July 19, 2014 |
WILMINGTON - President Obama on Thursday offered American assistance in trying to determine what happened to a Malaysian airliner that broke apart under mysterious circumstances over what is essentially a combat zone in eastern Ukraine. Saying the incident appeared to be a "terrible tragedy," the president said the government's "first priority" is determining if any Americans were aboard. In brief remarks about the crash during an appearance in Wilmington, Obama offered his condolences to the families of the 295 passengers and crew on the plane, none of whom is believed to have survived.
July 9, 2014 |
Philadelphia teacher LeShawna Coleman had some interesting lunch company Wednesday: President Obama. Coleman, a 13-year Philadelphia School District veteran, teacher coach, and English as a Second Language teacher, had expected to travel to Washington for a U.S. Department of Education event about teacher equity. (The Education Department introduced a program Monday to get more strong teachers in the nation's poorest schools.) But last week, she learned she was one of four teachers nationwide chosen to lunch with the president and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
June 20, 2014 |
For more than a year, Mideast analysts have warned about an al-Qaeda offshoot that was creating a virtual state in eastern Syria and western Iraq, where it trained European and American recruits. The Obama team failed to focus on this virulent threat to U.S. interests, either in Syria or Iraq. Now those jihadis - known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) - have jolted the region by pouring out of Syria, seizing Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, and heading toward Baghdad "This is al-Qaeda 6.0," says Ryan Crocker, the former U.S. ambassador to Baghdad and Kabul, "and they will be stronger than they ever were in Afghanistan.
June 19, 2014 |
Students on the EVX Team thought they had until the end of June to finish building their fuel-efficient Factory Five 818 electric blue race car. But then they found out they would have to get the project - one they have been working on their entire year at the Workshop School in West Philadelphia - finished about two weeks early. The high schoolers stayed late weekdays and even came in on Saturdays to get the job done. "It's kind of like a sports team, too," said Simon Hauger, creator and leader of the EVX Team.
May 16, 2014 |
On Tuesday, the utter failure of White House efforts on Syria became embarrassingly public. Lakdhar Brahimi, the U.N. special envoy who had brokered Syrian peace talks in Geneva, quit in frustration. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon singled out Syrian government stonewalling as a key cause of failure. So much for administration hopes of finding a political solution. Also on Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius made an undiplomatic public critique of President Obama's failure to use force as he had pledged if Assad used chemical weapons.
May 12, 2014 |
Here's the real Benghazi scandal: Republicans have turned the deaths of four brave Americans into a campaign tool to galvanize their base. Eight congressional investigations, along with an independent review board, have laid out the facts about the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate. There have been 13 public hearings, the release of 25,000 pages of documents, and 50 briefings on the security failures that led to the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. None offered a shred of evidence that White House political considerations led to their deaths.
May 8, 2014 |
TEACHER ANN LEANESS plans to have the time of her life today at the White House, where she is scheduled to meet Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, educator Jill Biden. "This is going to be a ton of fun," she said last night. Leaness, a 10th- and 12th-grade English teacher at Franklin Learning Center in Spring Garden, was one of 20 teachers selected nationwide to represent their school districts at the Teacher Appreciation Social at the White House. The event commemorates National Teacher Appreciation Week - May 5-10.
May 2, 2014
As reports of colleges' failure to deal with sexual assault have drawn attention to campuses from Swarthmore to Berkeley and Penn State to Florida State, it's become clear that the problem afflicts higher education at large. The White House and others are beginning to respond accordingly. The first report of a White House task force on the issue this week noted the astonishing finding that, according to a 2007 report for the National Institute of Justice, nearly one in five female students suffers an attempted or actual sexual assault during college.
April 23, 2014 |
Julia Roberts on grief Julia Roberts , 46, is eloquent on her grief following the February death of her half-sister, Nancy Motes , of a drug overdose. "It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead," Roberts tells the Wall Street Journal Magazine in her first public chat about Motes' death. Motes was the child of Roberts' mother Betty Lou 's second marriage, to Michael Motes . Roberts continues, "But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family.
April 4, 2014 |
* IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE: WOMEN OF SOUL. 9 p.m. Monday, WHYY12. WASHINGTON, D.C. - On a blustery March morning, the heat was turned way up inside the White House as first lady Michelle Obama welcomed more than 120 students (including 20 from Olney Charter High) to celebrate "Women of Soul. " First came an interactive student workshop in the State Dining Room - "I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul. " That evening, some major figures in that history strutted their soulful stuff at a concert that was filmed to air Monday night.