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February 5, 2012 | Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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September 19, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 14, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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August 30, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Ending a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs. The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 24, 2011
It was unclear Friday how much money the Philadelphia School District will receive in federal Race to the Top funds, but there is no doubt the cash-strapped district that laid off an additional 141 workers this month could use the money. Pennsylvania received $41.3 million, half of which will be doled out to school districts across the state, said Tim Eller, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The money is intended to support changes to the educational system advocated by the Obama administration and to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
NEWS
January 9, 2012 | Staff Report
Pennsylvania and New Jersey will receive about $129 million in federal funding to fix roadway and bridges damaged by natural disasters last year, the Obama administration announced today. The money is part of a $1.6 billion emergency relief package for bridge and highway repairs in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act recently passed by Congress. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement that Pennsylvania will receive $40.6 million to repair damage caused by Hurricane Irene in August and Tropical Storm Lee in September.
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November 15, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 700,000 people, from all 50 states, have signed petitions on a White House web site seeking permission from the Obama administration for their states to secede from the country and create new governments. The total number on two Pennsylvania petitions rose by Wednesday afternoon to 17,884, while another 12,330 signed a single New Jersey petition and 6,591 others signed one for Delaware. Petitions in at least seven states have collected in excess of 25,000 signatures, requiring the Obama Administration to formally respond by reviewing the requests.
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August 1, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Robert Casey (D., Pa.) on Thursday asked the Obama administration to hire more railroad bridge inspectors because of growing concerns about the transport of crude oil by freight trains. Railroad companies are responsible for inspecting and maintaining their bridges, with oversight by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The FRA has one bridge inspector for Pennsylvania's 919 rail bridges, including 261 in the five-county Philadelphia region.
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July 17, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Echoing the sentiments of Presidents Obama and Clinton, who had spoken before her, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch closed out the NAACP's national convention Wednesday with calls to reform America's justice system, proclaiming that "law enforcement can protect communities without breaking them. " In her 25-minute speech before hundreds at the Convention Center, Lynch praised the country's civil-rights accomplishments, citing among others her father's efforts in 1960s North Carolina, but described the need to press on and "root out the injustice that confines liberty.
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June 17, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Obama administration on Monday gave Pennsylvania and Delaware a head start in the scramble to save residents from losing health insurance coverage, the possible result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling expected this month. The action - conditional approval to establish state-based insurance marketplaces - moves forward both states' efforts to preserve health insurance subsidies for their citizens. Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller described it as a "contingency plan" with the potential to help more than 300,000 residents who had bought subsidized insurance.
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April 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Tuesday was seemingly made for Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.). Two of the top priorities of his congressional career - U.S. relations with Iran and Cuba - were pushed to the forefront, each reaching a critical decision point. But after years of leading on both fronts, Menendez joined the debate Tuesday from a newly weakened position, having given up his seat as the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee as he faces federal corruption charges. "He's still there, but his wings are clipped," said Peter Feaver, who served in national security posts in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.
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April 14, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
NEWS
November 10, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Having famously named his first midterm "shellacking," President Obama declined to offer a similarly punchy description of last week's sequel. For pointed political metaphors, there's always the hog castration that kept coming up in Iowa, where pig gelder turned Republican Sen.-elect Joni Ernst vowed to make Washington "squeal. " The nation's repudiation of the president Tuesday, when it gave the Senate and therefore the whole Congress to the party opposite, was almost as clear as Pennsylvania's verdict on its governor.
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September 19, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 30, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Ending a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs. The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.
NEWS
July 22, 2014
THERE HAVE been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported and nurtured like, well, a child. But let's not fool ourselves: The proposals being bandied about address current political and bureaucratic problems, but they will do little to resolve the instability and violence propelling tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors out of Central America. Street gangs, drug cartels, ineffectual local government and corruption have destabilized neighborhoods and cities in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
NEWS
June 18, 2014
PRESIDENT Obama said last week that the administration was considering "all options," including military action, to help the government of Iraq fend off advancing Sunni Muslim extremists. But we would be surprised - and disappointed - if the administration injected American forces into a conflict from which the U.S. finally extricated itself only three years ago. Ominous as they are, these developments justify neither American boots on the ground nor airstrikes carried out by American pilots.
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