February 4, 2013 |
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.
January 18, 2013 |
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.
January 16, 2013 |
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.
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.
December 13, 2012 |
By Jennifer Lin In a first pass at approving a new board for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, City Council on Wednesday voted out of committee all nine nominees, with a final vote expected Jan. 24. In a hearing before Council's Committee of the Whole, nominees faced Council questions and comments after reading a brief statement. Only one candidate - the city's chief integrity officer, Joan Markman - appears to face any resistance. Councilwoman Marian Tasco, said the other nominees have deeper experience working in the community in general, or with PHA residents in particular.
December 6, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - The Grammy Awards celebrated the diversity of music as six different artists tied for top nominee - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, and fun., all with six nominations. Auerbach received five nominations as a member of the Keys and also is up for producer of the year, earning a spot with the others at the top of the list as the Grammys' prime-time television special came to his hometown Wednesday night. The rockers little resemble any of the other acts at the top of the list.
September 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Long before Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman were Emmy nominees, they were kids who loved watching TV. "I liked 'Man from Uncle' and 'High Chaparral,' " Costner said. "I really, really liked that when I was a kid. "I remember the transition from black-and-white to color," continued Costner, who is nominated as both star and producer of the TV movie "Hatfields & McCoys. " "It's like one by one the televisions in my neighborhood became color TVs and we would all go look at each other's color TVs and ooh and aah at 'Bonanza.' I'm kind of glad I saw it all, in a way. I remember the TV would shut off at 11 and just play the national anthem all night long.
July 21, 2012 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday called media reports that Lee Solomon would be his nominee to fill one of two vacancies on the seven-member state Supreme Court "premature. " "I have not made an offer to anyone. We are still going through a vigorous vetting process," he said at a news conference. "This is unfortunately what happens when people who gain a little bit of knowledge leave something out and jump to conclusions. " He also deflected inquiries about another report - that he has been tapped to be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in August - and offered a defense of his recent confrontation with a heckler at the Shore.
July 15, 2012 |
BALTIMORE - A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago won the chance to challenge him again on Saturday, this time as the Green Party's presidential nominee. Jill Stein, an internist from Lexington, Mass., acknowledges that her candidacy is a super long shot. Still, she notes that a growing number of people are expressing frustration with the two major political parties, and she cites the Occupy Wall Street movement as an example of that. "We are in it to win it, but we're also in it to build it, and those are both wins in my book," Stein, 62, said in an interview at the Green Party's convention in Baltimore.
July 2, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - In one fell swoop late Saturday night, the state Senate confirmed a slate of judges to fill vacancies in county courts, including Philadelphia's, while quietly addressing concerns of the state's top jurist by tossing in funding to pay them. The nominations by Gov. Corbett came over the objections of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, who had asked the governor to hold off because of the courts' $8.7 million shortfall. But in May Corbett went ahead and nominated his longtime friend, and exiting chief of staff, William Ward, to serve on the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas.