State


 Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Refusniks: some attorneys general play a new role, declining to enforce laws

Are attorneys general nationwide showing discretion, or abdication, when they refuse to uphold laws they deem unconstitutional?


 The rotunda in the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg

When outside interests and legislative matters collide

There sometimes is overlap between Pennsylvania legislators’ official duties and outside interests.



 The rotunda of the state capitol in Harrisburg.

Recusals are rare in the Pennsylvania Legislature

Pennsylvania lawmakers rarely abstain from voting on legislation related to their outside interests.



 The west facade of the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

Pennsylvania state legislators are free to pursue outside interests

Pennsylvania’s “full-time” legislators often have outside income, with little disclosure or oversight.


Nation


Ohio moves to make elections more competitive

A state legislative election proposal could have an indirect impact on congressional districts because they are drawn by state lawmakers.



Congress finishes up, its members still grumbling

Its modest achievements were overshadowed by partisan gridlock, investigations and sharp clashes capped by a government shutdown.


 

World


North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere.



Raul Castro: Don't expect detente to change Cuban system

Also appearing before parliament, shaking their fists in victory, were three convicted spies just released from long U.S. prison terms.


 
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State


State review of emails finds no additional improprieties

Other than pornographic emails, a state Supreme Court review found no improper email between the court and Attorney General’s office.



Wolf team announces inaugural festivity plans

Tom Wolf will be sworn as the state’s 47th governor on Jan. 20.


 

Portfolio


Eyewitness 1864: Theft ring used kids to steal lead in Lawrenceville

Three adults were arrested and charged with buying stolen lead, often in the form of bullet-shaped rifle balls pilfered by boys employed at



Holiday donation to Salvation Army has a nice ring to it

A former Salvation Army bell ringer is paying $21,000 for rings that a widow placed inside a red donation kettle in Boston.


 

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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Happy Friday, everyone. 1) Given the recent attention paid to ethics ??? what with Gov.-elect Tom Wolf forbidding members of


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

We hope you're hungry ??? today's breakfast is steak and eggs, not tea and a fruit cup. 1) We're not quite at the point when



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