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Archive: July, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:32 PM

Why them? Why now?

In Nicetown, Marie White is wondering how she will continue to feed a 10-year-old neighbor for whom she has become a surrogate mother.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 5:27 PM

Nancy Pelosi's got nothing on Carole Aichele, who is Tom Corbett's Secretary of the Commonwealth tasked with enforcing the voter ID law:

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele, testifying Tuesday during a state trial on the state’s controversial voter ID law, said she wasn’t sure about the details of the law, but stood by her unsupported claim that 99 percent of voters had valid identification.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 3:36 PM

Do you think Philadelphia magazine wishes they could have this one back? What about the gazillion local companies that hired Pence as a spokesman? Ouch.

Pence is gone, and so is Shane Victorino, and there's still 27 minutes to unload more talent. The Phillies' summer has made Mitt Romney's summer look pretty good in comparision. Heck, it's even made corn's summer look pretty good in comparison. Fall -- and the rest of our lives as Phillies' fans -- begins today.

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 9:32 PM


Profiles in courage:

WASHINGTON -- White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Barack Obama will "evaluate" new legislation that effectively bans online sales of gun ammunition, but he wouldn't say whether the president could support it.

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:26 PM


"It is very stressful because you have to worry about how to pay the next bill," Dougherty told the Daily News. She said that without child-care support for her daughter, she may have to quit her job with a cleaning service and do occasional night work and side jobs. "It's hard. Everything is so expensive. You've got to get sneakers, school supplies, diapers, wipes, formula. I do get public assistance and it helps, but it doesn't really last."

POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 3:07 PM

This guy was supposed to be the Koch brothers' point man on combatting climate change. Read what he has to say now. 

POSTED: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 11:36 PM

Um, so that Olympic opening thing Friday night...I don't know about you, but I saw a lot of it, and I mostly liked what I saw, even though I couldn't really articulate why. Then I stumbled across this amazing piece by Alex Wolff on, which perfectly put into words what I was not able to:

Somewhere amidst the traumatized pasture animals; and Mr. Bean's reenactment of Chariots of Fire on the beach; and the parachute jumps of James Bond and the Queen from a helicopter; and the joint lighting of the cauldron by seven young British athletes, each chosen by a former Olympic great -- somewhere, that is to say, between Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins' ringing of the Olympic Bell and the echo of Paul McCartney's final note of Hey Jude -- artistic director Danny Boyle smuggled into the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics a worthy and important thing.

POSTED: Sunday, July 29, 2012, 5:35 PM

Hmmm...there's no such thing as bad publicity, right?

A couple of thoughts about this. For one thing, a guy called Mitt Romney may not exactly ooze testosterone when he tries to pretend to like NASCAR or when he boasts about his prancing horse to Sean Hannity, but it never occurred to me that his problem (of the many) is that he's a wimp. The knock on his tenure at Bain Capital is that he was ruthless in pursuing profit over people...revolting, but not wimpy.

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Will Bunch, a senior writer at the Philadelphia Daily News, blogs about his obsessions, including national and local politics and world affairs, the media, pop music, the Philadelphia Phillies, soccer and other sports, not necessarily in that order.


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