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November 15, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
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.
December 3, 2009 | By Richard Boudreaux
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.
April 15, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
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 | By Richard Fausset
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.
February 25, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Two new mayors, two big cities, two unfortunate traffic incidents. But one incident - in Los Angeles - was viewed as awkward and sad, while the other - in New York - has become yet another irritant for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Maybe the differing reactions reflect the differences between the cities. To recap: De Blasio has been under fire for traffic violations committed by his convoy after he had vowed to crack down on dangerous drivers. In his first extensive public comments on Thursday's incident, De Blasio on Monday said, "I don't tell the NYPD how to do their work when it comes to protecting me. " De Blasio and the New York police commissioner, Bill Bratton, have said the NYPD officers who provide security and transport to the mayor are specially trained to watch for possible threats and to drive accordingly.
July 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has an opinion on the controversy over Chick-fil-A's stance on gay marriage. But it's not the same one spouted by the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. The others have strongly suggested or outright demanded that the restaurant chain - whose president, Dan Cathy, recently went on the record supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit” - stay away from their cities. According to Bloomberg in a radio address , such a ban based on political or religious beliefs is “inappropriate” and “just not government's job.” A few caveats: Bloomberg thinks the trio of Chick-fil-A-bashing mayors are “good mayors”; he just disagrees “really strongly” on this particular issue.
December 10, 2009 | By Richard Fausset
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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