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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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June 18, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Call it a coincidence. Gov. Wolf, who supports merit selection for Pennsylvania's statewide appellate courts, nominated Superior Court Judge Sallie Updyke Mundy, a Republican, to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court on Monday. That will likely generate political goodwill for the Democratic governor as he closes in on a state budget with the Republican-controlled legislature. But Wolf appears to have ignored a list of judges, screened by his own blue-ribbon panel and ranked by merit, in making the nomination.
NEWS
June 16, 2016 | By John Baer
THE ONLY THING as predictable as America's gun violence, including mass shootings, is America's political rapid reaction, especially in an election year - calling for legal measures to save us from America's gun violence. If that sounds annoyingly repetitive, it's because it's like everything to do with this issue. The Orlando nightclub shootings early Sunday set off yet another national debate on guns, offering politicians at all levels yet another platform for themselves. So, no surprise, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty is calling out her Republican opponent, Sen. Pat Toomey, to do more to fight gun violence.
NEWS
June 16, 2016
By Jeremi Suri Terrorism on American soil is not new. Nor are crimes of hate. Since at least the 19th century, politically motivated citizens have used violence to kill for a purpose. What makes the horrible massacre in Orlando stand out is its connection to a more recent phenomenon - the murder of large numbers by a single attacker. Even though gun ownership has always been widespread in American society, premeditated murder of innocent mass crowds has only become common during the past 20 or so years.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
You might think they're crazy, but the first thing to know about Robert and Michelle King's new CBS series BrainDead is that the creators of The Good Wife have not lost their minds. They've just taken their penchant for politics and public policy on a CBS-style summer vacation, the kind in which ant-like creatures from outer space picnic in people's brains. Though no sillier at heart than Under the Dome , Zoo or Extant , the Kings' Washington, D.C.-set BrainDead , which premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, is sci-fi with a healthy sense of the ridiculous.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Love Trump? Hate Trump? Talking politics on a first date can be treacherous. It just got a whole lot easier thanks to two online dating sites. "TrumpSingles.com for supporters of Republican nominee Donald Trump promises to "Making Dating Great Again. " Not to be outdone, there's "BernieSingles.com - Where Progressives Meet. " The group for those who "share the philosophy championed by U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders," vows to "inspire chemistry" among those who share similar visions for the future.
NEWS
June 8, 2016 | By Karen Heller, WASHINGTON POST
"Sweetie," Don Rickles says, welcoming us to his sumptuous Spanish villa near Beverly Hills. "Can I get anything for you, dear?" This is the comedian known as the Merchant of Venom, the Insult King from Queens, Mr. Warmth (as in precisely the opposite). But not once in a convivial afternoon will he lob an insult, the sort he hurls at friends and fans alike, the latter paying handsomely for a dose of Rickles ridicule. At one point, he takes our left hand, bows his bullet head, and, in the custom of an Old World courtier, bestows a kiss.
NEWS
June 3, 2016
Weeks of arguing, advertising, and lobbying in the great soda-tax debate hasn't changed the fact that no better alternative has been presented to City Council to put preschool children on the right educational path to break the cycle of poverty in America's poorest big city. Mayor Kenney has proposed a 3-cents-per-ounce sugary-drink tax to raise $95 million a year to fund an expansion of high-quality prekindergarten centers across the city and pay for needed improvements to libraries, recreation centers, and parks.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Joseph M. Knippenberg is professor of politics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta Earlier this month, when she announced that the Obama administration was filing a lawsuit against North Carolina over its "bathroom bill," Attorney General Loretta Lynch traversed a significant portion of the history of political philosophy within a few short paragraphs. I'm quite confident that she didn't mean to do so, but she raised a number of issues that offer us the opportunity to get beyond the controversies of the moment and examine some of the deeper reasons for our current predicament.
NEWS
May 25, 2016
ISSUE | EDUCATION Playing politics with teachers' seniority The campaign by Republican legislators in Pennsylvania to have teacher effectiveness replace seniority in determining layoffs is eerily similar to their campaign to require voter identification ("GOP ties teacher bill to budget," Wednesday). Both efforts seemed aimed at groups that tend to vote Democratic. It is also ironic that Republicans, who decry the size and reach of government, are, through this legislation, inserting themselves into the affairs and collective-bargaining relationships of hundreds of local school districts.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Lucy Horton says she could scarcely believe her ears. Hours after she had called Delran's mayor Ken Paris "unprofessional and unethical" on her Facebook page, a township police sergeant was on the phone, "informing me that if I didn't take the Facebook post down, the mayor would be pressing harassment charges. " Paris, a two-term mayor seeking reelection this year, denies that he ordered the call. But it was the talk of the town this week. The incident went small-town viral because Horton not only refused to take down the post, she posted a new message describing the alleged police call, and denouncing Paris again.
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