<![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, 08 Oct 2015 19:46:34 -0400 Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:46:34 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[GOP, Dems React to McCarthy Announcement]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:37:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_689482047515.jpg

In a stunning move that came as a surprise to many in the Republican party, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took his name off the running for House Speaker.

McCarthy announced his decision moments before GOP lawmakers were set to nominate the California Rep. as their speaker.

The front-runner threw Congress' Republican leadership race into chaos and disarray Thursday and forced outgoing House Speaker John Boehner to abruptly end the closed-door session and reschedule the vote.

In a statement, Boehner said he will continue to serve as speaker until the House votes to elect a successor.

"We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new Speaker in the coming weeks," Boehner said. "Our conference will work together to ensure we have the strongest team possible as we continue to focus on the American people’s priorities.” 

Presidential hopefuls and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle had mixed reactions to McCarthy’s announcement.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said McCarthy was "unselfish" by prioritizing the Republican conference ahead of his own political ambitions, while anti-establishment GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump expressed enthusiasm over the news in a tweet.

Meanwhile, Democrats warned that the GOP's internal strife shouldn't keep the House from conducting serious business — like raising the debt ceiling before Nov. 5, when the nation risks defaulting on its loans.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says it's easy to "poke fun at the chaos" triggered by McCarthy's stunning move. But Earnest says the challenge facing the next speaker is the same one that McCarthy would have faced — and what outgoing Speaker John Boehner had to deal with.

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<![CDATA[Murdoch Apologizes for 'Real Black President' Tweet]]> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:04:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_508647646484.jpg

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has apologized for comments he made suggesting President Barack Obama is not a "real black president,” NBC News reported.

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The 84-year-old tweeted late Wednesday that Republican presidential nominee Ben Carson would give the U.S. "a real black president who can properly address the racial divide."

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Murdoch's tweet praised Carson, the only African-American running in the 2016 race, and his wife, Candy, as "terrific," shortly after promoting the nominee's appearance on "The Kelly File" on his Fox News Channel.

The message sparked controversy on Twitter as thousands voiced their disapproval of his comment, ranging from funny to serious. 

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<![CDATA[In Ad, GOP Candidate Fires Gun and Says: 'I'm Hunting RINOs.']]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:44:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_110511112754.jpg

Rep. Renee Ellmers is being challenged by House GOP primary candidate, Kay Daly, who in a new ad saying she's "hunting RINOs."

Daly's ad calls Ellmers a "feminist" and a "RINO" (an acronym for "Republican in Name Only") before she fires her gun at the end of the video. The narrator of the ad accuses Ellmers' for voting "to let homosexuals pretend they're married" and for raising "the debt ceiling twice to pay for abortions in D.C. to fund 'Planned Butcherhood.'"

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<![CDATA[Hey Margate, Get the Dunes!]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 14:02:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ventnor+Beach+Dune+Boardwalk+GHS.jpg

A Gift From Government to Save Lives & Property

This is Ventnor, New Jersey, where my father happily lives next to the ocean (in a high-rise way above the water). That long lump to the right of the boardwalk is a nice, big dune, built to protect property and maybe lives should a rare hurricane or monster Nor’easter hits our shores.

And this is Margate, New Jersey, right next door to Ventnor. They have a nice wide, flat beach, with no dunes.

Margate officials and some vocal residents have fought for years against having dunes. The dunes would hurt the view from the first floor of some of the million-dollar homes on the beach. We can’t have that. They continue to battle Gov. Chris Christie on the issue. A Philly.com article a few days ago quoted Dan Gottlieb, called the leader of the anti-dune movement:

“Maybe instead of bellowing from the bully pulpit, the governor should come to Margate and see the effectiveness of our system. I will personally take him on a tour.”

The article continued: “Gottlieb and others in Margate say the town’s bulkheads are adequate to protect the oceanfront, and they point out that most Sandy damage was on the bayside.”

The bulkheads are shown in this picture, taken by someone who has visited Margate -- me.


Ask the people along the Northern New Jersey beaches if they wish they had dunes before Sandy hit.

It’s no coincidence that the beaches that had dunes suffered much less flood damage than those without them. At the time of Sandy, some parts of Long Beach Island had dunes, while others were waiting to get them put in. They were BIG dunes -- waaaay bigger than those Ventnor ones shown above. A lot of residents complained about the blocked views and the uncomfortable hike up and down the dunes to get to the water -- until Sandy hit. Then they were glad that their houses were saved from flooding, or even, destruction.

Hey, Margate: You’re Not Protected
So, why did Margate survive the “Superstorm”? Was it their magical bulkheads? No. It was because Margate didn’t get the storm surge from Sandy. The center of Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, and moved in directly east to west. Seeing that winds blow counter-clockwise around low pressure, it is clear that any place south of Atlantic City had a strong offshore west wind ahead of landfall. So, instead of the ocean building higher and higher as the center approached, the west wind actually counteracted the eastward surge. That caused the waves and water level to be much less than in areas north of Atlantic City.

And, guess where Margate is?

If Sandy had tracked a mere 50 miles farther south, the Margate beaches would have indeed been tested. And there will be a day when a storm like Sandy (or even stronger -- it was barely a hurricane just before landfall) strikes. The ocean will have no resistance as it rushes toward the houses. The water level will rise to a point well above the bulkheads, which will then make them useless. We saw the power of water with the incredible damage after Sandy. Margate would likely look like Mantoloking, where the ocean broke through and met the bay.

Do you really think a little bulkhead would protect Margate from this?

Please Say "Yes"
I love Margate. I have several relatives and friends who own or rent there. I go to their wonderful restaurants and stores, and have even danced at Memories. It would be horrible to see something bad happen there that could have been prevented.

One of the jobs of government that we can all agree on is the protection of life and property. Dunes will do that. And the government is offering them to you. Please say “yes.”

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<![CDATA[Rate My Professors Ranks Top Colleges, Universities]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:48:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-458239530+%281%29.jpg

College rankings are in no short supply, from U.S. News & World Report to Princeton Review to the international Times Higher Education.

But one set of newly released rankings are chosen by a different kind of experts: College students themselves.

Instructor-ranking site Rate My Professors' 2014-2015 college lists include best universities, top junior and community colleges and — of utmost importance — hottest professors. 

Topping the list for highest rated universities is University of Mississippi in Oxford while Santa Barbara City College in Southern California leading the ranking for junior and community colleges. 

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Campaigns in Iowa]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:16:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_293658131134.jpg

Hillary Clinton holds a community forum to affordable health care and the economy in Mount Vernon, Iowa. 

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<![CDATA[Dept. of Transportation Unveils 'My Car Does What?' Program]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:25:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012257988_1200x675_540038723824.jpg The new website has videos and graphics to help drivers better understand car safety features.]]> <![CDATA[It's 'Walk to School' Day in Philadelphia]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:53:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/school-crossing-082412.jpg Students are encouraged to walk to school but also, along with drivers, should reminded of some safety tips for the morning commute to school.

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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[Monica Lewinsky Speaks to Young Entrepreneurs in Philadelphia]]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:01:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/Monica+Lewinsky+30+Under+30.JPG Monica Lewinsky spoke to a large crowd Tuesday as part of Forbes' 30 Under 30 Summit.

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<![CDATA[Man Paints 'Trumpkin']]> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/candidate+pumpkins.jpg

What started out as a $5 pumpkin from Walmart became a viral Internet sensation after an Illinois man painted Donald Trump's face on the pumpkin and dubbed it "Trumpkin." 

John Kettman, of La Salle, Illinois, has since painted two more pumpkins with candidates' faces — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The three candidates were chosen in part because the excitement they were generating on his Facebook feed.

"This year is very political," Kettman said. "We've got a lot of important topics that are representing different people, too. We've got a surgeon, we've got a billionaire, we've got Hillary Clinton." 

Inspired by his sister, Kettman, who a portrait artist, painted his first pumpkin 22 years ago, he said. He picked up the hobby again about six years ago, and this year he turned political with his gourd art.

Kettman wasn't a complete newcomer to the art form, however. In the past, he dabbled in political cartoons, and he also has a collection of portraits he painted on single grains of rice, including one of Abraham Lincoln and another of Jimmy Fallon.

After the "Trumpkin" went viral, Kettman decided his next candidate portraits would be painted on foam pumpkins instead of real ones, so they'll last longer.

Kettman said he'll likely paint a few more candidates' likenesses on pumpkins, but he hasn't decided on which ones. Ben Carson is a contender, but Kettman said he wants to see what the next poll numbers show.

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<![CDATA[Carson: Loss of Gun Rights 'More Devastating' Than Bullet Wounds]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:56:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_388941844272.jpg

In one of his signature Facebook Q&As Monday night, Ben Carson again weighed in on the Oregon school shooting, writing that he had operated on victims of gun violence "but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away," NBC News reported. 

Responding to a question on whether he changed his position on the Second Amendment, Carson suggested new gun-control laws wouldn't solve the problem and accused Democrats of "us[ing] these tragedies to advance a political agenda."

In a separate interview with USA Today released Tuesday, Carson suggested that, if he had a child in kindergarten, he would want school security guards - and even possibly that child's teacher - to be armed.

"If the teacher was trained in the use of that weapon and had access to it, I would be much more comfortable if they had one than if they didn't," he said.

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<![CDATA[Papal Visit Security: 'Massive But Successful']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:45:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012236342_1200x675_539261507722.jpg U.S. Security leaders have called the recent papal visit and other visits from world leaders to the United States a success.]]> <![CDATA[2016 Election: Is Rubio the New GOP Favorite?]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:03:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_105374863179.jpg

A series of strong performances on the campaign trail and in the two debates as well as missteps by other candidates have helped improve Marco Rubio's presidential prospects, and some top party operatives say the Florida senator is for now the favorite to win the GOP presidential nomination, NBC News reported. 

The withdrawal of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker eliminated one of the Republicans who, like Rubio, had the potential to appeal to both the establishment and conservative wings of the party. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has not overcome reluctance from the GOP to elect a third president from the same family and has made a number of gaffes on the campaign trail.

Senior Republicans say they still think it is unlikely the party will turn to Donald Trump or Ben Carson, who have led in many polls but have little political experience and have made a number of controversial statements that could hobble them in a general election.

Republicans say Rubio must now withstand media scrutiny of his years as member and eventually speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and as a U.S. senator.

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<![CDATA[Snowden: I've Offered to Go to Jail in U.S.]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:12:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snowden-time-AP249291078917.jpg

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says he’s still waiting to hear from the American government about his offer to serve time in a U.S. prison.

Snowden told the BBC in an interview which aired Monday night he would be willing to serve time or take a plea bargain.

"I've volunteered to go to prison with the government many times," he told the program.

The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to NBC News with a comment.

Snowden, who leaked classified documents about government surveillance, has been living in Moscow since June 2013.

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<![CDATA[NAACP President Speaks About Jerry Mondesire]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:43:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012225217_1200x675_539156547849.jpg Current NAACP Philadelphia President Rodney Muhammad speaks about former leader Jerry Mondesire’s life.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Ad to Highlight McCarthy Benghazi Comments]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:47:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_293658131134.jpg

Hillary Clinton's first ad to air on national cable will highlight House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's comments linking the House Benghazi Committee to Clinton's political fortunes, NBC News reported.

In the ad, a narrator says "The Republicans finally admit it" before airing McCarthy's remark that "Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. What are her numbers today?"

The 30-second ad starts on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[New Kennedy Memoir ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/87184349.jpg

A new book by former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, openly discusses what he says are the mental illnesses and addictions of himself and his family members, and takes on what he portrays as a veil of secrecy used to hide the problems of America's most famous political family.

The memoir, "A Common Struggle," due out Monday, focuses heavily on his relationship with his father and how the younger Kennedy often felt he let his father down while coping with bipolar and anxiety disorders and repeated trips to rehab, even as a Rhode Island congressman.

By his telling, it was a singular experience growing up a Kennedy: Family members have the habit of giving each other autographed photos of themselves; he got one from his father when he was just a baby. A family photo printed in the book depicts him in his bedroom as a young child showing off his aquarium to Henry Kissinger.

But even stranger was browsing through a bookstore one day and discovering a shelf of Kennedy books, and realizing all the family secrets he wasn't supposed to talk about were written there, he writes.

"The books were often riddled with inaccuracies, but also riddled with facts that probably would have been much easier to hear first from close family members and perhaps with some context," Kennedy writes.

He says his father spoke with him only once about his 1969 car accident on Chappaquiddick Island that killed his father's passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. It happened one year as the anniversary approached.

"'I just want you to know how bad I feel about everything, and I'm really sorry you have to hear about it,'" he says his father told him. "That was it. Then we just walked in silence."

Many of the details in the book are no surprise. Kennedy, 48, has been open in recent years about his belief that his father had PTSD after seeing both his brothers assassinated - then being forced to relive the killings whenever they were replayed on television.

But the book contains interesting windows into how his father coped. Sen. Kennedy, for example, wrote a letter to his son when he decided to run for president - to be delivered if he was assassinated.

He also recounts what happened after a 1979 CBS interview when his father famously choked when asked why he wanted to be president. The two went sailing, and the elder Kennedy tried to pretend everything was fine, but kept shaking his head and muttering.

"I had never seen him so upset with himself," he writes.

Kennedy describes worrying that his father was drinking too much, particularly around the time of the 1991 sexual assault trial of his cousin, William Kennedy Smith. He writes that he, his brother and sister staged an "anemic" intervention, which their father rejected, telling them he was trying to get help from a priest.

His relationship with his father was chilly for years after that, he writes. So chilly that he decided to run for Congress in 1994 without speaking with his dad first. But their relationship righted itself after he took office in Washington the following year, he says.

Ted Kennedy Jr. disputed the accuracy of the book  on Sunday, saying in a written statement that he was "heartbroken" that his younger brother had chosen to write "an inaccurate and unfair portrayal of our family" that was "misleading and hurtful."

"I am proud of my brother Patrick for his tremendous work to make mental health parity part of our national conversation and I admire him for his candor about his own challenges. However, I am heartbroken that Patrick has chosen to write what is an inaccurate and unfair portrayal of our family," Ted Kennedy Jr. said in a statement. 

"My brother's recollections of family events and particularly our parents are quite different from my own," he went on to write, although he did not give specifics.

Patrick Kennedy's book describes the first time he got drunk - at age 10 at a state dinner on a diplomatic trip to China - and substance abuse that grew to include cocaine, Adderall and OxyContin. He details trip after trip to rehab starting in high school and his paranoia that someone would recognize him and go public (which did happen).

The book opens on Kennedy's 2006 car crash outside the U.S. Capitol - which his father downplayed as "a little fendah bendah" in his Boston accent - that he blamed on a mixture of Ambien and Phenergan. He recounts other incidents he attributed to drinking: berating a security guard at the Los Angeles airport and having his girlfriend call the Coast Guard to retrieve her off his boat.

Kennedy remained in politics until 2010, when he decided not to run for Congress again, fearing the job would kill him. He writes that he has been sober for more than four years, and now lives with his wife, Amy, in New Jersey with their children. The couple met not long after his father died in 2009.

In one of the more painful stories in the book, Kennedy recounts the "seething anger and outrage" he felt after being told only Ted Jr. would be allowed to eulogize his father. At the time, Patrick Kennedy was abusing various substances.

He writes that he felt "that I had been deemed not worthy to pay tribute to him because I had an illness that could be embarrassing or inconvenient," he wrote.

He then was given a letter from his father, written in the 1980s, in which he asked his son to speak at his funeral. Feeling vindicated, Kennedy, with a shaky voice, delivered the eulogy. 

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<![CDATA[Val the Bartender Gives Clinton Advice on 'SNL']]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:10:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

Miley Cyrus shocked the "Saturday Night Live" audience by walking out fully clothed in a multicolored floral dress and matching cap.

Cyrus kicked off the show's season premiere with a song about some of the most memorable parts of the summer.

Cast members impersonated Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, Rachel Dolezal, the woman who said she was black for over 20 years, the donut licked by Ariana Grande, Kim Davis trying to hug a reluctant Pope Francis and of course, pizza rat, during a montage while Cyrus sang a ballad. 

Most political candidates play themselves on "SNL," often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show's famous tag line, "Live from New York — it's Saturday night!" Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.

But Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener as a wise bartender named Val serving, ahem, Hillary Clinton played by Kate McKinnon.

Set 'em up, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

In the sketch, McKinnon sat with Cecily Strong, who was playing Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, the wife of embattled former Rep. Anthony Weiner. McKinnon starts to share all her quarrels with Val.

"So, Hillary," Clinton asked McKinnon, "what brings you here tonight?"

"Well, I needed to blow off some steam," McKinnon said. "I've had a hard couple of 22 years."

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton's earnest monotone: "First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth."

"Oh, I get it, you're a politician," Clinton responded.

When McKinnon asks Val who she is, Clinton deadpanned, "I'm just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy the environment."

"It took me a long time to get there but yes, I believe that too," McKinnon said.

The skit poked gentle fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Former "SNL" cast member Darrell Hammond also made a surprise cameo playing Bill Clinton.

"Oh my God. They're multiplying!" Hammon exclaimed at the site of two Hillary's before bolting out the bar door.

The two Clinton's closed out the skit by singing Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" before Val the bartender disappeared. 

Strong returned to coax McKinnon from the bar as she recounted her experience with Val the bartender. Strong suggested she may have had too much to drink and imagined everything.

McKinnon finds a tan "business shoe" on the floor, affirming that Val "is real."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Poll: Trump's Lead Narrows as Fiorina, Carson Close In]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:42:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fiorina-Trump-Carson.jpg

Donald Trump remains ahead in the early Republican nominating contests of Iowa and New Hampshire, but his lead has shrunk from a month ago, according to new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls of these two states.

In New Hampshire, Trump holds a five-point advantage over Carly Fiorina among GOP primary voters, 21 percent to 16 percent. But a month ago Trump's lead over the nearest competition in the Granite State (John Kasich) was 16 points, 28 percent to 12 percent.

Trump is ahead of Carson by five points among potential GOP caucus-goers in Iowa, 24 percent to 19 percent - with Fiorina in third at 8 percent. Trump's lead over Carson in the same poll a month ago was seven points.

Meanwhile, in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton maintains her lead in Iowa with 47 percent support of caucus voters, and Bernie Sanders is still ahead in New Hampshire, leading the former secretary of state by nine points, 48 percent to 39 percent.  

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<![CDATA[Clinton Campaign Courts Latino Voters]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:48:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HilaryClinton-HumanRightsFoundation.jpg

Capitalizing on her still positive polling numbers with Latinos, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making the most of Hispanic Heritage Month to bolster her backing in the community and overall nationally, NBC News reported.

The campaign said Thursday it is launching "Latinos for Hillary" with several events that it will roll out over the next several weeks.

Clinton, the frontrunner early in the 2016 election, has seen her positive ratings drop among all voters and the wide lead over closest rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders, shrink or disappear in New Hampshire and Iowa.

The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released this week shows Clinton with a negative popularity rating, 39 percent to 47 percent (-8) favorable/unfavorable among all voters. 

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @Issue: Impact of Pope’s Visit]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012201918_1200x675_537752131918.jpg Meryl Levitz from Visit Philadelphia talks about the impact the Pope’s visit had on the city and looks ahead to the Democratic National Convention.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @Issue: Legality of Fantasy Sports Sites]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012201874_1200x675_537743427860.jpg Wharton Professor Kenneth Shropshire discusses the legality of fantasy sports sites.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @Issue: Explosion of Fantasy Football]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:55:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012201864_1200x675_537734723905.jpg NBC10’s Kieth Jones discusses the explosion of fantasy sports where players pay for a chance to win money with John Hansen, the founder of Fantasyguru.com and player Kevin Pulsifer.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @ Issue: Sickle Cell Disease]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 21:00:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sickle+cell.jpg On this week's NBC10 @Issue, we focus on an organization raising awareness on Sickle Cell Disease.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @ ISSUE: The Pope’s Message]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:59:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/popebaby-sm.jpg A local priest weighs the Pope’s message to the people of our area plus what other religious leaders in our area are hoping to hear from Pope Francis.

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<![CDATA[NBC10 @ ISSUE: Papal Security]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:57:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012030347_1200x675_528938563998.jpg An inside look into how the different agencies will work to keep the Pontiff safe.]]> <![CDATA[Bush on School Shooting Reaction: 'Stuff Happens']]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:56:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_183581022528.jpg

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush drew a rebuke from the president for comments he made Friday about the university shooting that left nine people and a gunman dead in Oregon the day before.

Speaking at a campaign stop in South Carolina, Bush urged caution on the government's reaction to the Umpqua Community College shooting, using the phrase "stuff happens" in reference to crises.

"I resist the notion -- and I had this challenge as governor -- 'cause look, stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do," Bush said.

Bush called the shooting "heartbreaking," but was speaking about the larger issue of how to set rules in the face of tragedy. 

"We're taking people's rights away each time we do that and we're not necessarily focusing on the right challenge," he said.

He said "the best laws" are usually at the state level.

Bush's campaign addressed the outrage over his comments in statement:

“It is sad and beyond craven that liberal Democrats, aided and abetted by some in the national media, would dishonestly take Governor Bush’s comments out of context in a cheap attempt to advance their political agenda in the wake of a tragedy. Taking shameless advantage of a horrific tragedy is wrong and only serves to prey on people's emotions.”

President Barack Obama was asked to respond to Bush’s comments at a news conference Friday afternoon.

"I don’t even think I have to react to that one. I think the American people should hear that and make their own judgment based on the fact that every couple of months we have a mass shooting. And they can decide whether they consider that 'stuff happening,'" Obama said.

Bush, pressed by a reporter in Greenville about the phrase "stuff happens," said the choice of wording was not a mistake but about tragedies in general. He cited as an example an "impulse" to pass a law about fencing after a child drowns in a pool. 

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<![CDATA[WATCH: Carly Fiorina Attends Town Hall]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:01:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_615136142641.jpg

 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at a South Carolina town hall.

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<![CDATA[Kevin McCarthy Attempts to Clarify Benghazi Comments]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:49:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_380749363036.jpg

Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that he never meant to link a congressional investigation into Benghazi to Hillary Clinton's faltering poll numbers, and that the outrage over his remarks has been a setback to his hopes of becoming the next House speaker, NBC News reported.

In an appearance on Fox earlier this week, McCarthy said, "We put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are [Clinton's] numbers today? Her numbers are dropping."

The comment drew criticism from both sides of the aisle, including some of his fellow members of the House GOP.

McCarthy, the favorite to become speaker once John Boehner retires later this year, said the comments have "been a setback," but he is still confident he will have the votes to become the next leader of the House Republicans.

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<![CDATA[Obama Calls For Gun Reform After Ore. Shooting]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:28:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/obama-AP_749073385113.jpg

President Barack Obama spoke passionately and with frustration Thursday night after a gunman opened fire on a community college campus in Oregon, killing nine people.

"Somehow this has become routine," Obama said. "My response here, at this podium, is routine. We’ve become numb to this. It cannot be this easy for someone who wants to inflict pain on someone else to get their hands on guns.”

The president called upon Congress to implement what he called common sense gun control laws. He noted that critics would say that he had "politicized" the issue.

"This is something we should politicize— it is relevant to our common life together," he said.

The shooter, 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, also wounded at least nine others at the college in Roseburg, before dying himself.

Obama compared the United States to other advanced countries, saying that they changed their gun policies after only "one mass shooting." States with more gun control laws have less gun violence, he said.

Other countries also have people who are mentally ill, but the United States is the only developed country that sees shootings like the one in Oregon every month, the president said.

Obama added that "our thoughts and prayers are not enough."

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee criticized Obama in a statement on Facebook, saying that his "passion is grossly misplaced into destroying the Second Amendment" and that gun violence is "the fault of evil people doing evil things."

"With few facts, Obama is quick to admittedly politicize this tragedy to advance his liberal, anti-gun agenda," Huckabee wrote. "For this president to make a political pronouncement is at best premature and at worst ignorantly inflammatory."

Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich learned of the shootings during a taped interview with NBC News. He said that "stripping" citizens of their guns won't "get the job done" to prevent these tragedies.

"You can strip all the guns away, but the people who are going to commit crimes or have problems are always going to have the guns," Kasich said. Instead, he criticized the lack of treatment for the mentally ill in order to prevent shootings.

Earlier Thursday, other presidential candidates and politicians tweeted their thoughts and prayers for victims of the shooting.

Republicans Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham and Kasich and Democrats Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders were among those sending condolences.

Many of the initial messages streered away from the politics of gun control but not all, including Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat from California and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, who challenged Republicans over gun safety.

Here is additional reaction from other public figures. 

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<![CDATA['They're Going Back': Trump on Syrian Refugees in U.S.]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 07:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_150044116061.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’s going to toughen up on Syrian refugees if he wins the upcoming federal election, NBC News reported.

"I'm putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they're going back!" he said at a town hall on Wednesday in Keene, New Hampshire.

The comments are a departure from Trump’s previous, softer remarks about the ongoing refugee crisis. In a speech in Rochester, New Hampshire, two weeks ago, Trump said the U.S. can do something about the crisis, but “we have to get other people to help us.”

This is Trump’s 14th visit to New Hampshire.

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<![CDATA[Secret Service Apologizes to Rep. Jason Chaffetz ]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 05:57:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_814422308089.jpg

The Secret Service apologized to Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Wednesday for violating federal privacy law, NBC News reported.

The agency improperly accessed sensitive personal information about him dozens of times in little more than a single week. The handling of his information was confirmed Wednesday in a 29-page report by the inspector general's office of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Secret Service.

"It's a bit scary. If they would do this to me, I just, I shuddered to think what they might be doing to other people," he told NBC News. "I'd like to tell you how tough I am, but it's scary, and it's intimidating, and I will continue to investigate the Secret Service and others, but this should have never ever happened."

Chaffetz, R-Utah — who applied to the Secret Service in 2003 — has aggressively pursued allegations of Secret Service misconduct as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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