U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a seeming lock for Trump's drug czar, withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday, after the publication of an explosive report about a little-noticed law that severely limits the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to go after the drug manufacturers that supply pill mills.
A lot's going on in our fair state this week! John McCain visited Philly last night and slammed President Trump's nationalistic politics, and a Pennsylvania congressman and longtime Trump supporter is in hot water over his sponsorship of a controversial drug policy law.
The three Philly men are transplants, the kind Las Vegas, as much as any other city, is known for - lured to the city and its nonstop, never-sleep attitude, whether for a few days or a dozen years. That's one reason the growing list of victims from Sunday night's mass shooting includes people from a dozen states and two countries. It's why one of the men woke early Monday to dozens of panicked texts from home, why another's job at a local hospital became upended, and why the bar has been busy the last two nights.
For Trump, calling athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Malcolm Jenkins "sons of bitches" is a way of having your cake and eating it, too, and all for the easy price of embroiling yourself in an already incredibly high-stakes debate about the meaning of patriotism.
Aubrey Whelan is a staff writer assigned to the enterprise team. Since joining the Inquirer in 2012, she has covered crime in Philadelphia and everything in Chester County.