Monday, August 3, 2015

Politics

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 - Aiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse-gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.
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.
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.
Tomorrow’s special election in Delaware County has an odd mix of candidates, outside interest and lots of ugly mail.
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.
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from...
Full disclosure: I never thought Donald Trump would formally declare his candidacy. Nor did I think he would make the required financial disclosure.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - In the summer of 1999, John McCain didn't have many big names backing his campaign for president. He didn't have much money, either, and even resorted at one point to giving away ice cream to drum up a decent-size crowd.
Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners.
HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A street through Billy Joel's hometown may someday bear his name but a group of New York lawmakers, for now at least, like the signs for Route 107 just the way they are.
The super PAC backing Gov. Christie's presidential candidacy disclosed its list of donors to federal regulators Friday, offering the first detailed glimpse of his national network of financial backers.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Abortion rights advocates locked in a public relations battle with abortion opponents over videos of Planned Parenthood leaders discussing the use of aborted fetuses got some good news from two courts in California.
Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off.
Paul Panepinto, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge for the last 24 years, on Friday became an independent candidate for the state Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband paid close to $44 million in federal taxes since 2007 and she is in "excellent physical condition" - two facts that emerged Friday in a flood of disclosures about the Democratic presidential candidate pushed out by her campaign on a busy summer day.
KEENE, N.H. (AP) - Days before Fox News announces who will participate in the first GOP primary debate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is projecting a laid-back attitude toward his chances of being on stage and saying he's pleased with the support he's received since joining the race July 21.
Whitney White, a Gov. Wolf appointee, abruptly resigned, effective Friday, after the newspaper looked at his finances and business history
Since Gov. Wolf rightly vetoed a fiscally irresponsible budget passed by the legislature's ruling Republicans a month ago, the two sides have succeeded mainly in protecting their favorite special interests - including government liquor stores (Democrats) and gas drillers (Republicans) - at the expense of doing their jobs. Now the stalemate has gone on long enough to threaten nonprofit agencies that rely on state funding to provide critical social and other services.
Delaware County Republican leaders passed over Lisa Esler as a candidate in the 161st state House District for someone they believed could better maintain the party's tight control over the seat.
At the heart of the federal indictment unsealed Wednesday against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah are Philadelphia's campaign finance limits, and the legal battle he lost more than eight years ago to overturn them during his unsuccessful run for mayor.
Congressional Democrats on Friday urged the Obama administration to end the practice of locking up undocumented immigrant mothers and children while they await deportation proceedings.
Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son's illness and following his death earlier this year.
In the immediate afterglow of his victory in Philadelphia's Democratic mayoral primary in May, Jim Kenney gave his first meeting to George Norcross, the political power broker from New Jersey.
WASHINGTON - He gave to Republicans. He gave to Democrats. And often, he gave big. Public records show that Albert Lord has long made donations across a broad swath of the political spectrum, but one quiet contribution has now embroiled the retired Sallie Mae CEO in the case surrounding U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
Military veterans are committing suicide. Prescription painkiller overdose deaths are skyrocketing. There is a national discussion around these issues. Medical marijuana can help. In these cases it could save lives.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) plans to introduce a bill named for Cecil the lion that aims to fight the sport hunting of potentially threatened or endangered species.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden, inspired in part by his late son, has been holding meetings at his Washington home to discuss challenging...
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. government can't keep funding highway and transit projects "by the seat of our pants."