In Philly, Clinton Decries “Senseless” Killings in Dallas, Louisiana, Minnesota

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Hillary Clinton speaks at an African Methodist Episcopal Church convention on Friday in Philadelphia. | Photo by Jeff Fusco

Hillary Clinton stood before a crowd gathered to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church on Friday evening and addressed a week of stunning violence around the country that included the shootings of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota as well as a deadly attack on police in Dallas.

“We know there is something wrong in this country,” said Clinton. “There is too much violence, too much hate, too much senseless killing. Too many people dead who shouldn’t be.”

Clinton, who is expected to accept the Democratic nomination in Philadelphia this month, called on Americans to work together to mend the country, to listen to each other, and to oppose violence. She stressed the need for police to build strong community relations and receive better training on the use of force, while also encouraging Americans to put themselves in the shoes of police officers, whose jobs require them to put themselves in harm’s way.

“Elie Wiesel, who died last week, once clarified for us that the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference,” said Clinton. “And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference. None of us can afford to feel indifferent to each other. Not now, not ever.” Read more »

What Hillary Clinton’s Tech Plan Could Do for Philadelphia

Hillary Clinton speaks earlier this year at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. Photo | Matt Rourke, AP

Hillary Clinton speaks earlier this year at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. Photo | Matt Rourke, AP

Hillary Clinton dropped some big technology objectives last week when she released her all-encompassing “Initiative on Technology & Innovation” policy agenda.

The ambitious list of initiatives reads like an innovator’s dream, with proposals to connect every U.S. household to high-speed internet by 2020, train 50,000 new computer science teachers in the next decade, and even minimize the worries of budding entrepreneurs by deferring their federal students loans for up to three years.

In Philadelphia, the presumptive democratic nominee’s platform could do a lot to further the city’s commitment to attracting and retaining entrepreneurs. While some industry leaders say Philadelphia is already a microcosm of Clinton’s plan, others are skeptical about whether the stated initiatives can ever materialize here.

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In Philly, Hillary Clinton Plans to Speak About Police Shootings

Presumptive democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses the The National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly in Washington D.C., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. | Photo by Molly Riley/AP

Hillary Clinton’s speech in Philadelphia on Friday could be a big one.

In her keynote talk this evening at the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s conference, Clinton plans to address the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. On Thursday, her campaign said she would “renew her calls to ensure justice is served” and “reemphasize the urgent need to reform our broken criminal justice system.”

The news of Clinton’s rally, and her planned comments, came before the apparent targeted killing of police officers in Dallas late Thursday night during a Black Lives Matter march. If she goes forward with her speech as scheduled, Clinton will undoubtedly address the shootings in Dallas during it as well. Read more »

Hillary Clinton Visits Striking Trump Taj Mahal Workers in Atlantic City

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Hillary Clinton (she’s in there, we swear!) is mobbed by striking Trump Taj Mahal workers and press at Pacific and Virginia avenues on Wednesday, July 6th. | Photo by Dan McQuade

Workers cheered. The press swarmed. The Secret Service yelled at people to get on the sidewalk.

After her rally in front of the closed Trump Plaza on Wednesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton made a quick stop at the entrance of the Trump Taj Mahal to greet striking workers. Clinton shook hands for about five minutes.

“Workers are on strike at the Trump Taj Mahal,” Clinton said. “And we should all support them.” (The casino union, which endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, removed his image from its window before Clinton’s visit.) Read more »

Outside Shuttered Casino, Hillary Clinton Assails Trump’s Record in Atlantic City

Hillary Clinton in front of Trump Plaza

Photo | Dan McQuade

On the boardwalk outside a closed casino that was once part of Donald Trump’s Atlantic City empire, Hillary Clinton made her case that Trump is unfit to be president.

Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee, ran through a litany of Trump’s struggles in Atlantic City. She talked about his former casino empire, once a third of the city’s market, that is now in the hands of other companies. She talked about Vera Coking’s house, which Trump once tried to take via eminent domain for limousine parking. She even talked about his use of junk bonds in the late 1980s.

“He intentionally ran up huge amounts of debt on his companies. He borrowed at high interest rates even after he promised regulators he wouldn’t. And here’s what he said: ‘I figured it was the banks’ problem, not mine. What do I care?’” said Clinton. “He doesn’t default and go bankrupt as a last resort, he does it over and over on purpose.” Read more »

Hillary Clinton to Campaign in Atlantic City Tomorrow

Atlantic City - Trump Taj Mahal - Hillary Clinton

Trump Taj Mahal photo by Dan McQuade; Hillary Clinton photo by Zachary Moskow, used under a Creative Commons license

Hillary Clinton is heading to Donald Trump’s old playground to attack the presumptive Republican nominee tomorrow.

Clinton will appear in Atlantic City at 12:15 p.m. in front of Boardwalk Hall. According to a release from the Clinton camp, Clinton will make “the case that Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to serve as president, based on the wake of destruction his business dealings caused in the seaside town and for businesses and families across the country.”

Trump once had three casinos and numerous other properties in Atlantic City, but a series of bankruptcies reduced his presence there from a third of the market to simply a deal with Carl Icahn to use his name on the Trump Taj Mahal. Read more »

We’ve Not Found a Single Wharton Employee Who’s Given Money to Donald Trump

Wharton's Huntsman Hall By WestCoastivieS - via CC0. Donald Trump, Andrew Harnik, AP

Wharton’s Huntsman Hall, by WestCoastivieS via CC0. Donald Trump by Andrew Harnik, AP

Donald Trump often mentions his educational BFF, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He loooooves him some Wharton, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1968 — after having transferred from Fordham University (which gets no shoutouts.)

“I went to the Wharton School of Business,” Trump mentioned in a speech in Arizona last summer — and repeated often.  “I’m, like, a really smart person.”

Two of his kids also attended Wharton as undergrads — Donald Jr. and Ivanka. (A third child, Tiffany, graduated from Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences in May.)

But does his BFF love him back?  At all?

According to individual campaign donations, compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, an independent research group based in Washington D.C., employees at Wharton donated exactly zero dollars to the Trump campaign. Zero. Read more »

Hillary Clinton for President: The Philadelphia Magazine Endorsement

Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.

Hillary Clinton photograph by Martin Schoeller/AUGUST. Donald Trump photograph by Nigel Parry/CPi Syndication.

This figures. Philadelphia hosts its first Democratic National Convention since Harry Truman was selected in 1948, and the two presumptive presidential nominees are none other than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two most reviled major-party candidates in the history of American political polling.

That’s not hyperbole. According to the polls, as many as 59 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump. Very nearly as many say the same of Clinton. Big as those numbers are, they fail to capture the loathing and dread that’s gripped the electorate. And who can blame us?

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