January 22, 2015 |
Privacy advocates say they welcome the Obama administration's renewed emphasis on enhancing data security and protecting identity-theft victims, consumers who shop online, and children whose schools sell their personal information. But they are worried by details emerging from the White House - especially by drafts of a proposed federal data-breach law that would preempt stronger state laws. Breach disclosures mandated by states such as California are a main reason why Americans know about major data-security lapses in the first place.
January 22, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and Vice President Biden are expected in Philadelphia next week, where they are scheduled to speak at the House Democrats' policy retreat in Society Hill. The two-day gathering will bring the entire caucus to the city for two days of huddling about their strategy for the next two years. Obama will speak next Thursday and Biden the following day, the White House said. Politico first reported their plans. Local congressmen hope the event will also give them a chance to show off the city as Philadelphia pushes to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
January 14, 2015 |
First impressions suggest the Republicans in control of Congress aren't ready to put aside partisanship and govern if it means making peace with President Obama, who is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders at the White House today. In a resounding rebuke of House Speaker John Boehner's past willingness to compromise with the president, 24 Republicans voted against his reelection last week. Due to a number of absences, Boehner (R., Ohio) didn't need their votes. Still, it marked only the fourth time since 1913 that a speaker was elected without a majority of the full House.
January 10, 2015 |
Coleen Christian Burke's fingerprints were all over the festive ornaments accenting America's most famous residence this past holiday season. From the East Room to the State Dining Room, Burke, of Washington Crossing, Bucks County, was part of a massive effort to spruce up the White House for the holidays. The project, she said, was both glamorous and exhausting. "It's a lot of blood, sweat, and glitter," she said last month. For at least 50 years, the rooms and offices at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have been festooned with Christmas trees and other holiday symbols, generally at the first lady's direction.
January 6, 2015 |
Chionque Mines, 22, was not sure how to react to the news that she'd been chosen to introduce President Obama at the recent White House College Opportunity Summit. It was the last week of classes at Goucher College, and the senior from North Philadelphia was trying to finish a paper for one class and prepare a presentation for another, and the summit was just three days away. "I didn't know if I should be excited or cry," Mines recalled. So the young woman summoned the grit, good humor, and smarts that have been attracting notice since she was a fifth grader at KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.
December 22, 2014 |
Certain homes, like certain people, have an instant presence, a distinctiveness that's easier felt than explained. And on a Collingswood street that faces the town's expansive Knight Park, set on a rise, stands such a house. It was built in 1907 by Newton Baker Taylor Roney, who would later establish a legacy as a developer in Miami Beach with his Roney Plaza Hotel on Collins Avenue, a glamour destination early in the 20th century. The home Roney built in Collingswood, originally in the Victorian style, has gone on to become a haven for former Collingswood Mayor Michael Brennan and his wife, Jean, who treasure its legacy of longtime owners.
December 3, 2014 |
PRESIDENT OBAMA has tapped Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to co-chair a "Task Force on 21st Century Policing. " Ramsey and Mayor Nutter were with a large delegation of civil-rights leaders and big-city mayors and police chiefs at the White House yesterday to discuss strengthening the relationship between police departments and civilians in the wake of unrest triggered by a grand jury's decision last week not to indict a Ferguson, Mo.,...
November 21, 2014 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - One veteran of many Republican Governors Association meetings called it "the peacock parade. " Heads turned as at least a half-dozen governors considered potential 2016 presidential candidates swept with their entourages through the colonnaded walks and polished palazzos of a luxury oceanside resort here Wednesday - including, of course, the outgoing chairman of the association, Gov. Christie. "You can see them all profiling," said Charles Breslin, a Philadelphia business consultant who has advised governors and their staffs on health-care issues and is attending the conference.
October 29, 2014 |
INADVERTENTLY just in time for Halloween, multimedia funnyman Harry Shearer is ringing America's doorbell with what he calls the "strangest, creepiest, funniest, spookiest" character he's ever played. Charles Montgomery Burns, the millionaire-boss-from-hell who Shearer has voiced on Fox's "The Simpsons" for the last 24 years? Hardly. Instead, the 70-year-old Shearer's six-part "Nixon's the One" series - which debuted for a U.S. audience this week on YouTube - tackles what the comedian and actor agreed is "the Great Dark Whale" of his baby-boomer generation: 37th president Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace 40 years ago. On Monday, Shearer hits Philadelphia's World Cafe Live for a special, interactive show that mixes clips of the series - which aired earlier this year in the United Kingdom - with tales of his half-century fascination with Nixon and a question-and-answer session.
October 17, 2014 |
Leon Panetta has taken a lot of heat for publicly dumping on Barack Obama's foreign policy while the president is still in the White House. Where's his loyalty? the critics ask, as Panetta makes the publicity rounds for his new memoir, Worthy Fights , which says tough things about Obama's past policies on Syria and Iraq. Shouldn't Panetta, who served as CIA director and defense secretary during Obama's first term, have zipped his lip until his former boss left office? Absolutely not. Panetta - a child of Italian immigrants who believes deeply in America's promise - is trying to nudge Obama to adopt a more engaged style of governing; he rightly believes this is the only way Obama can break through the paralysis in Washington and exert more forceful foreign policy leadership in the future.