December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history, was remembered Thursday as a man who gallantly defended his country on the battlefield and gracefully sought to better it during the 50-plus years he represented his beloved state of Hawaii. Colleagues and aides lined the Capitol rotunda five deep to say farewell. The rare ceremony demonstrated the respect and good will he generated over the years. Only 31 people have lain in the Capitol rotunda; the last was former President Gerald R. Ford nearly six years ago. The last senator who died in office and was accorded the honor was Democrat Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota, in 1978.
May 19, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The White House and key lawmakers are considering reductions in student-loan subsidies, farm payments and support for federal workers' pensions as they search for cuts that can clear the way for an increase in the national debt limit, according to officials in both parties. The negotiations, led by Vice President Joe Biden, are still in the early stages, with no final decisions made, these officials said yesterday. "We're talking [about cuts totaling] $200 billion, $150 billion and we have to get up into the trillion range or more," said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., one of six other lawmakers taking part in the talks at Blair House across the street from the White House.
January 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - With a quick and simple swearing-in ceremony at the White House, President Obama ended his first term in office Sunday and embarked on another four years of leadership. The president stood next to his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Sasha and Malia. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 35-word oath, more smoothly than he did four years ago, in front of cameras and a small group of Obama's family and friends. The intimate ceremony was a quirk of the calendar and an adherence to tradition.
November 17, 2013 |
A WEEK AFTER returning from a 10-day trip to the United Kingdom and Israel, Mayor Nutter is taking his act on the road once more. Nutter on Monday will join a trip led by Vice President Joe Biden to tour the Panama Canal's expansion project, which the city is hoping will boost business at Philly's port. "There is great potential to increase economic activity at our port and create good-wage-paying jobs for Philadelphians," Nutter said in a statement. Nutter has traveled a lot in the past year, with trips to China, Italy, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Chicago and many others.
January 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday vowed urgent action against gun violence in America, pledging steps by the Obama administration that he said could "take thousands of people out of harm's way" and improve the safety of millions more. But a day ahead of a meeting with the National Rifle Association, which has sunk past gun-control efforts and is opposing any new ones, Biden signaled that the administration is mindful of political realities that could imperil sweeping gun-control legislation, and is willing to settle for something less.
December 21, 2012 |
POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey will travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to take part in a discussion about gun violence with Vice President Joe Biden and other law-enforcement leadership in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shootings. Ramsey heads the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank. "This happened rather suddenly," Ramsey said. "The email came in late [Tuesday], so I had to juggle some things on my calendar to be able to go tomorrow.
April 14, 2010
INSTEAD of pulling out of the Foxwoods project, Steve Wynn should have bought the SS United States and turned it into a casino hotel. It has the structure to be renovated, the space for restaurants and a great view of the Camden waterfront and the city skyline. It would have fit perfectly into the waterfront plan and avoided the neighborhood protests - a win-win for everyone. Edward Dubin, Philadelphia Mayor Nutter is unable to to move the city forward. The bungling of the casino project is just another failure for him and his administration.
November 13, 2010 |
Only in America could the Jewish people make something of themselves, said Sheila Newman, of Montgomery County. And now, only in Philadelphia, is there a museum to share the Jewish people's experiences with the country. "It's the history of Jews coming from everywhere in the world and coming to America," Newman said of the National Museum of American Jewish History, which celebrates its grand opening this weekend. "If you are Jewish like we are, this gives you such a feeling of pride to see this.
October 14, 2012
"We advocated for constituents who had applied for grants. " - U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, regarding the Obama administration's federal stimulus program, which Mitt Romney and Ryan decry. "I love that. This is such a bad program, and [Ryan] writes me a letter saying . . . we need this stimulus. " - Vice President Joe Biden, during Thursday night's debate with Ryan. "We think there are more important issues for presidential candidates to talk about than our little funding issue here.
February 7, 2014 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden, a self-confessed railroad geek, strode to the podium at 30th Street Station yesterday to sing the praises of Amtrak's smart new electric locomotive - and quickly noticed that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, Philly's Democratic Party chairman, was missing. "I don't know where the hell Brady is," Biden told the crowd in mock shock-and-awe. "Tell him I marked him 'absent.' " Then Biden, who U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx introduced as "president of the Amtrak fan club," launched into a riding-the-rails rap with the fervor of a man who made 7,000 round-trips between Washington and his Wilmington home during his 36 years in the Senate.