<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:06:33 -0400 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:06:33 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Camden Schools Get Financial Boost]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:18:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011807037_1200x675_518335556002.jpg A private donor has agreed to match fundraising totals for Camden City schools. That’s about $500,00 for the district!]]> <![CDATA[Shooting of Trenton Man Justified: AG]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:36:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011807029_1200x675_518330947942.jpg There is new information about two police officers accused of killing a man in Trenton. The officers shot and killed Eric McNeil outside a home after the suspect allegedly started shooting. The New Jersey Attorney General’s office released a statement that the use of force by the officers was justified.]]> <![CDATA[Teachers Working Without Pay in Delco]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:29:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/179*120/Chester+Upland+School+District.JPG Delaware County parents and students are showing their appreciation for teachers who are working, even though they won’t be paid for now. Supporters handed out flyers to parents asking them to call their legislator and pass a budget.

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<![CDATA[Mayor's Office Defends Bad Communication Accusations]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:58:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/l_nwlbbutkox1200.jpg

Is Mayor Nutter being inconsiderate?

We've all heard that it's hard to do business in Philly and now that the Pope is on his way… it seems even harder by some accounts.

While preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis, an Economic Impact survey was taken of 68 businesses such as restaurants, retailers and hotels.  Overall, businesses were optimistic about Pope Francis' visit, although 86-percent said Mayor Michael Nutter's administration was doing a less than stellar job communicating important details that could be critical to their preparation.

The survey came from the office of City Controller Alan Butkovitz.

"It's not like a presidential poll. It was designed to meet the need of giving a voice to various kinds of businesses. We've been reading a lot of anecdotes in the news media in the last few weeks and I think a lot of that has actually been productive, for example, in changing the amount of territory that employees have to walk to work. So we thought something that was a larger scale that gave voice to the three major business sectors would be important." Butkovitz told Phillymag.com

The Mayor’s press secretary Mark McDonald defended the city’s position in a statement, saying “The City has been in very close contact with businesses and other entities that face challenges with the WMOF and the Papal visit.’

The city set up a Business Resource Center to address business needs and concerns. “The majority of the callers received answers on the spot. Call volume decreased substantially after the first week, indicating that most businesses have the information they need to prepare," McDonald said.

As to Butko’s survey, it’s a bit like a political candidate’s push poll. He makes several inflammatory or mistaken statements and then asks for comment from the business. So, for example, he asserts that we’ve lacked transparency. He talks about the 'Mayor’s designated security perimeter.' As you know, the security perimeters were established by the U.S. Secret Service," McDonald said in his statement.

If you are a business with concerns you can call The Business Resource Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 215-683-2100

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<![CDATA[Beluga Whale Photobombs Connecticut Gov. News Briefing]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:50:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/juno+gov+malloy+mystic+whale.jpg

Juno the beluga stole the show Wednesday at a press event with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The governor visited Mystic Aquarium to discuss travel in Connecticut ahead of Labor Day Weekend, touring the facility's Animal Rescue Clinic, Arctic Coast and Pacific Northwest exhibits before addressing the crowd in front of Juno's tank.

As the governor speaks, Juno appears behind him, swimming up to the governor and hovering over his shoulder. At one point, the beloved beluga presses his forehead to the glass, seeming to know he has an audience.

It's not the first time Juno has been playful with visitors or the camera.  He interacted with a mariachi band in 2011 and checked out the work of a sketch artist in 2012.

Watch Juno ham it up for the camera in the video above.

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<![CDATA[John Kerry Comes to Philly to Talk Iran]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:09:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_610188937463.jpg The Iran nuclear deal is almost complete. Two local senators gave their support to give President Obama a foreign policy victory but the President is one vote short. NBC10’s Cydney Long has more on how John Kerry is looking to close the deal.

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<![CDATA[Newspaper Takes Jab at Philly as Host City for Pope, Locals React]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:53:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011790812_1200x675_517611075880.jpg The Washington Post is taking shots at Philadelphia suggesting that it is a second-rate host city for the Papal Visit. NBC10’s Rosemary Connors has more.]]> <![CDATA[Philly's Archbishop Chaput Takes on Trump on Immigration]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:42:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Charles+Chaput+Donald+Trump+Immigration.jpg

The leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday attacked Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump's call for ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants living illegally in the U.S., saying the idea "plays on our worst fears and resentments."

"Some in public life — notably, but not only, Donald Trump — have called for an end to birthright citizenship," Archbishop Charles Chaput said in remarks prepared for a church forum that was part of the run-up of activities to a visit later this month by Pope Francis. "This is a profoundly bad idea."

The archbishop said he hoped immigration would be a key part of the discussions during the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the pope's appearance during the closing weekend.

The pope has decried what he has called the "inhuman" conditions facing migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and encouraged frontier communities to not judge people by stereotypes but rather welcome migrants and work to end discrimination.

Without at first mentioning Trump by name, Chaput began his remarks by declaring: "At least one of our presidential candidates has already made the national immigration debate ugly with a great deal of belligerent bombast."

Trump has proposed the mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children. He also supports building a wall along the border.

"They're illegal," he said of the children.

U.S.-born children of all immigrants, including those living in the U.S. illegally, have been automatically considered American citizens since the adoption of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment in 1868. Repeal of the citizenship clause would require the votes of two-thirds of both houses of Congress and support from three-fourths of the nation's state legislatures. Some conservatives, however, believe that the granting of citizenship to children of immigrants in the U.S. illegally could be changed without amending the Constitution.

Chaput, whose archdiocese has about 1.4 million parishioners, urged Congress to give those living in the U.S. illegally "an honest, attainable chance at citizenship."

He also said the nation should stop detaining young mothers with children who are fleeing violence in Central America.

"These families pose no threat to anyone," he said. "Detaining them is inhumane."

Birthright citizenship is not only a constitutional right, it also ensures that children don't become stateless or part of a chronic underclass, he said.

Of Trump's call to end it, he said: "It plays on our worst fears and resentments. And it undermines one of the pillars of the American founding and national identity."

He also directed some criticism at the Democratic administration, noting the deportation rate had hit a record under President Barack Obama.

"This brutally affects immigrant families — especially those with children who are U.S. citizens," he said.

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<![CDATA[Chaput on Francis' Abortion Declaration]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 21:58:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011790802_1200x675_517621827669.jpg Archbishop Charles Chaput says the Church has been forgiving those who committed abortions for years.]]> <![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[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:02:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.

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<![CDATA[Pope Visit Leaders Rally Businesses to Be #OpeninPHL]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:33:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/open+in+phl+cydney+long.jpg

Mayor Michael Nutter and World Meeting of Families leaders hit the streets of Philadelphia Monday to deliver Pope visit kits to Philadelphia businesses.

The "Open-in-Philadelphia" kits contain signs, buttons and business resources that organizers hope will serve as a proactive measure to help businesses better engage the throngs of visitors expected for Pope Francis’ visit in late September.

Nutter and WMOF organizers started their #OpeninPHL tour at the Wawa at 17th and Arch streets before hopping on a Phlash bus to make stops at McGillin's Olde Ale House and Del Frisco's in Center City and Pat's Steaks in South Philly.

At McGillan's, they jokingly promised to have beer delivered by drone if that's what it takes.

The kit deliveries – organizers promise to get hundreds of kits into business owners' hands – came days after Nutter and WMOF leaders announced the "I'll Be There" campaign that encourages people to show up to see the Pontiff as a series of public events on Sept. 26 and 27 including a mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Part of the "I’ll Be there" announcement included trying to change perception of the papal visit from one of inconvenience to one of fun and faith. They announced that the traffic box ranging from The Delaware River to 38th Street and South Street to Girard Avenue would now be known as the "Francis Festival Grounds" and would feature street food and other fun.

"I hope our message today is clear: Come! Be part of history," said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families. "Let's not lose sight of the fact that this is a moment we will never have again."

Businesses that don’t get an “Open in PHL” kit delivered Monday an pick up the kits all week at eight locations throughout the city including 30th Street Station, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Reading Terminal Market.

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<![CDATA[Will Joe Biden Run for President?]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:42:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011743666_1200x675_515330627591.jpg NBC's political correspondent Chuck Todd talks to Keith Jones and Jacqueline London about whether or not current Vice President Joe Biden will run for President.]]> <![CDATA[Pre-K Programs Hurt While Budget Remains at Stalemate]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:07:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011742752_1200x675_515293763504.jpg Pennsylvania has been without a budget for 58 days as Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers cannot come to a consensus. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports this stalemate is having a negative effect on Pre-K programs.]]> <![CDATA[Delco Teachers Won't Be Paid to Start School Year]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:51:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/chester-upland-schools.gif Teachers in the Chester-Upland School District agreed to work without pay to start the school year.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Has Attendee Pull at His Hair, Attacks Media]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_343928941003.jpg

Donald Trump forcefully defended his hair and attacked the New York Times for a front-page report on his adversarial relationship with Spanish-language media during a rally in South Carolina on Thursday.

The GOP presidential frontrunner took umbrage to the opening paragraph of the Times story that details how Hispanic radio host Ricardo Sánchez has nicknamed Trump "El hombre del peluquín," or "the man of the toupee."

"I don't wear a toupee. It's my hair. I swear," he said before inviting a woman in attendance to inspect his head. 

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<![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:16:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg

Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race.

Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016 presidential run. She reiterated that she has "a great deal of admiration and affection" for the vice president, but wants him to make the right choice for him and his family following his son Beau Biden's death earlier this year. 

"He has to do what he has to do but I'm just going to continue with my campaign," Clinton said in Iowa Wednesday. 

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<![CDATA[Nutter Doesn't Know Why People Would Protest Pope Francis]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 23:14:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Mayor+Michael+Nutter+WMOF+Protest.JPG

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter might not understand why people would want to protest Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in late September but he said that if groups want to demonstrate that the city will work with them to make it happen.

"I am not aware, at the moment, of requests for a designated area for protests," said Nutter in response to a question by NBC10’s Drew Smith about possible protests.

"No one has contacted me, I’m not aware that the team has been contacted about protesters," said Nutter. "...This is the United States of America, somebody is probably protesting somewhere about something."

People often don’t notify the city of planned demonstrations, said Nutter, adding some groups could contact the city closer to the event to ask to protest in specific areas on Sept. 26 and 27.

"They might want to be in a particular place, we would have to get into permits – depending on where it is they may not be able to be at that spot," said Nutter. "Depending on where they are in terms of secure perimeter."

Nutter didn’t reveal details about how the city will handle groups that try to exercise their First Amendment rights without first getting a permit during the World Meeting of Families.

"I’m not sure what you would protest Pope Francis about but it’s a free country," said Nutter.

Nutter also made a joke about possible protests.

"I was thinking about sending them to your house," joked Nutter in response to Smith’s question. "We’ve made special provisions... People are pretty excited about that and we’ve already given them a permit."

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<![CDATA[Chaput's Message to Pope Visit Whiners]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:56:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Charles-Chaput.jpg

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has a message for Philadelphians worried about security, walking, “Pope Passes” and all other gripes revolving around Pope Francis’ upcoming visit: Chill out, be flexible and think about what Mary, Joseph and Jesus would do.

“It's worth noting that exactly four months from today is Christmas,” said Chaput. “I mention that for two reasons. First, there's no finer model of Christian family life than the Gospel accounts of the Holy Family. And second, nowhere in Scripture do we find Mary, Joseph or Jesus worrying about security, transportation or logistics.”

Chaput, a staunch conservative, made the statements during the closing part of his weekly column -- adapted from his Tuesday evening “Cardinal’s Forum" address at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary -- released by the archdiocese Wednesday.

“Somehow, Mary and Joseph managed to make their way to Bethlehem and have a baby in a stable. Somehow, they managed to find the adolescent Jesus in the Temple. And somehow, Jesus managed to preach the Gospel all over Judea despite robbers, brigands and demons -- and without downtown parking or even a SEPTA pass.”

Chaput didn’t just take shots at complainers, he also offered advice on how to deal with the inconveniences caused by Pontiff’s late-September visit.

“What's the lesson? Philadelphians have a reputation for durability. We earned it. We're nothing if not determined and resilient. If God could send his son to save us with his suffering and love, then surely we can bear a little inconvenience to greet the pastor who guides God's Church on earth. The World Meeting of Families is a gift -- a pure gift. It's a moment of grace for all of us. And we need to be there, all of us, to share in it, and to let God renew the spirit of our city and our Church.”

Chaput, who has been accused of being downright caustic at times when he mixes it up with Christians via email, used a gentler tone in closing.

“Pope Francis is coming; we're down to the final month and counting. Let's welcome him together in Center City.”

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<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:57:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's temporary removal during a news conference in Iowa Tuesday night.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday Trump said Ramos was "totally out of line last night" and that he was "ranting and raving like a madman."

Ramos, the Miami-based anchor and journalist for the prominent Spanish-language network, was ejected from the event after attempting to engage with the GOP front-runner as he recognized another reporter.

“Sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump told him. “Go back to Univision.”

Ramos proceeded to question Trump on his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. As the two spoke over one another in a testy back-and-forth, Trump's security detail approached the Mexican-American journalist and escorted him out of the room.

"You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall," Ramos continued on his way out.

The exchange prompted several reporters to ask Trump about the incident. The real estate mogul said, “You can’t just stand up and scream,” noting that Ramos spoke out of turn.

On Wednesday, Trump told "Today's," Matt Lauer, "I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to (Ramos) very quickly. He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman."

Lauer asked Trump why he lets people get under his skin, and suggested that his renewed feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly reflects badly on him.

"I'm not a bully," he said about public perceptions. "In fact, I think it's just the opposite way."

Trump said he proved that point when Ramos was eventually allowed to return to the presser. 

Trump called on Ramos to ask a question.

“Good to have you back,” Trump said before Ramos fired a series of questions on the billionaire’s controversial immigration policies.

"Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises," Ramos began. "You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country."

"Why do you say that?" Trump replied. "Some of the great legal scholars agree that's not true."

Citizenship for infants born in the United States is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and changing that would require amending the Constitution.

Ramos later asked Trump about the feasibility of building a wall extending the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. The real estate mogul responded that he’s a “builder,” adding that it is more complicated to build a “building that’s 95 stories tall.”

"We'll have a border, and we'll have a wall. And the wall's going to have a big beautiful door where we can let in people," Trump said.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for letting Ramos be ejected for what its president said was simply trying to hold the GOP candidate accountable to his own prior statements.

"Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!" said Mekahlo Medina, a KNBC reporter serving as president of the NAHJ, in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Trump is in Iowa to host a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:49:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

"Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

"Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

"We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."

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