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The secret ballot: Protect it

A new report on the United Auto Workers’ attempt to organize Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., makes clear the need to better protect workers’ right to secret-ballot unionization elections. Competitive …

Junk nutrition

The “success” of Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is evidenced in school trash everywhere. That’s where these meals are ending up, which explains why more than a million participants …

The big sting: To what end?

New revelations indicate a sting operation’s scope was far broader than just the retired Traffic Court judge and four legislators — all black Philadelphia Democrats — that state Attorney General …

Sunday pops

Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to authorize $15 million for training state and local law officers to confront “active shooters.” And police academy training is for what again? …


Dear UPMC: Choose your computer security as if your employees’ credit ratings depend on it. Yours, Old Man River. …

Keystone caper: Pipeline politics

Having sat on the Keystone XL oil pipeline decision for six years, President Obama told a group of governors recently that he expects to make up his mind “in a …

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The last of the Americans

By Robert T. Smith
Triggered by apparent willful ignorance of the unique situation in many Western states, many people would like to portray Cliven Bundy, in his stand against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as a person seeking to enrich himself by not …

Eric Holder is President Obama’s ‘whistling lap dog’

By Jonah Goldberg
The president’s lap dog blew his dog whistle this month. In case you didn’t know, in politics a “dog whistle” is coded language that has …

The meaning of Easter

By Andrew P. Napolitano
What is the connection between freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and …

Earth Daze

By John Stossel
Some things actually do get better because of government: We passed environmental rules that got most of the filth out of the air and sewage …

What Medicare hath wrought

By Dan K. Thomasson
When our longtime family doctor retired in the early 1960s, he was, according to my mother, charging the same amount for an office visit as …

Fix the 2nd Amendment with 5 words

By John Paul Stevens
Following the massacre of grammar-school children in Newtown, Conn., in December 2012, high-powered automatic weapons have been used to kill innocent victims in more senseless …


By Tribune-Review
“If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or she would hardly be rewarded. High-ranking government officials should be treated no differently than everyone else.” — Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, on his legislation to bar any …

A few words with Marine Le Pen

By Anthony Faiola
PARIS Marine Le Pen, the daughter of National Front co-founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, led the party to historic gains in French elections last month by rolling out a more tempered brand of nationalism. She is now trying to build a …

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
‘Progressive’ minds? What a waste
CNN legal analyst and New Yorker contributor Jeffrey Toobin recently put up his latest ignorant smear of Supreme Court Justice …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Roadside reminder: Time doesn’t stand still
WALTERSBURG — A rusting steam shovel from a bygone era has sat guarding an old strip mine along Route 51 …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Lone & flocking legal eagles
HARRISBURG In the turnpike corruption case, one deputy attorney general sits alone at the prosecution table across from nine defense …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
State officials on webcamera would be a site to see
The enthrallment over the eagles eventually will subside. What does the state game commission do then? Since December, the commission …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Decision on insurers a bum deal for Allegheny County employees
Pity Allegheny County employees. Just like that, their access to UPMC hospitals will come with a higher price come the …

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Q and A

HOT-lane hair-pulling
Jonathan V. Last is a journalist, author and senior writer at The Weekly Standard. He spoke to the Trib regarding …

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Page of Books

Our real ailment: Ruled by rules
To the author of the new book “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government” (W.W. …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Essay for Easter: Fresh start, new life
Easter was the big holiday for Baba. Unlike other celebrations, it went on for days. It started with sad anticipation …

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Tom Purcell

We want them to lie
Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal. …

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Ralph R. Reiland

Lever A-1: Pot-infused brownies
There’s a test run of a new vending machine in Colorado, designed to dole out marijuana. As the story was …

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George F. Will

Regulatory overkill
Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

The morality of the minimum wage
Suppose that I invent and use a machine to steal $15,000 every year from each of 500,000 poor Americans, with …

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MAD sets Maher’s ‘New Rules’
Left-wing HBO talk show host Bill Maher gets a taste of his own caustic medicine in the upcoming issue of …

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