April 28, 2016 |
The White House says U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah did not have permission to use President Obama's voice in a campaign robocall that some voters received Tuesday. Fattah's primary day robocall to Democratic voters in the Second Congressional District has City Councilwoman Cindy Bass saying, "Listen to what President Obama has to say about Chaka Fattah. " What follows appears to be from a tape of Obama speaking in September 2013 to the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, according to a transcript of that speech on the White House website.
April 28, 2016 |
Chaka Fattah, a fixture in Philadelphia politics for three decades, was ousted from the Second Congressional District seat by State Rep. Dwight Evans in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Fattah's fall came 20 days before the start of his federal criminal trial, an impending peril he tried to downplay as he campaigned for a 12th term. Fattah conceded just after 10 p.m. He stuck to the twin themes of his campaign - his long record of bringing resources to the district, and his complaint that the media did not give those accomplishments attention.
April 27, 2016 |
THE LEVEL of animosity that has developed around this presidential election is troubling, but it is not unexpected. We should have known there would be backlash after the election in 2008 of the first black president. We should have foreseen Republican efforts to benefit from racist resentment of Barack Obama. But I don't think we could have predicted the anger on the left; a resentment born of the idealistic belief that America's conservatism could be reversed in less than a decade.
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 GOP no closer to reclaiming White House After the Republican Party lost the last two presidential elections, it was decided that changes needed to be made. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said we need a candidate who can get the minority vote. I assumed that meant blacks, Latinos, women, and gays. The GOP has had nearly eight years to select a candidate or candidates to groom to avoid the mistakes of the past. Instead, we have Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich.
April 20, 2016
By Martha Burk Years before the 2016 presidential campaign got underway, pundits and the public alike were debating "Clinton fatigue" and "Bush fatigue. " In 2007, the Wall Street Journal even invented "Clinton Book Fatigue" to go along with the regular variety. The updated version from Keep the Promise I, a PAC backing Ted Cruz, debuted in a video in August. It depicted a hospital ward full of barely alive patients suffering from Clinton Fatigue. Prominent Republican senators and former GOP Chairman Haley Barbour publicly agonized over Jeb Bush's last name as a negative as far back as 2013.
April 14, 2016 |
President Obama on Tuesday designated the former headquarters of the National Woman's Party, founded by Mount Laurel native Alice Paul in 1917, as a national monument. The three-story brick house in Washington will be renamed the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in honor of Paul and Alva Belmont, a suffragist and benefactor whose donations helped the party purchase the building in 1929. Obama took the action on "Equal Pay Day," which marks the length of time women must work into a new year to make the same amount on average that men made in the previous year.
April 8, 2016 |
Of all the attention he had received since knocking down the game-winning shot against North Carolina that gave Villanova the national championship, Kris Jenkins thought the highlight was an appearance on the Mike and Mike morning show Tuesday on ESPN Radio. But when Jay Wright told him that President Obama had called him "pretty cool" during the chief executive's telephone conversation Wednesday with the Wildcats' coach, everything else dropped to second place or lower. "That's cool.
April 1, 2016 |
A 53-year-old Philadelphia man is among the 61 drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama on Wednesday. Vernon Harris was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in October 1995 to one count each of possession of crack cocaine, carrying or using a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Before 1995, Harris had three convictions for felony drug-trafficking offenses. In the case that sent him to prison for life, Harris sold cocaine to undercover officers, and that led to a raid at his home, where officer found drugs, a large amount of money, and a .25-caliber pistol.
March 1, 2016
Beyonce's black is showing ... and so is President Obama's. That may come as a shocker to some folks - hence the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit earlier this month parodying America's surprise at seeing the blonde-tressed singer showcase her African American roots during her controversial halftime at the Super Bowl . You may recall how she purportedly paid homage to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. Hot-sauce-in-her-bag swag,...
February 21, 2016 |
For as long as principal James Williams can remember, the freshman class at Kensington Health Sciences Academy has struggled with showing up to school every day. That is, until two weeks ago, when the school joined a White House initiative aimed at addressing chronic absenteeism in schools in 10 cities around the United States. Freshmen were once the school's worst-attending class, but 90 percent of the class showed up to school Thursday, besting the school average of 83 percent attendance.