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POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 2:16 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's preparations to dip his big toe into the presidential pond of Iowa raises an interesting scenario for the Republican nomination in 2012.

If Santorum turns out to be serious about the presidency, he could find himself competing against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whom Santorum supported for the White House in 2008.

During the GOP primaries last year, Santorum praised Romney as a candidate whose conservative values were genuine. The former senator, who now writes a freelance column for The Inquirer, viewed Romney as the preferable choice for conservatives instead of eventual GOP nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Romney is already viewed by some as a front-runner for 2012.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 2:00 AM

It never ceases to amaze how politicians who shout to the sky that they are independent thinkers conduct themselves as if they’re being led by the hand.

Perhaps legislation clearly aimed at creating more jobs for electrical workers was State Rep. Bill Keller’s bright idea. But that’s hard to believe, given that the Philadelphia Democrat was a longshoreman, not an electrician.
 

Oh, back in the day he was also a member in good standing of the longshoremen’s union. So maybe that’s why he’s running interference for an amendment pushed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.
 

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POSTED: Thursday, August 13, 2009, 2:00 AM

Airlines keep saying passengers don’t need a bill of rights, yet carriers keep providing horror stories that show the need for legislation.


The latest infuriating example occurred last week on a Continental Express flight from Houston to Minneapolis. The jet carried 47 passengers who might never fly the airline again.


The flight departed Houston at 9:30 p.m. for what was scheduled as a 21/2-hour trip. But thunderstorms in Minneapolis forced the crew to land instead in Rochester, Minn., about 85 miles from its destination.
 

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POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2009, 12:15 PM
Richard Junod gave a thumbs-down at the town hall meeting at the National Constitution Center. (MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer)

Rep. Joe Sestak (D., Pa.) will hold a town-hall meeting Wednesday in Philadelphia on health care, a topic that has generated vitriolic shouting matches at similar events this summer.

The Senate candidate said he was invited to speak at the Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., by Pastor Bill Golderer. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

You might recall that Sestak's opponent, Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) got rough treatment from opponents of President Obama's health-care reform plan during a town-hall meeting Aug. 2 at the National Constitution Center. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who accompanied Specter, was shouted down by the standing-room-only crowd.

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POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2009, 3:00 PM
BJ Penn is pictured choking Kenny Florian moments for the referee called the fight at the Wachovia Center. Penn was victorious at defending his title. (Alejandro A. Alvarez / Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer)

Can you guess the business that a company president is describing in the following quote?

"You look at most of the businesses in this country and around the world and a lot of people are in trouble. We've been blessed that this business continues to grow and flourish even in these hard economic times."

Vespa manufacturing? Tuna Helper sales? No, the speaker is Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, whose mixed martial-arts card drew 17,411 fans to the Wachovia Center Saturday night.

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POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2009, 2:00 AM

There’s an old joke that ends with the comment, “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

The grand jury that reviewed the videotaped beating of three criminal suspects by Philadelphia police officers apparently didn’t trust its peepers. How else to explain its decision Thursday that the same despicable acts that led to the firing of four officers and disciplining of four others in May 2008 were good police work?
 

The grand jury’s decision that none of the officers had committed a crime was perhaps reasonable enough. It would have been tragic for the policemen to go to jail for trying to do their jobs.
 

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POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2009, 2:00 AM

It’s a rare August, indeed, when health-care policy white papers vie with beach reading lists, and Post-it notes scrawled with “attend town meeting” festoon fringes stocked with cold ones.

But the surprising, if painstaking, progress being made in Congress toward crafting a measure to overhaul their health-care system has given Americans some heavy homework to do.

With Washington cleared out the debate on health-care reform now goes intensely local.

In meetings and discussions with constituents, House and Senate members will be testing the ideas that have emerged so far from several congressional committees — and those yet to be crafted by a key Senate panel. Likewise, the members of President Obama’s administration will be on the hustings.

It could get ugly out there among the populace, because it’s gotten ugly already.

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POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2009, 1:35 AM

It's August, time to read up on health-care reform.

Really.

With Congress on recess, Americans will be hearing more and more about proposals to increase access to health insurance, improve quality and control costs. You don't have to be clueless, though. You can study up, by checking out any and all of the following sources.

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