<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:13:20 -0400Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:13:20 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Won't Release Proof He Forgave Campaign Loans]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:05:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542736078-trump.jpg

Donald Trump said last Thursday he was forgiving over $45 million in personal loans made to his campaign, an announcement that drew plenty of coverage.

But a week later, NBC News has learned the FEC has posted no record of Trump converting his loans to donations.

Trump's campaign has also declined requests to share the legal paperwork required to carry out the transaction, though they have suggest it has been submitted.

Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said last week the presumptive Republican nominee was submitting formal paperwork on Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. But when asked by NBC News, Hicks said it "will be filed with the next regularly scheduled FEC report.

In his most recent FEC filing, posted June 20, Trump treated all his spending on the campaign as loans. Until Trump formally forgives the loans, he maintains the legal option to use new donations to reimburse himself.

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<![CDATA[Trump Wants Consequences for GOP Rivals Not Endorsing Him]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2016 07:03:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TRUMP_GettyImages-543431030.jpg

Donald Trump is once again taking on former Republican rivals and traditionally conservative allies, NBC News reported.

The GOP presumptive nominee, less than three weeks from the party's convention, told a crowd on Wednesday that he isn't happy that some of his former rivals aren't endorsing, saying him there should be consequences.

Without naming specific politicians, Trump called those 2016 candidates who have yet to endorse him in accordance with the RNC pledge "sore losers" who "should never be allowed to run for public office again." Among those names yet to officially endorse Trump are Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Names that could, come next election cycle, be back in play once again.

For his part, Trump says he "would have honored the pledge" if the roles were reversed. "I wouldn't have gone crazy, I wouldn't have had 'Let's yell it from the loudest building,' but you know what, I would have honored the pledge."

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @Issue: Gun Control Debate]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 21:33:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542241690-news.jpg On the latest episode of NBC10@Issue, we discuss the fierce debate over gun control in the wake of the Orlando night club massacre and a historic protest in the U.S. House.

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<![CDATA[Sanders to Help Fund His DNC Delegates' Trips]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:04:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DNC+Delegates+Philly+Money+4+Box.jpg

More than 600 delegates pledged to Bernie Sanders have taken to online crowdfunding to help pay for their expensive trips to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia this July.

They have raised some $570,000 through this week on sites like GoFundMe. That is out of a collective $1.6 million they are asking for, according to a tally by Fund Bernie Delegates, an umbrella site started by a Tennessee woman to promote delegates' efforts.

For weeks, many supporters quietly wondered if the Sanders campaign would help his delegates, who are coming from all 50 states to the convention. It runs July 25-28, and delegates have been asked to book at least four nights in hotels across the Philadelphia region.

Finally, it appears, the cavalry has arrived. Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote Tuesday in an email to supporters that new contributions to the presidential candidate will go toward helping delegates get to Philadelphia.

"Our delegates are not wealthy campaign contributors. They're not party insiders or establishment elites. They're working folks, and it's not easy for many of them to fly to Philly and stay in hotels for a week," Weaver wrote. "We really need to have all of our delegates at the Democratic convention because we expect there could be critical votes for the party platform and electoral process."

Sanders received 1,831 pledged delegates in the primaries. Hillary Clinton received 2,220, plus the support of 591 party officials known as superdelegates, and has been deemed the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party. Sanders has acknowledged he will likely lose the nomination to Clinton but intends to continue as a candidate to the convention.

In May, NBC10.com first reported on the GoFundMe efforts of numerous Sanders delegates, most who are in their 20s and don't have the financial means to spend $4,000 to $6,000 to come from far-flung states like Minnesota or Colorado.

"I’ve got a few fundraisers in my hometown," said 27-year-old diesel mechanic Dylan Parker, who will represent Illinois’ 17th Congressional District as a Sanders delegate. "Otherwise, it’s going to come out of me and my family’s pockets."

Parker is nearing his $5,000 GoFundMe goal, with $3,675 as of June 29. But many others remain below $1,000. 

Many have been forced to use credit cards to expense their flights and hotel stays while waiting for donations, according to Katie Tillman, a mother of two from Tennessee who started the website Fund Bernie Delegates a month ago with the help of a Kansas man named Michael Doyle.

"A problem is not all states can wait until the convention date to pay for their hotels. We have those states on there. [Monday] was South Carolina's deadline for paying," Tillman said of some state delegations' deadlines to pay for the trip. "We don’t want them in debt."

Messages sent to the Sanders campaign were not immediately returned.

In the email, Weaver wrote that donations should be made before the campaign files its monthly finance report with the Federal Election Commission. 

Delegates may receive donations from candidates, but not from corporations, labor organizations, foreign nationals or federal government contractors, according to FEC regulations.

Delegates may also raise their own funds, as many have said they planned to do through hometown fundraisers and parties. State political parties are allowed to give to delegates. But with more than 4,000 delegates in Democratic primaries this year, some state organizations said supporting so many people wasn't possible.

Sanders' presidential political action committee, Bernie 2016, had $9.2 million on hand of a total $220 million raised, according to the PAC's May 31 report filed with the FEC.

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<![CDATA[Protesters at Trump Event in Boston]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:52:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump+gif+new.gif

A congressman and city councilor joined dozens of protesters outside a Boston hotel where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is holding a fundraiser.

The closed event, organized by the Republican National Committee at the Langham Hotel, was set to charge $2,700 a head, the Boston Herald reports.

An RNC delegate tells necn that Trump spoke to the crowd about "his plan to bring jobs back to the U.S., the unfair trade agreements with China and Japa, how NAFTA wiped out the manufacturing jobs in [Massachusetts] and New England which was from the Clinton era ... Trump also talked about the horrific Turkey bombing."

A group of protesters congregated Wednesday morning in One Post Office Square, chanting and hoisting signs that read "Giving to Trump: Like investing in a slot machine" and "Trump is a bigot."

"Keep your wall, keep your hate, the USA is already great," they shouted, referencing Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

"Donald Trump needs to know that his disastrous message on the economy and is bigoted hate speech is not welcome in Boston, it's not welcome in Massachusetts and that's what people here want to let him know," said Dan Hoffer of the Service Employees International Union Local 888.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano was among those protesting the real estate mogul outside the Langham.

"This is his welcome to Boston," the Democrat said of Trump.

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley also attended Wednesday's protest.

Security was heavy in the neighborhood, and police reported no unrest or arrests.

After the fundraiser, Trump is slated to attend an afternoon rally in Bangor, Maine. He'll speak at the Cross Insurance Center, where he will be joined by Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:56:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg

President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.

"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.

Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.

"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."

<![CDATA[Democrats' Preemptive Benghazi Report Exonerates Clinton]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 20:30:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-benghazi.jpg

Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic members released their own, 339-page minority report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

NBC News reports the Democratic report released Monday exonerates Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of attack, and accuses Republicans of exploiting the tragedy for political gain. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed.

It's unclear when the committee will release its main report. It will be written by the Republican members of Congress who control the Benghazi committee, which was created two years ago.

"We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work," the Democratic members of the committee wrote.

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<![CDATA[Political Analysts Comment On Presidential Nominees' Reaction To Brexit]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:56:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BREXIT+NEWSPAPERS+copy1.jpg Political analysts Jim Schultz and Mark Alderman have more on the Presidential race, including the candidates' comments on the Brexit. ]]> <![CDATA[DNC Could Be $17 Million Boon for Montco]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:14:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/VF.JPG

When Montgomery County's tourism head honcho Mike Bowman first found out about the potential economic impact of Democratic National Convention, estimates were for 3,000 to 4,000 hotel room nights.

But within weeks of the DNC's initial planning, he got some good news.

"All of a sudden, we ended up with 15,571 contracted rooms," said Bowman, president and CEO of Valley Forge Convention and Tourism Board. The organization oversees tourism marketing for the entire county.

More than 1,500 delegates and Democratic officials will be staying in Montgomery County hotels the week of the DNC, which runs July 25-28. Many delegates are arriving July 24, a Sunday, and staying until Thursday.

Bowman said that gives the county five days and four nights to play good host and leave a great impression for people from all over the country. Delegates from more than 10 states are staying in Montgomery County hotels, Bowman said.

He said an analysis showed that the impact of the convention translates into $17 million for the county's hotel, retail and food scenes.

And the tourism agency is pulling out all the stops to let delegates and party officials know about the county's highlights.

"We're really rolling out the red carpet," he said. " We're emphasizing our strengths."

Among those are the parks, golf courses, and shopping, Bowman said.

He added that DNC officials have put a lot of effort into figuring out how delegates will get to and from the Wells Fargo Center each day from Montgomery County.

Bowman said county and DNC officials are working to finalize police escorts each day.

"We’re still waiting on the final decision that there is going to be police escorts," he said. "The DNC did their homework. They timed it at peak times and slower times. And they fell comfortable about times heading in and out."

Here's one of two promotional videos the tourism agency put together:

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<![CDATA[Residents React to Abortion and Domestic Violence Rulings]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:11:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Abortion-Battle-062716.jpg The Supreme Court rulings on domestic violence and abortion sparked widespread reactions Monday. NBC10's Cydney Long has the details.

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<![CDATA[Bridgegate: Christie Under Fire]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:06:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/christie+gwb+scandal+inset.jpg

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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: Poll]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 09:02:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

The Democratic and Republican parties and their presumptive presidential nominees continue to be significantly unpopular with voters, in some cases more so than institutions like the NRA and Planned Parenthood, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Donald Trump was viewed unfavorably by 60 percent of the electorate, while only 29 percent offered a positive rating of the GOP standard-bearer. Hillary Clinton received a 33 percent favorable rating, compared to a 55 percent negative rating.

By comparison, 48 percent of Americans viewed Planned Parenthood favorably, while 29 percent gave the women's health and abortion rights group poor ratings. Forty-two percent of voters saw the National Rifle Association in a positive light, while 36 percent disagreed.

President Barack Obama's favorability stood at 48 percent positive and 41 percent negative.

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<![CDATA[Dump Trump Movement Planning for Convention Floor Fight]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16171043306152.jpg

The grassroots movement aimed at ousting Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention is planning for a convention floor fight, hiring staff, establishing a command center in Cleveland and rolling out ads in key states over the next week, NBC News reported

Organizers of the effort held their second weekly conference call Sunday night.

Former Bogota, New Jersey, Mayor Steve Lonegan, a Ted Cruz supporter and spokesman for a super PAC backing the effort, said he plans to hire East, West and Central regional field directors to begin building a "comprehensive list of every single delegate" to get to know their interests and issues.

The group is also planning to hire a full-time executive director, because the current staff is working on a volunteer basis, Lonegan said. An advance team is heading to Cleveland this week to build a command center outside the convention center.

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<![CDATA[What Stands Between Trump and a US Brexit Effect]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:44:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/542736486-donald-trump-brexit-vote-election.jpg

Even as Donald Trump drew parallels on Friday between the British vote to leave the European Union and the American presidential election, migration experts cautioned against too close a comparison of anti-immigrant sentiment in the two countries.

There are lessons to be taken from the Brexit decision, but more important are the very different heritages of U.S. and the United Kingdom, they said. 

Together with Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's immigration reforms, the vote did put some wind back in Trump’s sails, said Kevin Appleby, the director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies of New York. And it showed that an anti-establishment movement is not unique to the United States.

But the presidential election is months off. American voters are more diverse and the country’s history is one of immigrants building the country, he said.

"It doesn't mean that we'll have the same result on this side of the pond as Britain did, because I think our nation is different in a lot of ways," he said.

Tapping a 'Well of Anxiety' on Immigration
The EU is the world's largest zone of free movement, letting anyone with its passport settle in any of its member nations, and the Brexit victory was as much a referendum on open borders and immigration policies as on British sovereignty. An Ipsos MORI poll found last week that immigration was the most important issue to voters in the UK.

"Free movement is basically the defining achievement of the European Union," said Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, assistant director of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program.

But although economists agree that globalization brings benefits, the effects can be jarring locally. When the EU opened up to 10 new member states in 2004, the result was an influx of Eastern European workers to the UK. 

"It's harder to point your finger at this amorphous, global event, and it's much easier to point your finger at a foreign worker who's still employed," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

The decision to leave reflected a populist, anti-elite sentiment and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would step down in October. 

In Scotland on Friday for the re-opening of his historic golf course in Turnberry, Trump praised the results and said that the British had reasserted control over their politics, their borders and economy. In November, Americans also will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put Americans first, he said.

"They took their country back, just like we will take America back," the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted.

Since he entered the race last June, Trump has promised to build a wall to stop undocumented immigrants from Mexico whom he has called rapists and criminals, and wants a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the country as a way to combat terrorism.

"Both are tapping into this well of anxiety about the fast pace of change that has brought about unfavorable conditions for a lot of people, and they've really tapped into this sense that people are being left behind," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

But the British experience of immigration largely began after its colonies became independent and, more recently, after the formation of the European Union, according to Muzaffar Chishti, the director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law.

The U.S., by contrast, is a country that has long thought of itself as a destination for people hoping to improve their lives, and throughout American history, impulses to close borders or restrict immigration have largely failed, he said. Phenomena such as the Know-Nothing Party, the anti-immigrant party of the mid-1800s and the Chinese Exclusion Act of the 1880s, prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers, are looked back at with disapproval. Even Trump focuses on "illegal" immigration, he said.

"In our history there have been many moments of anti-immigrant sentiment and we have gone beyond them," Chishti said.

Today, in the U.S., only one third of people say immigrants are a burden to the country by taking jobs, housing and health care, while about 60 percent say their hard work and talent strengthen the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March. 

Referendum vs. General Election
Plus, Chishti said, the U.S. elections are not determined by popular vote. If the British parliament had taken that vote instead of opening it up into a referendum, the outcome would have been very different, he said.

Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress Action Fund faulted Cameron for allowing the far right and its anti-immigrant message to play an outsized role in the Conservative Party's policy and campaign messages.

Republicans leaders in the United States have allowed a similar anti-immigrant feeling to flourish, he said. That Trump is the party's presumptive nominee should come as no surprise, he said. 

"David Cameron rolled the dice on a very bad gamble in order to try to appease that extreme right wing of his party," he said. "That's very similar to what Republican leadership has done in the United States. They rolled the dice, and the dice came up Trump."

But he also predicted that the Americans would reject targeting immigrants.

"Allowing the card of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment to be played again and again will have toxic results," he said. "But what I think it will do in the United States is create very severe electoral problems for the Republican Party."

Activists say they are prepared to fight Trump's portrayal of immigrants as dangerous and a drain on the economy.

"We're worried but we're also ready to fight back against Trump's scare tactics and lies," said Pili Tobar, the director of communications at the Latino Victory Project. 

NBC's Asher Klein contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Will DNC 'Demonstration Zones' Muffle Protesters?]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:18:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/DNC+Protest+Zone.JPG

If a protest happens in a park, and nobody can hear it, did it really happen?

That's what some people may be asking after the Democratic National Convention comes to town next month at the Wells Fargo Center.

City officials released a map of the "demonstration zones" where protesters will be permitted inside FDR Park, which often has been characterized as across the street from the arena where delegates will pick the Democratic nominee for president July 27.

But almost three football fields end-to-end could fit in the distance between the edge of the park on South Broad Street where the protest zones end and the north entrance to the Wells Fargo Center.

A city spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that South Broad Street, a nine-lane thoroughfare with a tree-lined median, will be closed to protesters for the stretch separating the arena and the park.

Pro-Bernie Sanders activists said following a meeting Wednesday between dozens of city officials and protest leaders that Philadelphia appears to be making every effort to accommodate protests.

Among the provisions provided by the city are misting and First Aid tents at the park.

But at least one activist is now contemplating whether demonstrations at FDR Park, particularly when the convention is in full-swing by mid-week, will be as effective as potentially more visible demonstrations in Center City across the City Hall.

A group called Black Men for Bernie will protest July 27 and July 28 from 2 to 7 p.m. It is now expected that the presidential nominee will be chosen one of those two days.

In related news, commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will not be allowed to travel on Interstate 95 between exits 13 and 22 the week of the convention. 

"The rerouting of commercial vehicles off I-95 is associated with the security for the Democratic National Convention," PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a release Thursday. "We urge commercial drivers, if possible, to travel on interstate highways outside the Philadelphia region during the week of the convention to avoid being diverted off I-95."

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<![CDATA[House Dems Stream Sit-In]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:15:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Periscope-GettyImages-473860588.jpg

The shot wasn’t always steady, and sometimes people got in the way.

Such are the perils of recording video on a cellphone.

Streaming media conveyed House Democrats' message to the masses when C-SPAN cameras were turned off during a 25-hour sit-in seeking to force a vote on gun control.

Democrats have Bay Area technology to thank. Periscope and Facebook Live were put into play when the mics on the House floor were switched off. Millions of people watched, commented and encouraged the men and women of the House, who said they appreciate the support.

"I thought, well, there’s an app for that," said Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, whose Periscope stream lasted for hours.

Fellow California House member Rep. Jackie Speier said, "For 25 hours we were streaming video to outlets across the country."

Scott streams on Twitter and Periscope: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[NJ Family's Hope Deflates as Supreme Court Blocks Obama Immigration Reform Effort]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:20:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/immigration+sc+ruling.jpg The Supreme Court has blocked an effort by President Obama to shield more than 4 million people from deportation. A family in Union City, New Jersey, shows why it's so disheartening. Pat Battle reports. ]]> <![CDATA['No Fly, No Buy' Gun Measure Survives Senate]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:15:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GUNS_AP_16173672808809.jpg

A Republican-backed compromise amendment to prevent people on the "no-fly list" from acquiring firearms survived an effort to kill the measure Thursday — but at the moment it likely lacks the votes to pass it.

The amendment, sponsored by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would allow the Justice Department to block people on the no-fly list and one other watchlist from buying guns, but would give them an ability to appeal.

A procedural vote to table, or essentially kill, the amendment failed 46-52. Eight Republicans voted against tabling the bill. If Thursday's motion is seen as a test vote, supporters of the amendment lack a handful of votes to pass it.

"I'm very pleased with where we stand," Collins said after the vote. "Obviously I'd like to get to 60 but this was a good day."

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<![CDATA[ACLU Sues City Over DNC Protest Permit]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:02:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015923883_1200x675_711658051933.jpg The anti-poverty group says it was denied a permit to march from city hall to the Wells Fargo Center on the first day of the DNC.]]> <![CDATA[Local Dems Speak After Gun Control 'Sit-in']]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:26:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015922167_1200x675_711619651610.jpg Following an historic 25-hour sit-in by House Democrats over gun control, NBC10's Lauren Mayk reports live from Washington DC speaking to local congressmen about taking part in the movement.]]> <![CDATA[Local Reaction to Immigration Ruling]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:22:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015923920_1200x675_711616579887.jpg A tie vote by the Supreme Court is keeping on hold President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. NBC10's Cydney Long spoke to a young student who expressed what today's ruling means to them.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Says He 'Heard' Clinton's Email Server Was Hacked]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:52:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TrumpNightlyNews.png

Donald Trump insisted Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked, but could not say where he learned the information. 

"I think I read that," Trump said. "And I heard it, and somebody--"

Trump was pressed for evidence to back up his claims during an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt, which will air Thursday.

"—that also gave me that information. I will report back to you," Trump said.

Trump’s comments come after he argued that Clinton’s server, which she used as secretary of state, left her vulnerable to blackmail if she were president.

Clinton’s campaign said there is no evidence that her server was ever hacked. U.S. officials have also told NBC News there is no evidence anyone hacked into the server, although there was evidence of phishing attempts. 

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<![CDATA[Historical Sit Down for Gun Control]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:31:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/House_Democrats_Gun_Protest.jpg Democratic lawmakers have staged a sit-in on Capitol Hill as they demand an immediate vote on gun control measures.]]> <![CDATA[Delaware Lengthens Waiting Time to Buy a Gun]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:27:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gun-Control-Generic-0213_2.jpg

The state Senate has approved a bill extending the wait time for federal officials to conduct background checks on potential gun buyers in Delaware.

The bill, which extends the maximum waiting time from three days to 25 days, was approved on a 12-9 vote Tuesday and now goes back to the House.

Under federal law, a dealer cannot sell or transfer a firearm to a potential buyer until a federal background check has been done, or until three days have elapsed since the background check was requested. The bill as initially written extends the waiting time to 30 days, but senators approved an amendment revising the maximum waiting time to 25 days.

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<![CDATA[Montco Students Win Congressional Gold Medal Awards]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:42:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Abington+awards.PNG

Five Abington Senior High School graduates, and one rising senior, traveled to Washington last week to receive Congressional Award Gold Medals at the U.S. House of Representatives.

Graduates Madeline Reich, Cameron Hayes, Brian Agnew, Brianna Yarnoff and Ye Eun Kim; and rising senior Jared Stevenson, worked more than two years to earn the Gold Medals.

Each student completed the required 400 hours of voluntary service, 200 hours of personal development classes, 200 hours of physical fitness and a combined 10 days of expedition travel to win the award. 

After the ceremony, students and their families celebrated with a formal dinner at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Building where speakers included actress Lynda Carter, baseball hall of famer Cal Ripkin Jr. and actress America Ferrera. 

The Congressional Award encourages young people to set goals and find balance for a lifetime of productive citizenship.

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<![CDATA[Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis No Stranger to Sit-Ins]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:44:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SIT_IN_AP_16174617154578.jpg

Rep. John Lewis, 76, led a sit-in on Wednesday in a quest to force a vote on gun control.

And the Civil Rights icon has faced angry mobs hurling racial epithets, jail and a beating by cops wielding night sticks that was so brutal that his skull was fractured.

Over 50 House Democrats participated in the historic protest which went into Wednesday evening.

"This is an important moment. I never dreamed that one day, after coming to Congress, I would have to sit in on the floor of the House, sit down, occupy the well of the House," Lewis said Wednesday. "We've been waiting, waiting for a long time, for the leadership to bring a piece of legislation, or maybe more than one piece, to deal with gun violence. There are too many people, too many children, babies, teachers, our mothers, our fathers, our sisters and brothers, people going out to dance and have fun, to die because of gun violence."

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<![CDATA[Philly Changes Plan for Dealing With DNC Protesters]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:44:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015907756_1200x675_710981187861.jpg Philadelphia is changing its plans for dealing with protesters at the Democratic National Convention. NBC10's Drew Smith explains.]]> <![CDATA[Rubio Move Part of GOP Strategy to Keep Senate Even if Trump Loses]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:21:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/RUBIO_GettyImages-515906890.jpg

Marco Rubio's decision on Wednesday to run for re-election for his Florida U.S. Senate seat, at the urging of party leaders, is part of an aggressive series of moves the GOP is taking in the hopes of keeping control of the Senate, even if Donald Trump is badly defeated in the presidential race.

Key party officials, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, passed over several Republicans who were already running for the Florida seat to implore Rubio to seek a second term, even though the former presidential candidate had spent months saying that he was leaving the Senate.

Former President George W. Bush, who has largely stayed out of politics since he left office, is holding fundraisers for Republican Senate candidates in close races, even as his aides have said that he will not attend the GOP convention in Cleveland that will nominate Trump. And groups affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers are already investing heavily in campaign ads and ground operations to win key Senate races in states like Ohio and Wisconsin.

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<![CDATA[Transforming The Wells Fargo Center for The DNC]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:54:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wells-Fargo-DNC.jpg In just about a month, the Democratic National Convention will put the spotlight on Philadelphia. NBC10's Lauren Mayk takes us inside the Wells Fargo Center where the transformation is underway for the DNC. ]]> <![CDATA[Local Democrats Take Part in Gun Control Sit-In ]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:25:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Donald-Norcross-Sit-In.jpg

Two local congressmen who are taking part in a sit-in on the House floor are speaking out about the protest and continued push for gun control in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Orlando.

Rep. Bob Brady of Pennsylvania and Rep. Donald Norcross of New Jersey are among the 168 House Democrats who sat down and “occupied” the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. The democrats are demanding a vote on measures to expand background checks and block gun purchases by suspected terrorists. The lawmakers chanted, “No bill, no break,” and called on speaker Paul Ryan to keep the House in session through a scheduled recess next week to debate and vote on gun legislation.

The protest is being staged in the wake of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that led to the deaths of 49 people. On Monday four gun control measures were voted down in the Senate on largely party line votes.

“Here we are waking up this morning and obviously having been back in the district the last few days and listening to our constituents who are absolutely outraged over the lack of progress in congress, particularly after the murders in Orlando,” Congressman Norcross told NBC10. “They just can’t understand why we can’t get something done.”

The protest is being led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia who was also a prominent figure during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.

“A group of individuals very simply got together to say enough is enough,” said Norcross. “We’re going to try to force this vote and this is where we are today.”

Norcross described the type of measures the House Democrats wanted to enforce.

“There are 32,000 people a year who are killed by guns in this country,” he said. “Unacceptable by any measure. If you’re on a terrorist watch list you should not be allowed to purchase a gun.”

“Simple background checks to make sure that those people who are convicted felons or have other criminal backgrounds aren’t allowed to buy guns. That’s a success but this is just a step in the direction of making sure we cut down on those 32,000 people a year who are being butchered.”

Congressman Brady said they’re not pushing to take away weapons from responsible gun owners but simply want more extensive background checks.

“We’re not trying to take anybody’s gun away,” Brady said. “Just an extensive background check. People have been killed and what do we do? A moment of silence? That’s not good enough. We can’t keep telling people that we can’t try to do something to control this gun violence and when it happens we’re going to give you a moment of silence. We’re just asking for some more.”

Brady urged Republican lawmakers to help them in pushing for the gun control measures.

“It’s a Republican bill,” Brady said. “Put it on the floor and let’s put a vote on it. Let’s see what happens. They don’t have the conscience to vote? I’m sure the Republicans have the conscience to take the NRA money! Let’s put a vote on the floor. That’s all we’re asking for.”

Brady said the protest will continue until they see some type of action.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do or what they can do but whatever it is, we’re committed to staying on the floor until we get some kind of bill or some kind of commitment to put on the bill on the floor that we can vote on," he said.

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