How the Pa. Congressional delegation shaped the Mueller hearings

  • Emily Previti

Which makes you most curious: solar panels’ afterlife, how mining regulations have changed since the ‘70s, or the post-nuclear power grid? Those are just some reader questions under consideration for StateImpact Pennsylvania reporters to answer with stories. But first, SIPA needs your vote on which one. The poll is here.
-Emily Previti, Newsletter Producer/Reporter

‘Un-American’ or ‘substantial evidence of obstruction of justice’?

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Three Pennsylvania congressional representatives–two Democrats and a Republican–asked questions at the hearing.

  • The Pennsylvania Congressional delegation stuck to the party line. Katie Meyer breaks it down in this story for WITF.

  • Here’s the full reel for each of three freshmen U.S. Reps. from Pa. who, as members of the House Judiciary Committee, questioned Mueller yesterday: Republican Guy Reschenthaler from southwestern Pa. via his Twitter account; Montgomery County Democrat Madeleine Dean, courtesy of PBS’s YouTube channel; and CNN’s tape of Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Delaware County.

  • I listened to a lot of the questioning by streaming WITF or listening in the car throughout the day. And then I discovered this: the audio version of the Mueller report.

Best of the rest

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In this Nov. 30, 2017 photo, Todd Carmichael, chief executive and co-founder of Philadelphia-based La Colombe Coffee, speaks to me media in Philadelphia. The president of a Pennsylvania school board whose district had warned parents behind on school lunch bills that their children could end up in foster care has rejected Carmichael’s offer to cover the cost, but the head of the district’s nonprofit foundation says it will accept the donation so that they can settle the debt.

  • The CEO of a Philly-based coffee company put up $22,000 to wipe out the student lunch debts that prompted a Luzerne County school district to threaten court action earlier this week — but district officials declined the money, the Associated Press reports. Then, they changed their mind. Before they did, Todd Carmichael, chief executive and co-founder of La Colombe Coffee, spoke to NPR’s Bobby Allyn (formerly of WHYY). Bobby’s sound story is here.

  • Yet another investigation underscores the “eldercare crisis” facing Pennsylvania. Part of the reason, according to the latest state Auditor General’s office report, is that workers are underpaid for the physically taxing and emotionally draining job. WESA’s Sarah Boden has more here.

  • York County commissioners slammed Sheriff Richard Keuerleber for “dereliction of duty” for special treatment of a high-profile defendant in a protection from abuse case. The PFA order claims prominent local businessman Bill Hynes, who has ties to the band Live, “raped, strangled and threatened to kill a former employee,” YDR’s Candy Woodall and Dylan Segelbaum report.

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