Chaka Fattah Jr. Talks Gambling, His Congressman Dad, the IRS

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It’s a crazy time to be Chaka Fattah Jr. He’s facing federal charges for tax evasion. He’s suing the IRS for $10 million (complaint below). And his dad, Congressman Chaka Fattah, is under investigation, too (as is his inner circle). We got the younger Fattah on the phone to talk about life, liberty and the pursuit of blackjack.

What is the status of your $10 million lawsuit against the IRS?

I am very happy to report that the court just issued a ruling allowing my case to proceed. The primary claim — which is a media leak to the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Times — the court allowed that claim to go to trial. What this means for me is that they will have to turn over discovery documents, and there will be a trial over this media leak. They damaged my reputation, and I am claiming that they owe me millions of dollars in damages.

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Is Mayor Nutter Making Nice on Pot Decriminalization?

It looks as though Mayor Nutter is charting a new course on pot decriminalization.

Newsworks reports that the mayor — who still has several weeks to veto or approve City Council’s decriminalization bill — is now working on his own plan to deal with small-time possession.

What’s more, he’s dropped the sneering tone that accompanied his previous statements on the topic — and seems surprised that anybody thought there was a conflict on the topic.

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WATCH: Cecily Tynan’s Water Sports Obsession

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In an interview in August’s Best of Philly edition of Philadelphia magazine, impressively armed 6 ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan told me that her newfound summer obsession is slalom waterskiing. (Read the entire interview here.) And now, there’s video.

“Can you tell I am OBSESSED with water sports?!” she wrote in a message on Tuesday afternoon, detailing the videos of her endeavors into slalom waterskiing and wakesurfing.

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Thousands of People Lost Their Jobs in Atlantic City and Donald Trump Is Gloating

On August 31st, Showboat Atlantic City closed its doors for the final time. On September 2nd, Revel did the same. More than 5,000 people lost their jobs — dealers, security guards, waitresses, maids, bartenders. When Trump Plaza closes later this month, the total will rise to about 6,000 unemployed casino workers.

Donald Trump, of course, thinks people should also mention Donald Trump — and his wise move of “getting out” of Atlantic City “before its demise.” Perhaps we should examine Trump’s history in Atlantic City.

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Report: Probe Discovered Explicit Emails in AG’s Office

Kathleen Kane never did find evidence that Tom Corbett slowed his Jerry Sandusky probe for political gain. But her investigators, it turns out, found something else: A number of sexually explicit emails by “top staffers” in the attorney general’s office while Corbett was in charge.

For the moment, however, those emails — and who sent them — are being kept from public view.

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