The Six Biggest Tech Trends of 2014

Every year in January — after they’ve shaken off the holiday hangovers and said goodbye to the in-laws — thousands of technology professionals, application developers, […]


When, if Ever, Should Parents Be Allowed to Let Their Children Die?

Two recent news stories have brought an important question into the public dialogue: How much power do parents have over the lives — and deaths […]


Confessions of a Gentrifier

A few months ago, toward the end of the summer, I was walking my dog near my house in East Kensington when my neighbor Franky […]


Memo to the Tea Party: Jesus Was Not a Capitalist

The publication late last month of Pope Francis‘s first papal exhortation – Evangelii Gaudium, or “Joy of the Gospels” – raised the hackles of some […]

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Generation Selfie: Are We Now Officially Celebrating Narcissism?

As a freelance journalist, I spend a lot of time on Twitter promoting my work, reading other people’s, and — like most everyone else these […]

Sarah Palin gestures during a book signing, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 in Bethlehem, Pa. The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee signed copies of her new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas". Palin chose to start her book tour near a city with obvious connections to the holiday. Bethlehem was founded by Moravians on Christmas Eve, 1741. Its nickname is the "Christmas City" and the city draws many tourists during the holiday season. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

Sarah Palin, Yawn, Wants to Protect Christmas

In what may go down as one of the most transparent marketing gimmicks of all time, Sarah Palin traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this week on […]

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Don’t Clench Your Butt in Front of These Cops

I’ve spent nearly a decade investigating and reporting on the fallout from America’s inexpedient and misguided “War on Drugs.” I’ve talked to people who’ve spent […]

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“Opportunity Index” Ranks Philly, ’Burbs for Social Mobility

In the decades since the term was first coined – in the preface of a 1931 book by historian James Truslow Adams – the notion […]


Expert: Here’s Why Has Been a Disaster

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that it had tapped Jeffrey Zients – a Bain & Co. alum and incoming head of the National Economic […]


The Republican Party Is Sinking. And That’s Bad for America.

Sixteen days after shutting down the government and less than 48 hours before pushing America into default, Republicans in Congress have finally abandoned their fruitless […]

America’s Best Cities for Hipsters. Tired of all these goddamn evil hipsters, defined as anyone who has interests or wears glasses*, ruining every aspect of your existence? Then you’ll be pleased to know Philly does not appear on this 20-city list. Which you probably haven't heard of. * Source: Internet comment sections

Poll: Congress Now Less Popular than Hipsters

Well, it’s official. After years of partisan bickering, below-the-belt attacks and an inability to find common ground on something as simple and obvious as providing […]


Liberals: Wrong on Community Service Mandate for Long-Term Jobless

  The day before Congress sent tens of thousands of U.S. government workers into a state of involuntary joblessness, conservatives in the United Kingdom unveiled […]


PA Republicans Think Gun Owners Have More Rights than Cancer Sufferers

Last year during a visit to New England my wife slipped on ice and dislocated her shoulder, leaving her in excruciating pain. It wasn’t the […]


The Real Problem With Philly Schools

Two nights after former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee offered her prescription for Philadelphia’s ailing schools during a “Town Hall” meeting at Temple University, her […]


PA Leads the Nation in Juveniles Who’ll Spend Their Entire Lives in Prison

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life sentences for offenders under the age of 18 violate the Eighth […]