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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
April 9, 2016 | By Daniel Pipes
By Daniel Pipes Of his many outrageous campaign statements, perhaps Donald J. Trump's most important ones concern his hoped-for role as president of the United States. When told that uniformed personnel would disobey his unlawful order as president to torture prisoners and kill civilians, Trump menacingly replied, "They won't refuse. They're not going to refuse, believe me. " Responding to criticism by the speaker of the House, Trump spoke like a Mafia don: "Paul Ryan, I don't know him well, but I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him. And if I don't?
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.
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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.
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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.
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NEWS
May 17, 2016
By Susan McCarthy-Miller Long before Donald Trump arrived on the political scene, a two-pronged tempest of gargantuan proportion was gathering power in the form of "tolerable racism. " As President Obama assumed the highest political office in the world, the innermost feelings of our citizenry were slowly being roused by the election of a biracial Hawaiian. These heretofore broad-minded voters were now accessing their deepest racially prejudiced feelings, long tamped down in the name of political correctness, social harmony, and high-minded tolerance.
NEWS
May 15, 2016
John Quincy Adams Militant Spirit By James Traub Basic Books. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow To read this biography of our sixth president is to see both how little and how much has changed in American politics in the last two centuries. John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, spent a miserable and largely unsuccessful four years in the White House from 1825 to 1829. Like Jimmy Carter, he is generally acknowledged to have made his greatest contributions after leaving office.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Nabbing a ticket to the Democratic National Convention could be tough. Getting one to PoliticalFest is much easier. Tickets went on sale Wednesday for the nonpartisan presidential-history celebration, which was held at the Convention Center during the 2000 Republican National Convention here. This year, instead of one location, seven museums will feature dozens of exhibits from July 22 to 27. "We're calling it PoliticalFest 2.0," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the DNC host committee organizing the fest.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Chris Brennan and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
The man in the middle of the bribery case against Democratic State Sen. Larry Farnese of Center City is identified only as "Person A" in the federal indictment released Tuesday. But two sources, one familiar with the investigation and the other with the people involved, say he is Ted Mucellin, who briefly worked in Mayor Michael Nutter's administration and who has been Farnese's political consultant for eight years. Mucellin's name came to light the day Farnese told constituents he had done nothing wrong and a Republican leader said the GOP would look for someone to run against Farnese this fall.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
By Craig Snyder A movement arises within and surrounding a major American political party, a movement that rejects and condemns the official and unofficial establishment of that party's leadership. The party "establishment" is vilified as corrupt and corrupting. National leaders in the party, at both the presidential and congressional level, have to fear first, maybe even mostly, their primary elections. They can afford less and less to position themselves for the broad American political center because they must survive ideological purity contests in primaries within their party.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
'When you become famous," the famous political consultant James Carville once said, "being famous becomes your profession. " It's a sign of the stunning success of Donald Trump's crossover act that we no longer even think about this campaign's most revolutionary effect on our politics: the demolition of the line between celebrity and political achievement. Of course, success in politics can itself breed celebrity. Carville earned his by combining his eccentric sense of humor with actual skill in helping Bill Clinton become president in 1992.
NEWS
May 3, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
WILLIAM R. MILLER IV, 68, founder of a public relations firm and longtime player in city politics who helped shape political campaigns, died Saturday of complications from a stroke. Mr. Miller, who lived in East Mount Airy, died at Abington Memorial Hospital, said his daughter, Darisha. "I am definitely going to miss him. I'm a daddy's girl. " For several decades, Mr. Miller helped guide the political aspirations of some of the biggest names in city politics and helped elect W. Wilson Goode Jr. as the first black mayor.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
What if a tree fell during a televised presidential debate and Twitter and Facebook weren't there to record it/share it/mock it for its inability to remain upright? Would viewers have a better sense of the forest? Those aren't exactly the questions researchers set out to answer in a recently published study by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, but they might as well have been. In an article published online in the journal Political Communication, the Penn researchers concluded that people who used social media knew more about the 2012 election than nonusers, but that those who multitasked while watching the debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney didn't learn as much.
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May 1, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Mark Fazlollah, and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
John H. Estey, a former top aide to Gov. Ed Rendell and a prominent player in city and state politics, will plead guilty to wire fraud, his lawyer and federal prosecutors said Friday, the latest turn in a pay-to-play corruption probe that already snared Pennsylvania's former treasurer. According to people familiar with the case, Estey has been secretly cooperating with investigators, possibly for years. He was caught in 2011 in an FBI sting by agents posing as businessmen seeking his influence with state legislators, according to court filings in Harrisburg.
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