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Tiffany Manuel, a hostess at Cuba Libre, an Old City restaurant, was working Wednesday when President Obama announced historic steps to normalize relations with Cuba after a half-century of acrimony and isolation.
CapitolInq: U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.), whose parents immigrated from Cuba and who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a blistering critique Tuesday of the Obama administration’s decision to release Cuban spies as the Castro regime freed American Alan Gross from imprisonment.
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, on Wednesday called state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane "asleep at the switch" and said he had no faith in his fellow Democrat as the state's top law enforcement officer.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane made repeated false statements to justify shutting down an undercover sting, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said Tuesday as he announced bribery charges against two lawmakers in the corruption case he revived.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s announcement today that he will "actively explore" a 2016 presidential bid unleashed a wave of speculation about how his action might affect other Republicans – Gov. Christie included.
At this point, the Republican 2016 presidential field is an undifferentiated mass with none of more than a dozen possibilities garnering over 10 percent support for the nomination, according to a national poll released Tuesday by Monmouth University.
U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman today acknowledged a need to finish his office's investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closures as quickly as possible, though he wouldn't say how long that might take.
WASHINGTON - An unusual thing happened in Congress this month: The Senate and the House each passed legislation likely to create a law, with massive bipartisan support.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Proposed tax breaks to help Atlantic City's eight casinos would be eliminated under a plan proposed Wednesday by a Republican state assemblyman.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. spy Cuba is releasing is one of the most important intelligence agents the U.S. has ever had in Cuba.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama's coal plant regulations, saying a White House "crusade" has devastated his state's economy.
Downashore: Charlie Birnbaum, the piano tuner who is fighting to keep his family home in Atlantic City from being seized by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, delivered a petition with 100K signatures to Gov. Christie on Wednesday. Plus, his lawyers now say Christie's plans for Atlantic City make the CRDA's efforts to seize his home even more questionable.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place - for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
PHOENIX (AP) - Republicans will have their largest U.S. House majority in 83 years when the new Congress convenes next month after a recount in Arizona gave the final unresolved midterm race to a Republican challenger.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Shadowy outside groups ran an estimated $25 million in ads to shape state-level elections this year, and their full roster of donors is unlikely to ever be known.
NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she's proud to have been part of an administration that "banned illegal renditions and brutal interrogations" and said the U.S. should never be involved in torture anywhere in the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's suddenly become crystal clear that Jeb Bush has his eye on the presidency.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party's next campaign for the White House on Tuesday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Gov. George Pataki says he is "very seriously" considering a run for the White House.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Soon after taking office, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina accepted six-figure stock payouts from an online mortgage broker accused by regulators of deceiving its customers.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush plans to 'actively explore' run for GOP presidential nomination.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government's annual drug use survey finds.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing to end the state's Republican straw poll, but the state party chairman says the event may still go on next year.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - As he signals strong interest in a 2016 presidential campaign, Republican Jeb Bush on Monday encouraged college graduates to "shake things up" and embrace change during a commencement address at South Carolina's largest university.
WASHINGTON (AP) - During the depths of the economic crises that consumed his first term, President Barack Obama helped pluck a Harvard professor named Elizabeth Warren out of relative obscurity and made her the face of his campaign to curtail Wall Street banks.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - His days as Pennsylvania governor numbered, Gov. Tom Corbett says his options for life outside of government could include working on a 2016 presidential campaign.