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ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Colbert is our top professor! We've officially gone through Alice's mirror, folks: More citizens learn more about political issues from Stephen Colbert than from actual journos. Take the role of money in politics. A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn finds that The Colbert Report "is doing a better job than other news sources at teaching people about campaign financing," says its lead author, Bruce W. Hardy . Colbert "did better than every other news source we included in our model," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stacey Dash for president? Clueless star Stacey Dash angered some in the Twitterverse when she refused to endorse President Obama in the 2012 elections, instead issuing a hearty thumbs-up for GOP challenger Mitt Romney . Hired recently by Fox as a news commentator, the cousin of rap mogul Damon Dash also is dropping hints she may be ready to enter politics. "Eventually," Stacey Dash tells Elle.com. "Yes. I would love that. " Dash, 47, whose appearances in Playboy and a Kanye West music vid make for unusual credits on her CV, explains her political appeal.
NEWS
May 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Angelina Jolie for president! American Idol legend Clay Aiken has made a nice debut in politics, so why shouldn't Angelina Jolie enter the game? Aiken just won a Democratic congressional primary in North Carolina. But don't expect Jolie to throw her hat in the ring. "You know, if I thought I'd be effective, I would," Jolie, 38, on Wednesday told Good Morning America . "But I'm not sure if I would ever be taken seriously in that way, and be able to be effective.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Democratic legislators investigating September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge grilled a former member of Gov. Christie's administration on Tuesday about whether politics - not constituent service - was the guiding impulse in the performance of his government job. No one accused Matt Mowers of closing the lanes, and he said he was not involved. But Democrats, who control the Legislature, seized the daylong hearing as an opportunity to criticize the now-defunct Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for a variety of reasons.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
  A relatively small Philadelphia union has become the biggest independent source of campaign money in the state. Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has poured $25.6 million into political races since 2000, an Inquirer analysis of campaign records found - more than statewide powerhouses such as the trial lawyers, teachers' unions, or Marcellus Shale gas drillers. The donations, financed by members' paycheck deductions, have helped turn the local and its business manager, John J. Dougherty Jr., into a potent and even feared political force.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Business and political leaders on Thursday stepped up a campaign for developing massive new infrastructure to deliver energy to Philadelphia from the booming Marcellus Shale natural-gas fields. "We're really bound and determined to make an eastern natural-gas energy hub here in Philadelphia, and that's all about connecting to the Marcellus," Philip Rinaldi, chief executive officer of Philadelphia Energy Solutions, told the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's State of the Region event at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
The legislative committee probing the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge has subpoenaed a top political adviser to Gov. Christie. The subpoena to Mike DuHaime, announced Wednesday, seeks communications and documents related to the September lane closures, as well as concerning specific conversations between DuHaime and several other figures in the controversy. Those conversations - including a Nov. 11 meeting with David Wildstein, the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who oversaw the closures, and a December phone conversation with Christie - were noted by DuHaime in an interview with lawyers hired by Christie to review the issue.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
SECAUCUS, N.J. - When Gov. Christie in March demanded tighter restrictions in a bill to limit raises for some police and firefighters, Senate Democrats quickly accepted his revisions and sent the bill to the Assembly to consider just before the cap was to expire. But Speaker Vincent Prieto had already left the Statehouse for the day. His caucus had passed legislation to renew the cap, set to expire April 1, and Christie's conditional veto did not leave much room for negotiation. With that, Prieto, who became speaker in January, defied the Republican governor, parted ways with Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and sent them a political message: They can't get anything done without the Assembly.
NEWS
May 6, 2014
BACKSTAGE before an education forum at the Free Library last week, Tom Wolf told me he was "still enjoying" his first run for public office. Because I've witnessed many such runs and own what I consider a healthy cynicism (others think it's not so healthy), I simply responded: "You'll learn. " Minutes later, Wolf got a sense of what I meant. That's when Rob McCord used his opening statement to head-butt Wolf, accusing the wealthy York County businessman of tolerating racism.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
Readers' communications come in a mixed mailbag. Most ask questions. Others offer opinions. Some of the letters are complimentary, others not so much. I took a particular pounding for this opening paragraph of a recent column: "There was a time when the full-size pickup truck was largely blue-collar transit with a blue-collar price tag. As it turns out, that nostalgic note has gone the way of whitewalls, wire wheel hubcaps, and moderate Republicans. " I thought the reference to "moderate Republicans" was at once innocuous and factual, since the rise of the tea parties has left a number of moderate Republican lawmakers by the wayside.
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