Toomey Praises Sessions Despite Trump’s Criticism


L: Sen. Pat Toomey (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | R: AG Jeff Sessions (Jeff Roberson/AP)

In a statement issued Tuesday, Sen. Pat Toomey praised Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recently come under fire from President Donald Trump.

Despite Sessions’s early support of the president, Trump on Tuesday said he was “disappointed in the attorney general” for recusing himself from overseeing the Russia probe, a move that some see as crippling to the president’s political control over the Department of Justice.

Toomey is one of several Congressional Republicans who have expressed support for Sessions despite Trump’s attacks. His statement:

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a credit to the Department of Justice. He has worked tirelessly to protect our neighborhoods from violent crime, end dangerous sanctuary cities, defend the rule of law, provide for victims of crime, and ensure every American is treated fairly. I continue to support him as Attorney General of the United States.”

In a tweet Tuesday, the president said Sessions had a “VERY weak” position on “Hillary Clinton crimes” and “Intel leakers.” Asked if he wants Sessions out of office, Trump said “we will see what happens. Time will tell.”

Just last week, Sessions condemned so-called sanctuary cities in Philly, which he has repeatedly threatened to cut off from federal funding for its immigration policies.

Toomey expressed support for Sessions’s Philly speech last week.

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A.C., Ocean City Beaches Among 31 Flagged by N.J. DEP

Wildwood beach

Photo | Dan McQuade

Elevated bacteria levels have prompted the Department of Environmental Protection to close three New Jersey beaches and issue a water quality advisory at 31 others.

The N.J. DEP closed Beachwood Beach West, Summit Beach and West Beach in Toms River. Advisories are issued at more than two dozen beaches stretching from Monmouth to Cape May counties, including at beaches in Atlantic, Cape May and Ocean counties. Read more »

Prosecutors: Brady Campaign Paid 2012 Primary Opponent to Quit

Photo | Jeff Fusco

A former political aide to Rep. Bob Brady’s 2012 primary opponent has testified that Brady’s campaign paid the competitor $90,000 to drop out of the race.

In a federal court hearing last Friday, Carolyn Cavaness, a campaign staffer for Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore, then Brady’s opponent, admitted having a role in the alleged scheme. Her guilty plea was disclosed in court filings made public Tuesday.  Read more »

Police Arrest Climbers on Top of Ben Franklin Bridge

This is a developing story. Check back for more information.

Police conducted a high-altitude arrest early this morning after two people climbed on top of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

The incident began shortly after 1 a.m., when police say the duo climbed a 385-foot tower on the bridge to spray-paint graffiti. But the pair got stuck and had to be rescued, according to 6ABC. Read more »

Report: Pa. Woman Legislators More Effective at Passing Laws

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A new report claims that Pennsylvania’s woman legislators are more effective at passing laws.

Researchers at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University found that during the 2013-14 legislative term, 9.7 percent of bills sponsored by female legislators were passed and signed by the governor, compared to 9 percent of bills sponsored by male legislators.  Read more »

When to Avoid I-76 and I-95 This Week

I-95 Traffic

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has scheduled several restrictions for I-76, I-95 and Front Street this week.

PennDOT workers will conduct bridge inspections.

Here’s the schedule this week:

Tuesday, July 25th
  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lane closure is scheduled on westbound I-76 between the University Avenue and Interstate 676 interchanges.
Wednesday, July 26th
  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a lane closure is scheduled on eastbound I-76 between the Interstate 676 and University Avenue interchanges;
  • From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a right lane restriction is scheduled on northbound Front Street between Packer Avenue and Oregon Avenue.
Thursday, July 27th
  • From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a right lane restriction is scheduled on northbound I-95 between the Walt Whitman Bridge/Packer Avenue and the Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue interchanges;
  • From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a left lane restriction is scheduled on southbound I-95 between the Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue and Walt Whitman Bridge/Packer Avenue interchanges.

Slowdowns are expected. Drivers should allow extra travel time when traveling through work areas.

PennDOT inspects bridges at least once every two years. For more information, visit the transportation organization’s website.

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Philly’s Neighborhood Facebook Groups, Annotated

Lost a dog? Found a dog? Want to gripe about a dog? Wondering who on earth keeps parking you in, or who on the block is blasting that music all night? The answers to these questions and so many more are at your fingertips, all day every day, thanks to the magic of Philly’s neighborhood Facebook groups — the latest and dishiest way to keep up with the Joneses (or find a job, freebie, restaurant or friend). Before you log in and join the fun, though, we have a few tips to keep you from becoming the center of a block flame war. Read more »

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