So, about last night. Rapper Eminem not only laid an a cappella smackdown on President Trump, but he also issued an ultimatum to his legion of fans. And in the process, he inadvertently put the spotlight on Pennsylvania. Trump is expected in the Harrisburg area tonight to deliver a speech on tax reform, but social media will almost certainly be goading @realDonaldTrump into responding to The Real Slim Shady. You’re signed up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. If you like what you’re reading, it’s free to sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, so please email me, tweet me @tommyrowan, or reach our social team on Facebook.
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President Trump’s objective with tonight’s speech, conceivably, will be to drive support for his tax-reform plan, which Washington correspondent Jonathan Tamari describes as the best remaining chance for a major legislative victory in Trump’s first year, when a president’s power is typically highest.
But, between challenging his secretary of state to an IQ test-off, feuding with NFL players, and now handling a threat from a controversial hip hop artist, taxes could become just another talking point.
Staff writer Samantha Melamed isn’t the only one wondering when a portion of North Philadelphia started earned a new name.
Many residents are befuddled by a sign proclaiming “Stonewall Heights” as the name of a neighborhood stretching from Front to Sixth Streets and Lehigh to Cecil B. Moore Avenues. The sign also declares it “a modern historical district.”
As the Eagles prepare for their Thursday matchup with the Carolina Panthers, read up on the brother of star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, and why Alshon was the second-best player in their childhood home.
Our own all-star columnist Mike Sielski went to their small hometown in St. Matthews, S.C., and discovered why Charles Ben was surpassed by his little brother.
What you need to know today
- Reporter Tricia L. Nadolny listened to the recordings of Temple University student Cariann Hithon’s deadly confrontation with police in Miami Beach, Fla., and filled in the gaps of Hithon’s fatal encounter.
- Metro columnist Mike Newell took a trip to Toronto to see how the Canadiens handle safe-injection sites and here’s what he learned: Philly could easily adopt similar practices.
- The engineer who was steering the Amtrak train that derailed in Philly in 2015 has not yet evaded criminal charges. Pennsylvania’s attorney general reported it was appealing a municipal court judge’s decision last month to dismiss charges.
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We want to see what our community looks like through your eyes. Show us the park that your family walks through every weekend with the dog, the block party in your neighborhood or the historic stretch you see every morning on your commute to work.
- Sure, Star Wars gets all of the attention nationally, but locally, we are all about Rocky spinoffs and their sequels, baby! Ladies and gentlemen, Creed II is a go.
- A Wawa with mold in its cappuccino machine and a McDonald’s with a nose-picking employee were among the most recent Philly restaurants shut down by the Department of Public Health.
- Peco told a homeowner it would cost $45,000 to hook his backyard solar array into the electric grid. After we reported about the sky-high cost, Peco dropped the price to $4,500.
“This couldn’t come at a worse time.“ — Columnist John Baer says that Pennsylvania’s budget mess is further threatening to the state’s higher education system.
- The Inquirer Editorial Board is putting City Council on notice to quit blocking good ideas that could make the streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.
- Amazon is probably paying its fair share of internet taxes, despite President Trump’s insistence otherwise, but it’s not exactly lightening the tax load, according to Duquesne University economics professor Antony Davies and Freedom Trust CEO James R. Harrigan, in this guest editorial.
What we’re reading
- A former New York Times reporter writes about digging into sexual harassment allegations involving Harvey Weinstein back in 2004, only to have Hollywood heavyweights lobby her bosses to kill the story. [The Wrap]
- Jerry Jones and President Trump are praising each other over their shared view on NFL players protesting during the national anthem. But their relationship goes a little deeper than that; Jones donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural bash. [Dallas Morning News]
- True Star Wars nerds have already probably done this, but here’s a scene-by-scene breakdown of the new trailer for The Last Jedi. [The Verge]
- Plan Philly takes stock of how SEPTA could turn Regional Rail into a high-frequency transit service. Link in the sentence. [Plan Philly]
OK, I’m schilling for my own story: Read all about the mime who braved South Street for a publicity stunt, only to fall on his face.