WEATHER: Philadelphia, partly cloudy, high of 95; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 92; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 89.
NEW FROM CITY&STATE:
* Speculation is growing that Philadelphia Congressman and Democratic boss Bob Brady may hand off leadership of the party to former city Controller Jon Saidel.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* James Moylan, Local 98 boss John Dougherty’s chiropractor and Philadelphia zoning board member, is the latest target of an FBI probe of the union, the Inquirer writes.
* Silent since his home was raided three weeks ago, new reports suggest Councilman Bobby Henon’s staff has also been targeted by investigators, according to the Inquirer.
* State employees were notified that their names may appear on another report on the “Porngate” email scandal. Panic ensued, the Morning Call reports.
* Education reformer and Philly state Sen. Anthony Williams says HBO host John Oliver went “too far” in a segment criticizing the city’s charter schools, reports the Inquirer.
* A profile of Katie McGinty paints the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate as down-to-earth in person, but hopelessly scripted in politics, Phillymag writes.
* Calls to reform PA’s gift policy after Philly DA Seth Williams accepted $160,000 worth of freebies have gone nowhere in Harrisburg, the Tribune-Review reports.
* A group of nonbelievers is suing the state over the House of Representatives morning prayer, according to the AP.
* Harrisburg legislators will reconvene to vote on Bruce Beemer as a replacement for former AG Kathleen Kane, the Patriot News writes.
* Disputes over $30 million worth of funds disbursed to PA charter schools are stuck in limbo, the Patriot News reports.
* The release of Philadelphia inmate Tony Wright over new DNA evidence has spurred a call for review of many other local criminal cases, Newsworks reports.
* Overflowing Philly jails have led to the rise of an ad hoc transportation industry that shuttles family members to distant rural prisons, the Inquirer writes.
* The faculty union for the state university system called for a strike authorization vote, according to Lancaster Online.
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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:
* His reputation hopelessly tarnished in the eyes of critics, Donald Trump is alienating even his own supporters by wavering on immigration bans, the New York Times reports.
* Hillary Clinton went on the offensive, attacking Trump for his critiques of the controversial Clinton Foundation, CNN writes.
* But meanwhile, ethicists laughed at Clinton’s stated plans to reform the politically toxic charity, Politico reports.
* PennLive’s John L. Micek tries to understand why the PA House’s “Pay to Pray” fund, which pays religious figures that open sessions with an invocation, still exists.
* An absolutely infuriating Inquirer editorial on the damage the coal-burning Brunner Island electric plant is doing to Philly’s air quality asks questions that must be answered.
* The Observer-Reporter eviscerates Southpointe-headquartered Mylan Pharmaceuticals for its rapacious raising of EpiPen prices.
* The Daily News uses Philly DA Seth WIlliams’ latest troubles – and the charity woes of numerous other pols – to point out that elected officials shouldn’t also run nonprofits.
* The Daily Times toasts to a very good week for PA wine-lovers, thanks to the first grocery stores selling wine and the first direct deliveries of wine to homes.
* Newsworks’ Dick Polman breaks down the latest attempt to gin up a Clinton Foundation scandal, this time a bait-and-switch “exposé” by the Associated Press.
* A Post-Gazette editorial makes the case for why juvenile lifer Jeffrey Cristina needs to be released from jail as soon as possible.
* The Pocono Record is a big fan of interlock systems that prevent drunk drivers’ cars from starting, but wants adjustments made for those who can’t muster enough breath to unlock them – like sufferers of asthma and emphysema.
* LancasterOnline lauds Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman for taking quick action to make it easier for people to report cases of animal cruelty.
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11:30 a.m. – Gov. Wolf will highlight customer service innovations at the grand opening of the Norristown Driver’s License Center. 1700 Markley St., Suite 30, Norristown.
11:30 a.m. – Mayor Rendell will greet students and families at the District’s annual back-to-school event which offers community resources to help families prepare for the new school year. High School of the Future, 4021 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia.
3 p.m. – Mayor Rendell, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission for Women Jovida Hill, Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement Nina Ahmad, Councilwoman Helen Gym, State Rep. Donna Bullock, City Commissioner Lisa Deely, Sheryl L. Johnson, Regional Counsel, Region III, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and City Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher will all speak at a Women’s Equality Day event celebrating the role of women in the democratic process. The event will kick off a City Hall voter registration drive in commemoration of the passing of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall Room 202, Philadelphia
No events are scheduled for the PA House, PA Senate or Philadelphia City Council.
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KICKER: ”I don’t know, maybe Saidel is promoting this shit.” – Congressman Bob Brady tactfully fends off rumors he’s looking to handoff power to former Controller Jon Saidel. From City&State.