Good morning, Philadelphia. Today the news is bills, bills, bills: GOP tax bills, affordable housing bills, and loan sharks preying on Americans paying their bills. And sadly, I have no good sports news for you. Both the Flyers and the Sixers lost last night, though we did learn LeBron James loves Eagles QB Carson Wentz.

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Charles Hallinan, 76, is shown leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on April 7, 2016. He was found guilty Monday of racketeering conspiracy in payday lending.
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Charles Hallinan, 76, is shown leaving the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on April 7, 2016. He was found guilty Monday of racketeering conspiracy in payday lending.

The "godfather" of payday lending, Villanova resident and Wharton grad Charles Hallinan, was convicted yesterday of racketeering conspiracy charges.

The crime he was charged with is traditionally associated with Mafia loan sharks. Recently it's reined in payday lenders who prey on vulnerable Americans with sky-high interest rates.

Hallinan spent much of the last three decades in the business. The 76-year-old faces a sentence that could effectively put him in prison for the rest of his life.

President Trump has said he is open to making changes to the GOP's tax bill and Senate Republicans are doing their best to make them as they try to pass their tax package by the end of the year.

A vote on the bill is expected this week. A second Republican senator announced he opposed the bill yesterday, and Republicans only have two votes to spare in their 52-48 edge on the Senate.

Democrats and opposing Republicans say the current bill would benefit big business and make things worse for middle- and low-income families. A new analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office agrees.

As political polarization collides with students' ability to make classroom comments go viral, college professors are making self-censorship a priority. One Temple professor says they should all, "Be afraid. Be very afraid."

Some local professors have found themselves in the spotlight for their online comments, too.

Drexel associate professor George Ciccariello-Maher was placed on leave following tweets about October's Las Vegas massacre. A Penn teaching assistant recently came under fire for saying she would always call on her black women students first. An adjunct professor at Rutgers said his teaching contract wasn't renewed after controversial tweets, too.

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