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Voter ID: A case reaffirmed

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld yet another state’s voter ID law by refusing to hear an appeal, liberals should get the message that their false narrative about …

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: Gambling hypocrisy. State police in six Western Pennsylvania counties seized almost three times as many video poker machines in 2014 as in 2013. Yet while Pennsylvania …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: To the State Ethics Commission. The question was simple enough: Do three oil and gas leases pose a conflict of interest for Ligonier Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Wade …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To the Leechburg Council. First, it announced at its March 17 meeting it would conduct no other business after an executive session. Then it did, giving Councilman Tom Foster, …

Mon-Yough Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To pothole patchers. It is not easy putting out the cold patch, especially when the crews have to dodge motorists on busy Mon-Yough highways. We applaud all those doing …

Obama’s amnesty tab: Where credit isn’t due

President Obama’s unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens packs a significant perk for border-crashing lawbreakers: tax credits for years before they obtain amnesty. They can retroactively claim the Earned Income Tax …

Letters to the Editor

Pension-letter ire I

In response to the letter “Municipal-pension ire” from Karen Stillitano of Jeannette: “Free” pension? I …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

What’s gone wrong with Democracy?

By Walter Williams
The Economist magazine recently published “What’s gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?” The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That’s a popular misconception. The ideal way ...

Death wishes & Obama’s hope

By Jay Ambrose
Iran’s supreme leader recently said “Death to America.” Meanwhile his country is gaining power in Iraq, Yemen and Syria, still sponsors terrorists, is working on a ballistic missile program and has made clear Israel is a goner if Iran is ...

Obama policies favor illegal aliens over Americans

By Lou Barletta
We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to preserve American jobs and to protect national security. President Barack Obama’s unlawful executive actions to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants violate both of those ...

NGOs: Agents of subversion?

By Pat Buchanan
Though “Bibi” Netanyahu won re-election last week, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will still look into whether the State Department financed a clandestine effort to defeat him. Reportedly, State funneled $350,000 to an American NGO called OneVoice, which has ...

Why the budget matters

By Romina Boccia
Voters often wonder if Congress can ever get spending under control. Well, both the House and Senate have introduced their latest budget blueprints, so we’ll soon know if they plan to keep kicking the can down the road — or ...

Straining U.S.-Israel ties

By Max Boot
From his first days in office, President Obama has been intent on creating some distance between the United States and Israel because he viewed the closeness of the relationship as bad for American foreign policy. In 2009, during a meeting ...

The truth behind H-1B

By Michelle Malkin
You’ve heard it from Big Government lobbyists. You’ve heard it from Big Business lackeys in both political parties. And you’ve heard it from journalists and pundits ad nauseam: The H-1B foreign guest worker program, they claim, requires American employers ...

Ignoring history for the sake of American exceptionalism

By Karl Jacoby
Lawmakers in Oklahoma recently joined officials in Colorado, Texas, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee and elsewhere in trying to prohibit high schools in their states from adopting the new American history Advanced Placement exams. These critics charge that the latest version of ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Notes from the margins
P resident Obama, thinking out loud last week (which can be a dangerous thing for anybody but particularly for a …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Cotton’s Iran letter turns tables on Obama
HAGERSTOWN, Md. Dodging raindrops and balancing bottled water and a bunch of power bars under one arm, a young man …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Tom Wolf’s Rendellian moves
HARRISBURG During the 2014 campaign, Republicans insisted if Democrat Tom Wolf won the governor’s race, Pennsylvanians would be looking at …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Wolf hopes he’ll strike gold in legislative mines 5:09 p.m.
Good will is worth its weight in gold in Pennsylvania. How valuable is it? Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is poised …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Tablet computers no cure-all for Allegheny County Jail inmates, but they’re worth trying
Allegheny County Jail officials are embarking on a program that would offer tablet computers to inmates. The tablets wouldn’t allow …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: All signs point to crisis for Allegheny Health Network
Not to be alarmist, but Highmark Inc.’s abrupt request to funnel $175 million to its Allegheny Health Network contains all …

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Q and A

The state of missile defense
Michaela Dodge is a defense and strategic policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign …

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Page of Books

Tracing roots of Mideast strife to Ottomans’ fall
Understanding today’s Middle East requires understanding its past. Award-winning historian Eugene Rogan’s new book, “The Fall of the Ottomans: The …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Political Icarus: Aaron Schock
When young Icarus flew too close to the sun, his wings of feathers and wax melted and the young man …

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Tom Purcell

Lamenting loss of family-owned grocery
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad. The family-owned store …

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Ralph R. Reiland

Economic justice & fairness
“What constitutes fairness and justice has been debated for centuries,” wrote Walter Williams, economics professor at George Mason University in …

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George F. Will

Who says economics is hard?
WASHINGTON Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers produce apparel, appliances and other stuff …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

What really regulates corporations
Among the strangest notions ever to be believed by large numbers of adults is the “progressive” notion that private corporations …

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Whispers

Heavy Boston snow lightens Kerry’s wallet
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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