Murphy, sworn in Tuesday. The former Wall Street investment banker has an ambitious liberal agenda.



Some say Women's March pink hats aren't inclusive. Philly organizers say wear what you want.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:42:26 GMT2018-01-16T23:42:26Z

One organizer said: "We have far too many other issues."



Immigration deal distant as leaders try to avert shutdown

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:36:09 GMT2018-01-16T23:36:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - A deal between President Donald Trump and Congress to protect young immigrants from deportation remained distant Tuesday, as House Republicans leaders shifted to a painful backup plan: crafting a stopgap funding bill that would merely delay the threat of an election-year shutdown.



US withholds $65 million from Palestinian aid programs

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:36:06 GMT2018-01-16T23:36:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said.



Dems accuse GOP official of 'amnesia' on Trump vulgarity

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:31:10 GMT2018-01-16T23:31:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans struggled to get their stories straight Tuesday as President Donald Trump's Homeland Security secretary became the latest GOP official to offer an inconclusive version of a meeting in which Trump is said to have used vulgar remarks that have been criticized as racist.



28-year-old Trump supporter jumps into Pa. Lt. Gov race. The only problem: He has to be 30 to take office

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:30:55 GMT2018-01-16T23:30:55Z

Montco Commissioner Joe Gale insists that he legally become lieutenant governor. Eventually.



Kenney names 13 to help pick Philly's new school board

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:30:43 GMT2018-01-16T23:30:43Z

The school board nominating panel includes parents and educators, activists and one former School Reform Commission member. It must consider applicants and nominees for the school board, presenting to Mayor Kenney by Jan. 31 a list of 27 nominees for the nine board seats.



PennDot relies on towns for plowing help. And is paying them more for it.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:08:48 GMT2018-01-16T23:08:48Z

This winter, PennDOT has increased payments to townships, boroughs and cities in the five-county region for agreeing to plow snow from state roads within their boundaries. Officials who partner with PennDOT say they're better at plowing quickly.



Trump did 'exceedingly well' on a cognitive test, top White House doctor says

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:02:13 GMT2018-01-16T22:02:13Z

The test includes asking a patient to name several animals, draw a clock with the hands at a certain time, copy a cube, and recall a short list of words, among others. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the lead White House doctor, said he has "no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues."



'Your silence and amnesia is complicity': Cory Booker goes viral in attack on Trump's vulgar immigration comment

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:56:30 GMT2018-01-16T21:56:30Z

"When ignorance and bigotry is allied with power it is a dangerous force in our country," Sen. Cory Booker railed against a top Trump official Tuesday, blasting the president's vulgar description of Haiti and some African countries. The confrontation quickly went viral and had pundits on the right and left talking about the New Jersey Democrat's chances as a presidential candidate.



Romney declines to say whether he'd run for Utah Senate seat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:45:18 GMT2018-01-16T21:45:18Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined to say Tuesday whether he would run for the Utah Senate seat being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch, telling reporters the "time will come" for him to make some kind of announcement.



Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:45:08 GMT2018-01-16T21:45:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by Freedom House.



TRUMPadelphia: S-hole countries and the business of governing

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:43:28 GMT2018-01-16T21:43:28Z

The government might shut down, Steve Bannon got subpoenaed and various senators have selected their hill to die on: the one where the president said "shithouse" instead of "shithole" in a meeting last week.



Pawlenty says no to Senate bid for Franken's seat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:31:21 GMT2018-01-16T21:31:21Z

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty ruled himself out of the race for former Democratic Sen. Al Franken's seat on Tuesday, handing Washington Republicans their latest setback in recruiting top-tier candidates in the potentially bruising midterm elections.



Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:30:14 GMT2018-01-16T21:30:14Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president.



Trump administration appeals ruling on young immigrants

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:00:11 GMT2018-01-16T21:00:11Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration on Tuesday appealed a judge's ruling temporarily blocking its decision to end protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants and announced plans to seek a U.S. Supreme Court review even before an appeals court issues a decision.



Trump to visit heavy equipment maker in Pennsylvania

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:53:01 GMT2018-01-16T20:53:01Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Pennsylvania for what party officials say is an opportunity to promote the tax overhaul bill he signed into law last month.



Analysis: With a vent at Trump, Abbas exits 'peace process'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:09:10 GMT2018-01-16T20:09:10Z

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - There seems to be no going back for Mahmoud Abbas after the Palestinian leader cursed and ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides in a pugnacious speech - a very public break with the 82-year-old's long-standing efforts to cultivate Washington's goodwill as the sole pathway to Palestinian statehood.



New N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy faces monumental budget problems, including `a dagger to the heart' tax issue

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:00:59 GMT2018-01-16T20:00:59Z

The economy lags, The budget is structurally out-of-whack. The pension plan is vastly under-funded; Massive school spending doesn't fully fund the aid formula and critical infrastructure needs may be unattainable. And then the new federal tax law could savage the state.



North Korea scoffs at Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:42:22 GMT2018-01-16T18:42:22Z

TOKYO (AP) - North Korea's state-run media say U.S. President Donald Trump's tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than leader Kim Jong Un's is the "spasm of a lunatic."



New US Embassy criticized by Trump opens in London

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:00:13 GMT2018-01-16T18:00:13Z

LONDON (AP) - The new U.S. Embassy in London, criticized last week by President Donald Trump as too expensive and poorly located, opened its doors to the public Tuesday for the first time.



Can #MeToo politics be the thing that takes down Philly's Democratic machine? | Will Bunch

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:27:05 GMT2018-01-16T16:27:05Z

Female empowerment will be on the ballot across the Philly region in 2018, but can an untested woman actually topple the city's Democratic machine. Meet the Bangladeshi-American scientist who's got a shot.



Racist leaders do not help us reach mutual toleration | Opinion

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:31:04 GMT2018-01-16T15:31:04Z

Democracy requires "mutual toleration," which is "the understanding that competing parties accept one another as legitimate rivals," and "forbearance," which means that politicians "exercise restraint in deploying their institutional prerogatives."



South Jersey Democrats take care of their own - at our expense

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:07:01 GMT2018-01-16T13:07:01Z

The drama over former Camden Mayor Dana Redd's political career is a window inside the limousine that is the Democratic party under George E. Norcross III



50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:30:11 GMT2018-01-16T11:30:11Z

Supporters are shy of just one vote required to pass the Senate measure.



A look inside the tense, vulgar meeting on immigration

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:19:22 GMT2018-01-16T10:19:22Z

The fight has left congressional leaders unsure of whether they will eventually come to an agreement. Some remain optimistic that Trump can be walked back to the political center and will cut a deal that expands border security while protecting those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Trump has ordered ended.



Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:42:44 GMT2018-01-16T03:42:44Z

Aides to key negotiators from both parties planned to meet Tuesday in an effort to rekindle budget talks, setting up a Wednesday meeting of the leaders themselves. If they cannot agree, the government would shut down at midnight Friday for the first time since 2013.



Hundreds converge on Times Square to protest racism, Trump

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:45:12 GMT2018-01-16T00:45:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square in New York City to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further U.S. acceptance of Haitian immigrants.



This weekend's Women's March on Philadelphia: bigger than last year, but money is tight

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:54:08 GMT2018-01-15T23:54:08Z

No centralized Women's March on Washington means Philly's getting more attention. But fund-raising remains a concern.



Christie signs law sweetening pension for former Camden mayor Redd

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:44:45 GMT2018-01-15T23:44:45Z

The law, which Christie signed on his last full day in office, will allow the former Camden mayor to re-enroll in the Public Employee Retirement System. Coupled with a well-compensated new job as CEO of a state board, Redd could qualify for a six-figure pension.



Teaching in Trump's America: Debating with decency isn't easy when the president is profane | Opinion

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:56:40 GMT2018-01-15T22:56:40Z

Although students should be free to make up their own minds about controversial public questions, they should not be allowed to malign entire peoples or nations. They can agree with President Trump about immigration, if they'd like. But they can't talk like him, at least not in school.



Chris Christie said he was 'tired' of the GOP 'crazies.' Did he join them?

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:55:29 GMT2018-01-15T22:55:29Z

At times, maybe Gov. Christie wanted to win - to be relevant, to enjoy the perks of power and celebrity - too much.



Melania Trump's style evokes Europe roots, not America First

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:27:39 GMT2018-01-15T22:27:39Z

PARIS (AP) - Slovenian-born Melania Trump has been unafraid to go against her husband's "America First" agenda and stay true to her roots, if there's a message to be taken from her bold, foreign-flavored wardrobe in 2017.



Israel slams Palestinian leader over anti-Trump speech

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 22:00:11 GMT2018-01-15T22:00:11Z

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli leaders slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Monday for a fiery, invective-filled speech against President Donald Trump, in which he proclaimed the U.S. role as arbiter of the Mideast conflict over, attacked the administration's envoys and described Israel as a colonial conspiracy.



Trump marks King day out of view, buffeted by race claims

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:00:06 GMT2018-01-15T21:00:06Z

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday Monday largely out of sight, buffeted by accusations that he used a racially tinged word to describe African countries and scoffed at the suggestion of admitting more Haitians to the U.S.



Bump stock ban signed into law in New Jersey

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:41:06 GMT2018-01-15T20:41:06Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has signed into a law a bill banning bump stocks, like the one a gunman used in the Las Vegas concert shooting to turn a semi-automatic weapon into a rapid-shooting gun.



4 vital transformations Larry Krasner can make in his first year as Philly's DA | Opinion

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:18:18 GMT2018-01-15T20:18:18Z

We have a lot of work lined up for him and his team - and a set of instructions on how we can collaborate to make those changes happen.



Greitens delays tax policy tour after admitting to affair

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:38:40 GMT2018-01-15T19:38:40Z

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is delaying a planned tour to talk about his tax change proposals after admitting to having an extramarital affair.



Gerrymandering case sows doubt in big year for House races

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:47:43 GMT2018-01-15T18:47:43Z

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Lots of people want to run for Congress in Pennsylvania this year, but they may not yet know which district they live in.



MLK III calls out Trump on alleged immigration comments

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 18:08:19 GMT2018-01-15T18:08:19Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest son is calling out President Donald Trump following accusations the president used a vulgarity to describe African countries during a meeting last week and expressed a preference for immigrants from countries like Norway.



How a man's first-ever tweet, about Obama's respect, proved more popular than President Trump's bluster

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:16:29 GMT2018-01-15T17:16:29Z

"안녕하세요," Obama once told a little-known White House staffer named Gary Lee, whose retelling of the story on Saturday proved more popular than anything Trump tweeted that day.



Motorists beware: Potholes are flattening tires around the region

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:23:35 GMT2018-01-15T15:23:35Z

Widely varying temperatures over the last week have created prime conditions for roadways to crumble, leading to a 20 percent jump in calls for help to AAA for flat tires compared with the same time period last year.



Phil Murphy's billion-dollar challenge: N.J. school funding

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:29:53 GMT2018-01-15T14:29:53Z

Murphy, who takes office Tuesday, will be the latest governor to take on what has been a challenge for states all over the country: How to pay for public education adequately and fairly.



Sexual harassment and your tax dollars: Not as clear-cut as it seems | John Baer

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:21:49 GMT2018-01-15T14:21:49Z

As Pennsylvania officials and lawmakers react to reports of large, tax-funded payouts for sexual harassment, complicating issues start to surface.



In Allentown, a mayor's federal corruption trial casts pall over revitalizing city

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:07:33 GMT2018-01-15T13:07:33Z

The revitalization is a major accomplishment that Mayor Ed Pawlowski and his supporters have enthusiastically claimed credit for. It's also central to his federal corruption trial, set to start Tuesday.



The president of the United States is racist. What that means is even worse | Will Bunch

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:44:30 GMT2018-01-15T10:44:30Z

America has known that Donald Trump is a racist for a long, long time. The real question is how to stop the hate crimes and awful policies that his racism encourages.



Trump defends self after comments, says: 'I'm not a racist'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:00:05 GMT2018-01-15T04:00:05Z

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump, on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging comments about Haiti and African nations that have revived questions about whether the leader of the world's melting pot is a racist, declared Sunday that he is not one.