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POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 5:49 PM
President Barack Obama makes remarks during a fundraiser Thursday in Philadelphia. (AP)

President Barack Obama touted his economic policies at home and draw down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a fundraiser at the Hyatt at the Belleveue this afternoon.

Before a crowd of about 800 people, Obama criticized Republicans for pushing tax breaks for the wealthy.

"It's time to start rebuilding here at home, time for some nation-building right here," he said.

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 2:51 PM

Despite Mayor Nutter’s decision to veto the controversial paid sick leave bill this week, some City Council members will not let the issue die.

Nutter rejected a bill introduced by Councilmen Bill Greenlee and Darrell Clarke that would require most city employers to provide earned paid sick leave. The Council members, who got the legislation passed 9-8, said they would see if they could rally 12 votes for a veto override when Council returns for their next session Sept. 8.

But today Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. put forth another option to deal with the issue. Goode sent out a notice that he would introduce another version of paid sick leave on Sept. 8, as an amendment to the Philadelphia 21st century minimum wage and benefits standard.

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 12:24 PM

UPDATED, 5:04 p.m.:

Ok, we've got an update on how City Council will deal with a 1.9 percent cost of living raise set to start today.

In today’s paper we reported that eight Council members had declined the raise, four would take it and two would donate it to charity. (Click here for the breakdown). Three more members – Curtis Jones Jr., Jack Kelly and Joan Krajewski had not notified the Council President’s office of their plans by 5 p.m. last night.

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 10:16 AM

School unions not prepared to budge on contracts despite Superintendent's call for savings.

And the city's non-uniform workers still don't have contract deals.

Mayor Nutter, most Council members, decline cost of living raises.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 1:02 PM

PhillyClout birthday wishes go out to Mayor Nutter, who turns 54 today. He's spending the day in Chicago for a meeting held by the Clinton Global Initiative.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 10:22 AM

Check out Will Bunch's piece on Gov. Corbett's backing from gas drillers.

Mayor Nutter will veto controversial sick leave legislation.

Duck boats will go dark on July 7 to honor victims of last year's crash.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 5:45 PM

Mayor Nutter today announced that Peter Longstreth, president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation will retire in September.

After a 10-year run, Longstreth will return to working in the private sector and Executive Vice President John Grady will take his place. The PIDC is a private, not-for-profit Pennsylvania corporation established to promote economic development in the city.

Grady, 43, has more than 20 years experience executing public-private development initiatives. He has played a leading role in continuing redevelopment of the Navy Yard.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 5:01 PM

As expected, Mayor Nutter will veto sick leave legislation that passed City Council almost two weeks ago.

You can read his letter to Council here. And check out video from the event below:

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to
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