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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Want to get the most out of Sunday's Academy Awards? Take time out to watch some top nominees on disc. Many already are out on DVD and Blu-ray. Some are due in the next few weeks. Argo. Ben Affleck's third film as a director is an intense drama about a 1979 CIA operation to rescue six Americans who escaped the embassy in Tehran before militants stormed it, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. It has picked up seven Oscar nods, including best picture and best supporting actor for Alan Arkin.
FOOD
February 22, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: First, a big congrats goes out to all the local chefs and restaurateurs who were nominated as national semifinalists for James Beard Foundation Awards: Vernick Food and Drink (best new restaurant); Marc Vetri (outstanding chef); Vetri (oustanding service); Fountain Restaurant (outstanding service); Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (outstanding bar program); Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier (outstanding pastry chef)
FOOD
February 21, 2013 | Craig LaBan
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: First, a big congrats goes out to all the local chefs and restaurateurs who were nominated as national semifinalists for James Beard Foundation Awards: Vernick Food and Drink (best new restaurant); Marc Vetri (outstanding chef); Vetri (oustanding service); Fountain Restaurant (outstanding service); Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (outstanding bar program); Andre Chin and Amanda Eap, Artisan Boulanger Patissier (outstanding pastry chef)
NEWS
February 11, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
I know from watching the recent Senate confirmation hearing what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) thinks of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for defense secretary, for once having used the words "Jewish lobby" in an interview. (Hagel has since said he regrets his word choice.) But Graham's testy questioning of Hagel made me wonder about someone else's reaction - the Middle East negotiator to whom Hagel had made the comment. So I asked Aaron David Miller, a distinguished scholar and vice president for new initiatives at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.
NEWS
February 8, 2013 | By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - John Brennan strongly defended antiterror attacks by unmanned drones Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing on his nomination to head the CIA. Despite what he called a public misimpression, Brennan told the Senate Intelligence Committee that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks to hurt the United States, never as retribution for an earlier one. "Nothing could...
NEWS
February 7, 2013 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A Senate panel on Wednesday abruptly postponed a vote on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary amid Republican demands for more information from President Obama's nominee about his finances. Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, had hoped to vote on the nomination Thursday during a separate hearing on Libya, but Levin issued a statement late Wednesday saying no vote would occur this week. "The committee's review of the nomination is not yet complete.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said "the political knives" came out when Chuck Hagel faced fellow Republicans on the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Pentagon chief. Panetta said he was disappointed that Thursday's eight-hour hearing focused so much on what Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, had said in the past about Iran, Israel, and other matters instead of what he thinks about today's issues, including the war in Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism, and looming automatic budget cuts and their impact on military readiness.
SPORTS
January 18, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester's Rondae Jefferson and Cardinal O'Hara's Shanice Johnson were among 15 local high school basketball players nominated Thursday for the McDonald's All-American Game. Jefferson, a 6-foot-7 forward headed to Arizona, is a favorite to make the final roster, which will be announced on Feb. 14. "Growing up, that's a game that everyone wants to play in. I would be beyond hyped," Jefferson said. He could become the Clippers' first McDonald's All-American since Herman Harris in 1973.
NEWS
January 16, 2013 | By Donna Cassata, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel secured the backing of two of the staunchest pro-Israel Senate Democrats in a clear boost to the Republican's prospects of becoming President Obama's next defense secretary. Sens. Charles E. Schumer of New York and Barbara Boxer of California said Tuesday that they had spoken extensively with Hagel and he had addressed their earlier reservations about whether he was "anti-Israel," too soft on Iran, and opposed to gay rights. "Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel, I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation," Schumer said the day after a 90-minute meeting with Hagel at the White House.
NEWS
January 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Monday will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said Sunday, choosing a former Senate colleague and a decorated Vietnam veteran and signaling that he's ready for a contentious confirmation fight likely dominated by questions about Hagel's stands on Israel and Iran. Obama, who avoided a Capitol Hill battle by deciding not to nominate U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice as his first choice for secretary of state, went ahead with Hagel, 66, even as leading Republicans announced their opposition - though they stopped short of saying they might try to block Hagel.
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