February 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) led the House charge this week to repeal a measure that would slow annual pension increases for military retirees, urging Congress to keep promises to veterans. His plan sailed through the House and Senate on Tuesday and Wednesday. "We, as Americans and as lawmakers, are forever in debt to the dedication of our military men and women, who bore the pain of battle," Fitzpatrick, of Bucks County, said on the House floor. His measure would preserve existing pension benefits and replace about $6 billion of savings by extending some of the across-the-board "sequester" budget cuts into 2024.
February 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The calls started early Monday. The White House got one. So did Nancy Pelosi. And South Jersey political power George Norcross. After 23 years in the House, Rep. Rob Andrews of Camden County was quitting - and fast - to join the Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson. Andrews, 56, called it a "family decision" that would allow him to "serve as Dad. " He said the new job would help pay for his daughters' educations. He and his wife combined to make more than $500,000 in 2012, public records show.
January 14, 2014 |
Justin, Justin, Justin The Bieb's nabes say they've got a new video of the 19-year-old pop star, but not exactly of the music variety. The L.A. Sheriff's Department says Justin Bieber is being investigated for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Could mean misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime charges. The neighbor, who was sitting on the balcony in the gated community with his daughter, says they videotaped the incident. In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbor complained he drove recklessly through the area.
January 14, 2014 |
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
November 19, 2013 |
CAMDEN When Salima Mostafa received word this year of her acceptance into the White House internship program, she knew it was an opportunity she had to take, if she could. It was a big moment - for her, her immigrant family, and Rutgers University-Camden. Mostafa, a first-generation college student who had holed up in her room each night for four years and consistently maxed out her course load, was about to graduate cum laude and was preparing to take medical school entrance exams.
November 6, 2013
Flyers goalie Ray Emery was excused from practice Monday for a good reason: He was invited to the White House. Emery went 17-1 last season with Chicago, and he and his former teammates were honored at the White House for winning the Stanley Cup. President Obama welcomed his hometown Blackhawks. "This team is a great example of what Chicago is all about," Obama said. Emery called the White House trip "pretty cool. It was definitely exciting. " He said he got a chance to shake Obama's hand, and called him an inspirational figure for being the first African American president.
October 31, 2013
AND NOW, just in time for Halloween, it's the fun yet scary amusement ride, "Political House of Horrors. " This isn't for everyone. No food, drink or moderates allowed. The ride's in a big old house with two tracks running through it: one for hard-line Democrats, the other for hard-line Republicans. There's a sign in front. But instead of reading "You have to be this tall" to go on this ride, it reads "You have to be this ideologically pure" - with a graphic set at 100 percent.
October 31, 2013
IT'S laughable how people, mostly Republicans, are spending so much time making a big deal about the ease of (or lack of) signing up for the health plan. OK, there are some issues; what's being lost is how eager people are to get some coverage. Then the Republicans tried to spin the registry issues, like, "Obamacare doesn't work. " In reality, the issues with registration just underscore the fact of so many people in need of coverage. The Republicans keep talking about delaying the rollout.
October 22, 2013
REPAIRING RELATIONS with Iran may not be President Obama 's biggest diplomatic challenge. He and Oprah Winfrey apparently have some fence-mending to do. According to the New York Post 's Page Six, Oprah was among the mega-celebs (like Jennifer Hudson , Amy Poehler and Alicia Keys ) invited to attend a summertime powwow to prep the boldfacers for a pro-Obamacare PR campaign. "All of Oprah's top people thought she would go, because when the president invites you to the White House, most people automatically say yes," one of Oprah's closest advisers told the Post . "But Oprah said she didn't have the time or inclination to go. It wasn't like she had to think it over.