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July 13, 2016 | By Dana Milbank
Republicans summoned FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to question him about his determination that Hillary Clinton did not break the law with her use of a private email server. They termed it an "emergency" hearing, and their questions were correspondingly urgent. "Have you seen the Broadway production Hamilton ?" Rep. John Mica of Florida, the most senior Republican on the House Oversight Committee, asked Comey. The witness looked puzzled at the line of questioning: Was Mica going to challenge him to a duel?
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July 13, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Legislators recessed Monday without a deal on how to pay for the $31.5 billion state budget, extending the uncertainty amid signs of impact on the state's credit rating and new legal challenges. Passed by legislators but neither signed nor vetoed by Gov. Wolf, the unbalanced spending plan was set to lapse into law at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Budget negotiators said the following day would be critical in determining whether the governor and the Republican-controlled legislature can agree on how to plug the projected $1.3 billion shortfall - possibly from expanded gambling, or taxes on cigarettes.
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July 12, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - In an unexpected move that immediately raised a host of legal questions, Gov. Wolf said Sunday that he will allow the $31.5 billion spending plan the legislature has sent him to become law - even though there is no plan to pay for it. The governor has until 11:59 p.m. Monday to decide whether to sign or veto - in whole or in part - the spending plan that the Republican-controlled legislature approved just hours before the July 1...
BUSINESS
July 12, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Sol Wachtler, a former chief judge of New York State, once famously remarked that prosecutors have so much influence, they could get a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich. " If so, why did FBI director James Comey decline to recommend criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who sent and received classified documents on an unauthorized personal server, potentially exposing sensitive intelligence to foreign hackers? The answer is that in most cases, it's a judgment call and evidence of a crime is only one factor in the decision.
NEWS
July 10, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's medical marijuana bill was signed into law in April, but it will be two years before most patients can take advantage of it. That's how long the state has to come up with specific regulations to build this industry. Judging from the range of topics and speakers Friday at a daylong "Medical Marijuana Regulatory-Palooza," it may take at least that long to figure it all out. "We are about to do something that has never been done before," said State Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery)
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
Temple University early Tuesday morning elevated law school dean JoAnne A. Epps to provost, its number-two position, replacing Hai-Lung Dai, who was removed from the post last week. The appointment, subject to approval by the board of trustees, would be permanent - not interim, as universities often do so they can launch a national search. Epps, 65, who has spent 31 years at the law school, the last eight as its dean, was appointed by president Neil D. Theobald. Her title will include senior vice president and chief academic officer also, and she will oversee academics across the university's 17 schools and colleges and 12 administrative offices.
NEWS
July 5, 2016
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare...
NEWS
July 3, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
Pennsylvania this week became the 41st state to pass controversial legislation aimed at making oral cancer drugs more affordable for patients. The bill, which passed both chambers of the legislature unanimously Thursday, was headed to Gov. Wolf, whose office said Friday that he would sign it into law. Out-of-pocket costs for intravenous chemotherapy - which requires going to a medical office for infusions - are much lower than patients' costs...
BUSINESS
July 2, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
Cross-border deals, a big source of revenue for law firms in Philadelphia and beyond, likely will take a hit from the British vote to exit the European Union, lawyers who specialize in international transactions say. Mergers-and-acquisitions activity had already been softening by June 23, the day of the Brexit referendum, as high asset valuations had begun to discourage investors. But the British vote to leave the EU created a whole new set of problems. For many American companies, the United Kingdom long has been a launching pad for selling into the European continent.
NEWS
July 2, 2016 | By Maria Panaritis and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - In a victory for the Catholic Church and a rebuke to the state House, the Senate voted Thursday to change the state's child sex-abuse laws, but only after removing a contentious provision that would have let victims from as far back as the 1970s sue their attackers and private institutions. With a 49-0 vote, the Republican-led chamber agreed to eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal charges against child-sex abusers. But the bill had been gutted of language to retroactively extend to age 50 the deadline by which victims could file lawsuits.
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