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Innovation enhances Philadelphia’s history as Democrats convene, Pope Francis visits

By Salena Zito 10:31 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Only a year old, in this birthplace of American democracy,  Independence Beer Garden is a landscaped oasis in a once-stark cement portico. It draws tourists and Philadelphians, young people and families, some who play shuffleboard, bocce and oversized ...

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday vetoed the first bill to clear the General Assembly establishing a privatized liquor system in Pennsylvania. The bill would ...

Santorum charter flight tab broke $400K

By USA Today
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum began his presidential campaign in May by emphasizing his blue-collar roots and promising to “take money and power out of ...

Webb adds to Dems’ challenge of Clinton

By The Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential contest, acknowledging in his announcement Thursday that he would be a long shot against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. “I understand the odds, ...

Attorney general’s twin sister sued by FBI agent ex-boyfriend

By Brian Bowling
Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s twin borrowed $200,000 from an FBI agent who was living with her and then kicked him out the door, the agent ...

Expect drawn-out state budget impasse, Pa. political analysts say

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A deep ideological divide between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf portends a protracted budget impasse without a state spending plan ...

Obama officials knew of Clinton account in 2009

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Senior Obama administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, knew as early as 2009 that Hillary Rodham Clinton was using a private email address for her government correspondence, according to about 3,000 pages of correspondence released ...

Trump fouls GOP attempt to woo Latinos

By The Washington Post
For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his ...

Three seek to serve four-year term in seat of deceased Allegheny County council member

By Aaron Aupperlee
At least three people have asked members of the Allegheny County Democratic Committee to nominate them for the District 11 county council seat once held by the late Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko. Democrats living in District 11 will elect someone …

Jeb shares 33 years of tax refunds

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $29 million since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of about 36 percent in the past three decades, according to tax returns released ...

Christie promises blunt campaign as N.J. governor enters 2016 race

By The Associated Press
LIVINGSTON, N.J. — A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth ...

Wolf vetoes $30.1 billion budget pushed by GOP

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — The General Assembly on Tuesday sent a $30.1 billion budget that doesn’t raise taxes to Gov. Tom Wolf, who vetoed it. “It’s what I ...

Brewster picked for Smith’s seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

By Patrick Cloonan
On the eve of a new fiscal year, one local senator will replace another on the state Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. James R. Brewster, a Democrat ...

Liquor privatization bill receives a major boost in Pennsylvania

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — A proposed House-Senate bill to privatize state liquor sales was approved in committee Sunday, setting up a historic vote by the full Senate. ...

Kasich to begin White House bid next month at Ohio State

By Bloomberg News
Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination July 21 at the Ohio State University student union in Columbus. The news, first reported by Politico, was confirmed by a source familiar with the governor’s plans who was ...

Christie aware of underdog status as he prepares for White House run

By The Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. — When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the race for president this week, he’ll do so as an underdog. The rollout of the Republican governor’s White House campaign is the culmination of years of groundwork that began ...

GOP observers take notice as Trump hires seasoned operative

By The Washington Post
DES MOINES — After years of flamboyant flirtations with presidential politics, Donald Trump is devising a genuine game plan to try to prove that an ...

Pa. Senator sponsoring federal bill to combat identity theft

By Jason Cato
Thieves stole the identities of Pennsylvanians more often in 2014 than in every other state in the nation except Florida, a troubling distinction that U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said demands a solution. “We have more and more folks doing transactions online, ...

Republicans to gather July 18 to choose nominee to fill Smith’s Senate seat

By Matthew Santoni
Republicans in Allegheny and Washington counties will meet July 18 to choose their nominee to run in November for former state Sen. Matt Smith’s seat. A total of 81 representatives from the Republican committees in Smith’s former 37th District will meet ...

Pennsylvania Senate Democrats offer plan to slash property taxes

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a plan they said would eliminate school property taxes for 2 million homeowners and reduce them for an ...

Salena Zito Columns

Don’t remove history’s lessons

By Salena Zito 9:00 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA It’s not hard to imagine how life was conducted in 1776 as you stand where 56 men signed a document severing them from Great Britain. River rock remains the bumpy surface for the grid of streets between old buildings ...