Well, President Trump didn’t get shady and go after slim. And he didn’t mention whether one of his most important cabinet members accepted his challenge for an I.Q.-test off. But he did try to relate to the middle class, even as he peddled tax cuts for big businesses and bragged about his rich buddy Robert Kraft gifting him a Super Bowl ring. He seemed pretty pleased with himself. Anyway, football tonight! 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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So, yes, POTUS actually showed up outside of Harrisburg yesterday, hawking a Trickle-Down 2.0 at an event on an air base for 1,000 invited guests, including a bunch of truckers. Our Trump reporter Aubrey Whelan went and wrote a great translation of the president’s, uh, ambitious plan. As for the truckers, Trump said they’ll be “winning” with this new plan. Our Washington Reporter Jonathan Tamari asks a legitimate question: Will they though? Meanwhile, support for Trump could be slipping in rural Pennsylvania, which ,if you recall, played a key role in getting us into this messy historic time.
Eagles play the Carolina Panthers tonight. A victory could give the bird’s a commanding lead in the division, and spur national talking heads to fire off mostly premature yet definitive claims about the team’s Super Bowl potential. Or will that just be on local sports radio? Probably both. That reminds me, a Dallas brewery created an “Eagles Tears” beer in response to an Easton brewery recently launching a “Dallas Sucks” beer. You know your team is in trouble when a glorified beer distributor is fighting your battles. Oh, and for the Andy Reid haters, Mike Sielski is claiming Big Red is the NFL’s new godfather. Between the overzealous predictions and local contempt for Reid, the radio hosts should keep busy for a while.
Philip Ahr is 66. He is a husband, and a father of two. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a longtime marketing guru who rose to a prominent and trusted role in his Main Line community where he lived for 22 years. And then on Wednesday, he surrendered to authorities and was charged for allegedly distributing online images of infants and toddlers being abused by adults. Reporter Erin McCarthy writes that the Radnor commissioner is accused of sleuthing under online usernames like “Daddy X” or “Daddy XX,” and for hiding more than a thousand pornographic links on two computers. Ahr’s arrest comes four months after former Radnor Commissioner Bill Spingler was found guilty of assault on a person with a mental disability after touching the breast of a 103-year-old woman, whom, he said, was his mother-in-law, during visits to her Wayne nursing home. Tough year for the town.
What you need to know today
- Starting in 2018, The Boy Scouts will allow girls to become cub scouts. While the move is popular with Boy Scout leaders, Michael Boren reports that the Girl Scouts aren’t pleased, claiming it’s a move to boost revenue.
- In a huge political development, Pennsylvania’s he state’s secretary of state resigned, which comes three weeks after disclosures that possibly thousands of non-citizens were registered and allowed to vote in the commonwealth..
- A Delaware County man, on trial for allegedly hiding his past as a vicious Liberian warlord to find asylum in the United States, was accused by a woman of forcing her to boil his murdered husband’s heart.
- Are you technically part of the middle class of America? Reporter Alfred Lubrano explains the criteria.
- And after almost a year living in Philly church, reporter Jeff Gammage captured the moment when an undocumented immigrant finally walked free.
Through Your Eyes | #OurPhilly
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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.
- Why work in a stuffy office space with chatty co-workers when you can work from home? As Caitlin McCabe writes, America’s new workplace is an apartment building’s common room. And in that same vein, does the so-called American dream still include owning a home? Apparently, 33 percent of people in the Philly region say no.
- Beloved Philly personality Marc Summers, known nationally for his ‘Double Dare’ fame, is back with a new documentary about his struggles with mental illness and his rise to fame in the ‘90s on the legendary Nickelodeon program. My Millennial nostalgia is in overdrive.
- After Joel Embiid signed his new contract, teammates said he’s worth every penny. After watching his performance last night, there’s no argument here. But while it’s good to Trust The Process, it’s still important to plan for disaster. Embiid’s $176 million contract extension is 35 pages long — and apparently includes plenty of protection for the Sixers in case he continues to be injury-prone.
- Grief support group for pet owners comes to Philly for the first time, and columnist Stu Bykofsky went. And he found support among fellow enthusiasts. He also went through several tissues.
- In the garage of his Chester County home, a 29-year-old former Penn State makes baseball bats by hand. A few Phillies have been customers. Will other teams follow suit?
“I felt a fury that day that has never left me.“ — Orlando R. Barone writes furiously about his personal experience watching young girls learning that acting a certain way will get men to notice them, an issue reignited in wake of the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
- Gambling, the Inquirer editorial board says, is to blame for the state’s current budget stalemate. Particularly, the issue of expanding legalized gambling to include video machines at social clubs and bars.
- Dr. Seuss is the last institution the diversity police should attack, says Dom Giordano. “I see Seuss as a patriot for his work.”
What we’re reading
- The New Yorker takes a chilling glimpse into the world of private guardians, who can have the elderly declared wards of the state — and then sell their property and belongings. [New Yorker]
- True crime connoisseurs and podcast-lovers are going to want rearrange their schedules to experience the Los Angeles Times’ “Dirty John” saga about a peerless con artist and master manipulator. [LA Times]
- Bloomberg Businessweek reveals multinational corporations like Nestle are making billions as they quietly privatize the most precious of natural resources: water. [Bloomberg Businessweek]
- Is too much breaking news coverage about tragedies like the Las Vegas concert massacre harmful? Longreads ponders a tricky question. [Longreads]
- A nuanced profile of Rex Tillerson, who is still, for now, the U.S. secretary of state — despite reportedly calling President Trump “a moron” behind closed doors. [The New Yorker]
Your Daily Dose of | Who knew?
These Pa. ‘farmers’ harvest deer urine. Yes, deer urine. Fantastic piece from Jason Nark.