June 12, 2016 |
Nine-year-old Ava Terosky has been cooking with her dad for as long as she can remember, making food in the shape of animals to try to get her little sister, a picky eater, to dig in. Whole wheat pancakes shaped like elephants. Sandwiches that look like dinosaurs. Apples carved to resemble playful turtles. So when she decided to enter Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest sponsored by the White House, Ava wasn't exactly sure what she'd make, but she knew what shape it would take.
June 12, 2016 |
Kudos to Obama girls The first daughters are fast approaching adulthood. Malia Obama , who turns 18 on the Fourth of July, graduated from high school on Friday. Dad President Obama , mom Michelle and sister Sasha attended the ceremony at Sidwell Friends in Washington's northwest section. "I'm going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing," the prez told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. The Obamas kept a low profile. "[Obama] was just a total dad. No fanfare.
June 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - Jay Wright seemed to be pinching himself as he stood just a few feet away from President Obama during the president's remarks welcoming Wright and the 2016 Villanova national championship basketball team to the White House on Tuesday. "Mr. President, after the championship we had a big press conference, but nothing as big as this," Wright said when it came time for him to speak. "This is big-time. " "There's a lot of cameras around here," observed Obama, who initially introduced Wright as "the best-dressed man in college basketball . . . the George Clooney of coaches.
June 2, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - As perks go, Tuesday afternoon at the White House was the ultimate trump card. Villanova's basketball team had certainly got to do a bunch of neat stuff, both individually and as a group, since Kris Jenkins nailed the three-pointer in Houston that will only be replayed for as long as they're holding an NCAA Tournament. That's what happens when you win six games in March and go home with the trophy. Now, nearly two months since that magical night, the Wildcats got to do what is probably their last official act together.
May 28, 2016 |
Testifying for the first time in a criminal case, Sen. Bob Casey said Thursday that Rep. Chaka Fattah sought to enlist his aid in 2008 to land a White House appointment for a wealthy, politically connected lobbyist. But the Democratic senator maintained, speaking to reporters after a brief stint on the witness stand in Fattah's federal corruption trial, that he knew nothing of bribes that prosecutors now say bought the congressman's support. "We received a lot of requests - in most cases from the individual" seeking appointment, Casey told jurors of a letter Fattah wrote him lauding lobbyist Herbert Vederman's qualifications.
May 26, 2016 |
Josh Hart, Villanova's leading scorer last season and one of the catalysts to the Wildcats' run to the national championship, said Tuesday night he will return to the Main Line for his senior season, a move that gives the team a legitimate shot at repeating as No. 1. "One more year!!" Hart said on Twitter at the end of a day that saw him participate in his last workout with an NBA team, this one with the Atlanta Hawks. Hart earned an invitation to the NBA draft combine earlier this month and worked out for several NBA teams, including the 76ers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Boston Celtics, and the San Antonio Spurs.
May 18, 2016 |
WASHINGTON - In a somber ceremony honoring police bravery, President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Valor posthumously to Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III, killed last year as he tried to buy a gift for his son - and wound up disrupting an armed robbery. Tears streamed down the face of Wilson's grandmother Constance Wilson as she accepted the medal from the president in the White House's East Room. "Please know how deeply sorry we are for your loss, how grateful we are for Sgt. Wilson's service," Obama told her as well as Wilson's sister, Shakira Burroughs, and brother, Dareon, in his opening remarks.
May 15, 2016
John Quincy Adams Militant Spirit By James Traub Basic Books. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow To read this biography of our sixth president is to see both how little and how much has changed in American politics in the last two centuries. John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, spent a miserable and largely unsuccessful four years in the White House from 1825 to 1829. Like Jimmy Carter, he is generally acknowledged to have made his greatest contributions after leaving office.
May 11, 2016
ISSUE | CULTURAL BIAS Think before you act The kind of knee-jerk reaction displayed by an airline passenger who allowed her insecurity to interfere with the rights and freedoms of others ("Wrong conclusion reached, and a flight is delayed," Sunday) is allowing Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination for president and may become his key to the White House. I read, write, and "speak" higher mathematics. I understand all those weird-looking formulae that mathematicians, physicists, engineers, and economists use. Because I am a writer who can also read and write multiple languages and alphabets, am I - like Penn economics professor Guido Menzio, who was reported by a fellow American Airlines passenger - a terroristic threat to society?
May 5, 2016 |
Non-apology apology Larry Wilmore has issued a non-apology apology for using offensive verbiage at the White House Correspondents Association dinner. "I may have underestimated the tone of how I was telling the jokes," he said Tuesday. The Nightly Show host, who is African American, has been criticized for using the N-word to address President Obama . "I knew that it would be provocative and, yes, I was taking a big chance," Wilmore, 54, said, adding that the controversy may turn into valuable dialogue for the country.