February 5, 2012 |
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is demanding that the Obama administration rescind what he calls its "flawed and dangerous" decision requiring virtually all employers to offer employees health coverage that includes contraceptives and "abortion-inducing drugs. " In a letter he asked to be read at all weekend Masses in 266 area parishes, Chaput joined many other bishops nationally in criticizing the administration for undermining "both the principle of religious conscience and the First Amendment to the Constitution in an unprecedented way. " Unless the ruling is overturned, "faithful Catholics will be forced either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees," the archbishop said.
May 15, 2016 |
As promised, the Obama administration on Friday sent letters to school districts across the country outlining the civil rights of transgender students, including access to bathrooms and locker rooms. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funds, the letter said, saying schools should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The sweeping guidance does not have the force of law, but it warns that schools that do not comply could face lawsuits or lose federal aid. It ups the ante in the debate over bathroom laws, which are the subject of a charged lawsuit between North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice.
September 19, 2014 |
The Obama administration has given Philadelphia $2.5 million to figure out how to finally fix Roosevelt Boulevard, the 12-lane deathtrap that runs through the Northeast. The federal grant, coupled with $2.5 million in local and state funding, is designed to do what all previous efforts have failed to do: Plan a reconstruction that will make the boulevard safe and efficient for motorists, pedestrians, transit riders, and even bicyclists. The 14-mile-long boulevard has a reputation as one of the most dangerous highways in the nation.
January 20, 2009
TODAY AT NOON, as Barack Hussein Obama places his left hand on Abraham Lincoln's Bible and raises his right arm, let us all take the oath of office with him. We all have a role in the Obama administration, no matter who got our vote on Nov. 4. We all have a responsibility to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. From the wasteland of the so-called "ownership society" (Translation: "You're on your own"), our new president has led us to the threshold of common purpose.
July 18, 2016 |
The claim last week by Sen. Pat Toomey caused alarm: The Obama administration would withhold critical public-safety grants to punish Philadelphia for its position as a "sanctuary city. " The reality, as is often the case, is more complex. Mayor Kenney's office said the Pennsylvania Republican was blowing smoke. Toomey doubled down. The feds weren't eager to clear up the confusion, leaving the impact, for now, unknown. But the fray has brought another fact into focus. Philadelphia's sanctuary city policy - hardly at the top of the national debate - is taking on unusual prominence in the race between Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty, one of the most closely watched Senate contests in the country.
May 31, 2016 |
It turns out it's not that easy to change your name in college systems: There's no one record. Many documents — financial aid, insurance, medical records — require students' legal names. Colleges have more flexibility with other registries, such as class rosters, housing lists, student ID cards, and email addresses, but those often dwell in disparate systems. As colleges and universities examine their support for transgender students, they're struggling to find ways to recognize the students' name preference across the board.
May 4, 2016 |
After months of intense advocacy by families of victims of the 9/11 attacks and aggressive pushback from the Obama administration, the U.S. Senate is nearing a vote on a bill that would broaden the basis for suing Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in the plot. The bill has been pushed by 9/11 survivors and their families and by insurers that paid out tens of billions of dollars as a result of the hijackings and the losses at ground zero. It is intended to bolster a 13-year-old lawsuit against the Saudi kingdom alleging that government-supported Islamist charities helped finance the 9/11 attackers.
April 14, 2015 |
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) on Sunday maintained his innocence in the face of federal corruption charges related to a wealthy political donor, telling Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday he "will be vindicated" in court. "When all the facts are known - of course prosecutors take out snippets of a story to make their case - we will have an opportunity in court to make the entire case," Menendez said. "And when all the facts are known, I know that I will be vindicated, and we will win. " Menendez also rejected suggestions that the charges were retribution for his stark criticism of the Obama administration's warming relations with Cuba and Iran.
April 22, 2008
From our endorsement editorial: 'AN OBAMA administration would lower the tone of the rhetoric that separates us. "As New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has said, Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who has the skill and eloquence to help us raise our eyes and our aspirations beyond individual, personal concerns, beyond religion or region or race or gender, beyond our well-founded fears to a shared destiny. "Most candidates claim that they will change the way business is done in Washington.