<![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-usTue, 31 May 2016 22:03:55 -0400Tue, 31 May 2016 22:03:55 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Raised 'Almost $6 Million' for Veterans]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 14:35:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-vet-press-con.jpg Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced he had raised $5.6 million in donations for various veterans charities, following sustained pressure from media outlets trying to account for the promised funds.]]> <![CDATA[Calif. Gov. Backs Clinton]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 11:54:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gov-jerry-brown-generic.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he plans to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week in the state's presidential primary election.

Brown said a vote for the Democratic front-runner is the "only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." Brown made the announcement Tuesday morning in a post on his website titled, "An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents."

Brown said he is "impressed" with Clinton's rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but called on Democrats to unite around Clinton.

"For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda," said Brown, who waged his own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992. "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee.

"Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump."

Clinton is 72 delegates away from the magic number needed for a majority of delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Both Democratic candidates made campaign stops last week in California, hoping to rally support ahead of next week's primary. Sanders spent Memorial Day in the Bay Area with a stop in Emeryville planned for Tuesday as he looks to close Clinton's 2-percentage point lead in California.

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<![CDATA[Dozens Become New Citizens on Battleship New Jersey]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:54:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/Battleship+New+JErsey+Citizens.JPG Thirty-eight new Americans from 27 different countries took the oath of allegiance to the United States on the Battleship New Jersey Monday.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Interrupt Sanders Rally]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 11:49:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0530-2016-BernieProtest.jpg

Animal rights protesters jumped barricades at a Bernie Sanders rally late Monday in Oakland, California, accusing the candidate of falling short in his efforts to fight "factory farming."

The Democratic presidential hopeful was addressing supporters at Frank Ogawa Plaza at City Hall when five people in their 20s and 30s hopped over barricades and attempted to rush the podium before Secret Service agents escorted them away. Agents also surrounded Sanders.

The group identified itself as the Bay Area-based "Direct Action Everywhere," or DXE. Spokesman Zachary Groff, 24, said "roughly two dozen members of the animal liberation network" were present at the rally.

The group claims to have participated in demonstrations in 152 cities worldwide, including at least four other Sanders rallies.

Groff identified the five group members as Ashley Johnson, of New York City; Rebecca Muniz, of Berkeley; Matt Johnson, of Iowa; Aidan Cook, of Denver; and Amy Halpern-Laff, of Berkeley. They were detained for an hour or two, Groff said, and released without charge.

Video appears to show a Secret Service agent striking one of the barricade jumpers several times with a night stick. Groff identified that person as Johnson, whom he said suffered a bloody wound on his hand.

Although Sanders is, in many ways, the most progressive candidate campaigning, the group says he is not progressive enough when it comes to animal issues.

"Sanders claims to oppose 'factory farming,' but what he hides is that virtually all farms in the United States, including farms he supports, are essentially factory farms," said Groff, a Yale University graduate who is moving to Berkeley. "This was a success. We got the whole country talking about animal rights. You can't really be progressive and oppose animal rights."

Activists were not protesting Sanders himself, Groff said, but were trying to pull him in a more progressive direction. The group gave Hillary Clinton higher marks for releasing a campaign platform on animal issues, although the Democratic front-runner also "stops far short of what activists would like to see," Groff said.

Activists said they expect Sanders, "the progressive candidate, to support more radical action to provide animals not just with improved conditions but with legal rights to be free from harm."

The brief scuffle didn't seem to deter Sanders.

"We don't get intimidated easily," the candidate said afterward.

The crowd of about 20,000 was otherwise mostly peaceful. They cheered when Sanders donned a Golden State Warriors cap and told the crowd why he would be the best option for Democrats come November.

"In virtually every state and national poll, we do much better than Trump than Secretary Clinton does," he said.

But Sanders faces an uphill battle, as his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton is about 70 delegates away from clinching the nomination. A large number of those are superdelegates who could change their minds, and that's what Sanders and his supporters are banking on. Sanders believes a win in California, a state with 475 delegates, would be a giant first step in the right direction.

"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win and win big," he told the gathering in Oakland.

Supporters aren't giving up either.

"He should stay in to the very last minute," said Joshua Harris, who was at the Oakland rally. "He should stay in as long as he can."

Another Sanders supporter, Jeff Nibert, agreed: "If California can send a message to the country next Tuesday, that would be a shocker around the world."


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<![CDATA[Sanders Attends Warriors Game]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 07:43:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-535938760_594_screen.jpg

Dub Nation meet Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic presidential hopeful wore a yellow Golden State Warriors hat prior to addressing supporters at a rally late Monday at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza. Sanders has been campaigning in California ahead of the states' June 7 primary.

"Thank you Oakland!" Sanders said to cheers to launch his address. "First thing I need to know is do I have the right hat?"

Sanders' question was met with roaring cheers from the crowd.

"Does this guarantee me the California primary?" Sanders then asked the crowd before chuckling and taking the cap off.

Authorities said 20,000 people attended the rally.

After the rally, Sanders attended Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

More on Sanders' Oakland visit.

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<![CDATA[ Libertarian Party Chairman Hopeful Strips on Stage, Live TV]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 22:46:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LibertarianConvention-AP_428138676168.jpg

A candidate for chairman for the Libertarian Party stripped his clothes on live TV before dropping out of the race on Sunday, NBC News reported. 

James Weeks was supporting the vice presidential campaign of Derrick Grayson when he took off his suit, shirt and tie and danced around, according to video of the convention broadcast by C-SPAN.

He then said, "I'm sorry; that was a dare," and said he was abandoning his own campaign for party chairman. 

The convention, which was contested, had to go to a second ballot before the Libertarians nominated former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld as its presidential ticket.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive: Sanders Talks DNC with NBC10's Lauren Mayk]]> Mon, 30 May 2016 08:25:02 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BernieSanders-AP_16139614761695.jpg Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders talks with NBC10's Lauren Mayk about the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Doesn't Say No to Hypothetical Clinton VP Slot]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 19:13:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BernieSandersMTP.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said he won’t rule out the possibility of being Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

"Here we are in California, I'm knocking my brains out to win the Democratic nomination," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. "What happens afterwards, we will see. But right now, my focus is on winning the nomination." 

Sanders said California is important to win more pledged delegates than Clinton, but also said he will “do everything I can” to ensure Donald Trump is defeated. The onus, he said, was on Clinton to convince his supporters why they should back her.

"If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, it is her job to reach out to millions of people and make the case as to why she is going to defend working families and the middle [class], provide healthcare for all people, take on Wall Street, deal aggressively with climate change. That is the candidate's job to do."

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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[Sanders Warns Clinton on Running Mate Pick ]]> Sun, 29 May 2016 10:40:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/split2-clinton-sanders.jpg

Vermont Bernie Sanders warned democratic rival Hillary Clinton that her pick for running mate will be critical to winning over his supporters going into the general election.

During an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders said told Chuck Todd that Clinton needs "a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process and create a large voter turnout."

Asked whether Virginia senator Tim Kaine, who's rumored to be on Clinton's short list, is the kind of running mate he's recommending, Sanders said, "I really like him very much," but declined any further speculation.

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<![CDATA[Exclusive Preview of the DNC]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 19:53:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015500866_1200x675_694504003568.jpg The Wells Fargo Center will hand over their keys this weekend to organizers of the Democratic National Convention. NBC10's Tracy Davidson sat down for an exclusive interview with CEO Leah Daughtry to find out about what goes into such a big event.]]> <![CDATA[Sanders to Hold Rally in SoCal]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 16:46:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-533816796.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied in San Pedro Friday on the sixth day of his Southland campaign ahead of California's June 7 primary election.

"I tell you it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics,'' Sanders told the union-dominated crowd of about 1,000 people at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. "We need a political revolution.''  

Sanders used the speech to again criticize presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and criticize corporate greed.

"A moral economy is not an economy where CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, ship our jobs abroad and take away health care from their workers,'' he said. He added later, "Our ideas are the future of this country. Let's stand up. Let's fight for them."

Sanders was also scheduled to be interviewed on the HBO talk show "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday.

The 74-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who would be the nation's first Jewish president, spoke at a rally Thursday at Ganesha High School in Pomona and appeared on the ABC late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live.''

Sanders' opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was in Oakland Friday in what her campaign describes as "a community discussion on breaking barriers and increasing opportunity.''

Following last week's Kentucky and Oregon primaries, Sanders holds 1,539 delegates, trailing behind front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is only 78 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination.

City News Service contributed to this report. 

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<![CDATA[Trump to Rubio on Senate Re-Election: 'Run Marco!']]> Fri, 27 May 2016 13:31:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/split2-trump-rubio.jpg

Donald Trump is encouraging "Little Marco" to run for re-election in Florida. 

After weeks of aggressive attacks and name calling during the GOP primary, Trump and Marco Rubio have called a truce, of sorts, NBC News reported. 

Rubio recently came to Trump's defense on Twitter, saying the protesters at Trump's rallies are "professional" and not violent, as he claims the media puts it. And now, Trump, who once said Rubio couldn't get elected "dogcatcher" in Florida and called him "Little Marco," is urging his former rival to keep his Senate seat.

"Poll data shows that @marcorubio does by far the best in holding onto his Senate seat in Florida. Important to keep the MAJORITY. Run Marco!" Trump tweeted. 

On CNN Thursday afternoon, Rubio said he wants "to be helpful" to the GOP presumptive nominee and will release his delegates to vote for Trump. Rubio also said he would be willing to speak on Trump's behalf. 

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<![CDATA[Democratic National Convention Organizers Drawn to Philly's Parking Lots]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:21:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015493721_1200x675_694203971629.jpg Tracy Davidson speaks with Democratic National Convention CEO Leah Daughtry about the criteria of hosting the convention and why the stadium complex's ample parking closed the deal.]]> <![CDATA['Death Fell From the Sky': Obama at Hiroshima]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 07:22:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16148362560935.jpg

Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Friday, using the moment to call for a world without nuclear weapons, NBC News reported.

Some 140,000 people were killed when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city on Aug. 6, 1945.

Obama spent a short time at the Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial Museum and then placed a wreath at the arched monument at the memorial park.

Obama reflected on the day "death fell from the sky and the world was changed," telling a gathering of survivors and officials that a "wall of fire destroyed a city and demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself."

Obama did not apologize for the U.S. actions and instead paid tribute to "all the innocents killed across the arc of that terrible war," saying that "their souls speak to us" and "mere words cannot give voice to such suffering."

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<![CDATA[USSS Employees Disciplined for Violating Congressman's Privacy]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:51:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_784902619993.jpg

More than 40 Secret Service employees were disciplined for improperly accessing information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz last year, NBC News reported. 

One employee resigned, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday. Other punishments ranged from letters placed in personnel files to 45-day suspensions without pay. None of the disciplined employees were identified due to federal privacy laws.

The Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security apologized to Chaffetz, R-Utah, who led numerous inquiries into alleged misconduct by the agency. 

Chaffetz tried, unsuccessfully, to join the Secret Service in 2003. A report found that the 41 Secret Service employees accessed his job application more than 60 times, even though there was no need for inquiries.

Johnson said he was "appalled by the episode," which he said "brought real discredit to the Secret Service."

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<![CDATA[Judge Blocks Release of Video, Audio of Mills in Clinton Deposition]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:50:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CherylMills-AP_16141516465226.jpg

A federal judge granted a request Thursday to block the release of video from an upcoming deposition of Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff at the State Department, NBC News reported. 

Cheryl Mills is scheduled to be deposed Friday by lawyers for conservative group Judicial Watch. The group is inquiring into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. 

Mills’ lawyer said Wednesday that the former staffer had no objection to transcripts, but she was concerned that parts of video could be taken out of context by political groups. They asked that video or audio be withheld.

"The public has a right to know details related to the creation, purpose and use of the clintonemail.com system. Thus, the transcripts of all depositions taken in this case will be publicly available," U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan wrote in an order. 

Federal rules authorize a court to protect a people involved in a case "from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression or undue burden or expense," the judge said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Looks to RNC for Ground Game]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 19:27:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DonaldTrump-AP_16147730321347.jpg

Donald Trump said he believes the Republican National Committee will help him in his ground game and his plans to turn 15 blue states red, NBC News reported. 

"As far as building the infrastructure for campaign, the RNC has been doing it for many years, Reince [Priebus, the RNC chairman] has really upped it, all over the country, and part of the benefit is that we get to use those people," Trump said Thursday, noting they were staffing themselves but suggesting that the RNC could build a ground game better than he could in just a few months. 

The RNC has historically helped in the campaigns of presidential candidates, but they’re also helping Senate and House elections as well. So could the RNC do the majority of planning for Trump’s ground game? 

"No," former RNC Chairman Michael Steele said. "Those duties and responsibilities have to be split." 

Trump’s staff told The Associated Press that teams are being sent into 15 states by the end of May. While a Trump campaign source who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity said that plan is “non-existent,” Trump’s spokesperson declined to discuss staffing or offer any information about new hires.

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<![CDATA[Philly Mayor Argues Over Sugary Doughnuts Vs. Drinks]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 11:13:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015472869_1200x675_693282371864.jpg Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney responded to former mayor, Governor Ed Rendell's comment about sugary drinks sales tax by saying the body takes in sugars differently.]]> <![CDATA[Investigators: Housing Officials Earn Over-Limit Salaries]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 15:21:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/investigators+blacher+PHA+salaries.JPG

An NBC10 investigation found public housing executives earning more than the federal limit. According to Housing and Urban Development’s latest records, 302 federally funded public housing executives earned more than $157,100.

The federal government won’t cover salaries above that limit. The extra money comes from local sources.

Eight Philadelphia public housing executives currently earn more than the federal limit, including Philadelphia Housing Authority President Kelvin Jeremiah. His salary is $243,390.66, according to housing authority records.

“You have to pay them a rate that would attract and retain them,” Jeremiah said when asked why the salaries exceeded the federal limit.

This year, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will have to come up with an extra $146,031 to pay excess executive salaries.  According to documentation provided by the housing authority, $24,967 will come from the sale of obsolete equipment including sidewalk sweepers, duct tape rolls and electrical wire.

Jeremiah said investment income will cover the rest but did not provide documentation showing the source of that money. The housing authority’s 2015 financial audit shows it earned $14.1 million from investments last year.

“Use it for what the purpose of public housing is for safe, affordable housing,” Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said.

Grassley has introduced legislation to stop housing authorities from using local money to pay executives.

In 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development found six public housing authorities using federal money to pay excess executive salaries.  Three of them are in Northern New Jersey.  All had to return the excess money.

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<![CDATA[Trump Reaches the Magic Number to Clinch Nomination]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:22:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump-GettyImages-533099798.jpg

Donald Trump on Thursday secured the number of GOP delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, NBC News has confirmed.  

Trump passed the 1,237 mark after unbound delegates from North Dakota pledged their support for him. NBC News declared Trump to be the presumptive Republican nominee after his GOP rivals dropped out of the race in early May.

There are still 303 delegates at stake in five state primaries on June 7. Trump will not officially become the nominee until he accepts the nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland in July.

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<![CDATA[DOJ Looks at Delco Department's Police-Involved Shootings]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 09:24:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/189*120/Chester+Police+Delco+Invesitgations.JPG The Department of Justice will come to Chester,Pennsylvania to review the police department's use of deadly force. NBC10's Matt DeLucia explains who asked for the review.

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<![CDATA[The Plan to Rescue Atlantic City]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 08:06:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/AC+Boardwalk+Generic+Atlantic+City+Generic.JPG

New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on an Atlantic City rescue package to keep the struggling resort town from running out of money.

The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for Thursday on a package of bills to help the city.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie says he'll decide quickly whether to sign or veto the legislation. Christie says it contains the authority that he has been seeking, but he declined to say Wednesday if he supports the deal.

The legislation gives the city five months to come up with a plan to balance budgets over five years.

The deal eliminates, for now, the threat of a state takeover, and resolves a nasty political fight that has raged since January and pushed the resort ever closer to bankruptcy.

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<![CDATA[Obama: Trump Candidacy Has 'Rattled' World Leaders]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 07:35:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_AP_16147347596862.jpg

President Barack Obama said world leaders are "rattled" by Donald Trump and have a good reason to feel that way, NBC News reported. 

Speaking at a news conference while at the G7 meeting in Japan, Obama said the American presidential election is being "very" closely watched abroad. He told reporters that "it's fair to say" world leaders are "surprised" Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.

"They are not sure how seriously to take some of this pronouncements but they're rattled by him — and for good reason, because a lot of the proposals that he's made display either ignorance of world affairs or a cavalier attitude," Obama added.

The president also suggested Trump's controversial proposals were more about "getting tweets and headlines" than "actually thinking through" what's needed to keep America safe or the "world on an even keel."

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<![CDATA[No 'Decision' or 'Timeline' Yet on Trump Endorsement: Ryan]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 14:30:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PaulRyan-AP_16140578310835.jpg

House Speaker Paul Ryan has not yet decided whether to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, NBC News reported.

"I haven't made a decision," Ryan told reporters in an off-camera briefing Wednesday. "I don't have a timeline in my mind." 

A spokesperson for Ryan shot down accounts that an endorsement was imminent.

Ryan announced earlier this month he was “not ready” to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee. But he says his team is working closely with Trump’s campaign, saying the two staffs meet “virtually every day.”

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