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The Republican Party Is Sinking. And That’s Bad for America.

Sixteen days after shutting down the government and less than 48 hours before pushing America into default, Republicans in Congress have finally abandoned their fruitless […]

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Mayor Nutter Is Going to the Wrong European City

So Mayor Nutter is going to London in a couple of weeks. I get it. He wants to improve the city’s business relations. He’s looking […]

Let The Fire Burn
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10 Must-See Films at the Philadelphia Film Festival

I know I wasn’t the only cinephile disappointed that the Philadelphia Film Festival didn’t make IndieWire’s inaugural list of the 50 leading film festivals back […]

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10 Things Montreal Has That Philly Desperately Needs

Montreal is a great city. Philadelphia is a great city. Here, some things that our great city should steal from theirs, based on observations from […]

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About That Zillow List of 10 Reasons to Move to Philly

“If you’ve seen Liberty Bell and had a cheesesteak, you’ve likely spent a day in Philadelphia.” So begins Zillow’s list of 10 reasons to move to […]

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What Philadelphia Lost When it Lost Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr.

On this past Thursday at 8:30 a.m., 81-year-old Dr. Walter P. Lomax Jr. passed away. “So what?” you ask. “What’s the big deal?” you ask. […]

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How to Fix ObamaCare and End the Shutdown

Say, wouldn’t this all be easier if we’d simply passed a single-payer health insurance program? We’ve spent several weeks now watching, first, the House of […]

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Have Americans Become Too Comfortable Receiving Government Assistance?

The great fish moved silently through the water, and into immortality. Without question, Jaws was a classic, filled with memorable lines. But the one that […]

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Eagles Fans No Longer NFL’s Worst

  Eagles fans rejoice! We are no longer the national media’s go-to example of drunken, knuckle-scraping, mentally deficient football fans. Thank you, thank you, Houston […]

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The Worst Sports Bar In Philadelphia?

There’s a fun piece in this month’s Philadelphia magazine about bars across the country where Philly sports fans gather. Of particular interest, considering this Sunday’s […]

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Philadelphia Deserves a Better Flag

I know this fellow from Washington, D.C. No, not the guy who tried to help me dispose of my trash over Labor Day weekend. This […]

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As a Writing Tutor, I’m Learning Just How Much Philly Schools Aren’t Teaching

There are some 150,000 students served through the School District of Philadelphia. Each week, at Mighty Writers‘ new location in West Philadelphia, I work with […]

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Rename the Redskins? Why Don’t We Rename the Eagles?

All this noise about the Washington Redskins’ name makes me want to feather up and hit the warpath. The latest politically correct paleface to join […]

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Are Normally Hawkish Republicans Endangering U.S. Security Abroad?

It’s not at all clear if Republicans, especially those knee-jerking and red-necking in the House, have assessed that a government shutdown is having a massive […]

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Friday Night Lights Out

When I heard earlier this month about the decision by the New Hope-Solebury school board to cancel nighttime sporting events at their high-school stadium, I couldn’t […]