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Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:17:47 GMT


Philly Clout: DNC's 'trade secrets' uncovered ... sort of
Remember our efforts during the lead-up to last summer's Democratic National Convention to uncover who was funding the big shindig? They claimed the reports were "trade secrets," but they look like gibberish to us.

Philly Clout: Anti-Trump graffiti continues to surface in Chestnut Hill
SOME FOLKS in Philly haven't quite warmed to the idea that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States.

City lawyer says his GoFundMe retirement campaign was 'just a joke'
GoFundMe has been used to raise more than $15 million this year in the Philadelphia area alone. An lawyer with a $316,000 city contract created a page for his own retirement in Florida. "It was just a joke!" he said.

Philly Clout: Convicted ex-Traffic Court judge could lose her pension
THE SCROOGES at the Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline aren't cutting Philly judges any slack this holiday season. They kicked two judges off the bench and may terminate the pension of another.

Clout: The story behind Delco's 'Deep Throat'
YOU MIGHT'VE heard that Ed Mitchell, a longtime councilman in Upland Borough, was busted in a kickback and covert surveillance scheme. But how much do you really know about Mitchell?

Philly Clout: Did Fattah get railroaded by federal judge?
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.

Philly Clout: Turnpike manager rips his bosses in email minutes before retirement
FILE THIS ONE under: 'Well, You Asked.' Michael Stuban, a midlevel manager at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, retired on Thanksgiving after a 35-year career that started in a tollbooth. But not before leaving a memorable exit questionnaire.

Philly Clout: Is Pistachio Girl's Trumpster persona a publicity stunt?
THE SUSPICIONS have been swirling around Emily Youcis for the better part of 2016, after the animated cartoonist known to Phillies fans as Pistachio Gir' rebranded herself as a staunch supporter of Donald Trump and darling of the so-called alt-right.

Clout: Island casino pays Rendell 5G a month for ... what?
Did you catch that fantastic Bloomberg story last weekend about Best Sunshine Live, the curiously named and wildly profitable casino in the middle of nowhere that may or may not be a massive money-laundering operation?

Clout Extra: Election Day shenanigans and skulduggery
LAST MONTH, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a New Jersey Republican, denounced Donald Trump - for obvious reasons - and said he would write in a vote for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence: