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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 4:10 PM
Filed Under: National

This blog entry was posted on Feb. 9, 2007.

This is a special report.

Normally at this hour, we bring you some lighter fare, maybe the latest dumb comment from the world of sports, or even a tear-jerker like a picture of stranded polar bears. But tonight, there is one story that is so important that we are going to suspend all regular blog coverage, and ignore everything else that is going on in world, from the presidential race to the gridlock in the halls of Congress to the indictment of the most powerful politician here in our hometown of Philadelphia.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 4:00 PM
Filed Under: National

This blog entry was posted on Sept. 26, 2006

This is an open letter that I am sending today to columnist David Broder of the Washington Post, the so-called "dean of American journalism." I am hoping that others will read it, because it touches on many of the important issues of a free press and democracy that I so frequently deal with here. -- Will Bunch (Note: includes minor edits for grammar, etc.)

Dear David Broder,

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 3:35 PM
Filed Under: National

This blog entry was posted on Sept. 13, 2005.

It was two weeks ago tonight that the death and destruction of Hurricane Katrina really sank in. It was already clear that hundreds, maybe thousands, had perished, washed away in storm surges or rising floodwaters from a ruptured levee. This is how we began the story that we wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News 14 days ago:

FRANK MILLS had just watched two bodies float by, and he was sure he was next.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 3:25 PM
Filed Under: National

This blog entry was posted on Nov. 16, 2005.

I've never been very trendy, but there was one time in my life when I did find myself swept up by a trend, a big one. And so today I come here to confess: I am a charter member of that '70s show, a generation of starry-eyed idealists who became newspaper reporters all because of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

It all started in the summer of 1973. I wasn稚 a total geek when I was 14 -- just a total Watergate geek. I still remember getting home from shooting archery (badly) and swimming laps (slowly) at summer rec camp every day, and racing upstairs to our black-and-white set so I could catch John Dean痴 testimony to the Senate Watergate Committee.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 3:10 PM
Filed Under: National

This blog entry was posted on Nov. 10, 2005.

The Democrats in New Jersey have a big problem. Oh sure, they've been winning elections and all -- Corzine for governor, Corzine for Senate, McGreevey, Lautenberg, Kerry, Gore, Clinton, etc., etc. And there's a couple of good reasons why the Garden State is bluer than blue.

For one thing, it's a state where the voters are a lot better and a lot smarter than the politicians foisted upon them -- rock solid on social and environmental issues, with a heck of an independent streak. And luckily for the Democrats, the GOP has been throwing out a string of weak and mediocre candidates for the last 15 years.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 12:20 PM
Filed Under: National

This blog entry was posted on April 20, 2005.

Sen. Rick Santorum's "culture of death/culture of cash" tour of Florida last month is the gift that just keeps on giving.

As our colleague John Baer first told us last week, Pa. junior GOP senator mugged for the TV cameras outside a dying Terri Schiavo's hospice on his late March tour of the Sunshine State and cancelled a Social Security town hall meeting "out of respect" -- but went ahead with a series of political fundraisers aimed at raking on $250,000 for his 2006 campaign.

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POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2008, 11:05 AM
Filed Under: National

This Blog Post was published on April 14, 2005.

We hear that Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum hasn't been spending much time of late in his adopted hometown of Penn Hills near Pittsburgh, the town that spent nearly $34,000 (NOTE: SEE UPDATE) to educate the senator's five kids while they were living in a luxury home in Virginia.

So Santorum probably doesn't even know that his neighbors are upset that a new Wal-Mart is coming to Penn Hills, so upset they held a meeting last night to complain about everything from traffic to the mom-and-pop stores that will likely be driven out of business.

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