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The Thursday wrap

Danny O's circus: Democrat gubernatorial nominee Dan Onorato is challenging Republican candidate Tom Corbett to 14 debates. That's to be expected, given that Mr. Onorato, the Allegheny County chief executive, trails Mr. Corbett, the state attorney general, by 16 percentage points. Hey, better yet, why not travel around the state and appear at all those summer carnivals• The Corbett campaign would be wise to dismiss Onorato's attempts to turn the debates into a traveling circus and away from his poor record. Four debates, broadcast statewide, would be the more dignified approach.

Folly's cost: From Canadian Free Press writer Fred Dardick: "A Harvard University study of (President) Obama's global warming legislation estimates it will cause the price of gas to increase to $7 a gallon. Because of higher energy costs, whatever is left of our manufacturing sector will be transferred to China where energy is cheaper and they aren't so concerned about carbon emissions." Yet another example of "progress" from your garden-variety "progressives."

Arlen's whine: Lame-duck U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, Confused-Pa., says Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito "have done a reverse course" in some of their rulings. Of course, Snarlin' Arlen -- the Democrat turned Republican turned Democrat turned Cranky -- has no experience reversing course, eh?

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