December 27, 2012
By Joseph A. Califano Jr. If ever there were a moment for President Obama to learn from history, it is in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown. The lesson to be drawn from Lyndon B. Johnson is this: Demand action on comprehensive gun control immediately from this Congress or lose the opportunity during your presidency. In the aftermath of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy (just weeks after the fatal shooting of Martin Luther King Jr. and only a few years after President John F. Kennedy was shot)
December 18, 2012
By Joshua Henne Over 13 years in the NFL, Jon Runyan's job was to protect the quarterback. Now that he's in the House of Representatives, his job is to protect his constituents. Runyan (R., N.J.) can do that by agreeing to President Obama's plan to preserve Bush-era tax rates for the middle class while letting them expire for the richest 2 percent. Democrats and Republicans alike can agree that middle-income families' taxes shouldn't go up. But they will increase if Congress fails to act. With a Dec. 31 expiration date looming, Runyan would be wise to heed the advice of his colleague Tom Cole, the first Republican congressman to openly urge approval of Obama's plan.
December 14, 2012
THERE WILL be a new sheriff in NovaCareland in a few weeks, and one of the first things he will do after calling 1-800-MATTRES and putting the framed picture of the wife and kids he will never see on his office credenza, is to fill up his coffee mug, grab the remote, put his feet up on his desk and watch the 16 disaster movies produced and directed by Andy Reid and his coaching staff this season, including Thursday's night's 34-13 turnoverfest....
December 12, 2012 |
After Brent Celek sustained a concussion on the first play from scrimmage of Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clay Harbor took his place at tight end. The Eagles didn't call his number right away. They eased him into the offense with a few protection assignments. After a few snaps, tight ends coach Tom Melvin called down from the press box to speak with Harbor. "I'm fine now. I'm in the game. The jitters are gone. I'm going to have a good game," Harbor told Melvin. After the game, Melvin reminded Harbor of that conversation.
December 10, 2012 |
Janney Capital Markets is betting on a drug-industry revival. The Philadelphia investment bank last week hired a team of dealmakers and stock analysts from bankrupt San Francisco stock-trading and research firm ThinkEquity L.L.C. to hunt for deals and profit among emerging pharmaceutical firms, medical device-makers, and biotech developers. "Philadelphia and the surrounding area is a hub for health-care companies. It provides a lot of growth product for our sales and trading team, and it's an area of investment banking where we collectively think we can compete, with the right team," said Christopher White , head of investment banking at Janney.
December 3, 2012 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Opryland Hotel isn't so much a hotel as it is a cavernous, bright facility that looks as if it was destined for the Las Vegas strip but somehow ended up in Tennessee. With its sprawling rooms on the first level, it's easy for a person to hide or get lost. But the top executives from all of Major League Baseball's teams, including Phillies senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and a collection of the who's who of the sports-agent world will be able to locate one another.
December 2, 2012 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Logan Ryan was The Inquirer's South Jersey defensive player of the year during his senior season at Eastern in 2008, and he has continued his success at the next level. Yet for all the achievements Ryan has earned as a junior cornerback at Rutgers, the thing that stands out most about him is his insatiable will to win. That's why Ryan and his teammates were crushed after Thursday night's 20-17 defeat to Louisville in a Big East showdown at soldout High Point Solutions Stadium.
December 2, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Oscar host Seth MacFarlane is inviting collegians to join him on stage at the Academy Awards. The "Family Guy" creator made a surprise appearance at UCLA this week to announce a contest sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU that will allow winning college students to appear on the Feb. 24 Oscar telecast. The contest invites students to submit videos on the academy's Facebook page describing how they'll contribute to the future of film.
November 13, 2012 |
NOT EVERYONE in Francisville wants to preserve Winding Roses Park, a small garden at Uber and Brown streets. "Most people want to see development on these undeveloped lots," said Gerard P. Grandzol, who has lived in the area nearly 10 years and is a board member of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp. Grandzol took issue with a story in Monday's Daily News about some longtime Francisville residents who are upset that a developer is planning to build a house in the middle of the little park.
November 8, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Britain called on the U.S. and other allies Wednesday to do more to shape the Syrian opposition into a coherent force, saying the re-election of President Barack Obama is an opportunity for the world to take stronger action to end the deadlocked civil war. Also Wednesday, Turkey said NATO members - including the United States - have discussed using Patriot missiles along the Syrian border. It was unclear whether the purpose was to protect a safe zone inside Syria or to protect Turkey from Syrian regime attacks.