WEATHER: Philadelphia, p.m. showers, high of 86; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 87; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 88.



* Philadelphia has added two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, to its school calendar, the first district in the nation to do so, according to the Inquirer.

* Although the Philadelphia Police Department had already begun the process of moving to a renovated headquarters, officials said the former Inquirer building might be a more preferable HQ, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

* After abruptly cancelling the release of a report on the “Porngate” scandal, Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s special aide, Bruce Castor, will now release the report, writes the Inquirer.

* A study reveals that last year’s budget impasse saddled social service agencies across PA with debt and interest payments related to emergency borrowing, the Associated Press reports.

* A housing survey estimates that Pittsburgh needs at least $10 million a year in new affordable housing to keep up with rising real estate costs, writes the Tribune-Review.



* Bernie Sanders’ campaign has filed for a demonstration permit ahead of a planned rally in downtown Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, the Inquirer reports.

* Conservative pundit Bill Kristol is leading a late push to get conservative author and lawyer David French to run as an independent, according to Bloomberg.

* The DNC in Philadelphia will host more LGBT delegates than ever before, according to the Inquirer.



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* The Tribune-Review editorial board laments the wages of appeasement with Iran, and what it has wrought.

* National Review online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg, in a Trib-Review op-ed, hopes for a four-way presidential race this fall, featuring Trump, Clinton, Sanders and Romney.

* Newsworks’ Dick Polman digs deeper into Donald Trump’s calculated temper tantrum against Judge Gonzalo Curiel, and finds it of a piece with Trump’s tyrannical tendencies.

* Harold Jackson, Inquirer Editorial Page Editor, says that Trump may be the best thing to happen to the GOP since Lincoln freed the slaves.

* An Inquirer editorial calls out state Republicans for rewriting a ballot question about mandatory judicial retirement age – a move that “could politely be described as chicanery.”

* PennLive op-ed contributor John Sigle has a fascinating take on different election scenarios that should inspire everyone to brush up on their knowledge of the 12th Amendment.

* The Post-Gazette editorial board weighs in on how Kathleen Kane’s missteps continue to impact the AG’s office and beyond.

* Following its failure to win an energy contract, a Post-Gazette op-ed calls for the state legislature to make sure Three Mile Island nuclear plant keeps operating.

* The Intelligencer has two op-eds on Bernie Sanders, with one arguing it is past time for him to get out of the presidential race, and one exhorting him to stay in it.



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12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be joined by Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and Director of Immigrant Affairs Miriam Enriquez as he draws team names to determine first-round matchups for the Philadelphia International Unity Cup. Citizens Bank Park Diamond Club, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia.

4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will give remarks about why it is important for Philadelphians to stay in town during the week of the Democratic National Convention at the “You Don't Want to Miss This” promotional campaign press conference presented by the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee. Top of the Tower, Three Logan Square, Philadelphia.

5:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will welcome guests to Philadelphia while discussing the important role of civic innovators at the Knight Cities Challenge Winners Summit Opening Reception. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia.

6:30 p.m. - The PA Senate Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing will meet. Crowne Plaza Hotel  23 S. Second Street, Harrisburg.


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KICKER: “To say that I reversed course is completely false. The report will not be issued until additional information that I believe is necessary for a full picture in the pornographic, misogynistic part of the investigation is attached.” – Bruce Castor talking about the independently commissioned Porngate report – from The Inquirer.