January 27, 2016 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell, a close friend of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, told the New York Times over the weekend that he might back his buddy if he runs for president as an independent. The caveat for Rendell, a longtime proponent of Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency: He would only back Bloomberg if U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Democratic nomination. On Monday, Rendell walked that back a bit while speaking with The Inquirer. "I like Bernie Sanders.
December 31, 2015 |
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
December 31, 2015
Robert Spitzer, 83, a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology, died of heart problems Friday in Seattle, said his wife, Janet Williams, a Columbia University professor emerita. Dr. Spitzer's work on several editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the D.S.M., defined all of the major disorders "so all in the profession could agree on what they were seeing," said Williams, who worked with him on D.S.M.-III, which was published in 1980.
December 15, 2015
NEW YORK - The 117th Pennsylvania Society gala over the weekend was odd. Odd beyond the basic oddness of thousands of Pennsylvanians trekking lemming-like each December to preen and be seen in the Big Apple in praise of home-state politics. An event long known for its annual sameness this year broke its own mold - no doubt because this year there isn't much to praise. State budget mess? Kathleen Kane? Supreme Court mess? Porngate? The Legislature? The Wolf administration?
December 11, 2015 |
People, aren't we better than this? Have we really become the Republic of Fear? Listening to Donald Trump, you'd certainly think so. His proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country was only the latest of an endless series of ugly and bigoted tirades meant to stoke fear and anger. Yet adoring thousands still flock to his rallies. The New York Times, after analyzing every public Trump utterance for a week, noted several powerful patterns of speech common to demagogues of the past century.
November 2, 2015 |
John D. Backe, 83, of Gladwyne, the CBS chief executive who led the network to reclaim its top prime-time TV ranking in the 1970s, only to be forced out in a power struggle, died Thursday, Oct. 22, of heart failure at Waverly Heights. Mr. Backe took the reins of CBS in 1976 and began making marketing and technological changes designed to reverse the drop in network revenue and the exit of programming executives. He restructured the company and pressed for expansion into cable television, TV movies, and video, but the moves put him at odds with network founder William S. Paley, who was slow to embrace the new areas, according to the New York Times.
October 31, 2015 |
MOONACHIE, N.J. - A day after his appearance in the third GOP presidential debate in Colorado, Gov. Christie took a break from the campaign trail Thursday to mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on his home turf. But he didn't linger, departing right after giving remarks in the warehouse of a moving company that had flooded in Moonachie - a Bergen County borough hit by the storm - and taking no questions from reporters. He was due Friday in Iowa, continuing a campaign that the New York Times editorial board belittled Thursday as "nothing more than a vanity project," urging the low-polling governor to end his bid and attend to a state "in trouble.
October 19, 2015 |
Restaurant pros are suddenly more passionately divided than ever on whether tipping should be a thing of the past. But most locals still plan to wait and see how influential restaurateur Danny Meyer fares with his game-changing new plans to raise prices and do away with gratuities at his 13 New York restaurants. Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin of the High Street Hospitality Group support the movement in theory. "The idea of eliminating tipping has been a very big conversation in our company lately as well," says Kulp.
October 12, 2015 |
Tempus fugit. That's Latin for "when the hell did that happen?" Or, literally, "time flies. " I say that because that's how time feels, especially as we get older and we're moving more slowly. In fact, not only is time flying, but so is everything else, and especially nowadays, when email is the new snail mail. I can't remember the last handwritten letter I got, but then again, I can't remember anything. These days, texting seems to be the preferred mode of communication, and it used to be that I texted only with Daughter Francesca and Besties Laura and Franca, but now my plumber will text me and so will any assorted tradesperson, including the guy who came to pick up the Porta Johns after my book club party.
September 12, 2015 |
In his latest presidential pitch, Gov. Christie is pledging to restore "law and order," drawing on recent crimes and killings of police to accuse President Obama of encouraging "lawlessness. " Alleging that Obama hasn't adequately responded to killings of police officers, Christie has described police as being "hunted. " He has gone on the attack over an uptick in homicides in New York, deeming the city "less safe," blasting "liberal policies," and endorsing a return to stop-and-frisk to "empower" officers - after a federal judge in 2013 ruled that the city's tactics violated the constitutional rights of minorities.