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State of Corruption: Jim Short’s plea

Reason No. 6,432,589 to privatize Pennsylvania’s Prohibition-era monopoly on liquor sales — overt and high-ranking corruption. Federal prosecutors say James H. Short, the former director of marketing and merchandising for …

The Thursday wrap

One need look no further than New York City to understand how run amok is The Regulation State. The Taxi and Limousine Commission has mandated that the Nissan NV200 minivan …

Thou shalt not parse the First: The Connellsville Ten Commandments decision

Whether a tree falling in a forest makes a sound if no one is around to hear it is a metaphysical conundrum. But a federal court ruling that says a …

The DHS crackdown

The state Ethics Commission is cracking down on Department of Human Services caseworkers who don’t file annual financial disclosure forms. Inquiring taxpayers should be eager to learn what they’ve been …

Wilmerding’s gamble

We understand Wilmerding’s frustration over the long-closed Ice Plant Hill Road. The borough literally is between a rock and a hard place because of a landslide Jan. 15, 2014, across …

The Kane case: Distractions mount

The endgame could be nigh for embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. An unspecified “action” against the first-term Democrat was initiated last week by the board that disciplines commonwealth lawyers, …

Letters to the Editor

Personal fiscal restraint needed

To Colin McNickle: Your column “Spokane’s proposed ‘family wage’ is a ‘progressive’ cancer” on Spokane’s …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Blame liberals for the rise of Trump

By S.e. Cupp
There are a few existential questions that man has struggled but failed to answer conclusively, despite Sisyphean efforts, such as: Why are we here? What happens when we die? Why do kids go ape for “Frozen”? To these we may ...

Can the GOP deal with Iran?

By Pat Buchanan
Ten weeks before the first U.S.-Soviet summit ever held in Moscow, in May 1972, North Vietnam, with Soviet-supplied armor and artillery, crossed the DMZ to overrun the South. President Nixon responded with air and naval strikes on the North. Yet ...

Gun myths & the Roanoke shootings

By Steve Chapman
Bernie Sanders’ record skews way to the left on one issue after another: health care, taxes, campaign finance, international trade, abortion and the Iraq war. Gun control? Not so much. “Bernie Sanders, Gun Nut” was the headline in the liberal ...

Russia burns out of control

By Sergei Guriev
The “purifying fire” came as a surprise when the Russian government starting burning food and boasting about it on state television. A year ago, the government introduced an embargo on food imports from Western countries. This embargo raised domestic food ...

Brain gain in Pittsburgh

By Aaron M. Renn
Ask any civic leader in America what keeps him up at night and “brain drain” is sure to be on the list. Virtually every city is obsessed with how to retain its educated residents. Rust Belt cities, many of which ...

What’s Holdren hiding?

By Michelle Malkin
The most transparent administration in American history is at it again — dodging sunlight and evading public disclosure. Joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her secret servers, former IRS witch-hunt queen Lois Lerner and her secret email accounts ...

Exclusive to the Trib: Lift the oil export ban? Think again

By Kirk S. Lippold
A new report by the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Consortium suggests that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Utica oil prospect ...

Scalia hasn’t lived up to expectations

By Melvin I. Urofsky
When Ronald Reagan nominated Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court in 1986, conservatives rejoiced, confident they had someone who would seize the intellectual dominance of ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Spokane’s proposed ‘family wage’ is a ‘progressive’ cancer
The intellectual midgets of the tallest order have been working so much overtime on America’s Northleft Coast that they’ve fried …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Another Know-Nothing moment
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Is Kathleen Kane’s porn defense a smokescreen?
It was two weeks ago that Attorney General Kathleen Kane claimed porn emails circulated in the Attorney General’s Office were …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Harrisburg’s ongoing dramas reminiscent of high school hijinks
At Pennsylvania High, the school year got off to a disturbing start. The troubles began early on the first day …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
FDA’s revised serving sizes on nutrition labels might backfire as endorsement
Every time I reach for the tub of vanilla ice cream in the freezer, I tell myself it’s only 150 …

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Q and A

Can this dream be saved?
Joel Kotkin is a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., an author and the executive director …

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Page of Books

Inside America’s ‘perfect hammer’ in the terror war
America’s approach to fighting the post-9/11 war on terror has raised the public profile of secretive U.S. special forces and …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

A good break for Pennsylvania voters
If you are frustrated with the two-party system and you want more ballot choices than “take it or leave it,” …

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Tom Purcell

Preparing for even worse times
After the wild stock market downs and ups last week, I crawled out from under my desk and began Googling …

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Ralph R. Reiland

Destroying jobs via wage diktats
“Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages,” President Barack Obama said in his State of the …

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George F. Will

The blood-stained Indian Child Welfare Act
“It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” — Chief Justice John Roberts WASHINGTON Sordid, always. And …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Donald J. Boudreaux: Counting his blessings
Recently I underwent a medical procedure. Although minor, the procedure did involve general anesthesia. And while I wasn’t very fretful …

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Heavy Boston snow lightens Kerry’s wallet 8:21 a.m.
John Kerry has no trouble flying to Kiev for a diplomatic mission, but he apparently can’t make it to Kmart …

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