Monday, August 3, 2015


The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that it had opened its own investigation into the allegations surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Case against Fattah was built over several years
The deadline for independent candidates to file petitions for the November election passed Monday with a handful of candidates saying they hoped to beat the odds in a city with a virtual one-party rule.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate blocked a Republican drive Monday to terminate federal funds for Planned Parenthood, setting the stage for the GOP to try again this fall amid higher stakes - a potential government shutdown that could echo into next year's presidential and congressional elections.
Throughout his two decades in Congress, Chaka Fattah has repeatedly touted two accomplishments: The millions in federal education funding he has secured and distributed through nonprofits he created, and the tight-knit group of allies he cultivated to run his political and charitable networks.
There never seems to be a bad time in Philadelphia for a refresher course on ethics in government. Let's go to summer school today for a pop quiz, courtesy of the Philadelphia Board of Ethics.
Chris Christie says on national TV that he wants to punch the teachers' union. Why is he still running for president?
Gov. Wolf on Monday nominated a retired state police major who grew up in North Philadelphia and lives in Chester County to be Pennsylvania's next police commissioner.
Bernie Sanders has repeatedly said 51 percent of young black high school graduates are “unemployed.” That’s wrong. His figure comes...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania may not have a state budget, but tax revenues are pouring into the state treasury by the billions.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah is vowing to run for re-election next year despite a federal racketeering indictment and says he expects to resume his leadership position on a powerful congressional committee by year's end.
Richard Schultz Schweiker, 89, a political novice who rose from the unlikely incubator of Norristown to become a U.S. congressman, senator, and secretary of health and human services, died Friday, July 31.
NEW YORK (AP) - Comedian Amy Schumer spoke tearfully of two women who were shot to death during a screening of her movie, "Trainwreck," and asked lawmakers Monday to support a gun control bill sponsored by her second cousin, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.
WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans said Monday that they have the GOP votes to disapprove of the Iran nuclear deal as Democrats stepped up their support of the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.
Tomorrow’s special election in Delaware County has an odd mix of candidates, outside interest and lots of ugly mail.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is preparing to name his pick to lead the Pennsylvania State Police, a decision sure to be closely scrutinized after his initial choice became the first such nominee to be voted down in recent memory.
MIAMI (AP) - Jeb Bush outlined plans Monday to improve security of the nation's borders and enforcement of its existing immigration laws, calling both a requirement before any president could begin to address the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.
Facing New Hampshire voters at a recent town hall-style meeting, a Republican presidential candidate advocated for strengthening the military, repealing Obamacare, and providing treatment for drug addicts.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama sought to clamp down Monday on power plant emissions with a federal plan that - if successful - would attempt to slow global warming by dramatically shifting the way Americans get and use electricity.
Donald Trump fired a political aide Sunday over alleged racist Facebook postings, a sign that the new Republican presidential front-runner is working to add a professional patina to his campaign, as he raised the possibility of a third-party run.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Celebrity chef Jose Andres has responded to a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump's organization against Andres' organization for backing out of a hotel project in Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans lost Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.
WASHINGTON - Vice President Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A top political aide to Vice President Joe Biden's late son joined the super PAC working to recruit the elder Biden to run for president on Sunday, lending the group newfound credibility in the midst of fresh signs the vice president's aides are taking a close look at a 2016 campaign.
Legislators in nearly every state this year proposed measures stemming from the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old who had scuffled with a white Ferguson officer. Brown's death triggered large protests and repeated clashes between heavily armored police and protesters.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican presidential candidates dismissed the dominance of Donald Trump in early primary polling, scrambling to position themselves days before their first debate.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - New Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton prepared Sunday to become the latest powerful state official booked on felony charges, but unlike when Rick Perry smiled for his mug shot last year, Republicans are not rushing to Paxton's defense.