A Turbulent Election Season Baltimore voters conflicted, lukewarm on Trump, Clinton

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Email scandals, accusations of anti-Semitism, a resigning chairwoman, anti-immigration rhetoric, plagiarism in speeches — the 2016 presidential election has been like no other in recent memory. With a public that is probing both GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on their experience, character, families and a bevy of other issues, voters young… Read More

A Fly (Donkey?) On the Wall: Behind the Scenes of the DNC

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PHILADELPHIA — As the Democratic National Convention opened, Democrats were certainly feeling the Bern — also the actual burn because it felt like 500 degrees and humid. (The temperature officially maxed out at 97 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.) Despite the heat, delegates and attendees were exuberated for a day of Democratic bliss…. Read More

Morhaim: ‘I Followed All the Rules’

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Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11) said he followed the rules of disclosure and legislative ethics after recent articles in prominent publications scrutinized his business relationship with a company that is vying to grow, process and sell medical cannabis in Maryland. Morhaim, a physician and longtime proponent of medical cannabis who sponsored the bill that created… Read More

You Should Know … Erik ‘Egg’ Berlin

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Chef Erik “Egg” Berlin has been making his mark on the world of cooking, eschewing a restaurant-oriented career in favor of teaching the culinary fundamentals. After graduating from culinary school at Anne Arundel Community College and receiving a degree in hospitality and business management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Chef Egg served various… Read More

Philly Area Artist Switches Mediums, Paints Two DNC Donkeys

Jonathan Mandell primarily uses tile, glass shards, minerals and semi-precious stones to create elaborate mosaics, but he jumped at the recent chance to paint a couple of the 57 DNC Donkeys displayed around Philadelphia. Mandell, a Bala Cynwyd resident, applied to participate in the Donkeys Around Town program conducted by the Mural Arts Program, arts… Read More

Scenes from Philadelphia with the DNC in Town

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With the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, all sorts of visitors descended on Philadelphia, particularly in Center City. Protesters, almost all of them carrying some kind of Bernie Sanders paraphernalia, gathered in the City Hall courtyard and spilled out into Dilworth Park, where kids frolicked in the fountains. Assorted other politicos,… Read More

Debra Messing Shares Why She Supports Hillary Clinton

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Actress Debra Messing stopped by Philadelphia on July 20 at the Hillary for America headquarters in Center City to raise awareness for the candidate she supports — and believes the rest of the country should get behind. Messing, most well known for her iconic, ahead-of-its-time role in the sitcom “Will and Grace” — and, more… Read More

AJC Diplomatic Reception Promotes International Interest in Israel

The first thing to know about the American Jewish Committee is that it single-mindedly focuses on Jews and Israel. This week, the AJC was in Philadelphia, just as last week it was in Cleveland. Not for Democrats and Hillary. Not for Republicans and Trump. It’s here simply to promote the cause of Judaism and the… Read More

Jewish Groups Hold Events to Counter Inflamed Rhetoric

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Two Jewish organizations held events this week — the week of the Democratic National Convention — addressing the issue of hate speech and inflamed political rhetoric. Bend the Arc Jewish Action held a reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History called “To Bigotry No Sanction: The 21st century Jewish movement for justice in… Read More

Sanders Supporters Showed Up in Droves to Protest DNC

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City Hall was a hotbed for those protesting the Democratic National Convention and, even more so, the candidate the convention was officially nominating. Starting as early as 10 a.m. on Monday — the first day of the convention — protesters showed up to voice their support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Throughout the day, there… Read More