FROM Jonathan Olshefski
'Quest' documents a family dedicated to love, hope and hip-hop Christopher “Quest” Rainey and Christine’a “Ma Quest” Rainey. Credit: Colleen Stepanian. Christopher Rainey is known as “Quest” around his North Philadelphia neighborhood, which is poor and often violent. He juggles various jobs, and struggles to take care of his wife and young daughter. He and his wife created a home music studio to nurture young, aspiring hip-hop artists in their community. A new documentary shows an intimate portrait of the Rainey family. Christopher “Quest” Rainey, Isaiah Byrd, Christine’a “Ma Quest” Rainey, and Patricia “PJ” Rainey. Credit: Carina Romano. Jonathan Olshefski, director. Credit: Carina Romano.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
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Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.