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April 13, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.
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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
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.
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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 24, 2016 | By Francesca Serritella, Columnist
To care about politics in the age of social media is to be a little angry all the time. If the 24-hour cable news cycle isn't enough, Twitter and Facebook will help you find something new and enraging to click on 86,400 seconds a day. This primary election has been brutal. Even if you have a candidate you're passionate about, especially if you do, the Internet can be toxic. Toxic yet alluring. Why is it so much more tempting to click on an article with a headline you abhor than one you agree with?
NEWS
April 18, 2016
1992 June 13: In a speech to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, Bill Clinton says: "You had a rap singer here last night named Sister Souljah. . . . She told the Washington Post about a month ago, and I quote, 'If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?' . . . If you took the words 'white' and 'black' and reversed them, you might think [former KKK leader] David Duke was giving that speech. " Nov. 3: Bill Clinton defeats Republican incumbent George H.W. Bush in the general election for president while receiving 83 percent of the African American vote, according to exit polls.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Camden County Clerk Joseph Ripa dipped his hand into a worn wooden box and slowly pulled out the names of five campaign slogans associated with the presidential, congressional, and county government candidates who will run together on slates in New Jersey's June 7 primary. The random drawing, conducted with both drama and a touch of humor in front of a dozen spectators Friday afternoon, settled the testy jockeying for ballot positions. It also ended the potential of a second court challenge by newcomer Alex Law, who is vying to unseat Donald Norcross, in a heated Democratic primary battle for a seat in the First Congressional District.
NEWS
April 15, 2016
THERE IS NO WAY to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column. I've already been accused of going over to the dark side by defending The Donald against accusations that he wanted to imprison women who had abortions, and that he cheered on a campaign manager prone to domestic violence. No matter how many times I made fun of his hair, his fish lips, his lack of tact and the fact that Dora the Explorer has a more nuanced take on immigration than he does, people still resented the fact that I could find any redeeming qualities in the man who has been compared to Hitler (lazy thinkers)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
Wendell Pierce never expected to find so much of himself in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. "What was really wonderful was the pleasant surprise of finding out how much we had in common," Pierce said in an interview in January. "Which makes the break of where we diverge in ideas and opinion and policy and politics a little more of a heartbreak, you know?" Pierce ( The Wire ) portrays Thomas as a high court nominee in HBO's Confirmation . The movie, premiering at 8 p.m. Saturday, revisits the 1991 Senate hearings in which law professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington, Scandal )
NEWS
April 13, 2016
The 2016 election is transforming the religious landscape of American politics. It's hard to imagine a Democratic presidential candidate receiving a mid-campaign invitation to speak at the Vatican. But on Friday, Bernie Sanders put out word that on April 15, he'll attend a gathering of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Both Sanders and Hillary Clinton, his front-running rival, have regularly praised Pope Francis. And on the day of Sanders' announcement, Francis released "The Joy of Love.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THERE WAS no parking anywhere near East Palmer Street in Fishtown on a recent Sunday afternoon. No easy way to cut through the crowd at Interstate Drafthouse, either. The bar was packed with people hyped to meet Braddock, Pa., Mayor John Fetterman, the tattooed, biker-looking U.S. Senate candidate who's made a big splash as much for his size as his politics. I like his politics, but I wasn't there for the big guy. I was there for the woman who's been by his side on this crazy ride that's attracted national attention, even if he is a distant third in the polls.
NEWS
April 12, 2016
DONALD TRUMP'S inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants, Muslim refugees and women who get abortions may eventually be his campaign's undoing, some analysts say. But don't tell that to the many supporters such as Titus Kottke, attracted to the Republican front-runner specifically because he shoots from the lip. "No more political correctness," said Kottke, 22, a cattle trucker and construction worker from Athens, Wisconsin, who waited hours...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
It's a match made in nothing related to heaven: Larry Flynt vs. some guy named Donald. In a presidential election year in which candidates allude to their penis size, it seems only fitting that the Hustler founder and chairman is releasing a new parody adult video, The Donald , which he calls "a fantasized look at how the Republican Party front-runner might select his Vice Presidential running mate. " "The downward spiral of name-calling in the GOP Presidential primary campaign is a national embarrassment and an insult to the intelligence of the American people," declared Flynt, "but it's also the perfect catalyst for the debauchery that Hustler Video has concocted in The Donald . This parody is my contribution to the most entertaining Republican Party contest in recent history.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Atlantic City ran out of cash Friday after delivering paychecks to its public employees and won't have any more money until second-quarter tax receipts flow in May 2. Credit agencies have repeatedly downgraded the city's general obligation bonds and have warned investors that the resort town may default on its debt payments this year, or even go bankrupt. So why haven't Gov. Christie and the state's legislative leaders enacted a plan to stave off a financial disaster that could have ripple effects on other distressed municipalities?
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