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February 28, 2013 | By Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved President Obama's choice of Jacob Lew to be Treasury secretary and sent the nomination to the full Senate. Lew would succeed Timothy Geithner, who completed a tumultuous four-year term in which he helped lead the administration's response to the financial crisis and recession. The committee approved Lew's nomination, 19-5. The timing of a Senate vote is unclear. During a three-hour confirmation hearing Feb. 13, the sharpest questions came from Republicans who pressed Lew about his tenure at Citigroup, where he was a top executive from 2006 until early 2009, a period covering the height of the financial crisis.
NEWS
August 6, 2003
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia seeks suggestions from community organizations, historical societies and individuals about buildings in the five-county area that are in danger. The alliance wants to bring these structures to public attention and find ways to protect them. More information is available at the alliance Web site at www.preservationalliance.com. Letters and photographs can be sent to: the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 1616 Walnut St., Suite 2110, Philadelphia 19103.
NEWS
February 15, 2013 | By Richard Lardner, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans on Thursday stalled the nomination of former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya. Democrats called the vote "tragic" and vowed to revive the nomination after Congress' weeklong break. By 58-40, with one abstention, the Senate fell short of the 60-vote threshold required to advance Hagel's nomination to a final, up-or-down vote on his confirmation.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has given his approval to advance a Philadelphia judge's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, clearing one obstacle for a nominee who critics argued was being stalled over politics. Toomey has submitted his "blue slip" to the Judiciary Committee, giving his blessing to holding a hearing on the nomination of Luis Felipe Restrepo, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A spokeswoman for the senator confirmed the move.
NEWS
August 7, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Most Americans have not "read or heard anything," about the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll reported today. Of those aware of the nomination, the public is closely divided on the nomination, with 45 percent approving, 40 percent disapproving and 15 percent undecided. The poll, taken Monday through Wednesday, found that 55 percent of Americans had not heard or read of the nomination. It also found that 46 percent of those aware of the nomination believe the Senate should consider only Bork's background and qualifications when deciding whether to confirm him. Fifty-one percent believe the Senate also should consider Bork's political views.
NEWS
June 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After claims of political stalling, a Senate panel on Wednesday will finally take up the nomination of Philadelphia-based Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee could be a key step in advancing Restrepo's nomination, which liberal groups and other advocates say has been slowed by political gamesmanship, a charge Republicans have denied. Sens. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) and Patrick Toomey (R., Pa.)
NEWS
May 25, 2010
I FIND myself amused over the conservatives' hysterical reaction to the president's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. To cover the right's real agenda, what I'm hearing is their "disappointment" over her lack of judicial experience, never having been a judge. But it was the GOP's own fault that she never became a judge. President Clinton nominated her, and the Republican-controlled Congress let her nomination languish. And one of the heroes of the right, the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, was never a judge either when he was nominated by a Republican President to be on the court.
NEWS
June 26, 2013 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
It took only two minutes for the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee to advise and consent Monday to the nomination of Diane Solomon to the Board of Public Utilities, an agency led by her husband at the outset of the Christie administration. Her nomination won unanimous approval from the panel, which did not ask any questions other than a lighthearted query from the chairman of the committee, Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D., Bergen). "I'm assuming you thought the job was great when your husband had it," Scutari quipped to Solomon.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Scott Wilson, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Nebraska Republican and Vietnam veteran, to be secretary of defense as early as Monday, according to a person close to the process. In the last day, the White House has informed the Hagel camp that Obama intends to announce the nomination and expects it to come Monday. But the person with knowledge of the process, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the event could slip until Tuesday because of scheduling questions.
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June 11, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - After claims of political stalling, a Senate panel on Wednesday will finally take up the nomination of Philadelphia-based Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The hearing before the Judiciary Committee could be a key step in advancing Restrepo's nomination, which liberal groups and other advocates say has been slowed by political gamesmanship, a charge Republicans have denied. Sens. Robert P. Casey (D., Pa.) and Patrick Toomey (R., Pa.)
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie has nominated a former North Jersey medical examiner to head the State Medical Examiner's Office, an agency that has for years been without a leader. Andrew L. Falzon, a previous medical examiner for Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, would oversee a system that has come under criticism over the years, including by its former leaders. Falzon - who state records indicate graduated in 1986 from the University of Malta, a small country of islands south of Italy - was a forensic pathology fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, according to the school.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Angela Couloumbis and Chris Palmer, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In its sharpest rebuke yet to Pennsylvania's first-term governor, the Republican-led Senate on Monday rejected Gov. Wolf's controversial choice to lead the state police and signaled it would be unlikely to reconsider. Hours after Wolf tried to withdraw the nomination, the chamber ignored his request and voted, 26-22, against the permanent appointment of acting Commissioner Marcus Brown. Observers said it was the first time they could recall the full Senate shooting down a governor's cabinet pick.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - For the second time in as many months, a panel of state senators on Tuesday chose to not endorse one of Gov. Wolf's cabinet nominees - amid signs that steeper odds await the next one. After a hearing, the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee declined to take a position on acting Secretary of Environmental Protection John Quigley before moving his nomination to the full Senate for consideration. Forwarding the nomination without open support is an unusual step and reflects friction between the first-term Democrat and the Republican-controlled legislature as they embark on budget negotiations.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | Chris Hepp and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
It's ballot time. In Philadelphia, if tradition holds, voters on Tuesday will select the city's next mayor from among six candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. The choices: former District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham, former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson A. Diaz, former City Councilman James F. Kenney, former PGW executive Doug Oliver, former State Sen. T. Milton Street Sr., and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams. Running unopposed for the Republican nomination is Melissa Murray Bailey, a 36-year-old businesswoman who will face daunting odds in the fall to overcome the city's 7-1 Democratic voter registration edge.
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) has given his approval to advance a Philadelphia judge's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, clearing one obstacle for a nominee who critics argued was being stalled over politics. Toomey has submitted his "blue slip" to the Judiciary Committee, giving his blessing to holding a hearing on the nomination of Luis Felipe Restrepo, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. A spokeswoman for the senator confirmed the move.
SPORTS
April 1, 2015 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THE FIRST thing Nick Schultz does whenever he walks into the Flyers' locker room after a game or practice is to swap his helmet for a black, flat-brim hat - pulled low over his eyes. He jokes it makes him fit in with a younger team. It also conveniently hides his receding hairline, though he didn't mention that part. Aside from Vinny Lecavalier, Schultz has played 214 more NHL games than the next closest player on the Flyers' roster. He arrived in Philadelphia without another game guaranteed, signed as a spare defenseman last summer.
NEWS
March 11, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should nominate an attorney general to be confirmed by the Senate, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday, arguing that process was key to preserving the independence of the office. Sweeney's remarks came as the attorney general's and governor's offices have come under scrutiny for settling a pollution case with ExxonMobil Corp. for $225 million after prosecutors had sought an $8.9 billion judgment at trial last year. A former commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection contended last week that Christie's chief counsel, Christopher Porrino, had "elbowed aside" the acting attorney general and pushed for the settlement.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - So much for a honeymoon. On his second day in office, Gov. Wolf rescinded more than two dozen eleventh-hour appointments by his predecessor - firing the state's new open records officer, canceling judicial nominations, and effectively booting the former lieutenant governor from Temple University's board of trustees. Wolf's office said he wasn't questioning their credentials for the posts but, rather, a "murky" appointment process by Gov. Tom Corbett that he called "anything but open and transparent.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Oscar overlooks Adams, etc. Whelp, Thursday morning they announced the Oscar nominations. It was a great year for movies, artistically if not at the box office (down 5 percent), and not all the good stuff could get in. But when the dust settled, it was weird. And it was . . . white. And guy. As in white guy . We're sort of ticked that such Sideshow favorites as Amy Adams and Jennifer Aniston were snubbed. But it's nice to see Laura Dern recognized in the best supporting actress category for her work in Wild . . . . Also, The Lego Movie got bupkis.
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