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If nothing else, Democrats and Republicans can agree on one thing right now: they aren’t happy with their respective parties.

In fact, even before the election, less than half of the nation’s Republicans and Democrats viewed their parties favorably, according to a Gallup Poll from May 2016. The poll found that only 44 percent of Democrats were pleased with their party (again, before the mess that was the 2016 Democratic National Convention and, you know, Election Day). Even fewer Republicans – 37 percent – were content with the GOP party, the poll found.  Read more »

Toomey Backs Senate Plan to Investigate Alleged Russian Hack


Both Pennsylvania senators have called for an investigation into possible Russian interference in the presidential election last month.

Republican Pat Toomey, who himself won re-election to the Senate over challenger Katie McGinty in November, tweeted that he wants a “vigorous” investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee into allegations of email hacking by Russia.

“That bipartisan panel can get to the bottom of what the Russians did or did not do,” Toomey wrote. “If the Russian government or its agents engaged in an effort to meddle in the U.S. election, they need to face serious consequences.” Last week, the CIA reportedly told lawmakers that Russian agencies had intervened in the election with the intention of helping Donald Trump get elected.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a Senate intelligence panel would investigate. “The Russians are not our friends,” he said at a news conference. He insisted the investigation would follow “regular order.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee is in charge of the 16 agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community. It consists of eight Republicans, six Democrats and independent Maine senator Angus King, who caucuses with Democrats. Read more »

People Urging a Vote Recount in Pa. “In Denial,” Says Local Election Attorney

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Computer scientists and election lawyers are asking the Hillary Clinton campaign to recount election votes in three states, including Pennsylvania, New York Magazine reported last night.

The internet has erupted since then. Here’s why.

The group reportedly includes John Bonifaz, an attorney specializing in Constitutional law and voting rights, and J. Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society. Until the article, they said little to reporters but had allegedly been in communication with the Clinton campaign, including chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias, a source told New York Magazine.

They’re arguing that evidence makes a case for possible hacking or manipulation of poll results in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, particularly regarding electronic-voting machines, according to the magazine. In Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that used electronic-voting machines compared to those that utilized paper ballots or optical scanners. That could have costed Clinton as many as 30,000 votes, based on statistical analysis, and she lost Wisconsin by 27,000, according to the magazine.

This discrepancy warrants an independent review of the election, the group argues, though they have not found specific proof of manipulation or hacking. Read more »

Penn Community Deeply Embarrassed by President-Elect Alumnus

Penn shield; Donald Trump

Penn shield photo by Bryan Y.W. Shin (license); Trump photo by Michael Vadon (license)

The University of Pennsylvania has never had one of its graduates serve as president of the United States. That will change on January 20, 2017.

Of all the people to go though Penn in its 276-ish years — 28 Nobel laureates, three Supreme Court justices, 16 College Football Hall of Famers, hundreds of legislators at the state, county and federal level — it is a failed casino magnate and reality-television star who will be the first Penn graduate to be the most powerful person in the world. (William Henry Harrison attended Penn, but dropped out when his father died and he couldn’t afford it any longer.) Read more »

Nazi-Related Trump Graffiti Found in South Philly

Graffiti on the windows on the abandoned Meglio Furs store in South Philadelphia. Photos by Jared Brey

Graffiti on the windows on the abandoned Meglio Furs store in South Philadelphia. Photos by Jared Brey

This is a developing story.

On the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, during which Jewish-owned businesses and buildings across Nazi Germany were attacked and destroyed, Philadelphia police are investigating an act of vandalism involving swastikas and president-elect Donald Trump’s name painted on the storefront windows of the abandoned Meglio Furs at Broad and Wharton streets in South Philadelphia. Read more »

A South Philly Woman Voted in a Dinosaur Costume

Shaunna Van Elsis stopped this afternoon when she saw her Halloween costume still sitting on the floor of her room. She’d worn a giant inflatable dinosaur outfit on Halloween and hadn’t put it away yet. She was cleaning the house and picked up her costume.

“I just looked at it,” she says. “I hadn’t voted yet, and I’m like: You know what, you see all those YouTube videos of the dinosaurs ice skating, and I figured, ‘Why not?’” Read more »

Pat Toomey Voted for Donald Trump

Pat Toomey; Donald Trump

Pat Toomey photo by Gage Skidmore (license; Donald Trump photo by Michael Candelori (license)

Voting just a little under an hour before the polls closed in Pennsylvania, Sen. Pat Toomey finally announced whom he was supporting in the presidential election: Donald Trump.

Attack ads tied Toomey to Trump all election, but Toomey kept his distance. Even President Obama brought it up.

Toomey avoided backing Trump (perhaps to avoid alienating people who didn’t like Trump) but also didn’t slam him too much, either (perhaps to avoid alienating his big fans). He did attack Trump over Trump’s comments on Ghazala Khan.

So he waited until today, at 6:45, to walk into the polling place in Zionsville, Lehigh County, and cast his ballot. Then he walked out and faced reporters: He was throwing his (red MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN) hat in for Trump. Read more »

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