June 8, 2015 |
Gov. Christie hasn't negotiated with other countries or shaped foreign policy. But he does claim one resumé detail to distinguish himself on national security ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run: the Patriot Act. Even as Congress scales back the law, Christie has been arguing forcefully for the tools given to law enforcement and intelligence agencies after 9/11 as crucial to prosecuting terrorists. Yet the importance of the Patriot Act in Christie's tenure as a prosecutor is less clear than he asserts.
June 3, 2015 |
Nearly 14 years after the 9/11 attacks, this country's mood may have finally shifted from the pervasive fear that birthed the Patriot Act, which blithely ignored privacy laws to root out terrorist plots. That mood swing is reflected in Congress' expected approval of a Patriot Act replacement, the Freedom Act, which would stop the government's bulk collection of private telephone information. Instead, the National Security Agency and FBI would have to request that data from telecommunication companies that must retain such records.
May 20, 2015 |
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that he would do "everything possible" to block renewal of the antiterrorism Patriot Act over the government's bulk collection of phone records. Speaking in front of Independence Hall, the Republican presidential candidate conceded that changing the policy or blocking reauthorization was unlikely. "I can delay it. I can force them to debate it so the public at large can know what they're doing," Paul said. "They have the votes inside the Beltway, but we have the votes outside the Beltway.
March 25, 2015 |
PHOENIX - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose only two head coaching hires coached in the Super Bowl this year, is an admirer of Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "If I were an Eagle fan, I would be excited," Kraft said Monday at the annual NFL meeting. "He did an outstanding job in college. I know my head coach [Bill Belichick] has great respect for him. He's trying to put his stamp on what's going on there. This is a tough league, so there will be some challenges. But he's an exciting guy to be around.
March 20, 2015 |
Cornerback Bradley Fletcher, who bore much of the blame for the Eagles' porous pass defense last season, has signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to multiple reports. Fletcher, who played two years for the Eagles, will have a chance to compete for a starting role, according to ESPNBoston.com, which first reported the signing. The contract has a maximum value of $2.5 million, ESPN reported. Last season, Fletcher ranked 92d of 108 cornerbacks, according to the Pro Football Focus website.
March 5, 2015 |
PATRIOTS OWNER Robert Kraft had preferred seating at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress at the U.S. House chamber yesterday. Kraft sat in the second row, directly behind Netanyahu's wife, Sara, and to the left of author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. No word on whether Netanyahu tried to pull a "Putin" and steal Kraft's most recent Super Bowl ring. During a 2005 trip to Russia, Kraft showed Putin his hefty jeweled ring from Super Bowl XXXIX, when the Patriots beat the Eagles.
February 9, 2015 |
Kendall Grasela remembers shooting in the Germantown Academy gym the summer before her freshman year when one of the seniors from the storied girls' basketball program came up to her and said, "You know they are going to hate you because you are wearing a Patriot uniform. " Grasela, now a junior point guard, did not believe it. She thought herself to be a nice person. But when she stepped onto the court for the first time, she realized the sentiment was true. The Patriots have long been the envy of the Inter-Ac, capturing 25 titles from 1984 to 2012 and sending star players to elite colleges.
February 8, 2015 |
Germantown Academy's Tim Guers had a fairly quiet first half in Friday night's Inter-Ac League title showdown against Episcopal Academy, making only two of his nine field-goal attempts. The senior guard turned things around in incredible fashion in the final 16 minutes, netting 27 of his 33 points while sparking the visiting Patriots to a 74-50 blowout win and their third consecutive outright league crown. "You can be a good player and play at GA," longtime Patriots coach Jim Fenerty said.
February 4, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - The Super Bowl, especially the closing seconds of the game, can be a great teaching point for the 76ers. Undrafted and largely unknown rookie free-agent cornerback Malcolm Butler sealed the 28-24 victory for the New England Patriots. With the Seattle Seahawks at the 1-yard line, Butler stepped in front of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and intercepted Russell Wilson's pass. "You know, you study the whole thing with [Butler knowing] the play was going to come," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
February 4, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Tom Brady always believed the Patriots would win Super Bowl XLIX, he said yesterday morning, in a croaking, scratchy voice that no doubt reflected a very long night of celebration. "Then they made that catch, and I had a little bit of doubt," Brady said at the morning-after news conference for the winning coach and Super Bowl MVP. "And then we made a great play. " Surely, as others have suggested, Brady will donate the MVP's Chevy pickup to Malcolm Butler, the undrafted rookie cornerback from West Alabama who stepped in front of Seattle wideout Ricardo Lockette on Butler's 18th defensive snap of the evening.