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POSTED: Friday, December 5, 2014, 9:18 AM

On President Obama's schedule today:

Make a personnel announcement (new secretary of defense?).

Meet with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss combatting the terrorist group ISIL and how to address the Syrian refugee crisis.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 3:34 PM

Two Ohio turkeys were spared from the dinner table by President Obama today and live out their lives on a Virginia farm.

The president officially pardoned the turkeys, "Cheese" and his alternate "Mac," todayat the White House in the holiday ritual known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, now in its 67th year.

In his remarks, Obama referenced his recent controversial executive order on immigration:

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 3:17 PM

Governor-elect Tom Wolf has tapped union leaders, former Rendell administration officials and private business executives to join his committee to address the expected budget crisis on the horizon.

Leading the Budget Deficit and Fiscal Stabilization Task Force are former budget secretary Mary Soderberg and Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro.

The Independent Fiscal Office released a report this month projecting a more than $2 million budget deficit in 2015. Wolf delivers his first budget address in March.

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POSTED: Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:44 PM

Newly-elected Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) hasn't even been in office a week but he touched nerves with a suggestion that the Senate might meet before Gov.-elect Tom Wolf takes office on January 20.

Corman - elected  in a conservative-led coup that sent eight-year leader Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R., Delaware) to the back bench -.told the Inquirer that he has "not ruled out" holding session days in January.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 3:33 PM

Gov.-elect Tom Wolf today dipped into the worlds of academia, non-profits, unions, the law and government in assembling the steering committee for his transition team. 

"As we begin to understand the complexity of the fiscal crisis my administration will face, it is important that my transition team move forward," said Wolf. "Today's announcement, which rounds out my steering committee, continues that momentum, and I look forward to working with these individuals to address the steep fiscal and economic challenges ahead."

The team includes Philadelphia power lawyer Shanin Specter - who is the son of the late Sen. Arlen Specter - Nilda Iris Ruiz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and Joseph Meade, government affairs director for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 2:44 PM

Pennsylvania has the fourth largest population of senior citizens in the country - and that number is growing.

Come January they will have an office within the state court system dedicating to improving the response of the judiciary and government agencies to elder abuse and neglect.

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POSTED: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:12 PM

     DUNMORE - Dunmore Police Chief Sal Marchese says he doesn’t get what all the fuss is about.

     Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane was in a car accident last month, when the SUV she was traveling in sideswiped a parked car. An officer went to the scene and wrote up a police report. And that, said Marchese, should have been that.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:25 PM

As expected Gov. Corbett signed a controversial bill granting NRA standing to sue municipalities that enact gun laws tougher than state law - except he signed the wrong version.

When the so-called "preemption bill" reached the governor's desk on Oct. 28 it was an earlier version that did not contain the disputed language granting a "membership organization" the right to sue a city, township or borough over its gun control laws.

Instead, the governor signed the original version of the bill increasing penalties for theft of metals.

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