<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Philadelphia Political News and Philadelphia Politics]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:52:10 -0400Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:52:10 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump to Hold Rally in NH]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:08:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump7.png

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon.

The rally is set for 3 p.m. at the New Hampshire Sportsplex in Bedford. Trump's visit comes one day after Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were at the University of New Hampshire in Durham talking about college affordability.

Trump has made several visits to the Granite State since locking up his party's nomination. New Hampshire is seen as a key swing state in this year's presidential election.

His running mate, Mike Pence, was just in New Hampshire on Monday.

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<![CDATA[Over 600K Vets May Be Uninsured in 2017]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:55:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DOC_GettyImages-539738467.jpg

More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute.

The report found that many veterans fall into the “Medicaid gap” -- not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but making too much to qualify for federal subsidies stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. Some uninsured veterans may be able to obtain VA care, but not all of them choose it or meet the eligibility requirements. 

Thirty-two states have expanded their Medicaid programs since Obamacare passed in 2010, and 20 million more Americans have health insurance than did six years ago. Many Republican-controlled states refused to do it, leaving many of their residents in what's now called the "Medicaid gap."



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<![CDATA[Blue Ribbon Schools in Philly Area]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:33:03 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/high_school_student_generic.jpg Dozens of schools in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania made the list of Blue Ribbon Schools, which aim to have academic excellence.

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<![CDATA[Alec Baldwin Debuts as Trump in New SNL Premiere Teaser]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/baldwinhil.jpg

The "Saturday Night Live" premiere is going to be "YUUGE."

The show, which underwent a few casting changes in the off-season with the departure of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, debuted a teaser video via Twitter which promises show favorite Alec Baldwin donning an orange wig and doing his best Donald Trump impersonation while squaring off against Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton.

The show is set to return Oct 1. with "Suicide Squad" star Margot Robbie as host.



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<![CDATA[Trump Campaign Says Debate Two Must Be Better]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:06:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump_chicago_2.png

Two days after the first presidential debate, top aides and people close to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump admit the candidate's performance was subpar and that he must dramatically improve in his second showdown against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

While Trump has been actively spinning his debate performance as a win and insisting that any areas of imperfection were not his fault, his confidants were telling a different story.

The debate was a "disaster" for Trump, according to one source close to the campaign. Also dissatisfied with the debate performance were Trump's children, according to a campaign aide, who said they wish campaign leadership had forced him to take it more seriously.



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<![CDATA[Gary Johnson Can't Name His Favorite Foreign Leader]]> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:03:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gary-Johnson-candidato-presidencial-que-es-Alepo-Siria.jpg

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson went on the offensive over foreign policy Wednesday night, but not before drawing a blank on the names of just about every foreign leader alive today.

Even Johnson had to admit he was making a gaffe as he tried and failed to answer Chris Matthews' question on who his favorite foreign leader is, holding his head in his hand for seconds on a live episode of MSNBC's "Hardball," filmed at a town hall in the University of New Hampshire.

"I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment on the former president of Mexico," he said.

Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, was referring to a blunder he made a few weeks ago on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," when he was asked what he would do about the situation in war-torn Aleppo in Syria.

"What is Aleppo?" he asked. Johnson later expressed frustration with himself and said, "I have to get smarter."

In Wednesday's gaffe, Johnson managed to identify "the former president of Mexico" as his favorite leader, but couldn't name which one. His running mate, ex-Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, chimed in with the name Vicente Fox, which Johnson said was correct.

Later in the Q&A, Johnson took a big swing at Hillary Clinton, saying he doesn't have confidence in her when it comes to nuclear weapons restraint.

Johnson insisted "she's gonna shoot" when Matthews asked if he thinks Clinton has a "happy trigger," going on to say he thought she would not want to be perceived as weak.

"Confronted with that 10 minutes, she's gonna be hawkish," he said.

Johnson is polling at 10 percent among likely voters, according to the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll. He told Matthews he needs to start polling higher so that he'd be able to participate in the final two debates and have a shot at winning the presidency.



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<![CDATA[Politcal Punchout: Presidential Debate Behavior]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:17:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/5pm+political+punchout+monday+926.JPG Will Donald Trump hold back on his punches and how will Hillary Clinton respond? NBC10's political analysts, democrat Mark Alderman and republican Jim Schultz tackle that question in the hours before the first presidential debate.]]> <![CDATA[Political Punchout: Debate Expectations]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:07:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/political+punchout+special+monday+926.JPG Our "Political Punchout" team, analysts democrat Mark Alderman and republican Jim Schultz talk about what presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton need to do and say during the first debate in order to pull over undecided voters.]]> <![CDATA[Political Punchout: Top Debate Question?]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:51:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/530+use+this+biggest+question.JPG Perhaps this is the biggest question going into the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton -- can either one of the candidates move the needle on support? Our political analysts, republican Jim Schultz and democrat Mark Alderman answer that question.]]> <![CDATA[Voter Registration Push in Pennsylvania ]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:51:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Voter-Registration.jpg The deadline is approaching to register to vote in the presidential election. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal found a large number of people in the Lehigh Valley are registering every day.]]> <![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Pushes for Millennial Votes]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:14:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610600040_master.jpg Senior Political Editor for NBC News, Mark Murray, explains the power young voters have on the 2016 presidential election.

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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[Political Punchout: Should Candidates be Fact-Checked in a Debate?]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:54:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/4pm+political+punchout+monday+926.JPG Our political analysts, republican Jim Schultz and democrat Mark Alderman answer the question: Should Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump be fact-checked by the moderator during their first presidential debate?]]> <![CDATA[How Trump Fared With Women After the Debate]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:35:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16271039934629.jpg

Donald Trump's debate performance did not help his standing among among women likely to vote in the election in November, according to a new NBC NewsSurveyMoney poll taken after Monday’s debate.

NBC News reported that 27 percent of likely female voters said the debate caused them to think worse of Trump, while just 12 percent said their views on Clinton worsened. Eleven percent of women voters said their views on Trump improved while 30 percent said their views on Hillary Clinton improved.

The poll found that overall, 52 percent of likely voters who watched the debate or followed coverage on it thought Hillary Clinton won, and women named Clinton the winner of the debate by a 10-point margin over men.

"I'm undecided, but I'm leaning more towards Hillary than I ever have before because of the debate," said Joan Hume, a 71-year-old retiree from Ohio who said she voted for Trump in the primary.



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<![CDATA[Majority of Voters Say Clinton Won the Debate: Poll]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:43:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clinton-and-trump.jpg

A majority (52 percent) of voters who followed the first presidential debate said Hillary Clinton won, according to an NBC News/Survey Monkey post-debate poll.

Twenty-one percent of those polled thought Trump was the winner, while 26 percent said neither candidate emerged victorious.

Fifty percent of Democrats said their impression of Clinton changed for the better after watching the debate. About a quarter of Republicans polled said their impression of Trump changed positively.

Thirty percent of women polled, regardless of party affiliation, said their opinion of Clinton improved after the debate, while just 11 percent of women overall said their opinion of Trump changed for the better.

The first face-off of the 2016 presidential election cycle broke debate viewership records and about three-quarters of respondents said they watched the debate live.



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<![CDATA[Trump Feeling 'Just Fine' Despite Low-Tempo Chicago Speech]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:08:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trump+campaign1.png

An uncharacteristically low-tempo speech in Chicago Wednesday, paired with noticeable congestion, has fueled further questions about Trump's health following his infamous debate-night sniffles. Still, his campaign insists Trump does not have a cold and is feeling "just fine."

Trump spoke during a campaign event at the Polish National Alliance, but social media viewers were quick to point out he sounded congested, his voice scratchy during the event.

On Monday, Trump’s sniffles appeared to distract many people following along with the debate on social media and certainly did not go unnoticed, with #TrumpSniffles showing up on Twitter timelines.

Trump insisted Tuesday that he didn't have the sniffles during the debate. Asked about them in a phone interview Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends," Trump denied there was any sniffling, said he doesn't have a cold or allergies, and blamed the microphone.

He said the microphone was very bad, "but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But there was no sniffles."

Trump also floated the theory that debate moderators gave him a bad microphone on purpose.

When Hillary Clinton had pneumonia about two weeks ago, it became a major question mark over her own campaign.

When video showed her appearing to stumble at a 9/11 memorial event in New York, it sparked a wave of speculation on whether she was fit enough to continue running or serve as president. (Her doctors said she was, and she returned to the trail.)

Trump's campaign did appear to make light of her absence from the campaign trail in a statement after she began campaigning: "We are pleased to disclose all of the test results which show that Mr. Trump is in excellent health, and has the stamina to endure — uninterrupted — the rigors of a punishing and unprecedented presidential campaign and, more importantly, the singularly demanding job of president of the United States."

Trump is also expected to appear at an event in suburban Bolingbrook Wednesday. Later in the day, former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts are expected to attend a fundraiser for the Republican presidential nominee alongside Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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<![CDATA[Fill Out FAFSA Early]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:13:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000017276023_1200x675_774869571842.jpg Students entering the 2017 School Year no longer have to wait until January 1 to apply for federal financial aid. Beginning Oct. 1, will be available and should be filled out by both student and parents. The earlier you apply the better.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Tries Reframing Poor Debate Performance at Florida Rally]]> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:05:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump spent all of Tuesday discussing Monday night's debate, asserting that he won against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported.

"Last night was very exciting, and nearly every single poll had us winning against Hillary Clinton, big league," he said.

Later, veering off, Trump explained away a performance even Republicans said was reactive and lacking substance as a planned strategy of "holding back."

"I didn't want to do anything to embarass her," he said.

Trump also repeated a number of falsehoods from the debate, asking the crowd: "Does everybody believe me, I was against going to Iraq?" though his initial support is well-documented; and "I explained last night stop and frisk was constitutional," he said, though it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2013.



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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about George Washington Bridge lane closings in Fort Lee as they were happening, longtime Christie aide David Wildstein testified publicly for the first time Tuesday.

Pictures of Christie, Wildstein and Bill Baroni were taken the morning of Sept. 11, 2013 at the World Trade Center memorial site. It was there that Wildstein claimed he and Baroni bragged to the governor about the traffic nightmare the lane closures caused - and their refusal to answer phone calls from Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich, who declined to endorse Christie's reelection.

Wildstein, testifying at the criminal trial of Baroni and Christie aide Bridget Kelly, claims the governor also told his Port Authority appointees not to communicate with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop - who also refused to endorse the governor.

Wildstein has pleaded guilty in the scheme to tie up traffic at the bridge.

Baroni was Wildstein's boss at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that operates the bridges, airports and other facilities including the World Trade Center. Kelly was Christie's deputy chief of staff and headed an office responsible for outreach to county and municipal officials.

They are accused of reducing access lanes to the bridge and face fraud, conspiracy and civil rights charges. They have pleaded not guilty and have said the government has twisted federal law to turn their actions into crimes. They also have said other people with more power and influence were involved in the lane closures but aren't being prosecuted.

Christie has denied knowing about the bridge scheme until well after it was carried out, and a taxpayer-funded report he commissioned absolved him of wrongdoing. He hasn't been charged.



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<![CDATA[Clinton Wins Applause in NC for Debate Performance]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:29:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610636870.jpg

Hillary Clinton won applause from supporters in North Carolina for her performance in Monday night's debate. 

They greeted the Democratic presidential candidate with cheers on Tuesday after Clinton asked if they saw her first face-off with Republican rival Donald Trump. 

Clinton said she was happy to have the opportunity to lay out her vision for the United States. She said she has an "old-fashioned idea that if I'm asking for your vote, to actually tell you what I want to do."

Clinton also urged supporters to register to vote. She predicted record turnout in November.

Trump briefly addressed his first faceoff with Clinton during a Tuesday afternoon appearance near Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. The audience was largely Cuban-American.

Trump described the debate as "an interesting evening" and said more than 80 million people watched it. He said he tried not to think about the large television audience.

He said, "I think we did very well." He suggested he was the winner in virtually all post-debate polls. That's despite many Republican leaders and voter surveys suggesting that Clinton came out on top.

Trump called it, "a very big moment, a very important moment."



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<![CDATA[Where Pa. Lottery Funds Really Go]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:33:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Investigators+Lottery+Pic.jpg The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it “benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day.” But in the last decade billions of lottery dollars have been diverted an NBC 10 investigation found.]]> <![CDATA[Sparks Fly as Presidential Candidates Faceoff]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:34:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/clinton-and-trump.jpg Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump spoke on many issues Monday night including jobs and the economy.

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<![CDATA[Chuck Todd Weighs in on 1st Preidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:16:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TLA_NC_EXTRA_CHUCK_TODD_061916_FINAL_1_1200x675_709177923663.jpg NBC News political director Chuck Todd joins Tracy Davidson to weigh in on the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.]]> <![CDATA[Most Memorable Moments From 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:51:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PL05Ma_1200x675_773938755547.jpg Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president.]]> <![CDATA[Taliban Watches Debate From Secret Afghanistan Location]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:58:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_743351664968.jpg

Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

"There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.



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<![CDATA[Ex-Girlfriend of Philadelphia DA Due in Court]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:16:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seth-Williams-Stacey-Cummin.jpg Stacey Cummings, the ex-girlfriend of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, is expected in court Tuesday to face charges in a tire-slashing case.]]> <![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:05:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16145366840419.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.



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