April 7, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Sestak offers experience, leadership I've been a strong supporter of the Obama administration, but I was surprised to see President Obama and Vice President Biden jump into the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. Senate ("Obama and Biden endorse McGinty," Thursday). Snubbing Joe Sestak was a big mistake. He served two terms in the House of Representatives for the Seventh District, which traditionally is held by a Republican. Sestak was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and other progressive bills, and he knows the issues.
February 21, 2016 |
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Republican presidential candidates traversed South Carolina on Friday - upstate, low country, and in between - to make urgent final appeals one day before the state's primary, as polls showed a tightening race after a week of nasty campaigning. Can Donald Trump lock down his place as the undisputed GOP front-runner? And can anyone break away from the rest of the pack to end the party's stalemate and challenge him? When ballots are counted Saturday night, voters might have provided some answers to these and other pressing questions about the GOP race, which some party strategists are predicting could go on for a while.
January 19, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 No sign of leadership As a lifelong Democrat who probably has never voted a straight party ticket, I was flabbergasted by the childish behavior of the Republican presidential candidates in Thursday's televised debate ("Southern Slugfest," Friday). The first hour and 40 minutes consisted of name-calling and rude attacks on the Democratic candidates, grandstanding, and criticism of each other. Nowhere was there a plan to solve any of the issues facing this country.
January 18, 2016 |
To hear the Republican presidential candidates tell it, Americans should duck and cover as in a Cold War drill. The sooner, the better, too, because the world is dangerous. Fear has been a main narrative thread in the GOP campaign the last two months, after terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., moved national security to the top of the list of concerns of the party's primary voters. This was on vivid display in Thursday's prime-time debate, as GOP candidates cataloged a range of potential threats, from nuclear-armed terrorists to mass gun confiscation by the federal government, to Syrian refugees, and even the apocalypse itself.
January 6, 2016 |
NASHUA, N.H. - The Big Dog was back, but his bark was subdued. Former President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail Monday on behalf of his wife, with a discursive speech that touched on the prosperity the country enjoyed during his presidency in the 1990s, Hillary Clinton's work as Arkansas' first lady, and reminiscences of falling in love with her at Yale Law School. He spoke in a raspy voice without the joy in rhetorical combat expected of one of the most gifted speakers of his generation - which, come to think of it, may have been the point.
October 30, 2015 |
PENNSYLVANIA is a decrepit old train, sputtering along in the wrong direction, with a bunch of hapless politicians behind the controls. Those were some of the takeaways of a new Daily News/ Franklin & Marshall College poll of 614 registered voters in the state. The poll results, which will be made public today, show that 62 percent of voters believe the state is on the wrong track, an eight-point increase from just two months ago. Government and politicians were identified as the state's biggest problems by 39 percent of voters.
October 22, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Highlighting what they say is a national increase in anti-Muslim bias, triggered in part by the rhetoric of some Republican presidential candidates, about 50 amateur lobbyists affiliated with the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations converged at the state capitol to pitch lawmakers on a range of social issues. Armed with a talking-points memo and posters emblazoned with "I am a proud American Muslim" and "Islamophobia = Racism," the members of the advocacy group fanned out for office visits with legislators and their staffs.
July 28, 2012 |
Saying America is so mired in "moral depravity" that only a mass appeal to the Almighty can save it, Christian evangelical leaders from across the country are planning a giant prayer rally for Sept. 29 in Philadelphia. The "America for Jesus" daylong gathering on Independence Mall is expected to draw at least 30,000 people who "want to turn the nation around," said Bishop Anne Giminez, chairwoman of the event and pastor of Rock Pentecostal Church in Virginia Beach, Va. "We see the symptoms of decline all around us," she said Wednesday, citing murder and abortion rates and the decline of marriage.
March 6, 2012
Today is Super Tuesday, the day 10 states cast votes for the four remaining Republican presidential candidates, two of whom have no chance of winning. Newt Gingrich, better when trailing than as a front-runner, had his greatest success in debates where his intellect, wit, experience, and direct manner made him the most effective communicator of consequential ideas. With fewer debates ahead, a diminishing war chest, and an organization in such disarray that he failed to make the ballot in his home state of Virginia, the former House speaker's time has likely passed even if he wins Georgia.
February 21, 2012
A pair of "super" political action committees supporting top Republican presidential candidates spent nearly $24 million in January, according reports filed Monday. A7