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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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February 3, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adele: Back off, candidates! It doesn't matter if you're conservative or liberal. As far as Adele is concerned, neither side in the American presidential race has a right to use her music. "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning," the mega-selling singer's rep, Benny Tarantini , said Monday in a statement. The British warbler was reportedly miffed that GOP front-runner Donald Trump had used snippets from "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall" at recent rallies.
NEWS
January 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Inquirer Columnist
Chaka Fattah hit a few familiar notes last week, deriding as "frivolous" and "nonsense" the federal criminal charges that the congressman now faces while running for reelection. There was something new mixed in with that: Fattah put his money where his mouth - and his future and freedom - are. Call it Fattah's big bet. The 11-term congressman, after weighing the tasks of fund-raising for the April 26 Democratic primary and for the legal defense in his trial set to start six days after that, said he decided: "I can't do both.
NEWS
January 20, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Watching Donald Trump campaign for the presidency is like watching the Titanic repeatedly hit an iceberg. But not only does this Titanic never sink; it never even takes on water. A few weeks ago, Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. . . . " What did this display of xenophobia get him? An eight-point jump in the polls. What's clear is that the usual rules do not apply to Trump. But what does his time atop the polls say about the voters?
NEWS
January 20, 2016
WHEN I CONSIDER the link between race, religion and terror in America, my thoughts go well beyond the actions of Edward Archer, who told investigators he was acting "in the name of Islam" when he was caught on video shooting Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett three times. For me, issues of race, terror and religion are more often connected to the religion I happen to practice - Christianity. From Baptist preachers who doubled as Klan leaders in the darkest days of Jim Crow, to Bible-thumping Aryan Nation leaders who carried on the legacy of religiously inspired bigotry, self-proclaimed Christians have committed numerous acts of terror in this country.
NEWS
January 13, 2016 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The FBI and local authorities continue to investigate whether last week's attempted assassination of a Philadelphia police officer was a terrorist attack. No matter their conclusion, it won't change the inherent danger of being a police officer in cities where the threat of violence is constant. Officer Jesse Hartnett was in his patrol car at 60th and Spruce on Thursday night when a man wearing a long, white tunic and wielding a 9mm Glock fired more than a dozen shots at him. Three of the bullets hit and fractured Hartnett's arm, but he managed to return fire and wound the suspect, who ran away but was later apprehended.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | George Will
"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. "   - Louis Brandeis The impulse to ferret corruption from politics corrupts the criminal justice system when it causes overzealous prosecutors and judges to improvise novel interpretations of the law of bribery. Consider Robert McDonnell's case. Virginia's former Republican governor has been sentenced to prison for actions that he could not have reasonably anticipated would be declared felonies under a dangerous judicial expansion of federal law defining bribery of public officials.
NEWS
January 5, 2016
A NEW YEAR in state politics begins, all too fittingly, with no resolutions. No resolution to the festering fiasco of the state budget process. No resolution to lingering lunacy surrounding Kathleen Kane. No resolution to fixing one of the most corrupt and worst run states in America. Instead we start with questions. Can the powers that be, such as they are, shake off a year of landmark failure in governing and public service? Does the year of no budget become another year of no budget?
NEWS
January 2, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
A day after Bill Cosby was charged with sexual assault, his lawyers launched a campaign Thursday to discredit the case against him as false and politically motivated. The charges "fulfill a campaign promise" that prosecutor Kevin Steele made this fall while running to be Montgomery County district attorney, said Cosby's spokeswoman, Monique Pressley. That claim was part of the message Pressley delivered during a round of interviews on morning TV shows, decrying the prosecution of the 78-year-old actor and comedian as unsubstantiated, and foreshadowing possible defense arguments in court.
NEWS
December 29, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer
Visitors to PoliticalFest during the Democratic National Convention this summer will be able to indulge in a political museum and fair of sorts fashioned after such professional sports festivals as FanFest and JamFest. People will be able to sit at a news anchor's desk and read from a teleprompter, see videos of old campaign commercials and a mini replica of the White House. And there will, of course, be plenty of T-shirts and political souvenirs for sale. PoliticalFest will be the one large convention event open to the public.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
New Jersey Democrats are moving to change the process by which the state's legislative districts are drawn, advancing a bill that would put the high-stakes political issue to voters through a constitutional amendment. Their plan, opposed vociferously by Republicans, would change the composition of the Apportionment Commission and use data from all statewide general elections - for governor, U.S. Senate, and president - held in the previous decade to draw the political map. The wonky, math-intensive matter of redistricting helps shape the balance of power in Trenton and in statehouses across the country.
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