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August 4, 2000
You do have to hand it to them. The chutzpah is breathtaking. Republican deliverers of The Message this week in Philadelphia have taken to weaving the phrase "the politics of personal destruction" into their patter. This, in their pitch, refers to the pugnacity of Al Gore, as typified by the Democrats' avid, immediate attacks on Dick Cheney's voting record. Rarely does hypocrisy reach such a distilled essence. Let's be clear about several things. Ad hominem venom is indeed a stubborn virus in our politics.
NEWS
April 4, 2008
BLACKS ARE voting for Obama. Women for Clinton. Republicans would vote for a moose if it were a Republican. Does anyone vote with their heads? How stupid the public is. Take McCain. He plays on being a POW. That doesn't make him a hero. I was in Vietnam. I don't sit and preach about it. He wants us to stay in Iraq. Anyone who is still with Bush has to be an idiot. The talk-show guys are the best - what robots! Rich Colaianni, Blackwood, N.J.
NEWS
January 26, 2000
Bowing to public outcry and the dictates of the state Constitution, Frank Serafini, convicted perjurer, will at long last resign from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. You'd like to think that makes the score: The People 1, Politics, 0. But he did hang around long enough to meet the Republican Party's tactical goal of delaying a special election until after the April 4 primary. So maybe the real score, sadly, remains: Politics 1, the Constitution 0.
NEWS
October 3, 1987
Edgar C. Campbell, ward leader, clerk of Quarter Sessions Court and former city councilman who died Wednesday at 84, was known as the dean of black politics in Philadelphia. He was a soft-spoken man who lived and survived in the fickle world of politics in a career that spanned six decades by following a political philosophy that your word was your bond. He wore the mantle of dean easily and well. He was often sought out by party leaders and younger politicians of all races and ethnic origin who wanted his advice and support.
NEWS
October 12, 2006
BARBRA STREISAND sang at the Wachovia Center the other night to a sellout crowd. Barbra also politicked, using an actor portraying the president, about her dislike for our president. She has the right to do that, but what strikes me is the fact that many, if not most, of our Hollywood types seem to think that, because they have our attention while on stage, that makes them smarter than the rest of us and gives them the mission of preaching their holier-than-thou politics to us. People spent a lot of money to attend Barbra's concert because Barbra is one of the finest singers on this earth.
NEWS
June 10, 1991 | BY ANDREW KIMBRELL, from the New York Times
In recent years many men have begun to realize that for them and their father's generation, the necessities of work and career and the rising divorce rate have eroded their relationship to family, community and the natural world. This frustration and alienation has led an increasing number of men to gather in a loosely organized men's movement. Most commentators don't seem to know how to react to this movement. The poet Robert Bly's best-selling book "Iron John" has encouraged thousands of men to venture into wilderness retreats to rediscover the mythic dimensions of masculinity.
NEWS
September 23, 2008
WE NEED election reform, and we need it fast! Not tomorrow, not the next day, but right now. We need laws that have teeth. We want to know what you are going to do for us, not what the other guy did or didn't do. Talk about yourself, and your plans, not what your opponent does (or what you'd have us believe he or she did). Let him or her tell us what their plans are, not what you think they are. Tell us what your agenda is, and don't tell us what your opponent is going to do or not do. Anyone who talks trash about his or her opponent should be immediately banned from further campaigning.
NEWS
July 27, 1993
So you're wondering, how can anybody argue for appointing judges when the mayor's wife - among a dozen politically connected lawyers and judges - is nominated for a seat on the federal court in Philadelphia? Fact is, the appointment of federal judges - while it often yields high- quality candidates (like corporate lawyer and, now, U.S. District Judge- nominee Marjorie O. Rendell) - is really a political selection process. A U.S. senator - in this case, Sen. Harris Wofford - names a committee to come up with names.
NEWS
April 14, 1992 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
WOMEN IN POWER: THE SECRETS OF LEADERSHIP Nonfiction. By Dorothy W. Cantor and Toni Bernay with Jean Stoess Houghton Mifflin. $21.95 Women in Power, a revealing psychological portrait of how women have struggled to share the political spotlight in this country, could not have been written at a better time. Already, with Carol Moseley Braun's upset victory in last month's Democratic Senate primary in Illinois, 1992 is being proclaimed the Year of the Woman in national politics.
NEWS
August 6, 2002
Democratic colleagues of New Jersey Sen. Robert G. Torricelli were quick to minimize the significance of the Senate ethics committee's judgment of his misbehavior. "A relatively mild rebuke," pronounced fellow New Jersey Democrat Jon Corzine. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle announced that the "sensational" allegations against Mr. Torricelli had been "proven false and without foundation" - an imaginative reading that suggested itself to no one else. . . . Last week [Sen. Torricelli]
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NEWS
September 10, 2016
Gov. Christie says he won't raise taxes, but that's exactly what he's doing by ending a decades-long agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania that allows commuters to pay income taxes in the state where they live, not where they work. The move is effectively a tax hike on thousands of people who commute between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Worse, it's more about politics than policy. Christie decided to end the agreement between the two states to cudgel Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
NEWS
September 6, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
Standing on North Broad Street on Friday as Donald Trump assured a private meeting of African American voters that he isn't a racist while angry protesters outside insisted otherwise, I wondered what would be made of all that just a few blocks away. These are heady days for the American Political Science Association, trying to make sense of Trump's populism. And more than 6,000 APSA members were just down Broad, gathered at the Convention Center. Jennifer Hochschild, a Harvard University professor and the APSA president, studies race, ethnicity, and immigration as it intersects with American politics.
NEWS
August 25, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
A federal courtroom packed with supporters of political consultant Gregory Naylor erupted in cheers Tuesday as he was sentenced to probation for his role in the corruption case of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. Naylor could have been sent to prison for more than three years after pleading guilty in August 2014 to concealing the misuse of $622,000 in campaign contributions and federal grant funds, and lying about it to the FBI. Prosecutors, while saying his cooperation with them and testimony against Fattah was pivotal, still wanted him to serve some prison time.
NEWS
August 24, 2016
WINCHESTER, Va. - Political arguments are rarely gentle or polite anymore, so it was a gift to see two Republicans who passionately disagree about what Donald Trump means for our nation hash out their differences with grace. Their exchange helps explain the mess Trump has made of his campaign. One clear indicator: Trump has handed Hillary Clinton a substantial lead in this former bulwark of conservatism. He is thus speeding along a process by which Virginia, a state that voted for Republicans in every election from 1968 to 2004, finds itself on the verge of becoming reliably Democratic in presidential contests.
NEWS
August 20, 2016
By Patrick J. Morgan and Pedro A. Ramos There's great post-convention buzz in the city right now. But what did one important audience - the next generation of voters - see and experience? What were they thinking as they witnessed this unusual presidential election year? Providing young people with a voice is essential to building a strong democracy into the future. It is also important in creating a culture of civic engagement in Philadelphia and building a community of problem-solvers who are committed to shaping their city.
NEWS
August 18, 2016
Elizabeth Wellington chatted with  Syreeta Scott , owner of  Duafe Hair Salon , on this topic .  Scroll to the bottom of this article to see their conversation. When I was a little girl, I loved to run fast and splash big. But these quintessential kid activities were frowned upon. That's because I was a child of the hot comb. Every other Friday, my mom washed my hair and braided it into sections to let it dry. The next morning, she pressed it straight so it would be appropriate for church and school.
NEWS
August 15, 2016
Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history at New York University and is the author of "Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know" (Oxford University Press), which will be published in September In 1938, the philosopher Alexander Meiklejohn called on America's schoolteachers to address controversial political issues in their classrooms. Teachers should not shy away from discussing unemployment relief, labor unions, or other pressing questions of the day, Meiklejohn wrote. But neither should they impose their personal views on students, who must remain free to come to their own conclusions.
NEWS
August 15, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITERS
For an isolated Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, political consultant Joshua Morrow may have been the ultimate frenemy. In a rapid-fire exchange of texts just before 10 p.m. one day in early 2014, Morrow told the embattled Kane: "It's time for your friends to fight back. " "I agree," Kane replied. "I wish they would. " "Happy to lead the charge," Morrow said. That would be the same Josh Morrow who delivered devastating testimony against Kane last week as a prosecution witness at her criminal trial, saying she had been deeply involved in a plot to leak confidential grand jury documents and later conspired with him to pin the crime on a former aide.
NEWS
August 14, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Joe McGinniss Jr. tells intense, rapid-fire stories about an America that seems permanently down on its luck. The novelist, who grew up in Swarthmore, made his literary debut with 2008's The Delivery Man , about a trio of young Las Vegas natives who get sucked into criminality. Its searing portrait of a lost generation earned it comparisons to Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero . McGinniss' sophomore effort, Carousel Court , is about the toll the foreclosure crisis takes on a young Southern California couple.
NEWS
August 12, 2016
WILL BUNCH'S "5 ways Philly can extinguish its political dumpster fire" made some pretty fair points, but seemed to absolve the so-called Fourth Estate - a/k/a the Daily News and its competitors - of any responsibility for said "dumpster fire. " A paper that boasts in its own advertisements of sending politicians running cannot be allowed to gloss over its own failings, as well. The Daily News appears to have written off local campaign coverage years ago. Good luck getting your message out as a state House or Senate candidate - unless you have a criminal history or are an eccentric, in which case you will get a front-page feature ridiculing you and your aspirations.
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