Bill Cosby hadn’t spoken publicly for more than two years, and given the risk of anything he said being used against him in either the Court of Common Pleas or the court of public opinion, I had little expectation as to what he might reveal. To my surprise, our 30-minute conversation was quite illuminating.
David Daley was eager to write about a timely and consequential subject, something he regards as no less than the "political heist of the century." But he was concerned about sparking interest. After all, as he told me: "Gerrymandering was the subject that put us all to sleep in eighth-grade civics."
Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't invite me into his home to talk about his Terminator franchise, Mr. Olympia legacy, or his relationship with the president of the United States. Instead, the former California governor asked me to come over and share a "stogie" on his back patio and talk about gerrymandering. Count me in.
We're only a month into the Trump administration - it just feels like a year. With so much tumult it's hard to say we've settled into any kind of rhythm, but there has been one consistency: the morning tweeting. President Trump's tweets are a fire hose of his thinking. In 140 characters or fewer, he is informative, boastful, and often impetuous. For entertainment value alone, it's easy to see why nearly 25 million people follow @realDonaldTrump.
With more than 17,000 college students in the United States coming from the seven countries impacted by President Trump's refugee ban, it was no surprise that the move earned him strong rebuke on campuses across the country. The shocker, however, was that so much of the criticism came from the top.
The Guard House was never just a restaurant. Sure there's fine dining: Fresh Dover sole, "the best" fried oysters, and homemade meat loaf. There's a friendly bar, where Joe didn't need a tutorial from Mad Men to know how to pour an Old Fashioned the right way. And a wait staff of professionals who viewed their work as a career. Not to mention a rustic, unique decor born of real, 200-plus-year history, not recreation.
A Philadelphia lawyer turned political commentator, Michael Smerconish is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author and weekly contributing columnist to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday Currents section.
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