<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 28 Mar 2017 17:40:26 -0400Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:40:26 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters: Sources]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:27:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-545170458.jpg

Democratic National Committee has requested the resignation letters of all current staffers be submitted by next month, according to multiple sources familiar with the party's internal working, NBC News reported.

Party staffs typically sees major turnover with a new boss, but the mass resignation letters will give new chairman Tom Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC's headquarters from scratch after staffing had already reached unusual low following a round of layoffs in December.

Immediately after Perez' election in late February, an adviser to outgoing DNC Interim Chair Donna Brazile, Leah Daughtry, asked every employee to submit a letter of resignation dated April 15, several sources tell NBC News.

The DNC has declined to comment.

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<![CDATA[Trump Overturns Climate Regulations, Cites 'War on Coal']]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:09:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/War_On_Coal-149072861540400001.jpg

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at overturning environmental regulations and reviving the coal industry. Trump also railed against a so-called "War on Coal" as well as general federal regulations in his speech prior to signing the order, promising to strike down regulations in every industry by the "thousands." 

<![CDATA[Petition: Melania Trump Must Move or Foot Security Bill]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:04:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/white+house+melania+donald+trump.jpg

A petition quickly amassing signatures online calls for members of the Senate to force first lady Melania Trump to move into the White House or pay for the security required to protect her in New York City.

The petition says U.S. taxpayers are paying an “exorbitant amount of money” to protect the first lady and her 11-year-old son Barron in Trump Tower and that funding should be cut.

By 10 p.m. Monday the petition on change.org had garnered just over 80,000 signatures of its 150,000 goal. If the goal is reached, the petition will be delivered to senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

A proposed letter to senators Sanders and Warren reads: “Make Melania Trump stay in the White House or pay for the expenses herself.”

The NYPD estimates that it costs $127,000 to $146,000 a day to protect the first lady and her 10-year-old son Barron when President Trump is not in the city, The New York Times reported. When the president is in the city, it costs about $308,000 a day. That’s about $50 million a year to protect Melania and Barron, according to the Times.

While President Donald Trump moved into the White House after he was inaugurated in January, his wife and youngest son have stayed in Manhattan. The president has said the two of them will move to Washington, D.C., with him when Barron finishes his school year. 

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<![CDATA[Border Agent Searches of Americans' Cellphones Spark Lawsuit]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:09:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CBP-generic-border-GettyImages-609971224.jpg

An advocacy group is suing the Department of Homeland Security to release details about every time United States border officers have searched travelers' electronic devices over the past five years, NBC News reported.

The Knight First Amendment Institute alleges in documents filed Monday that recent reporting by NBC News shows that U.S. border officers are acting unconstitutionally, violating both the First and Fourth Amendments, by demanding that travelers present their cellphones for searches.

In an investigation published earlier this month, NBC News examined 25 cases where American citizens said that customs officers at airports and border crossings demanded that they hand over their phones and passwords, or unlock them. The practice increased substantially between 2015 and 2016, according to U.S. officials.

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<![CDATA[Trump Appears to Take Credit for 2015 Ford Investment]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:56:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ford-logo.jpg

Ford on Tuesday outlined new details for a planned $9-billion investment in the United States.

The automaker's investment push was first announced in 2015, but President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the "big announcement" was related to his effort to grow jobs in the U.S., CNBC reported.

Ford said Tuesday it would invest $1.2 billion into three Michigan plants. General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler have also made U.S. jobs announcements since Trump won the presidential election, though many projects had already been in the works.

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<![CDATA[Trump Proposed Budget a Double Whammy for Puerto Ricans]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:38:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Puerto-Rico-Flag.jpg

Coping with a 12 percent unemployment rate and a harsh fiscal plan already in place, Puerto Ricans on the island are bracing for further impacts on their quality of life if President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts are implemented.

El Nuevo Día, one of Puerto Rico's leading newspapers calls the likely effects of the budget cuts "devastating" in an editorial published March 18.

"The presidential proposal eliminates the entire Legal Services Corporation budget which would exterminate Puerto Rico Legal Services," the editorial reads. The impact environmental protections, it adds, would be substantial, and it estimates that about half of the funding used to provide health care for 1.5 million people would be lost through the cuts. 

Even before the president's budget proposal, the population of the island had been reeling from financial crisis, stringent fiscal oversight and austerity measures that have recently forced the government to slash $300 million from the public university's budget and other drastic cuts to address a $70 billion public debt. 

"The austerity measures imposed by the oversight board and the Governor are unrealistic, as years of cuts have gutted essential health care and education services and created a mass exodus of over 10,000 Puerto Ricans leaving the island every month," Philadelphia Councilwoman María Quiñones Sánchez told NBC10.

"This crisis was created and worsened by years of bad U.S. tax policy, and if we do not help Puerto Rico recover now, thousands more will end up in our cities requiring even more assistance at a time of serious uncertainty in our federal government," she said.

According to the Pew Research Center, the majority of the 50,000 Puerto Ricans who leave the island for the mainland annually settle in Florida, but Pennsylvania has seen a 33 percent increase in new arrivals since 2005 and ranks second in terms of volume (New York ranks third).

Joanna Otero Cruz, the deputy managing director for Community Services for the city of Philadelphia, said in 2015 that Latino community organizations like Concilio (which she headed at the time) had definitely seen an increase in the number of newly arrived residents. Further, cities like Allentown and Reading have seen rapid increases in Latino populations, thanks to the increased migration from the island. Allentown, the fastest-growing city in Pennsylvania according to the 2010 census, is now about 43 percent Latino, while Reading is 58 percent Latino.

But four out of 10 Latinos in the state live in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to a study by the Century Foundation and the Rutgers Center for Urban Research. In Philadelphia, the poorest zip code is 19133, in the Fairhill section of the city, which is 57 percent Latino (49 percent of that Latino population is Puerto Rican) and has a median income around $14,000. Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens whether they are born on the island or the mainland, will thus be impacted by the budget's proposed cuts to the social safety net.

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<![CDATA['I Tried the Ally Path': Rachel Dolezal on Living as Trans-Black]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:51:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/170327-rachel-dolezal-714b2681_91d0beb678326f4d4061200adacf31dc.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Rachel Dolezal, the former head of an NAACP chapter who for years passed herself off as black, is giving some context about how her upbringing shaped her search for identity in her new memoir.

Now identifying as trans-black, Dolezal sat down with NBCBLK to discuss how her identity challenges white supremacy and why she just couldn't be a white ally.

"I said I tried the 'ally path' in my earlier young adulthood," Dolezal said. "I did a lot of work but it wasn't as much in harmony with me being seen and understood for who I am, and that just kind of all synchronizing, in my life."

She also wishes she had introduced herself and her identity, rather than have it come out when a reporter asked her, "Are you African American," and she was unable to answer.

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<![CDATA[House to Vote on Allowing ISPs to Sell Your Web History]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:21:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LaptopTyping-GettyImages-500231363.jpg

The House is expected to vote on a controversial measure on Tuesday that would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell your browsing history and habits without your consent, NBC News reported.

The Senate narrowly passed the joint resolution Thursday. If the measure passes its second vote in Congress, it would need a signature from President Donald Trump to become law.

Lawmakers voting in favor of the resolution want to overturn rules the Federal Communications Commission approved last year.

Those rules, scheduled to go into effect in December, would require ISPs like cable and cellphone companies to explicitly ask you to "opt in" to letting them share your personal information. 

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<![CDATA[Trump's Early Moves on Education Draw Concern, Praise]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:24:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17081565411668-trump.jpg

The nomination of Betsy DeVos, a school choice advocate, as Education secretary, was a signal from President Donald Trump that he was going to shake up public education.

On Monday, Trump moved to roll back Obama-era rules that deal with how states assess school performance and teacher preparation programs. Trump says that local educators, parents and state leaders know what students need best.

And his budget proposal brought even more clarity to his plan.

But as the budget process begins to play out, education experts and teachers are wondering what the changes will mean. Will some children get left behind? Can schools already strapped for money survive even deeper cuts?

Education experts in favor of school choice and a shrinking role for the federal government in education sing the praises of the new administration. Critics, meanwhile, are worried about the future of education.

Here is a closer look at the divide:  

On Betsy DeVos and Donald Trump:

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called DeVos the most anti-public education person ever nominated, asserting she has an "antipathy toward anything that is public."

"What you’re seeing from her is what happened in the hearing, which is both an ideological antipathy toward anything that is public, toward anything that’s... a public good, and a public concern, and public education," Weingarten said.

DeVos is known for being a charter school and voucher program advocate, which has garnered her a great deal of criticism. But that doesn’t mean she’s lacking in support.

"[DeVos] is a passionate advocate for children," Robert Enlow, president and CEO of EdChoice, a pro-school choice group, said. "I think she supports schools of all types."

He added that he believes she’s committed to making sure that low income families have the same opportunities as others.

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the nation, has been a critic of DeVos from the start.

"The only thing [DeVos] seems to want to talk about is how to funnel public dollars into private charter schools and private schools schools...we think that hurts students--to be supportive of taking public school dollars out of public schools and into unaccountable, privatized schools,” she said.

She added that during the campaign, she felt that the only thing Trump talked about was school choice.

"He didn’t mention education in any other form, except yes we need to fund privately managed schools somehow," she said.

"Then he picked the poster child for how to do that in the worst way possible," Eskelsen added.

On the budget:

The administration this month proposed allocating an additional $1.4 billion for school choice programs and eliminating two programs worth $3.6 billion that provide funding for teacher preparation and after-school programs.

Experts that spoke with NBC named a number of possibilities for the future of education throughout the next four years, but a common theme was tax credit scholarships, which "allow taxpayers to receive full or partial tax credits when they donate to nonprofits that provide private school scholarships," according to EdChoice.

Jon Valant, a fellow in the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute, said he believes school choice is likely to be implemented through a tax credit school program.

"Part of the reason they are likely to go that route is to get it through they could do it through the budget reconciliation process," he said.

Enlow added that the administration can encourage--and that he would prefer--that families get more options through tax codes, which can be done in two ways: through scholarship tax credits and direct tax credits.

"You should be funding every child," Enlow said.

Rick Hess, resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), also said tax credit scholarships are a possibility.

"You’re talking something that would transform the private schooling sector," he said.

Valant said the move is useful politically because it’s filibuster-proof.

He added that there’s a real chance that such a program could change the way schools currently operate.

If the government redirects a substantial amount of money to private schools, he said, then it’s likely that kids would take the scholarships to private schools.

Valant said the program has the potential to take away funding from some places.

"If they are redirecting a substantial amount of money to private schools then it would be very likely that we’d see kids taking those scholarships and taking them to private schools," he said.

But while Trump’s budget has garnered some criticism, Enlow said, "I think it’s a good start."

"Whether it stays that way or not, is of course up to Congress," he added.

Weingarten criticized Trump’s new budget, which has substantial cuts in funding for education, and called it the perfect example of "ideological zeal" that she says blinded DeVos to what works in education.

"If you care about public education and you care about helping all kids and you care about what works in public schools, she’s not your champion," she said.

On transgender bathroom laws:

Garcia also pointed to the Trump administration’s rollback of federal guidelines on transgender bathroom usage in schools. The administration rolled back the Barack Obama’s administration’s guidelines that let students use bathrooms or locker rooms that aligned with their gender identities.

Garcia said transgender kids are often misunderstood and victims, and she said they’re used as scapegoats. She said that in rolling back those guidelines, the Department of Ed is complicit in children’s suffering.

"You will not get another chance to have children feel safe in their school once you have allowed them to feel unsafe," she said.

When the guidance was lifted, DeVos said, "This is an issue best solved at the state and local level.”

She added that schools, communities and families can find solutions that protect all students.

On school choice:

Recently, the text of a bill introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was going around social media, with many criticizing its tenets.

H.R. 610, or the Choices in Education Act of 2017 moves to repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (The law was recently reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA), which provides funding to schools with low-income populations and homeless children, NBC 7 reported.

The bill would also introduce a voucher system for schools using federal funds, and repeal nutrition standards that schools currently follow.

Parents who receive vouchers through the proposed legislation would be able to make the ultimate decision on whether their child receives homeschooling, or attends public or private school.

Such legislation would upend the current state of education in the United States, but according to experts it’s unlikely to pass.

"What this particular act proposes would be revolutionary," said Kevin Welner, professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and director of the National Education Policy Center.

Welner said the bill isn’t just a matter of tinkering with education--it’s a matter of completely eliminating the role of the Department of Education.

"If this actually could happen it would be really, really troubling," Valant said of King’s bill. "But I don’t think it’s likely."

ESSA was reauthorized in 2015, largely with bipartisan support--which is why experts say that they can’t see King’s bill passing.

Valant also said that the bill is unlikely to garner much support among Democrats and Republicans.

"Even to do it with a simple majority would be tough," he said.

For Republicans, Hess said, there’s a balancing act between wanting to dial back Washington’s involvement while also not wanting to look like they’re too hostile toward schools or school systems.

"Even Democrats who are skeptical of testing don’t want Washington to get entirely out of this business," he said.

Valant added that it’s too early to tell what tax credit scholarship programs could look like, but he said they wouldn’t be as stunningly revolutionary as the Choices in Education Act.

"It would not disrupt the infrastructure of federal education policy like King’s proposal would, but it still has potential to have real consequences for kids and public schools," Valant said.

On higher ed:

Weingarten named issues within higher education as some of the things she believes the department should be tackling, namely accountability.

"We should be making private colleges accountable and not allow them to be predatory,” she said. "We should be increasing student loan opportunities not decreasing [them] to help kids who want to go to college, go to college."

Hess said the Higher Education Act is "long overdue" for reauthorization.

"There’s a real opportunity to take a look at the way we fund student loans...and support colleges to ensure that institutions are being encouraged to think about cost effectiveness and about the quality of education they’re providing" he said.

This article contains material from the Associated Press

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<![CDATA[Sessions Threatens Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities in WH Briefing]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:31:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-03-27+at+2.25.24+PM.png

 Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning to sanctuary cities in a Monday White House briefing, threatening to pull federal funding for states and cities that do not follow federal code on illegal immigration. 

<![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[Nunes Met Source for Trump Monitoring Claim at WH Grounds]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:07:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

Before Rep. Devin Nunes claimed Trump Tower may have been caught up in United States surveillance efforts during the transition period, the House Intelligence Committee chairman was on White House grounds meeting with a source, Nunes' spokesman confirmed in a statement to NBC News. 

Nunes, a California Republican, hasn't revealed who his source was for the explosive claim, made Wednesday, that private communications of President Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies. Nunes later took the information directly to Trump before briefing other members of the committee, drawing a rebuke from other members.

The ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement Monday he believes Nunes "should recuse himself from any further involvement in the Russia investigation, as well as any involvement in oversight of matters pertaining to any incidental collection of the Trump transition, as he was also a key member of the transition team."

Schiff had declared Wednesday he had "profound doubt" about the integrity and independence of the committee's probe, and has pushed for an independent commission to look into alleged ties between Trump's team and Russia, which is suspected of interfering with the election. Schiff followed up Monday by saying that it is "very clear" that Nunes had "no legitimate justification for bringing that information to the White House instead of the committee."

Monday's revelation also prompted Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to call for House Speaker Paul Ryan to remove Nunes as committee chairman for a "credible investigation."

Ryan's press secretary hours earlier said that a statement from last week expressing "full confidence" in Nunes still stood. 

Nunes, who served on Trump's transition, has apologized to members of the committee for briefing the president first. He also clarified that he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance.

"Chairman Nunes met with his source at the White House grounds in order to have proximity to a secure location where he could view the information provided by the source," his spokesman Jack Langer said in a statement. "The Chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped."

Classified information must be viewed in secure enclosures called sensitive compartmented information facilities, or SCIFs. However, as NBC News reports, Nunes' own committee has a secure room in the Capitol in which he and his aides regularly review secret documents — so it's unclear why Nunes would have had to seek a secure location to do so in the White House.

Langer responded that the circumstances required that Nunes go to the White House grounds, the Associated Press reports.

"Because of classification rules, the source could not simply put the documents in a backpack and walk them over to the House Intelligence Committee space," Langer said.

Ned Price, formerly the Special Assistant to President Obama, told NBC News that all visitors, even the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, must be cleared into White House grounds. "It's just not possible the White House was unaware or uninvolved," he said of Nunes' visit.

After the statement was released Monday, Nunes told Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake Monday that his source was an intelligence official, not a White House staffer, whom he met on White House grounds because it was the most convenient secure location with "networked access" to the reports he viewed.

He also revealed that the reports were sent to executive branch agencies including the Obama White House, Lake reported.

Nunes' committee is looking into a claim made without evidence by the president that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Nunes and other officials, including FBI Director James Comey, have said there is no evidence the administration did so, but Trump said he felt "somewhat" vindicated by the briefing Nunes gave him.

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<![CDATA[Trump's Son-in-Law to Lead New Office for Federal Overhaul]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:30:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

President Donald Trump plans to debut a new office Monday to streamline and overhaul the federal government, and he intends to name his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner as its head, the White House told NBC News Sunday night.

"All Americans, regardless of their political views, can recognize that government stagnation has hindered our ability to properly function, often creating widespread congestion and leading to cost overruns and delays," Trump said in a statement.

"I promised the American people I would produce results, and apply my 'ahead of schedule, under budget' mentality to the government," he said.

The office was announced a day before a Kushner representative confirmed he volunteered to be interviewed by a Senate inquiry into possible ties between the Trump administration and Russia.

Plans for the office, to be named the White House Office of American Innovation, were first reported Sunday by the Washington Post.

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<![CDATA[DC's 'A Lot More Broken' Than Trump Thought: Mulvaney]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:54:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MickMulvaney.jpg

The unpopular health care proposal supported by President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan could not get enough Republican votes to pass through the House this week, but Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on Sunday chalked it up to Washington being "broken" — and questioned the GOP's ability to govern, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[Sen. Lindsey Graham Fights Back at Rowdy Town Hall]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:00:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lindsey-graham-rowdy-townhall.jpg

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham defended his conservative values and voting record at a raucous town hall on Saturday, hitting back at what he described as the "double standard" among his more liberal-minded constituents.

Speaking to an auditorium of largely Democratic voters in Columbia, the three-term Republican senator had to shout at times to be heard over the crowd, as NBC News reports.

As constituents chanted "your last term," Graham fired back.

"Good! Bring it on — we're going to have an election in 2020," he said, referring to when his seat is up. "Here's what I'm going to do: Between now and 2020, I'm not (gonna) worry about losing my job. I'm not worried about you not voting for me. You know what I am worried about? Our country."

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<![CDATA[Dems Take Aim at Trump Transparency With 'MAR-A-LAGO' Act]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:26:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16327026097462-mar-a-lago.jpg

Democrats want to give President Donald Trump a transparency check in the form of a new bill with a mouthful of a name — and an acronym that takes an unsubtle dig at the president, NBC News reported. 

The "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act" — or MAR-A-LAGO Act — would require the Trump administration to disclose the names of anyone who visits the White House or "any other location at which the President or the Vice President regularly conducts official business." 

The legislation, introduced in the House and Senate on Friday, calls for the creation of a publicly available database to be updated every 90 days.

Democrats said the move is necessary after visitor access records on the official White House website have not been updated since Trump took office, according to NBC News.

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<![CDATA[Nunes Backs Down From Assertion Trump Was Monitored]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:51:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/656523922-devin-nunes-trump-intelligence.jpg

The chairman of the House intelligence committee has backed down from his assertion that Donald Trump and his aides were "monitored" by U.S. spies — a claim the Republicans have cited this week in emails to loyalists.

As NBC News reports, Rep. Devin Nunes told reporters Friday he can't be sure whether conversations among Trump or his aides were captured in the surveillance that has become a source of controversy since Nunes made it public in two news conferences this week.

A spokesman for Nunes, Jack Langer, asserted that the Congressman did not explicitly say Trump was spied on when he briefed reporters Wednesday that he was "very concerned," that "the intelligence community incidentally collected information about American citizens involved in the Trump transition."

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<![CDATA[Republican Health Care Bill Withdrawn]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:43:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000019992196_1200x675_906208835739.jpg

Pennsylvania Republicans among the no votes that led to Friday's canceled vote on the House Republican's Health Care bill. NBC10's Keith Jones has reaction from both sides.

<![CDATA[Toronto School Board Bars New Trips to US]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:06:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump_health_MAR17_1200x675.jpg

The largest school board in Canada said it won't be booking future trips to the United States, citing "uncertainty" surrounding President Donald Trump's latest travel restrictions, NBC News reported.

The Toronto District School Board announced it would bar new trips to the U.S. because of "uncertainty surrounding these new restrictions — specifically with regards to who may be impacted and when," John Malloy, director of education for the school board, said in a statement Thursday.

"We do not make this decision lightly, but given the uncertainty of these new travel restrictions and when they may come into effect, if at all, we strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border," Malloy said in the statement.

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<![CDATA[Trump Urges Bipartisan Effort on 'A Better Bill']]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:09:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump_Ryancare_Reax_1-149039121373800001.jpg

Following the withdrawal of a Republican-backed health care bill, President Donald Trump on Friday urged Republican and Democratic lawmakers to work together on "a better bill."