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In 2016, Jim Kenney Reminded Us How Effective a Seasoned Politician Can Be

Jim Kenney doesn’t want to be here. It’s mid-October, and we’re meeting in his sprawling office in City Hall to talk about something that should […]

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John Grady Profile: The Dealer

John Grady is trying to show me the waterfront. The Schuylkill is close, just a few hundred meters away, but there’s no street grid here […]

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Michael Nutter’s Incorruptible Administration

This is the Golden Age of ethics for the City of Philadelphia. But I’ll grant that it might not seem that way. Philadelphia’s Traffic Court […]

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Ajay Raju Profile: The Big Raju

Might as well start with the hair. “My life,” he says, “is driven by my obsession with my stupid hair.” “My wife,” he says, “hates […]

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Dominic Pileggi: The Grown-Up

At the Court Diner in Media, the rest of the table orders chipped beef, pancakes and omelets. Then the waitress asks Senate Majority Leader Dominic […]

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NYT Media Columnist David Carr Challenges Comcast Merger

New York Times media columnist David Carr today challenges the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, posing six “serious questions” that Comcast has […]

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Power Crowd Attends Arthur Makadon Memorial

The Inquirer reports on Monday’s memorial for Arthur Makadon, the Philadelphia lawyer who was connected just about every insider in town. Roughly 300 people showed […]

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Philly Insider Arthur Makadon Dead at 70

The Inquirer (paywall) reports: Arthur Makadon, 70, one of the most influential figures in Philadelphia’s legal and political realms for the past three decades, died […]

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The 50 Most Influential Jews in the World

The Jerusalem Post released its hotly anticipated “50 most influential Jews in the world” today, and all we can say is, there are probably a […]

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Another One Bites the Dust: Lenfest Foundation to Cease Grant Giving

One of Philadelphia’s mega-philanthropies is willingly winding down its operations, after more than a decade of mega-giving. The Lenfest Foundation, which was founded by billionaire […]

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If You Were John Boehner, Your Ass Would Be Fired

All hail Presidents Day, known for automobile sales and bearable traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway. It’s not really a day for thinking about politics. Yet […]

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A Video of Marco Rubio Drinking Water in Slow-Motion

Here, re-live the Gulp Heard ‘Round the World, delivered during Marco Rubio’s inevitably lame State of the Union response. (SOTU speeches are tough acts to […]

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Fairmount Park Conservancy the Latest Victim of William Penn Foundation Grant Suspensions

Last night, City Paper reported that the $2 billion William Penn Foundation would be suspending grants to city-related agencies indefinitely. The report identified a funding […]

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Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dies

Ed Koch, the outspoken, sly-witted “mayor for life” (or three terms) of New York City, died this morning at the age of 88 in New […]

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10 Historic Buildings Philly Lost in 2012

Hidden City Philadelphia has compiled a sad list of gorgeous old churches, abandoned factories, and 19th century homes that were demolished this year. Lowlights include […]