August 9, 2016 |
Comic book writer turned best-selling author Brad Meltzer's new book House of Secrets (co-written with Tod Goldberg) was inspired by a seed planted years ago. "I was at the National Archives and they showed me a document that was called an 'Oath of Allegiance,' which is what George Washington used to have his military officers sign," Meltzer told philly.com/ in an exclusive interview. "They handed me an 'Oath of Allegiance' that was signed by Benedict Arnold. " The last moments between George Washington and Benedict Arnold are some of the most heartbreaking in U.S. history," he continued.
August 5, 2016 |
Vice President Biden, during a speech Wednesday night in Center City, called for national urgency in speeding new research and treatments as part of the White House's "cancer moonshot" initiative. Biden gave his nearly 40-minute talk after receiving the 2016 Atlas Award, presented by the World Affairs Council at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The award was given to the vice president for his role leading the cancer initiative, launched this year. Biden's son Beau, Delaware's former attorney general, died of brain cancer last year.
August 1, 2016 |
As a former federal judge whose nomination sailed through a politically divided Senate, Tim Lewis has taken up the cause of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland with fervor. Lewis, a partner at the Center City law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis L.L.P., and a former judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, has traveled the country, written op-eds, and testified on Capitol Hill making the argument that the Senate is obligated to hold hearings on Garland's stalled nomination.
July 27, 2016
I RECENTLY SAW a cartoon depicting a masculine-looking Michelle Obama scowling at a shapely Melania Trump, who's holding a Trump campaign sign. Next to the illustration are the words: "Make the first lady great again. " I think we've got a pretty great one already. It will be a sad day when first lady Michelle Obama moves out of the White House - no matter who takes her place. Flotus was in especially fine form Monday night as she formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
July 27, 2016
Fred Ward, 81, a Washington photographer who captured memorable images of the funeral of President John F. Kennedy and the Beatles' first American concert and who traveled the world on assignment for National Geographic magazine, died Tuesday at his home in Malibu, Calif. He had Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Charlotte Ward. On his first day in Washington in 1962, Mr. Ward parked his Volkswagen van in the White House driveway, bounded inside, and picked up his credentials as a photographer for Black Star photo agency.
July 22, 2016 |
THE WASHINGTON POST reported that as part of her "Joining Forces" initiative, first lady Michelle Obama invited a group of veterans and active military to a special pre-release White House screening of Star Trek: Beyond . Stars Chris Pine , Karl Urban and Simon Pegg were also guests. President Obama was absent, but he is reportedly a "Star Trek" fan, although Mrs. Obama may not be. "May the force be with you," she said in her welcoming remarks. D'oh! Urban (who plays Dr. McCoy)
July 11, 2016 |
HARRY WILSON JR. had just reached for the phone to check the score of a Penn State football game when he heard the gunfire. Nicetown born and West Oak Lane raised, he was a little more than four years on the job as an emergency team member of the Secret Service. And a mostly uneventful day inside the security booth on the North Lawn of the White House had quickly turned into one of the most nerve-wracking experiences of his life. "As soon as I picked up the phone to check the score, the shots rang out and I said, 'This is not a firecracker,' " he recalled.
July 7, 2016 |
THE POLITICALLY charged FBI investigation of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email practices has ended with a recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against her. In my view, it's the right recommendation, since the FBI found no proof of criminality in Clinton's use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state. However, as FBI director James Comey rightly said regarding eight Clinton email chains on top-secret matters, "any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position . . . should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.
June 27, 2016 |
Even before the Cavaliers' chartered jet departed San Francisco Monday, the morning after that franchise's first NBA title, a massive parade was planned for downtown Cleveland, mock-ups of their championship rings were all over the internet, and their mandatory White House visit was being hastily arranged. Those three rewards - the procession, the precious stone, and the president's personal praise - have become the official booty of champions, the trifecta of triumph, the sine qua non of sports.