December 3, 2009 |
Israeli security forces arrested the mayor of a Jewish settlement Wednesday as he and other residents tried to prevent government inspectors from entering the community to enforce new restrictions on building in the West Bank. The skirmish in Beit Aryeh was the most serious in five days of confrontations across the territory between a government that appears intent on limiting settlement growth over the next 10 months and a settler movement determined to defy the effort. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a partial construction moratorium last week under U.S. pressure, and the Obama administration applauded the decision in hope of coaxing the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority to resume peace talks with Israel.
November 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Mayors and millionaires are joining the parade of interest groups through the White House as the administration tries to build support for President Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy. The president plans to visit New York City on Thursday to view damage from Superstorm Sandy, but Vice President Joe Biden is due to host about a dozen mayors from across the country for a conversation on the subject. Meanwhile, senior administration officials are set to meet with members of the Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength, a group of high earners lobbying Congress on behalf of the president's general approach to tax policy.
April 15, 2009 |
If he was nervous, Salvador Vergara Cruz didn't act it. The mayor of this well-groomed town in central Mexico, Vergara traveled without bodyguards even after callers to his cellphone tried to extort $70,000 from him, and demanded that he play ball with drug traffickers, friends said. "He didn't give them what they wanted," said Raymundo Fuentes, a city councilman. "What happened was bound to happen." On Oct.
November 30, 2009 |
A neck-and-neck mayoral runoff pitting a black man against a white woman has spurred some intense discussions about race and politics in the South's most important city. But in recent days, the two campaigns have also turned their attention to a demographic beyond race that may ultimately sway Tuesday's election: the gay vote. The support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community has been a coveted political prize for some time in Atlanta, a bastion of live-and-let-live progressivism in the heart of the more censorious Bible Belt.
December 10, 2009 |
Kasim Reed, an attorney and former Georgia state senator, will be sworn in as Atlanta's next mayor after a recount Wednesday confirmed he had won a runoff election. City Councilwoman Mary Norwood sought the recount after coming up 715 votes short in the Dec. 1 balloting, or fewer than 1% of the total cast. Reed's margin of victory ended up at 714 votes, Fulton County officials said. "Campaign season is over, and I want everyone to know I have the utmost respect for Mrs. Norwood and take no personal pleasure in her concession today," Reed said in a statement.
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January 20, 2012 |
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among a group of 80 mayors in Washington on Friday who pledged their support for gay marriage and announced an initiative aimed at expanding marriage rights for same-sex couples. The initiative, called Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, was announced during a press conference held at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting. Villaraigosa will co-chair the group. The mayors have pledged to push their cities to pass laws allowing same-sex marriage and urge Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman.
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August 5, 2013 |
Under a brilliant white canopy, mayors from dozens of Los Angeles County cities gathered on the back lawn at Getty House on Monday to talk about public safety, traffic congestion, job creation and how they can better work together to tackle problems. New Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti invited mayors from the 87 other cities in the county to his ceremonial residence, and 63 (including representatives of mayors) showed up. Garcetti said he planned to make such informal get-togethers a regular occurrence during his administration.