So, about last night. Rapper Eminem not only laid an a cappella smackdown on President Trump, but he also issued an ultimatum to his legion of fans. And in the process, he inadvertently put the spotlight on Pennsylvania. Trump is expected in the Harrisburg area tonight to deliver a speech on tax reform, but social media will almost certainly be goading @realDonaldTrump into responding to The Real Slim Shady. You're signed up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. If you like what you're reading, it's free to sign up to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback, so please email me, tweet me @tommyrowan, or reach our social team on Facebook.

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President Trump walks to speak to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House.
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President Trump walks to speak to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House.

President Trump's objective with tonight's speech, conceivably, will be to drive support for his tax-reform plan, which Washington correspondent Jonathan Tamari describes as the best remaining chance for a major legislative victory in Trump's first year, when a president's power is typically highest.

But, between challenging his secretary of state to an IQ test-off, feuding with NFL players, and now handling a threat from a controversial hip hop artist, taxes could become just another talking point.

Staff writer Samantha Melamed isn't the only one wondering when a portion of North Philadelphia started earned a new name.

Many residents are befuddled by a sign proclaiming "Stonewall Heights" as the name of a neighborhood stretching from Front to Sixth Streets and Lehigh to Cecil B. Moore Avenues. The sign also declares it "a modern historical district."

As the Eagles prepare for their Thursday matchup with the Carolina Panthers, read up on the brother of star wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, and why Alshon was the second-best player in their childhood home.

Our own all-star columnist Mike Sielski went to their small hometown in St. Matthews, S.C., and discovered why Charles Ben was surpassed by his little brother.

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"This couldn't come at a worse time." — Columnist John Baer says that Pennsylvania's budget mess is further threatening to the state's higher education system.

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OK, I'm schilling for my own story: Read all about the mime who braved South Street for a publicity stunt, only to fall on his face.