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Conservative Congressman Calls Republicans ‘Disgraceful’ Over Sandy Relief

Victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere were set to get some relief as the 112th Congress ended its own path of destruction Monday night, in the form of a $60.4 billion aid package for the victims. But after taking their sweet time carving out a deal on the fiscal cliff earlier this week, Republican leaders in the U.S. House adjourned...

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2013: It’s Time To Talk About Mummers in Blackface

From the outside looking in, you’d think every Philadelphian was a proud supporter of the glittered and feathered pageant known as the New Year’s Day Mummer’s Parade. But you’d be wrong. Mummers in blackface has a complicated history in a racially complicated city within a racially complicated country. That said, today’s parade...

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Condoms in Philly Schools—What Took So Long?

Condoms in Philly Schools—What Took So Long?

When students at 22 Philadelphia high schools return to class after winter break, they’ll find something that will likely make former presidential candidate Rick Santorum shed a single tear, or at least write a World Net Daily column: Free condom dispensers inside the nurse’s office. “The reality is: Many of our teenagers, regardless of what adults think,...

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State Sen. Larry Farnese to Introduce Assault Weapon Ban

State Sen. Larry Farnese to Introduce Assault Weapon Ban

Image: State Sen. Larry Farnese State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) recently announced that he’ll be introducing an assault weapons ban during the upcoming legislative session that will begin in January. “Last week’s massacre, and the similarly horrible tragedies that have occurred over the last few years, have been happening more and more frequently...

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Now Sen. Casey Will Support Tougher Gun Laws

Now Sen. Casey Will Support Tougher Gun Laws

In Pennsylvania, if you want to come off as “moderate,” and you’re a Democrat, you’ve got to know where to draw the line. For Sen. Bob Casey, his chalk has sketched out two such boundaries: abortion and guns. Ever since his 2006 campaign, the just-reelected U.S. senator has taken the conservative position on both. He even campaigned in 2012 on his “record...

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Food Stamp Challenge, Day 7: On End Times

Hunger and stress don’t mix too well. The last three days have evidenced that. I spent Friday night packing my belongings in cardboard boxes and Rubbermade totes after a long week of eating on $5 per day, as per my food stamp challenge, to get ready for a Saturday/Sunday move of residency. I stayed in on Friday night, ate pasta with butter, got sort of full,...

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DAILY GRINDER: British Company Which Bid on PA Lottery Sets Up Shop in Delaware

The British company that put the single bid in Pennsylvania to run our lottery system has created a new company stateside—in Delaware. Sen. Christine Tartaglione of Philadelphia, who is in favor of closing what’s called the “Delaware loophole” for Pennsylvania businesses (which allows businesses to avoid Pennsylvania’s corporate net income tax by setting...

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Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: It’s Time for Rationing

Food Stamp Challenge, Day 4: It’s Time for Rationing

It’s Day 4 of my food stamp challenge, and I think I’m somewhat used to this new, if temporary, normal. Oats with banana and peanut butter are not a tasty breakfast. But it beats the alternate breakfast food I bought: Nothing. And it keeps me full for a couple hours as I work through the morning. I’ve eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day for...

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DAILY GRINDER: Lawsuit Against Chickie’s and Pete’s Claims Skimming on Tips

A lawsuit filed against the owner of Chickie’s and Pete’s alleges the airport branch of the popular Philadelphia sports bar had a habit of taking credit card fees out of wait staff tips. That was actually commonplace in Philadelphia until about a year ago, when Councilman Jim Kenney sponsored legislation that made the restaurant eat the fee. The U.S. Department...

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Here’s What Gov. Corbett’s Health-Care Rejection Means

Here’s What Gov. Corbett’s Health-Care Rejection Means

Gov. Corbett issued a seething statement regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act yesterday, as he rejected a state-run insurance exchange. In his rejection letter, he noted that the federal government continuously dismissed his administration’s questions and that Health and Human Services secretary Katherine Sebelius admitted the laws...

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