Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Rocking vintage Reebok high-tops, the ex-Navy admiral kicked off his campaign yesterday.
William R. Hite Jr. finds himself in an unusual spot. For the past two winters and springs, he has grappled with Philadelphia School District budget holes in the hundreds of millions.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Senate Democrats plan to move forward with an override vote of Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a bill overhauling the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and are rejecting a Republican compromise measure.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A new poll finds New Jerseyans less supportive of expanding casino gambling beyond Atlantic City, and less likely to support a nationwide repeal of a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states.
In his final budget address, Mayor Nutter called "stop-gap solutions" to fix the city's schools unacceptable and pitched a 9.3 percent property tax increase as a sustainable fix.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality and empowering the less fortunate, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's tight budget could affect the state's snow removal funding.
Gov. Wolf went to the state's top-rated high school Wednesday to push his plan to radically overhaul Pennsylvania's tax structure - and push back against Republican legislators who had immediately labeled his budget proposal dead in the water.
State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, a Democratic candidate for Philadelphia mayor, on Wednesday offered a three-pronged prescription for raising $200 million for city schools that includes shifting more property taxes to the district.
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical contamination case in which the state originally sought nearly $9 billion.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court argument over subsidies that help millions of people afford their health insurance suggests that the Obama administration has two chances to attract one critical vote.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of Congress to respond to the brutal beatings of protesters in Selma, Alabama, by passing a federal Voting Rights Act that would "open the city of hope to all people of all races."
NEW YORK (AP) - Sen. Ted Cruz's book, "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Miracle of America," is coming out this summer.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton insists that if she pursues the presidency again, it will be different this time around.
WASHINGTON (AP) - As former Texas Gov. Rick Perry readies a second presidential campaign, his supporters have created a super PAC devoted to his 2016 ambitions.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government will review a huge cache of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails for possible release after revelations she conducted official business as secretary of state in the shadows of a private account. The disclosure has raised questions in the buildup to her expected presidential run about whether she adhered to the letter or spirit of accountability laws.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account as secretary of state, weighing in on a controversy that has generated negative attention this week for the likely Democratic presidential candidate.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are signaling that questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email account while she was secretary of state will follow her into her widely anticipated presidential campaign.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans are signaling that questions about Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email account while she was secretary of state will follow her into her widely anticipated presidential campaign.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen says he will run for the Senate seat that will be open when Barbara Mikulski retires.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a personal email account for State Department business has prompted questions about secrecy and the rules that govern the communications of senior government officials.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing a new set of questions about ethics and transparency - the sort that have dogged her and husband Bill for decades.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton says women have made a difference at all levels of government but the nation has reached a turning point.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush distanced himself from his family on Monday as he courted senior citizens in Nevada, the first stop in a national tour aimed at key states on the presidential primary calendar.
New Jersey has reached a $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. over the oil giant’s decades-long contamination of 1,500 acres of land, the state’s acting attorney general said Thursday, a deal that faces fierce opposition among Democrats and environmentalists who wanted the state to stand by its demand for billions in damages.