The Philadelphia Inquirer

Norcross’s Camden facelift not enough to make South Jersey great again (PDF) — “After more than 50 years of seemingly irreversible decline, will a proposed waterfront redevelopment reap the long-awaited renaissance of Camden?”

Trump exposes gulf between voters, elites (PDF) — “By taking on the ‘Washington-Wall Street axis of power,’ as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee calls it, the brash, quintessential New Yorker is forcing GOP muckety-mucks to do what they haven’t done since the Reagan era: recognize that the voters are indeed always right.”

GOP debaters fall short on jobs “The long-awaited inaugural Republican debate of the 2016 primary season resembled a low-gas flame: generating a degree of heat, but little light in terms of what voters are looking for: a real, live, practical plan to create good jobs and boost middle-class incomes.”

Republicans need less W and more TR “Since World War II, the greatest GOP presidents — Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan — won the Keystone State decisively. Even Richard Nixon took every county statewide save Philadelphia . . .”

On trade, Pelosi does GOP a favor “When Nancy Pelosi pleaded with her Democratic colleagues to “slow down the fast-track to get to a better deal for the American people,” the House minority leader inadvertently helped the GOP. . . .”

Alexander Hamilton would oppose Obama trade agenda “Not long ago, pundits were dismissing Mike Huckabee as a religious-right candidate whose folksy demeanor wouldn’t fly outside the South. Yet in his presidential announcement this month, the former Arkansas governor is already distinguishing himself as the Republican with the most compelling vision in a generation. . . .”

Fast track to more job losses for Middle America; Costs of TIPP and TTIP far outweigh promised benefits (PDF): “In his 2010 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised to double exports over five years to ‘support’ 2 million jobs in America. . . .”

Ed Rendell’s city-building ignores middle class (PDF): “When the Kimmel Center opened in 2001, the performing-arts venue signaled the 21st-century renaissance of Center City. Providing a new home for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the stunning anchor of the Avenue of the Arts embodied…”

Could Philadelphia be the next Ferguson? (PDF): “When tragedy unfolded in Ferguson, Mo., the media-academy complex conjured up a “Hands up, don’t shoot!” meme to portray America as incorrigibly racist. While emboldening the adversarial class, the berating spin does nothing to address the empirical data…”

Bell-Booker race lays bare class divide between the parties (PDF): “After declining two invitations, U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) will face Republican challenger Jeffrey Bell for a much-anticipated debate Friday in Trenton…”

Strength in steel, but we don’t make it (PDF): “Steel is power. Any nation that expects to project strength and resolve must produce steel.  Throughout U.S. history, steel has been an irreplaceable underpinning of our economic and military might…”

Corbett needs a fresh vision to offer voters (PDF): “As he promised the voters four years ago, Gov. Corbett has held the line on taxes and spending. He also deserves praise for delivering the 2012 Marcellus Shale legislation and a $2.3 billion transportation package in 2013. Yet the Republican appears to be on track…”

Don’t count out underdog Bell against Booker (PDF): “Back when a teenager named Chris Christie was manning the catcher’s spot for Livingston High School, an unknown political operative named Jeffrey Bell knocked off the liberal Clifford P. Case…”

Christie should add Hamiltonian vision to a bid for president (PDF): Hamiltonian vision to a bid for president – “Who could have expected Gov. Christie to plunge so quickly from a landslide reelection into a potentially career-ending scandal…”

Can Jeff Bell win New Jersey? (PDF): “It has been 42 years since a New Jersey Republican has won a U.S. Senate election, and Democratic Sen. Cory A. Booker – who won election last year by 11 percentage points – is expected to extend…”

Time for a new infrastructure growth initiative (PDF): “Forty-three years ago this month, Congress signaled America’s retreat from economic and transportation leadership. Amid tense debate, the solons in both House and Senate…”

A Republican who champions transportation for all its benefits (PDF)

Chris Christie: Echoes of TR? (PDF)

How pop culture transformed U.S. politics (PDF)

Time is ripe for a new Square Deal (PDF)

Obama may invoke FDR, JFK, but he does not honor their ideals (PDF)

President Taft and the forgotten principles of U.S. social policy (PDF)

GOP needs grand health strategy (PDF)

Paul Ryan’s budget still struggles to connect with Middle America (PDF)

Failure to appeal to middle class doomed Romney-Ryan ticket (PDF)

Get the GOP back in touch! (PDF)