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Chaka Fattah Getting His Own TV Show

Starting next month, U.S. Rep Chaka Fattah gets his own twice-monthly television show.

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PHOTOS: Newest Kennedy Born at the Jersey Shore

On Tuesday, Absecon 6th grade teacher Amy Petitgout–aka the wife of ex-Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy’s–gave birth to a little girl. (Pat=son of Teddy.)Today, two-day-old Nora made […]

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Ed Rendell Backing 300mph Bullet Train

Transportation fetishist Ed Rendell, no surprise, is backing a plan to bring an ultra-fast Japan-style magnetic levitation bullet train to the northeast corridor.

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Jon Runyan Won’t Run for Re-Election

Moderate Republican congressman Jon Runyan won’t run for reelection in 2014, leaving New Jersey’s third district (BurlCo, Ocean County) wide open. The 40-year-old Runyan (of […]

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3 Million Will Get Hit By Food Stamp Cuts in PA, NJ

The temporary boost in food stamps that arose out of stimulus spending to combat the recession has officially ended. $5 million has been cut nationwide […]

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Now’s the Time: End the Filibuster

Fresh off the government shutdown,Republicans in the Senate are giving us …another shutdown. This time it’s in miniature: They’re threatening to filibuster one of President […]

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Cory Booker Is Jersey’s New Senator

It got close-ish at the end there, but was there ever any doubt? Booker won 55%-44% in an election featuring one of the lowest-ever statewide turnouts in […]

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Are Conservatives Really Ready to Default on America’s Debt?

One of conservatism’s really great beliefs (I’m serious about this) is about the unknowability of the future: That well-intentioned actions can have big unintended consequences; […]

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Feds Have Been Investigating Chaka Fattah for *7 Years*

Fox 29 reports that the F.B.I. has issued a subpoena requesting U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah’s tax records, focused specifically on property that the congressman owns. […]

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Shots Fired on Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill was briefly locked down today after reports of shots fired on Capitol Hill at around 2:30 p.m. One woman–reportedly the suspect–is suspected dead. […]

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Americans Are Losing Faith in Each Other. Are We Losing Our Democracy, Too?

So, America, are you ready for a dictator yet? That seems like a crazy question to ask, doesn’t it? After all, we Americans practically invented […]

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The Government Is Shut Down! Obamacare Has Started! The World Has Gone Higgledy-Piggledy!

The New York Times reports that the government is shutting down for the first time in nearly 20 years: “The impasse meant that 800,000 federal […]

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The PA Congressmen You Should Blame When the Gov’t Shuts Down

UPDATE: The federal government is shutting down, as the House, Senate and White House were unable to resolve a budget standoff over the president’s healthcare […]

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Philly’s National Parks Are Definitely, Maybe Shutting Down Tomorrow

  So, you may be wondering, what does the coming government shutdown mean for Philadelphia? Well, a wide swath of federal workers will be furloughed […]

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When The Government Shutdown Comes, Let’s Scrap It and Start Over

That’s it. Time to scrap everything and start over. When government shuts down this week—and as of this writing, such a shutdown seemed a certainty—we […]