As Air Force One was touching down in Philadelphia, thousands of protesters were rallying near City Hall. The presidential motorcade made its way toward the Loews Hotel in Center City Thursday afternoon, so did legions of peaceful demonstrators. Trump addressed Republican colleagues inside the hotel during the GOP retreat around lunchtime Thursday and then headed back to D.C. A second large protest started later in the afternoon and also ended at the hotel, continuing well into the evening. See some of the best signs of the day here and check out photos of the evening march.
At the beginning of Trump's speech at the GOP Retreat, he said it was “great” to be in the city. Then things went south. Trump said, “Here in Philadelphia, murder has been steady — I mean — just terribly increasing.” So what’s really happening with homicides in Philadelphia? They're not increasing, as we explain in our fact check.
We’ve made a lot of noise about Joel Embiid being the savior of Philadelphia basketball, and rightfully so. But as good as Embiid has been this season, he's only played 30 of the team's 44 games, and only averages 25 minutes. Late Thursday, the NBA announced their All-Star reserves and, gasp, Embiid wasn't picked, tweeting his displeasure in a hilarious way. See the tweet, check out who made the team instead, and...why?!? (Also, read our profile on how his teammate Nerlens Noel has changed the Sixers' season.)
This recently revamped tavern is hosting the first of this monthly event, which features soup, an entree platter and a flight of six Irish whiskies for tasting, discussion and enjoyment, all for $35. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Where: Bonks Bar at 3467 Richmond St. 19134
When: January 27, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $35
Billy Penn Likes
Since last spring, Albert Eisenberg — who owns his own public relations firm and is on contract with the city party as its first communications director — has been trying to inject a little youthfulness and vision into the party that so often gets forgotten in this largely Democratic city. And he’s doing it from the perspective of someone who just seems like the perfect portrait of a liberal. We talked to Eisenberg about his strategies to make an urban Republican party work.
After fighting prostate cancer for the last year, Gov. Tom Wolf got a clean bill of health last week after visiting his doctor, his press secretary J.J. Abbott told PennLive. That means the governor, who underwent treatment for the disease while remaining in office, is now cancer-free.