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September 6, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
WHEN ASKED about his disagreement with Council President Darrell Clarke over Philly's school-funding crisis, Mayor Nutter often stresses that they really aren't that far apart. He rattles off a list of policy goals he shares with Clarke and he questions why people focus on their differences. The mayor has a point: On many fronts, he and Clarke are on the same page: Both want a new school-funding formula for the state, both want Harrisburg to enable a city tax on cigarettes, and both want to split new sales-tax revenue 50/50 between Philly's schools and its pension fund.
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September 3, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
  On Labor Day - and every day - everyone wants a raise. So on Thursday, fast-food workers in Wilmington and around the nation went on strike for $15-an-hour pay. A week ago, advocates gathered in New Jersey to rally in support of passing the state's minimum-wage referendum. And on Monday, Labor Day, Philadelphia skycaps will march in the city's Labor Day parade after restaurant workers dish out ice cream, both promoting a push for higher wages. These campaigns also provide a glimpse of what is either labor's future strategy, or its back-to-the-future strategy, at a time when unions are increasingly marginalized.
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September 2, 2013 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
If President Obama ever does get around to targeting Syria, with congressional approval, it will be the strangest U.S. military strike in recent memory. The administration has made a convincing case that the Syrian regime gassed 1,400 of its own people to death last month, including 426 children. And yes, the use of poison gas violates longstanding international norms. Yet Obama can't seem to make up his mind if he wants to punish Syria for using chemical weapons or not. On Saturday, he made a strong case for using military action to deter anyone from deploying these terrible weapons again.
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August 29, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Mayor Nutter joined 15 other big-city mayors at the White House on Tuesday for meetings with President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder over strategies to stem youth violence. The president wanted to hear ideas on how to create better partnerships between federal agencies and local government to improve crime-fighting efforts, Nutter said after the meetings. "The president acknowledged there may be no significant federal funding or new programs to roll out," Nutter said.
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July 28, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
The O.J. Simpson criminal prosecution was doomed from the moment the trial was moved from Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles, ensuring that the jury looked nothing like the two victims, legal pundits agree. Might the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial have been similarly predetermined - not because of race, but because of gender? That there is racial division in how people regard the Zimmerman verdict is evident, both anecdotally and in the data. Thousands of mostly African Americans have marched in protest since the not-guilty verdict, and now polling results evidence the division.
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July 23, 2013 | By Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington Post
DETROIT - The battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next. Soon after Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr and Gov. Rick Snyder approved a bankruptcy filing Thursday, groups representing the 20,000 retirees reliant on city pensions successfully petitioned a county court to effectively freeze the bankruptcy process.
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July 15, 2013 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Hillary Clinton, you may have heard, is old. Like Methuselah old. At least this is what Republican leaders claim. In 2016, when America will be forced to endure another presidential campaign, she will be 69. "Don't tell me Democrats are the party of the future," said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March, "when their presidential ticket for 2016 is shaping up to look like a rerun of the Golden Girls . " He was speaking of Clinton and Vice President Biden, though mostly Clinton, given the "girl" thing.
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June 28, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Unite Here Local 634 placidly represented lunch ladies at the Philadelphia School District, both the cooks and kitchen staff and the aides who kept peace in the cafeteria. But these days, with 1,202 of their members laid off and the school district's budget hanging in the balance in Harrisburg, the ladies - and their male counterparts - are placid no more. With a revolving crew of hunger strikers, stationed at a hard-to-miss location on South Broad Street, they are attracting attention.
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June 24, 2013
Gov. Corbett's shaky plan to use city sales-tax dollars, plus federal funds that the state is unlikely to get, to bail out Philadelphia's destitute schools winks at the state's constitutional obligation to provide a "thorough and efficient" education to Pennsylvania's children. The scheme provides no assurance that enough money would arrive in time to stave off a devastating 3,800 layoffs before the city's state-controlled district resumes classes in September. Corbett unrealistically is relying on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to forgive a $108 million debt that HHS has been trying to collect from the state for years.
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