By Victoria Cavaliere NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Newark's new mayor Ras Baraka has pledged to bring New Jersey's largest city out of a vicious cycle of poverty and crime, but critics fear he may undo the efforts of his pro-business, celebrity predecessor. Baraka, 44, targeted his \"Take Back Newark\" campaign at Wall Street investors, New Jersey's powerful political bosses and the state leadership, which has controlled the city's schools for two decades and is mulling a takeover of its finances for 2014. \"Today, we told them that the people of Newark are not for sale,\" Baraka said in his victory speech on Tuesday, after defeating fellow Democrat, former state assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries, with 54 percent of the vote. \"We told them that people outweigh money in a democracy.\" His message has resonated in Newark, a city of about 277,000 people located 12 miles from New York City.
A U.S. Republican lawmaker on Thursday issued a second subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before Congress this month about the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in which four Americans were killed. The State Department reacted angrily, saying it was the second time Kerry had been subpoenaed while on foreign travel, and noted the announcement had been made via Twitter. \"This is not the way legitimate and responsible oversight is conducted,\" said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa had earlier issued a subpoena for Kerry to appear on May 21, but lifted that request after the State Department said it would conflict with Kerry's travel schedule.
By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans have a favorable view of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and think she will win the 2016 presidential election, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday. Fifty-seven percent of Americans who were aware of Clinton hold a favorable opinion of her, compared to 43 percent who see her negatively, according to the online survey. Nearly one-quarter of Republicans said they had a favorable view of Clinton, a Democrat. While Clinton has not yet declared her candidacy for the White House, she is widely viewed as the front-runner if she does run.
President Barack Obama lists assets worth between $1.95 million and $7.15 million, of which $1 million to $5 million were in Treasury notes, according to financial disclosure forms released on Thursday. Obama and his wife, Michelle, in April reported income of $503,183 last year. As president, Obama is entitled to a $400,000 salary. In financial disclosure forms released on Thursday, the president reported outside income of between about $180,000 and $482,000 from book royalties and investments.
Tonight’s campaign fundraiser for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District hopeful Marjorie Margolies is just like any campaign fundraiser featuring an appearance by Hillary Clinton. Except the candidate, who happens to be Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law, won’t be there. Margolies’ absence from her own fundraiser might surprise those...
“Brutal tactics.” “Record of atrocities.” “Gross violations of human rights.” Top U.S. government officials spoke those words Thursday at a Senate hearing about Boko Haram’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls. But they said them about Nigeria’s government and military, not the Islamic terrorist group that burst into international consciousness with its actions last month.