With increased enrollment and national profile, Villanova University continues to build its acclaim, but its next-door neighbors, well, aren't so impressed. The school's making a dedicated effort to rebuild its rapport with the community, and reporter Erin McCarthy has the story. Meanwhile, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be looking to build rapport with President Donald Trump as reports say he may be considered as a replacement pick for the ousted Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
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In the last three years, Villanova University has won two national basketball championships, applications have increased, fundraising efforts have outpaced expectations, and gleaming, state-of-art buildings are emerging across the expanded campus.
But there's one group that has yet to be impressed by the college: its Main Line neighbors.
Some say it's the bright stadium lights beaming into family homes at night, some say it's the rowdy partying that turns them off. Now, university officials say they're on a mission to turn around the town-gown relations.
With Jeff Sessions' forced exit from the Trump administration on Wednesday, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be a possible pick for the next U.S. Attorney General, reports say.
The Washington Post reported that Christie was in D.C. yesterday to talk with President Trump about the job, but his longtime adviser says the trip was for a previously planned discussion on prison reform.
And while the president searches for a permanent replacement, Trump-selected acting A.G. Matt Whitaker has made it clear he's not a fan of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Spurred by Whitaker's appointment and Sessions' firing, several hundred people gathered in Center City last night for a #ProtectMueller march in support of the embattled special counsel.
The so-called "blue wave" that ushered in five new Democrat seats in the state Senate and flipped 14 in the House was acutely felt in Philadelphia's suburbs, fueled not only by anti-Trump sentiment, but by the legislature's failure in the weeks before the election to resolve the high-profile issue of how to help victims of Catholic clergy abuse, Democrats say.
Nationally, Tuesday's election results are expected to have an impact on healthcare and the protection of coverage for pre-existing conditions, as well as seismic shifts in the abortion landscape after Alabama and West Virginia approved measures that could lead to state bans on abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
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