June 16, 2012 |
A Wawa in Bucks County will be the site of dueling ex-governors Saturday as a visit by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be preceded by a counter-event led by Pennsylvania's ambassador of hoagies, Ed Rendell. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will make a brief 12:40 p.m. stop at the Wawa at 1960 John Fries Highway in Quakertown as part of his six-state bus tour to tell voters that, according to Romney, "President Obama has offered no hope for the future, and he has left American families to bear the burden of his failed policies.
June 13, 2012 |
David Arquette this weekend became a man, in his own words, after undergoing a bar mitzvah ceremony at Jerusalem's most holy Western Wall. A few days later, he made that most adult, dread decision: to make official his breakup with estranged wife Courteney Cox, TMZ reports. Filed Tuesday, on the couple's 12-year anniversary, in Superior Court of California in Los Angeles, David's divorce papers cite the catchall "irreconcilable differences. " The forms are dated March 23, which means David held onto them for three months before making his move.
May 31, 2012 |
One possible reason for our current employment woes may be that Ed Rendell holds every conceivable job. Law partner, Penn professor, sports columnist, MSNBC commentator, Eagles analyst, energy adviser, professional speaker, board member, and, for a few weeks earlier this year, potential chairman of The Inquirer and Daily News. Now, the former governor has written a book, A Nation of Wusses , although written may be too taxing a verb. Dictated seems more likely.
May 30, 2012
While driving home from a business trip, I was appalled to hear former governor Edward Rendell interviewed on "The Sean Hannity Show. " The topic of Michael Vick came up, and Rendell was asked what he thinks of him. He immediately responded, "I love Michael Vick," noting not only his athletic prowess but that he is "a fine young man. " Most outlandishly, Rendell asked who among us has not made "a mistake"? In Rendell's eyes, savagery against innocent, defenseless, precious domestic animals, taking sadistic glee in their torture and slaughter, is not a fatal character flaw, but rather a "mistake" that can be washed away after the passage of a short period of time.
May 11, 2012 |
Former Gov.Ed Rendell on June 5 will release an autobiography wrapped in a political manifesto about what he calls the "Wussification of America. " The book, A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great, is classic Rendell. He marvels at his own clever political instincts, complains about the attention of the media and waxes wonkish on issues he holds dear, such as investing in the nation's infrastructure of roads and bridges. Some highlights: No Rendell book would be complete without a few bawdy bits.
May 9, 2012
President Obama should "man up" and take a stand on same-sex marriage, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell advised Tuesday on MSNBC, predicting that no political harm would come from supporting it. "If he believes in it, he should say he's for it," Rendell said later in an interview with The Inquirer. "If he's going to do it eventually, he should do it now. Say his piece. Too many people in public life are afraid to say what they believe. " Obama has said that he opposes legalizing same-sex marriage, but that his view is "evolving" and that he supports equal civil rights for gay couples.
March 15, 2012 |
Give Ed Rendell a break. Yes, the Treasury Department is investigating the speaking fees received by the former Pennsylvania governor on behalf of an Iranian exile group that's on the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. Rendell told the New York Times he had received about $150,000 for seven or eight speeches that called for taking the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, off the list (even though he clearly knew little about the organization). But why is Treasury targeting only Rendell?
March 14, 2012 |
Former Gov. Ed Rendell says he wouldn't risk his reputation for money, but that is exactly the impression he gave by linking himself to a shady organization that, whether he agrees with it or not, is listed as a terrorist group by the State Department. But Rendell isn't alone. Others who have spoken out in support of the group of Iranian rebels called MEK, short for Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, include former Homeland Security Director and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, former National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones, former CIA Director Porter Goss, and former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
March 13, 2012 |
In the last eight months, former Gov. Ed Rendell has been to Paris four times and Geneva twice. He's also joined rallies at the Capitol, White House, and State Department - all on behalf of a new cause he admits he knew little about until recently: the fate of a militant Iranian exile group living in Iraq called MEK, short for Mujahedeen-e-Khalq. He's been compensated for making speeches in support of MEK, designated by the State Department as a terrorist group, and pictured in ads and online videos that seek to get that designation lifted.
March 11, 2012 |
Financial records of former Gov. Ed Rendell reportedly have been subpoenaed by the Treasury Department in a probe of support by prominent Americans of an Iranian exile group that the federal government calls a terrorist organization. Rendell, along with former Democratic National Chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean, former Homeland Security Director and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, has been an outspoken advocate of lifting the U.S. terrorism designation from the Mujaheddin Khalq, or MEK. The MEK for the last 30 years has been a fierce opponent of the fundamentalist-led Iran government, itself designated by the U.S. government a state sponsor of terrorism.