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November 15, 2011 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pennsylvania and Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday asked for a federal analysis of the impact of closing three Philadelphia area refineries, which account for 31 percent of the East Coast's refining capacity. The legislators asked the U.S. Energy Information Administration to assess the economic impact of the closures, including the regional effect on prices and supply of motor fuels, heating oil, and chemical products. In September, Sunoco Inc. and ConocoPhillips announced their Philadelphia, Marcus Hook, and Trainer facilities would be sold or closed.
SPORTS
April 28, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are set to announce the acquisition of an NBA Developmental League team that will play in Delaware. Majority owner Joshua Harris, speaking for the first time since accepting the resignation of former coach Doug Collins, will be joined at a news conference on Saturday on the campus of the University of Delaware along with NBA Development League president Dan Reed to make the announcement. University president Patrick T. Harker will also be in attendance. Harris and Reed will also be joined by U.S. Sens.
NEWS
November 16, 2011
Nine regional members of Congress from Pennsylvania and Delaware have asked the U.S. Energy Information Administration for an analysis of the regional impact of the possible closing of three area refineries. In September, Sunoco and ConocoPhillips announced that refineries in Philadelphia, Marcus Hook, and Trainer would be put up for sale. If no buyers were found, the facilities would most likely close. In a letter to the energy agency, the members asked about the effects that the closures of the three refineries would have, not only on jobs, but also on the "supply, distribution, dependence on imports, prices, and market volatility for refined products.
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August 7, 2011 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Debt ceiling, deficit curbs. Voting 269-161, the House on Monday passed a bill (S 365) that raised the national debt ceiling by $2.7 trillion to about $17 trillion on Aug. 2, while requiring $2.7 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years. The Senate followed suit, and President Obama signed the bill into law. The new law curbs nondefense discretionary spending to reach about $1.1 trillion of its $2.7 trillion in deficit reduction and leaves it up to a newly created congressional committee, evenly divided between the parties, to find the remainder.
NEWS
February 15, 2012
With a project vital to the Philadelphia port's future at stake, it's good to see that at least along the Delaware River, politics ebbs for some at the water's edge. Thanks to bipartisan efforts at both the state and federal level, nearly $63 million likely will flow over the next two years to advance the five-foot deepening of the river's 102-mile channel. The budget that President Obama announced Monday contained $31 million toward the work being directed by the Army Corps of Engineers - a landmark dredging effort that will enable bigger ships to reach the docks in the city and along the Camden waterfront.
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March 10, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - To many Democrats, Debo Adegbile was a renowned voting rights lawyer, the perfect pick to lead the Justice Department's Division of Civil Rights. To Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and the Fraternal Order of Police, he was a lawyer who took part in a widespread effort to lionize one of Philadelphia's most notorious criminals, Mumia Abu-Jamal. Because Democrats control the Senate, President Obama had the upper hand. But with a famous cop killer hanging over the vote, Toomey turned Abu-Jamal's celebrity status against him and rounded up Republicans and seven Democrats to block Adegbile's ascent last week.
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March 7, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - Mumia Abu-Jamal, a name that for more than three decades has stirred emotional divisions in Philadelphia and across oceans, was at the center of a stunning defeat for President Obama on Wednesday as the Senate blocked a presidential nominee who had worked on the convicted cop killer's death penalty appeal. By a 52-47 vote, Republicans and eight Democrats blocked a key procedural step in the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer whom Obama had tapped to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Gulf drilling. Voting 256 to 171, the House on Thursday passed a Republican bill that would implement a Gulf of Mexico deepwater-drilling treaty in a way that would exempt U.S. oil companies from transparency rules in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-regulation law. Those rules require companies to publicly disclose how much they pay the U.S. government...
SPORTS
April 28, 2013 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are set to announce the acquisition of an NBA Developmental League team that will play in Delaware. Majority owner Joshua Harris, speaking for the first time since accepting the resignation of former coach Doug Collins, will be joined at a news conference on Saturday on the campus of the University of Delaware along with NBA Development League president Dan Reed to make the announcement. University president Patrick T. Harker will also be in attendance. Harris and Reed will also be joined by U.S. Sens.
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