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Opinion/The Review


State of surveillanc: The DEA database

A massive national database growing from real-time Drug Enforcement Administration monitoring of vehicle movements raises disturbing questions: What’s done with the data? For what purposes? And is it legal? Documents …

The Thursday wrap

State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione, D-Philadelphia, must believe in fewer entry-level jobs, denying unskilled workers the opportunity to learn how to work and making ever thinner the already thin margins …

Open records: Hold the phone?

The digital age has produced a growing conundrum nationwide, Pennsylvania included, involving the copying of public records. Government transparency, however, demands there be no conundrum at all. Many government agencies …

The atom smasher

The old Westinghouse atom smasher in Forest Hills, which made the Pittsburgh area part of America’s nuclear power landscape, unquestionably is worth preserving. But how best to maintain and display …

The Arneson firing: Legally dubious

Gov. Tom Wolf sure has an odd sense of how to command respect. The new Democrat governor says he acted out of principle and hoping to gain the respect of …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

Undercover I: The administration of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto continues to defend its use of taxpayer dollars to reward employees featured in last month’s episode of CBS’ “Undercover Boss.” That, …

Letters to the Editor

Scare tactics vs. access

Regarding the news story “Safety, access rallying cries on front lines of abortion debate”: Without …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

30 days’ notice is not enough!

By Michael Sobol
President Obama recently proposed a law requiring that companies inform customers within 30 days when personal information, such as Social Security numbers, is exposed. Forty-seven states have data breach notification laws, which vary widely. Pennsylvania requires that companies notify ...

The Persians are coming!

By Pat Buchanan
“The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday. “Iran is building a new Persian Empire,” echoed Col. Ralph Peters. So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same ...

Pittsburgh schools that work

By Esther L. Bush & Jonathan Cetel
Although it remains plagued by a racial divide that leads to disparate outcomes for its young people, Pittsburgh is a resilient city filled with little gems that undermine the myth that race and poverty are overwhelming barriers to success. ...

State of the Union gives false hope to entry-level employees

By Michael Saltsman
President Obama made two lofty promises to the country’s entry-level workforce in his Jan. 20 State of the Union. For their own sake, the employees should hope he’s not able to keep them. The commander in chief has asked Congress ...

Adding more fuel to racial fire

By Michelle Malkin
COLORADO SPRINGS From the liberal media’s coverage of my beautiful adopted hometown, you’d think we live in a KKK-infested hotbed where every person of color fears for his or her life. Take a look at these ominous headlines: • “Bombing ...

Islam has been hijacked by Wahhabism

By Azeem Ibrahim
“Islam is a religion of love. My brother was killed by terrorists, by false Muslims.” These were the words of Malek Merabet, the brother ...

Jews, outnumbered by Muslims, suffer under mob rule

By Jonah Goldberg
In the wake of the terrorist attack on a kosher market in Paris, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked French Jews to come home. I ...

Rogue states feel the oil pinch

By Jackson Diehl
As oil prices continued to plunge, it was instructive to watch the disparate reactions of three governments whose whopping losses are likely to produce some ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Notes on the state of things
H ours after Sheldon Silver, the Democrat speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly engaging in …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Gift ban would benefit Wolf & GOP
HARRISBURG Every governor comes into office with political capital. How they spend it can determine their ultimate success. That means …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: The Strange Case of Mayor Peduto and ‘Undercover’ Mr. Chadwick
For a guy who doesn’t exist, Ed Chadwick certainly seems to be alive and well. If you believed Chadwick was …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fábregas: Wolf should leap into Highmark-UPMC fiasco, but probably won’t
If you’re wondering what Gov. Wolf’s priorities will be over the next four years, don’t put your money on the …

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Q and A

The Russia question
Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of government and foreign …

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Page of Books

The unheralded mind behind decades of Pentagon strategy
Spotlighting a Pentagon figure known as “the most influential man you’ve never heard of” and sometimes called “Yoda” by his …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child …

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Tom Purcell

Millennials, buy into homeownership
Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn’t good for anyone. According to USA Today, homeownership for Americans …

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Ralph R. Reiland

A closer look at Obama’s applause lines
Here is the official text of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, beginning with the speechwriters’ initial applause …

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George F. Will

Selig’s winning legacy
WASHINGTON The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Who worries about income inequality?
I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it …

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What can you bring to Wolf’s inauguration? Not much
If you’re going to Harrisburg for Tom Wolf’s inauguration as governor Tuesday, kindly leave your umbrella and incendiary devices at …

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