Wednesday, July 1, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 3:13 PM
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum criticized Pope Francis for his plans to frame climate change as a moral issue, saying in a radio interview that the Catholic Church should leave science to scientists.

Santorum, a devout Catholic who built his political career as a social conservative, told Philadelphia's  WPHT 1210 host Dom Giordano Monday that he loves Francis and is a “huge fan of his.”

All the same, the former Pennsylvania senator suggested the church is not qualified and could harm its credibility if the pope issues an encyclical on climate change, a politically charged matter.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 4:44 PM
Foster Friess. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

CABOT, Pa. - Rick Santorum didn’t have much nice to say about big business and the moneyed class last week when he announced his second campaign for the Republican presidential nomination at a factory here with a focus on the plight of working Americans.

Multimillionaire investor Foster Friess later said he did not mind the populist focus.

In 2012, Friess gave $2.1 million to a super PAC supporting Santorum. And he’s planning to back the former Pennsylvania senator again – with how much, he won’t say.

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POSTED: Monday, June 1, 2015, 5:18 PM
Attorney General Kathleen Kane is challenging the special prosecutor investigating her alleged violation. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

A new poll shows Pennsylvania voters souring on Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who faces potential criminal charges for disclosing secret grand jury information to embarrass a political rival.

A majority wants her to resign if charged.

Just 21 percent of respondents in the Public Policy Polling survey released Monday had a favorable opinion of Kane, with 38 percent holding a negative view of the first Democrat elected attorney general.

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POSTED: Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:13 AM
FILE - In this April 9, 2015 file photo, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley speaks to local residents in Indianola, Iowa. Once he announces his presidential decision, Martin O’Malley will waste no time in getting himself to Iowa. O’Malley will campaign in the leadoff caucus state on May 30, the same day he makes an announcement in Baltimore about whether he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. A Democrat with knowledge of his travel plans said O’Malley would appear in Davenport in the afternoon and Des Moines at night. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Gee, sure seems that Martin O'Malley is going to confirm that he's running for the Democratic nomination for president on Saturday.

His campaign released a video of O'Malley, the former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, playing "Hail to the Chief" on a guitar borrowed from a supporter. O'Malley, 52, also is the front man for a Celtic rock band.

After the bars of the ceremonial musical greeting for a POTUS, the video notes, "Stay tuned."


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POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 1:46 PM
John Bolton speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, a leading neoconservative thinker on foreign policy, said Thursday that he would not seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but would continue to push the party and its candidates to make national security a priority.

“I expect to have influence on the Republican side,” Bolton said in a conference call with reporters. “I’m putting a marker down…the people who want to be the nominee of the party have to demonstrate they feel in their gut that protecting the country is the president’s first job.”

He said it was not “feasible” for him to mount a campaign, largely because he does not hold office, but believes he would have been able to raise enough money. Nor did his views on social issues – opposed to abortion except in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother; in favor of same-sex marriage – factor in the decision, Bolton said.

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POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 11:08 AM
President Barack Obama makes his way to board Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House on May 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama is heading to Camp David to meet with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). On Monday, he is scheduled to visit Camden, N.J. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama will travel to Camden Monday to highlight the county police department’s efforts to build trust between officers and the community, the White House said in a statement Thursday.

 Camden was recently designated as a “Promise Zone,” a program that leverages federal grants to increase economic opportunity, reduce crime and improve public health. The president is expected to discuss the program.

 Further details about the visit will be released soon, the statement said. Sources familiar with planning of the visit say that Obama will visit Camden County Police headquarters and will deliver a speech.

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POSTED: Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:14 PM
FILE - In this April 18, 2015 file photo, Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H. The former technology executive formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, cast herself as the anti-Hillary as she launched her campaign Monday for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

In a one-minute video on her campaign website, Fiorina clicks off Hillary Clinton’s announcement video, which she has been watching, and turns to the camera.

“Our founders never intended for us to have a political class,” she said. “The only way to re-imagine our government is to re-imagine who is leading it.”

In an interview on ABC News’ Good Morning America, Fiorina said her business experience and conservative credentials make her the GOP’s best choice to draw a contrast with Clinton.


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POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5:43 PM
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends a roundtable conversation and press conference on April 1, 2015, in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Though she has no serious opposition for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton has been going out of her way to keep it low-key. Message: We expect no coronation here.

So Clinton’s first events as a declared candidate, in Iowa and New Hampshire, were discussions with small groups of voters rather than massive rallies, or podium speeches.

And last week Clinton HQ unveiled the Ramp Up Grassroots Organizing program, deploying organizers to all 50 states, including Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.


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