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Opinion/The Review


The revolving door: Washington’s ‘gift’

Washington’s infamous “revolving door” swung outrageously wide for Iris Cooper, even though she remained in government and even after an inspector general’s report found she had steered contracts to friends …

U.N. Watch: Another jaded ‘inquiry’

Only the United Nations would appoint to the chairmanship of its “independent” inquiry of last summer’s Gaza fighting an academic whose loathing of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gained …

Expanding Medicaid: Gov.-elect Wolf embraces a false premise

Democrat Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s insistence on full-blown ObamaCare Medicaid expansion is misguided advocacy for an idea that wouldn’t improve treatment or costs but would worsen this federal-state welfare program’s existing …

Sunday pops

A megalomaniacal North Korean leader supposedly has brought Sony Pictures to its knees, embarrassing the entertainment giant with leaks of hacked emails and scaring it enough that Sony decided not …

The Box

Dear Santa Claus: Better pack a mack & a bumbershoot; looks like rain. Yours, Old Man River. …

The regulatory state: EPA picks a fight

As expected, new federal rules to clamp down on power plant emissions have received plenty of public feedback — more than 1.6 million comments — along with a warning for …

Letters to the Editor

False bravado & moral indignation

I am grateful to those who were in charge after 9/11 for taking actions to …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Chamber of Commerce’s water boy

By Michelle Malkin 9:00 p.m.
Allow me to unite America’s left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, No. Former GOP Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made the obvious official last week when he announced on Facebook that he’s “actively exploring” a 2016 White ...

Going fuzzy on Cuba

By Charles Lane
The U.S. embargo on Cuba — or what’s left of it after President Obama’s dramatic Cuba policy announcement — might be a futile gesture. But it is, or was, not an empty gesture. It put the United States firmly on ...


By Tribune-Review
“The American collapse with respect to Cuba will have repercussions in the Middle East and elsewhere — in Asia, for the nations facing a rising China, and in Europe, for those near Putin’s newly aggressive Russia. What are American guarantees ...

Jonathan Gruber should have been Time’s Person of the Year

By Jonah Goldberg
Jonathan Gruber should have been Time’s Person of the Year. The magazine gave it to the “Ebola Fighters” instead. Good for them; they’re doing God’s ...

Great gifts for readers

By Thomas Sowell
One of the ways to make Christmas shopping less stressful is to give books as presents. There is a good crop of new books to ...

In Thailand, a complimentary view of America

By Ian Campbell
BANGKOK, Thailand Nived Churnun works as an education consultant here. When asked what his thoughts of America were, three words sprang to his mind — ...


By Tribune-Review
Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons? Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words? The world’s a big place. Bring it home with Letters ...

The Great School Lunch War

By Abby W. Schachter
President Obama might deserve the cold shoulder from his wife for supporting the $1.1 trillion budget bill because it contains (among other things) a release ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
The smallest story never told
When I was a youngster growing up in rural Ohio, the living room shadow box became a magical Christmas display …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Love of history started friendship with Dick Scaife
I still miss him every day. Five months after holding his hand at his bedside on his birthday, hours before …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
The language of bribery from the Philly legislative sting case
HARRISBURG The undercover lobbyist, wearing a secret camera and microphone, met with the lawmakers mostly in their district offices in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Eric Heyl: Plot gets 2 thumbs way down
Coming soon, in the wake of Sony Pictures’ decision not to release the movie “The Interview”: “Hello everyone, and welcome …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Protests changed the world
Every now and again, I get column requests, which rarely go the way the requestors likely expect. So why mess …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Depths of road rage perplexing
All I did was honk my horn. The woman in front of me, driving a slick SUV, didn’t want to …

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Q and A

Measuring the merry
Tim Kasser is a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and co-author of one of the only …

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Page of Books

Mencken as we’ve never been able to read him before
Readers today may know H.L. Mencken mainly for his saying, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914
The Christmas Truce of 1914 brought British and German troops together, for at least a day or so, along the …

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Tom Purcell

Healthy performance review
“You’ve worked for us for 10 years, Johnson, but I’m not sure how to grade you during this year’s performance …

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Ralph R. Reiland

Hillary, it’s the economy 9:00 p.m.
Even with the heightened partisanship prior to the midterm elections, Democrats and Republicans alike put two issues — the economy …

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George F. Will

Lighting federalism’s fuses
OKLAHOMA CITY Scott Pruitt enjoyed owning a AAA baseball team here but he is having as much fun as Oklahoma’s …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

More choice, less democracy
Nearly everyone takes offense at being told that his vote will not determine the outcome of an election. But taking …

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On card, Santa’s aim is true
Don’t worry, baby Jesus. Santa Claus won’t let the terrorist get you. That’s the message of the original Christmas card …

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