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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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ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT'S PROBABLY been close to 700 years since King Edward III made the Tattle column, but today the man behind the Hundred Years War is back with a vengeance. According to "Extra!" and Geni, a division of Myheritage.com, KEIII is the 19th great grandfather of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton . They're cousins! Geni uncovered that the first Duke and Duchess of Lancaster (that would be John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford , for you non-British History majors)
NEWS
August 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
The embattled but entrenched Pennsylvania politician, proclaiming his or her innocence while clinging to the public payroll, is not just an individual but a species. Consider that the commonwealth has in recent weeks been drearily occupied by the spectacle of not one but two prominent officeholders - Attorney General Kathleen Kane and longtime Congressman Chaka Fattah - facing grave charges while scrambling to avoid their political graves. This increasingly familiar ritual features a pattern of predictable elements, including: The ad hominem: In a five-page letter released on the eve of his arraignment last week, Fattah attacked Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Gray as dogging him, Javert-like, out of an acute aversion to pork-barrel politics and perhaps Fattah himself.
NEWS
August 25, 2015
Don't stop the press It's about time somebody gave overdue credit to journalists and newspapers. As a graduate of Temple's journalism school and onetime radio news reporter, I have had almost a lifelong relationship with the people and products of this challenging industry. I shudder at the claim that print media is an endangered species because, in addition to the reasons cited by former Inquirer publisher Brian Tierney ("Why newspaper content counts for all of us," Aug. 16), journalism has been a source of and a training ground for many artful and trustworthy writers.
NEWS
August 25, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Donald Trump isn't sucking all the air out of the 2016 presidential race. Give some credit to the disturbing influence of big money in politics. In just the first half of this year, super PACs supporting presidential candidates have raised 10 times as much as they did by the same point in the 2012 presidential election cycle, according to a recent analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Finance, energy, and communications industry moguls head the list of extravagant donors whose largesse is shattering previous records.
NEWS
August 14, 2015
THERE WAS high drama and porn talk, but no money shot. Instead, Kathleen Kane teased. In her first public statement since being criminally charged a week ago, the Democratic attorney general replayed the porn card, in fact doubled down. Why not? How do you not get attention with porn? She said the porn scandal she exposed last year that swallowed the jobs of several state officials and a state Supreme Court justice (Seamus McCaffery) is the sole source of her legal woes.
NEWS
August 13, 2015
WHEN CONGRESS comes back to session from its August recess, members are expected to deliberate on a bill that would strip Medicare and Medicaid of provisions covering prostate- and colon-cancer screening, Viagra prescriptions and vasectomies. This follows word this week that the FDA is working on regulations that would put condoms behind locked cases, requiring a prescription from a doctor or a parental permission slip. Vasectomies would be subject to greater scrutiny in general health coverage plans, as well, and a new series of conditions will be imposed on those men wishing to get them.
NEWS
August 11, 2015
KATIE McGINTY, former Pennsylvania environmental secretary, former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former chief of staff to Gov. Wolf, last week announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate. She wants the seat now held by Sen. Pat Toomey, who's up for re-election next year. McGinty sat down for a Q&A with Daily News political columnist John Baer. Q: You're a Northeast Philly neighborhood native, large family, dad was a cop. How did your upbringing influence your life priorities?
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writers
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, it was Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, the commonwealth's top law enforcement official, facing criminal allegations. Eight days earlier, federal prosecutors hit 11-term Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah with 29 counts of racketeering and other charges. On May 1, a former aide to Gov. Christie and a close ally were indicted in the "Bridgegate" scandal. Exactly a month before that, Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey was charged criminally with aiding a friend and donor in exchange for lavish gifts.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
Even the dog wore the union's signature red shirt, dressed appropriately for a small rally held Friday by the Communication Workers of America at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. The rally, attended by Montgomery County elected officials and labor leaders, came as talks continue between Verizon Corp. and its employees represented by the CWA and another union, in a standoff that partly reflects changing technology. "Verizon had, what, a $3.1 billion profit last year - a 14 percent increase over the year before - and we still have to argue and fight about decent wages for workers?
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
TALMADGE BELO remembers when his Sharswood neighborhood was noted for winning Philadelphia More Beautiful awards. "I live on the 2400 block of Sharswood Street and they used to call this the utopia of North Philadelphia," Belo said. "You didn't drop a paper on the sidewalk. People were afraid to walk through our block because they knew they were under scrutiny, " he said. Today, however, the neighborhood is dotted with trash-strewn lots, where "the weeds are taller than I am," he said.
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