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Morning Docket: 02.24.21

* A Texas electricity utility is being sued over alleged price gouging. Guess it's not normal to get an electric bill for nearly $10,000... [Houston Chronicle] * Immigration lawyers in Massachusetts are asking to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. [Boston.com] * Check out this article about the best options for term limits at the Supreme Court. [Bloomberg Law] * Mitch McConnell is backing Merrick Garland's nomination to be Attorney General. [CBS News] * A Pennsylvania lawyer plea...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Cbs News, Boston, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Pennsylvania, Mitch McConnell, Philadelphia Inquirer, Houston Chronicle, ERCOT, Morning Docket, Merrick Garland, Bloomberg Law


In Pennsylvania - an important swing state - thousands have quit the GOP since the US Capitol riot

A crowd cheers as ex-President Donald Trump speaks during a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Almost 19,000 people have quit the Pennsylvania GOP this year, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Nearly twice as many Republicans have become Democrats as compared to vice versa. That is a marked shift from previous years. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories...
Tags: Politics, Republicans, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, Dc, Republican Party, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pat Toomey, US Capitol


US Covid death toll expected to reach half a million within 24 hours – live

Trump to tell CPAC he is ‘presumptive 2024 nominee’ – reportMerrick Garland to appear before Senate committee56,495 new cases of coronavirus recorded in US yesterdaySign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 1.22pm GMT That Axios report earlier, that Donald Trump intends to use his CPAC appearance to demonstrate that he still has an iron grip on the future of the Republican party [see 6.29] is backed up by some stats analysis that the Philadelphia Inquirer is carrying today...
Tags: Senate, US, Joe Biden, US news, Pennsylvania, Gop, US politics, Republican Party, Biden, Press, Donald Trump, Susan Collins, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Capitol, OMB


Wentz's desire to play for Colts, not Bears, maybe delaying trade

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane believes if the Colts had offered the best trade for Wentz, the deal would be done.
Tags: Philadelphia Inquirer, Colts, Wentz, Jeff McLane


One of Trump's impeachment lawyers reportedly sued the former president last year over his voter fraud claims

Getty A Trump impeachment defense lawyer sued Trump over his comments of mail voting fraud last year. Michael van der Veen serves on Trump's defense team during his second impeachment trial this week. A former client of van der Veen said he came off as "anti-Trump" when he hired him two years ago. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. One of the lawyers representing former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial filed a lawsuit against the former president over h...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, Trends, Pennsylvania, US Postal Service, House, Philadelphia, Donald Trump, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Romney, The Inquirer, David Schoen, The Post, Veen, Van der Veen


PA Lt. Gov. John Fetterman launches 2022 Senate bid in an appeal to voters who 'feel left behind'

John Fetterman arrives for his swearing-in ceremony as Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor at the state Capitol in Harrisburg on January 15, 2019. AP Photo/Matt Rourke Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has formally entered the state's 2022 Senate race. Fetterman is well-known for his blunt talk, progressive views, and blue-collar appeal. The seat is being vacated by two-term GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John F...
Tags: Politics, Senate, US, Trends, Pennsylvania, Gop, US Senate, Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrisburg, Capitol, Tom Wolf, Fetterman


Pregnant people who get COVID-19 may pass their babies disease-fighting antibodies in the womb, study suggests

A medical worker examines a newborn at a maternity hospital in Volgograd, Russia on January 13, 2021. Dmitry Rogulin/TASS via Getty Images A new study found that 87% of new mothers who had detectable COVID-19 antibodies shared them with their newborns through the umbilical cord. The find suggests it's possible that newborn babies can confer some protective COVID-19 immunity from a mother's infection during pregnancy. It also raises questions about whether vaccinating pregnant people might ...
Tags: Science, News, Pregnancy, Tel Aviv, Trends, Public Health, Pennsylvania, New York Times, Paris, Philadelphia Inquirer, US Centers for Disease Control, Baylor College of Medicine, Munoz, Volgograd Russia, American College of Obstetricians, JAMA Pediatrics


6 small business tax breaks in current COVID relief law

Small businesses are adapting their operations to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. Some tax breaks in the relief bill enacted at the end of 2020 could help. (Photo by Norma Mortenson via Pexels) Most COVID-19 relief focus has been on the added financial help to individuals. That's understandable. Millions of folks have been struggling to make ends meet as the pandemic has ravaged the economy. But they are facing fiscal woes in large part because their employers are in trouble, too. ...
Tags: Taxes, Fbi, Irs, Philadelphia Inquirer, COVID, Paycheck Protection Program PPP, Norma Mortenson, National Small Business Week IRS


The 22-year-old accused of stealing Pelosi's laptop and planning to sell it to Russia has been given new charges that could see her jailed for 20 years

Riley June Williams seen in a booking photograph obtained from the Dauphin County Prison in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on January 19, 2021. Dauphin County Prison/Handout via Reuters Riley June Williams, the woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi's laptop and trying to sell it to Russia, was charged with theft of government property Tuesday. The Justice Department had charged the 22-year-old on Sunday with breaking into the Capitol on January 6, but a new charge was added after the FBI inves...
Tags: Politics, Russia, US, America, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Britain, Pennsylvania, Williams, House, News UK, Nancy Pelosi, Hewlett Packard, Donald Trump, Doj


Philadelphia police confiscated a detective's gun after social media posts suggested she was at the Trump rally before the Capitol riot

Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty A Philadelphia police officer had her gun confiscated in the aftermath of the riot at the US Capitol, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Jennifer Gugger appeared to send social media posts from the rally that preceded the violence in Washington, DC, the outlet said. The Philadelphia Police Department is inves...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Washington Post, Washington, US, Trends, Washington Dc, News UK, Philadelphia, Getty, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Capitol, Fraternal Order of Police


Coach Vigneault Wants More From Jakub Voracek

from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer, In his first season, the new coach took the first steps to establish a meritocracy based on accountability. In his second season, emboldened by a playoff berth and with the team completely in his grasp, he is free to squeeze. Alain Vigneault is already squeezing Jakub Voracek. “When we went into the bubble and into the playoffs, I thought Jake played well in that first round against Montreal. I thought he wasn’t as effective against ...
Tags: Sport, Montreal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Islanders, Jake, Jakub Voracek, Vigneault, Alain Vigneault, Voracek, Marcus Hayes


Philadelphia Residents On The Hook For $9.8 Million For Putting The Wrong Man In Prison For 28 Years (techdirt)

Plenty of people can ruin lives. But no one can ruin lives like cops and prosecutors. Look, we get it. Everyone likes an easy day at work. But when lives are on the line, the "easy" should be subservient to the "justified." But that's not what happens. When cops decide they like someone for a crime, "correct" is no longer a factor. You can't close a case file without a convicted perp. And closing a case apparently means more than being right, even if it means the real perp is still on the loos...
Tags: News, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Center City, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wright, Paul Newman, Tim Cushing, Hollman, Anthony Wright, Jeremy Roebuck, Chester Hollman III


As he seeks to overturn Pa.'s election, Trump invites state's GOP senators to White House lunch

Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The...
Tags: White House, Gop, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer


A Pennsylvania Republican pretended to be his dead mom to vote for Trump. The Trump campaign blasted it as a case of voter fraud.

President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images Pennsylvania resident Bruce Bartman has been charged with voter fraud for allegedly pretending to be his dead mother to cast an extra vote for President Donald Trump. The Trump campaign flagged his mother's name in an email blast to supporters more than a month ago. President-elect Joe Biden ultimately won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Politics, Voting, News, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, New York Times, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Delaware County, Heritage Foundation, Lehigh County


Officials finally found a case of a dead person voting, accusing a Republican of pretending to be his dead mom to vote for Trump

President Donald Trump in Arlington, Virginia, on November 3. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images Bruce Bartman, a 70-year-old from Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has been charged with voter fraud. He pretended to be his dead mom to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election and registered his dead mother-in-law to vote, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said it was the only voter-fraud case they found after hundreds of tips. Voter fraud is extremely rare in the US, but Republicans have c...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, Michigan, Donald Trump, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stollsteimer, Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County, Inquirer


Officials finally found a case of a dead person voting, and it was a Republican pretending to be his dead mom to vote for Trump

US President Donald Trump visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, November 3, 2020. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images 70-year-old Bruce Bartman, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has been charged with voter fraud. He pretended to be his dead mom to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, and also registered his dead mother-in-law to vote, prosecutors say. Prosecutors said it was the only voter fraud case they found after hundreds of tips. Voter fraud is extremel...
Tags: Politics, News, Supreme Court, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Pennsylvania, United States, Michigan, Donald Trump, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Stollsteimer, Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County


Trump campaign launches yet another lawsuit over Pennsylvania election

People participate in a protest in support of counting all votes on November 5, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chris McGrath/Getty Images The Trump campaign is asking the US Supreme Court to overrule Pennsylvania judges and throw out tens of thousands of mail-in ballots. President-elect Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by more than 80,000 votes. The outgoing president's legal team has repeatedly lost in court, having failed to prove Trump's decisive loss was the product of fraud. Visit Busi...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Law, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Biden, Donald Trump, Charles Davis, Rudy Giuliani, Kamala Harris, US supreme court, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Pennsylvania


Moving scenes show the first coronavirus vaccine in the US being administered to healthcare workers across the country

Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images Healthcare workers administered shots to their colleagues across the nation this week, beginning the next long-awaited phase of the pandemic since it began in March. The Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine last Friday, and the first batches of the vaccine rolled out earlier this week. The vaccine is said to be 95% effective, experts said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The f...
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Toomey Calls Latest Trump Gambit In PA ‘Completely Unacceptable’

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) on Tuesday called out President Trump for his “completely unacceptable” attempt at persuading state lawmakers to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results that handed President-elect Joe Biden a win in the battleground state. Toomey’s condemnation of Trump comes amid the sitting president’s refusal to concede and most congressional Republicans refusing to recognize Biden as President-elect as they egg on Trump’s flailing legal battles contesting the legitimacy of the electi...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, Biden, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Inquirer, Toomey, Cutler, Pat Toomey, Sen Pat Toomey R Pa, 2020 Election, Bill Barr


How A Lawyer For Eastern European Oligarchs Fueled The Fever Dream Of An Election Reversal

Bruce Marks has a story to tell. He’s been a consultant this year on President Trump’s futile and ham-handed bid to overturn the results of the election in Pennsylvania. But Marks, a 63-year old attorney to oligarchs in the former Soviet space and a one-time Pennsylvania state senator, says that he got there by a weird and circuitous path, one that involved Don McGahn, a stolen election, and Trump himself on a helicopter. Marks represents Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, and, through his f...
Tags: News, Senate, Russia, Ukraine, Pennsylvania, Gop, New York Times, Moscow, Philadelphia, Kazakhstan, Penn, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Donald J Trump, San Antonio Express News, Ukraine Russia


US COVID deaths hit record levels with holidays ahead

By LISA MARIE PANE and RACHEL LA CORTE | Associated Press Deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to more than 2,200 a day on average, matching the frightening peak reached last April, and cases per day have eclipsed 200,000 on average for the first time on record, with the crisis all but certain to get worse because of the fallout from Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Virtually every state is reporting surges just as a vaccine appears days away from getting the go-ahead in the U.S. ...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Washington, White House, US, Alabama, Los Angeles, Georgia, Sport, Ap, West, Britain, Soccer, United States, Food And Drug Administration


A Kansas radiology technician slept in an RV outside his hospital for over a week after coworkers got sick with COVID-19 and no one else was available to take X-rays

Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images A Kansas radiology technician slept in an RV parked in his hospital's parking lot after his coworkers caught COVID-19, the Associated Press reported. He was the only one able to run X-rays, and without the service, the ER was at risk of closing.  Hospitals all across the country are facing challenges as COVID-19 cases surge.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A radiology technician at a Kansas hospital had to sleep in an RV in...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Ap, Pennsylvania, Healthcare, Kansas, Associated Press, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Charlie Baker, Tom Wolf, Johns Hopkins University, Lisa Davis, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health


Business is booming at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, now a landmark on the Philadelphia tourist trail thanks to Rudy Giuliani's bizarre post-election press conference

Jennifer Heintz and Mike Wagz of Philadelphia take pictures outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping, the site of a Trump-campaign news conference days earlier, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 9, 2020. Bastiaan Slabbers/Reuterss Four Seasons Total Landscaping, the suburban garden center where the Trump campaign held a post-election press conference in November, made $1.3 million in merchandise sales, according to its owners. Business Insider spoke to the center's director of sales...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Cnn, Canada, Pennsylvania, News UK, Retail, Philadelphia, Giuliani, Middleton, Rudy Giuliani, Business Insider, Trump, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jake Tapper


‘Safety’ Tips from Gun Prohibitionists Have Hidden Agenda

The NSSF promotes programs like First Shots which helps introduce new young shooters to the basic safety protocols of firearms. IMG NSSF.org U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gun sales are way up, in Pennsylvania and across the country. And many are first-time owners,” The Philadelphia Inquirer notes in a “Philly Tips” column. “Here’s what you need to know about gun safety.” Gun owners can be forgiven if that assertion causes their antennae to go up. The mainstream press, what I call the DSM ( ), ha...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Charles, Pbs, Gun Safety, Resistance, Michael Bloomberg, Philadelphia Inquirer, Temple University Hospital, state Department of Education, DSM, Inquirer, Sammy, David Codrea


Philadelphia burning: The city’s forgotten outrage against a Black community

Workers use a screen to sift through debris brought from the gutted MOVE house on May 16, 1985. George Widman/AP Photos On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on 6621 Osage Avenue which left 11 people dead, including five children, and burned down 61 homes. The building was the headquarters of MOVE, a radical West Philadelphia group whose ideology combined Black revolutionary ideals with environmental and animal rights. In 1988, a grand jury cleared then-Mayor Wilson Goode and...
Tags: News, Washington Post, US, Trends, New York Times, Philadelphia, Npr, The New York Times, Vox, Black Lives Matter, Black, Philadelphia Inquirer, West Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Council, Philadelphia Police, Peter Morgan


A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are suing to try to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots and stop the state from certifying the election results

President Donald Trump and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Pennsylvania) embrace at an election rally in Erie. Noah Riffe/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A group of Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to toss out a GOP-backed voting reform bill that passed in October 2019. Their lawsuit seeks to invalidate millions of mail-in ballots cast in the 2020 presidential election. The lawsuit, filed in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, alleges that Act 77, which allowed for no excuse mail-in voti...
Tags: Politics, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Gop, Lawsuits, Philadelphia, Biden, Donald Trump, General Assembly, Trump, Wolf, Philadelphia Inquirer, State, Commonwealth Court


Philadelphia city council apologizes for approving the police bombing of one of its Black neighborhood's killing 11 people, including 5 children

Aerial view of smoke rising from Osage Avenue in Cobbs Creek on May 14, 1985 after police bombed the roof of MOVE's compound. Bettmann/Getty Images Philadelphia City Council voted on Thursday to formally apologize for their decision to approve a bombing, which left 11 people dead, including five children, and burned down 61 homes in 1985. On May 13, 1985, police dropped an explosive device on the roof of the compound of MOVE, a Black radical group, as officers tried to evict them, acco...
Tags: News, Justice, Trends, Law Enforcement, New York Times, News UK, Philadelphia, Vox, Council, Philadelphia Inquirer, West Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Council, Cobbs Creek, W Wilson Goode, Osage Avenue, Wilson Goode


Meet the Bidens: America's new First Family

Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. standing with his family on back of a train after announcing his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in June 1987. Getty Images The Biden family is the new First Family.  Former Vice President Joe Biden will be joined in the White House by his wife, Jill Biden, and their dogs, Champ and Major. Joe Biden has a daughter named Ashley with Jill, his second wife. He had three children with his first wife, Neilia, only one of whom, his son Hunter, is sti...
Tags: Apple, New York Post, Obama, Navy, Senate, White House, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Ap, Bbc, Hillary Clinton, United States, Judaism


Words of the week: Joyscrolling, gleefreshing

Remember back in Early Pandemic, when we were baking bread and taking Zoom yoga and coining new words? One of the new words that gained currency in March was doomscrolling, “obsessively reading social media posts about how utterly fucked we are.” As I wrote in a June post, doomscrolling actually anticipated the pandemic by a year and a half. But doomier days lay ahead. At least, that is, until November 7 at approximately 8:30 a.m. PST, when the Associated Press broke the news that Democrat Jo...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, France, Georgia, Joe Biden, Ap, Linguistics, US Senate, Associated Press, Neologisms, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oakland California, Ding Dong, Helen Ubinas, Word of The Week, Nancy Friedman


The life of Dr. Jill Biden, an educator who worked full-time during Joe Biden's career and plans to keep her job after moving into the White House

Jill Biden listens to a speech being given by her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, in Denison, Iowa in November 2019. Reuters Joe Biden has been projected to win the 2020 presidential election, defeating President Trump. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, has emerged as one of his most forceful surrogates. She has campaigned tirelessly alongside him throughout his 2020 election and has been his anchor throughout his decades-long political career. She is a committed educator, who has contin...
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