<![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-usSat, 10 Dec 2016 21:36:32 -0500Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:36:32 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Trump Says Blacks Who Didn't Vote 'Felt Good About Me']]> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:21:02 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP16345080011808_opt.jpg

Donald Trump at a rally on Friday said African-American voters who didn't show up to the polls "felt good about me."

"The African-American community was great to us," Trump said. "They came through big league."

"If they had any doubt, they didn't vote," Trump added. "And that was almost as good. Because a lot of people didn't show up, because they felt good about me."

Trump made the comments at the fourth stop on his "Thank You" tour, meant ostensibly to thank the millions of voters that delivered him a resounding White House win last month.

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<![CDATA[Anti-Fascist Group to Protest Conway at Hammonton Parade]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:43:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KellyAnne+Conway+Wave.jpg

A South Jersey anti-fascist group is planning to protest Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway's leading of a Christmas parade in Atlantic County on Saturday night.

South Jersey Antifa is organizing the peaceful demonstration at Hammonton Fire Department's Christmas parade in downtown Hammonton, according to posts on the group's social media accounts.

Conway, a South Jersey native who went to St. Joseph's High School in the town, is set to serve as grand marshal. The 49-year-old is credited with playing a pivotal role in navigating President-elect Donald Trump to The White House in this year's election.

South Jersey Antifa says Conway is not an acceptable role model citing Trump and the campaign's history with xenophobic and sexist statements and policies.

The Trump campaign has been accused of fueling a resurgence of white nationalism and for being slow to respond to hate speech. Talking to MSNBC's Chris Matthews on "Hardball" Thursday, Conway said she's been receiving death threats recently for defending the incoming administration.

The group has asked protesters to wear Santa hats and post to social media with the hashtag #SantaHatesFacists.

A request for comment from the Hammonton Fire Department was not immediately returned.

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<![CDATA[Trump to Attend 2 Official Balls on Inauguration Night]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:31:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_16342061241865.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump will attend two official inaugural balls on the night of Jan. 20, as well as the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball, the inauguration committee revealed Friday.

It was not immediately clear where the balls will be held.

Inaugural events will span several days, with public events on the National Mall, a welcome rally with Trump, and a parade, the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee said in a release.

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The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball event will celebrate members of the military, veterans, first responders and their families.

"This will truly be a powerfully uniting moment for the American people," said Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Thomas J. Barrack Jr. "We will celebrate our country, its diverse and patriotic heritage, our democracy and the inaugural process as the greatest display of a peaceful transfer of partisan power in the world."

For updates on the inauguration, you can follow @TrumpInaugural on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[No Tow? Philly Council Takes on Towing Without Ticketing]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:18:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tow+truck+generic1.jpg

"Dude, where’s my car," a question that Philadelphia City Council hopes fewer residents will have to ask come 2017.

In their last council meeting of the year, the Philadelphia City Council passed a "Ticket-to-Tow" bill, 15 to 1. Bill No. 160682 requires cars to be ticketed by one of nine law enforcement agencies before it could be towed by a private company.

"If your car is being towed without a ticket, you have the ability to call the company and we will go after the company and they have to give you your car back," the bill’s sponsor Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez told NBC10.

Many tow truck companies are not happy with the passing of the new bill and protested at City Hall Thursday claiming a few rogue towers shouldn’t result in industry wide regulations.

Tow truck drivers claim that they don’t know who to call to determine if a car is parked illegally and these delays will cost them time and money.

"That’s when Licenses and Inspections needs to step in," said David Wienckowski of Supreme Auto Services. "That’s their job. That’s what they get paid to do. If somebody is overcharging, doing something wrong, you take their license."

Licenses and Inspections doesn’t currently have the means to handle the oversight which is why the city will seek help from a third party.

The bill even had some initial opponents before a 30-day delay before the law goes into effect was added to the bill.

"The negative few should not put into bankruptcy the legitimate many," Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., an initial opponent, stated.

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<![CDATA[Trump Spent $3M on Family Business as Expenses in Campaign]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:43:12 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trumpfeuerherdIII.jpg

President-elect Donald Trump spent $3 million on the family business as campaign expenses in the final weeks of the race, according to the last Federal Election Committee filing of the 2016 campaign, NBC New reported.

But even while spending millions on Trump-owned entities, he still spent less overall than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the closing stretch of the campaign and beyond.

Trump spent $94.5 million from Oct. 20 to Nov. 28, while Clinton spent $131.8 million over the same period, according to the new filings. The numbers indicate Clinton dramatically increased her spending during the last weeks of the campaign, whereas Trump's remained steady. They spent nearly the same amount, Clinton $50 million and Trump $49 million, during the first 19 days of the month.

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Warns Against 'Epidemic' of Fake News]]> Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:23:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-628630764.jpg

Hillary Clinton appealed Thursday for a bipartisan fight against an "epidemic of malicious, fake news," calling the dissemination of false propaganda a threat with "real-world consequences."

"It's now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn't about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, contribute to their communities. It's a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly," Clinton told lawmakers at the Capitol during a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

"It's imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives," she added.

The former secretary of state sounded the alarm one month after her presidential election loss to Donald Trump in a race that was beset by the public spread of misinformation on social media.

Clinton's reference to the "real-world consequences" of fake news comes days after a man fired an assault rifle at a Washington D.C. pizza parlor. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, said he went to investigate a fake online news story about a child sex trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton and prominent Democrats operating out of the restaurant.

Clinton received sustained applause as she stood to speak, ruefully remarking, "This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to give" after the election.

She joked that after spending several weeks in the woods taking selfies, she thought it would be a good idea to emerge.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Moore Tweets Inauguration Protest Petition to 3.4M Followers]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:27:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/miketrump.jpg

Michael Moore doesn't plan on taking Donald Trump's upcoming inauguration sitting down... or quietly.

The outspoken film director tweeted to his followers an online petition encouraging critics of the president-elect to gather in Washington D.C. on Jan 20th and disrupt the Inauguration.

"Disrupt the Inauguration. The Majority have spoken - by nearly 2.7 million votes and counting!" Moore wrote. "Silence is not an option."

It is unclear if Moore is involved in the actual planning of the inauguration protests, or if he's simply forwarding the information to his 3.4M Twitter followers. Calls to Moore's representatives were not returned. 

Appearing on Late Night with Seth Myers Wednesday, Moore made a direct appeal to Trump following reports the President-elect had turned away some opportunities to receive intelligence briefings.

"With all due respect, Mr. President-elect. On our behalf, you have to pay attention. You have to attend these briefings. This is our country. This is our security. This is our safety. You're horsing around with all this nonsense. And you're not doing your no. 1 job, and the no. 1 job of the president is to make sure that the country is safe."

Moore added, "And I beg you, seriously, there's not right or left, Republican-Democrat going on here. I'm asking you to do your job for the sake of the people who may end up dead because you didn't do you job. "

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<![CDATA[Philly City Council's Final Meeting of 2016]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:46:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/city-council-sign.jpg

Philadelphia City Council convened Thursday as they reviewed various resolutions before the end of the year.

Among the topics on tap for the final council meeting of 2016 were resolutions dealing with the city's Land Bank, business regulation and towing rules.

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<![CDATA[Jim Kenney Among Mayors Asking Trump to Protect Undocumented Students]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:02:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Trump+Kenney.jpg Jim Kenney was one of several mayors across the country who signed a letter asking President-elect Trump to preserve President Obama policies that are designed to protect undocumented students. NBC10's Aundrea Cline-Thomas has the details.

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<![CDATA[Watch: Senators Pay Tribute to Joe Biden With Speeches]]> Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:45:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NA54W_1200x675_827720259868.jpg Vice President Joe Biden was honored with an emotional bi-partisan tribute on the Senate chamber floor on Dec. 7. 2016. Senators on both sides of the aisle were on the same page as they stepped up to express their admiration and gratitude to the outgoing vice president. An emotional Biden sat in the presiding chair during the moving tribute, which latest for more than two hours as lawmakers celebrated their colleague.]]> <![CDATA[Lawsuit: Stanford Failed to Stop Years of Sexual Assault]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-493193647.jpg

A male student at Stanford University could have been stopped from sexually assaulting at least four female students at the school if staff were able to connect the dots, according to a lawsuit filed by an advocacy group Monday, NBC News reported.

The suit identifies the alleged sexual predator as "Mr. X," and says he was eventually found responsible in several instances of sexual assault. But despite being banned from campus, he was awarded bachelor's and master's degrees.

The school became the focus of the national campus sexual assault debate earlier this year when a former swimmer was given a six-month sentence for sexually assaulting a woman. The new lawsuit, filed on behalf of one of the accusers, alleges Stanford engaged in systematic negligence.

Stanford said in a statement that sexual assault and misconduct are "abhorrent" but suggested it was not able to act because one or more of the victims did not want to pursue formal charges.

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama on Election Night: 'I Went to Bed']]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:36:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/michellevogue.jpg

Michelle Obama did not stay out of bed long enough on election night to see Donald Trump pass 270 electoral votes, she said in a recent interview with People magazine. 

“I went to bed. I don’t like to watch the political discourse; I never have,” Obama told People in the joint interview with her husband. “I barely did with him,” she added, referring to her husband. 

“Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy. It was in the hands of the American people,” she said.

Obama stood by her passionate support of Hillary Clinton during the election, telling the magazine, "anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by.”

But she reinforced her commitment to help a smooth transition to the new administration so they could be "as successful as they can be."

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. 

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<![CDATA[Trump: Alec Baldwin 'SNL' Imitation Doesn't Get Me at All]]> Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:53:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/NUP_175509_0055_opt.jpg

For weeks, "Saturday Night Live" has been lampooning Donald Trump, and for weeks Trump has been reacting with bad reviews. 

"Unwatchable!" he tweeted after this week's episode, which had just mocked his habit of tweeting. The president-elect saved particular ire for Alec Baldwin's Trump impression, which "just can't get any worse."

But the newly minted the Time Person of the Year wouldn't answer Matt Lauer's questions on whether it would probably be better for him to just stop watching. 

Trump avoided the question a couple of times in a "Today" show interview early Wednesday, instead bashing the satirical sketch show and Baldwin, who's taken the mantle as late-night TV's impersonator-in-chief. 

"I mean Alec, I like Alec, but his imitation of me is really mean-spirited and not very good," Trump said. "I don't think that his imitation of me gets me at all, and it's meant to be very mean-spirited which is very biased and I don't like it so I can tweet that out."

Trump has been tweeting his feelings about "SNL" since Baldwin started playing the real estate magnate this season, aping the way he walks, talks and holds himself in re-enactments of presidential debates and more. While Trump called an episode that made fun of his appearance in an October debate a boring "hit job," Baldwin has helped the show to its best ratings in nearly a decade.

Trump hosted the show just a year ago — prompting protests outside Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, where it's filmed — and Trump told Lauer the show was good back then.

Not so much anymore. "There's nothing funny about it, the skits are terrible," he said.

Trump didn't answer when Lauer asked, "So why do you keep watching it?"

Baldwin hasn't responded to the interview yet, but he has suggested a way for Trump to get the impressions to stop. He just has to release his tax returns, Baldwin tweeted in reply to Trump's "SNL" criticism Sunday morning.

"Saturday Night Live" and this station are both owned by NBCUniversal.

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