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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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May 15, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Kathy Boccella, and Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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
May 31, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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
May 31, 2016
A Luzerne County coroner is sounding a warning about a dangerous new type of heroin mixed with a powerful new synthetic substance that has killed at least 10 county residents this year. Coroner William Lisman told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader newspaper that the designer derivative of the pain medication fentanyl, which is concocted in Chinese laboratories, is "significantly more powerful than heroin. " U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-Pa.), has asked the Obama administration to pressure Chinese officials to halt export of the synthetic and others.
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
February 4, 2016 | Dom Giordano
THIS COLUMN is a limited tip of the hat to Congressman Brendan Boyle. Boyle represents Northeast Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. He was on my show last week voicing his opposition to bringing the "unaccompanied minors" to Northeast Philadelphia. These kids from Central America and Mexico were brought to our borders by coyotes or others and are in various spots in our country waiting for their legal status to be decided. Boyle confirmed to me that the Obama administration has briefed him on the fact that the Naval Support Activity complex in the city's Lawndale section would house those minors.
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.
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July 18, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
June 6, 2016
Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation and author of the just-released book, "Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom. " You know gender-identity issues are getting lots of attention when it prompts one gay-rights activist to start a campaign called "Drop the T. " Its goal: to kick transgender out of the standard LGBT acronym for being "ultimately regressive and actually hostile to the goals of women and gay men. " Whatever happens within the LGBT community, one thing is clear: Government should not take sides in the transgender debate.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 31, 2016
A Luzerne County coroner is sounding a warning about a dangerous new type of heroin mixed with a powerful new synthetic substance that has killed at least 10 county residents this year. Coroner William Lisman told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader newspaper that the designer derivative of the pain medication fentanyl, which is concocted in Chinese laboratories, is "significantly more powerful than heroin. " U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-Pa.), has asked the Obama administration to pressure Chinese officials to halt export of the synthetic and others.
NEWS
May 25, 2016
From the coverage of the 2016 campaign, you would think that American workers battered by economic change have finally won their moment in the political sun. After all, Donald Trump is said to be the paladin of white, blue-collar men, and Bernie Sanders speaks unabashedly about the working class, a term many have (wrongly) written off as an antique concept out of 1930s black-and-white movies. But media interest in policy initiatives that would benefit those who are struggling is scarce.
NEWS
May 20, 2016
ISSUE | TRANSGENDER RIGHTS Local schools should make their rules The Obama administration issued a directive Friday to all public schools to grant transgender students equal access to all activities and facilities ("U.S. Call for Transgender Rights," Saturday). School districts that do not comply could face a loss of federal funds. This directive will permit transgender students to use the restrooms of students of the natural-born opposite sex. Again, the federal government is delving into the operation of local public schools.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Kathy Boccella, and Rita Giordano, STAFF WRITERS
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.
BUSINESS
May 4, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 18, 2016
Catherine Kelleher is the College Park professor of public policy at the University of Maryland and was the secretary of defense's representative to NATO in the Clinton administration Scott Warren is CEO of Generation Citizen, a civics education nonprofit Following Donald Trump's repeated expressed desire to end NATO, the future of the alliance is relevant and urgent for perhaps the first time in the Obama administration. With NATO's Warsaw Summit looming in July, coupled with the recent attacks in Paris and Brussels, Trump's criticism provides the opportunity for an overdue strategic reboot, and President Obama should take it. The administration should provide a forceful leadership stance and articulate a new NATO that focuses on the challenges of long-term security, the role of Russia in Europe, and the principles of deterrence and defense in the 21st century.
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