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The Foreman Forecast: Republicans on the brink

If you are a Democrat, you’re probably fuming over the latest Republican effort to strike down the Affordable Care Act, the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama. Of course, you already had plenty to dislike in President Donald Trump: from his relentless taunting of your defeated...

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:02am

The Foreman Forecast: A Russian hoax? Hardly…

President Trump is not fond of shaking hands, claims his political rallies are always “yuge,” and apparently believes he really won the popular vote despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. And in that same iconoclastic way, he is once again raging about the “hoax” of...

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Knees across America

Sometimes, even the reddest meat goes rancid. Sometimes, even the cheapest political ploy can blow up in your hands. So it was with Donald Trump’s racially coded pandering this weekend against black professional athletes who chose to take a knee as the national anthem was played. Trump...

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 6:41pm

The Foreman Forecast: Speed reading

With Congressional Republicans barreling toward a last-minute vote (again) on repealing Obamacare, the perennial question is ricocheting around DC: What’s in their bill, and what does it mean? I say perennial because it seems this way every time major legislation is under consideration. For...

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 5:03am

What is Graham-Cassidy, and why should you care if it passes?

Republicans in the Senate are making one last push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They're under pressure because the Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Sept. 30 is the last day they can do so under a process called reconciliation, which is tied to next year's budget and requires only...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:03pm

Trump’s America: Secretary of ‘Can I have your job now?’

World leaders are descending on the United Nations this week, and you know what that means: Manhattan traffic will be even more nightmarish than usual. Restaurant reservations will be impossible in Midtown – except at 5:15 or 11:30 p.m. And U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley will show everyone that...

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 5:35pm

The Foreman Forecast: Cracking the tax code

Aside from accountants and perhaps a few sadistic IRS agents, no one in this country seems overly fond of the federal tax code. It’s ridiculously complicated. It’s laced with loopholes. And for many families, collecting receipts, filling out forms and sifting through the maze of rules...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Harvey, Irma, Jose and Donald

Irma's slamming Florida. Jose's roiling the Atlantic. Houston's barely started drying out from Harvey. And Hurricane Donald is still wreaking its Category-5 havoc everywhere. The eye is centered in Washington, but the deadly squalls now extend from coast to coast. It has been eerie...

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 6:40pm

Melania Trump was snubbed by Vanity Fair's best-dressed list and her fans are pissed

Melania Trump fans are furious after realizing the first lady was snubbed by Vanity Fair on its “International Best-Dressed List” for 2017. On a list that seems to include the who’s who of world leaders — former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama,...

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 5:43pm

Catalan parliament approves law to call referendum on independence

Catalonia's parliament on Wednesday passed a law to make formal its plans for an Oct. 1 referendum on whether to declare independence from Spain, a vote that the central government says is illegal and that it will stop. A majority of the regional parliament, which is controlled by pro-...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 4:55pm

School is open but Walmart is not

NYC schools are now open, but once again out of work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonable priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. ...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00am

The new Chestnut Street protected bike lane: A beginner’s manual

Last week, the city of Philadelphia opened a new parking-protected bike lane along the north side of Chestnut Street in West Philadelphia. It’s 11 blocks long and is part of a much larger goal the city has for safer streets and zero traffic deaths –including 30 miles of...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: DACA Dreamers, DACA nightmares

Dream on this, you little Dreamers: Six months from now, when Paul Ryan still hasn’t corralled his unruly House Republican caucus and Donald Trump’s DACA time bomb is about to go ka-boom, 800,000 of you will suddenly be— What? Where? Swept up in a mass deportation of young...

Monday, September 4, 2017 - 5:42pm

Too soon, Charlie Hebdo? French magazine takes heat for Texas Nazi cover

The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, that became well-known after attacks on its office attributed to an illustration of the founder of Islam, the prophet Muhammad, is taking heat for its cover depicting the devastation from Hurricane Harvey. The cover features submerged people giving the...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:43pm

Columbus Day now Indigenous Peoples' Day in L.A.

Christopher Columbus, the man credited with “discovering” America, is a controversial figure in history. While he accidentally stumbled upon what became known as The United States of America, he also contributed to the death and downfall of the people who already inhabited the land he...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:30pm

The Foreman Forecast: Trump’s higher ground

Amid the record rainfall, scouring floods and human misery in south Texas, there was President Trump doing what presidents do: Offering reassurance, praising first responders and promising the federal government’s help until the suffering has passed. Such visits have become a supremely...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 5:05am

The Foreman Forecast: The primary issue

As much as people worry about being attacked by a shark, hit by lightning or trapped in a cab with Pauly Shore, such events are thankfully rare. If you are the president of the United States, here is something else you can add to the “long odds” list: Getting challenged for your own...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:02am

Service improvements beat countdown clocks for 7 train

There are better investments the MTA can make to improve service on the No. 7 Flushing subway than the installation of countdown clocks. In March 1953, a super express began operating from Flushing–Main Street to Times Square in the morning rush hour. This 7 express stopped at Main Street and...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:02am

Trump’s America: Why stop the pardons with Sheriff Joe?

Pardon me. No, really. I’d like to be pardoned – wouldn’t you? Pardoned for crimes I’ve already committed, pardoned for crimes I am only now dreaming up. Mark my words: When it comes to Donald Trump’s presidential pardons, Sheriff Joe was just a practice round. Jared...

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 5:07pm

Philly needs to change its street safety approval process

Essentially, after a chaotic public meeting in July, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson rejected plans for a West Center City safety improvement pilot project. The reason? "Near neighbor" concerns. Essentially, it was decided most people in the vicinity of Lombard Street were worried enough...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 5:00am