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Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

On the “Watch List”: • Allegheny County Council. It’s pondering a major property tax abatement for Oxford Development’s planned luxury apartment complex in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. Aside from the moral …

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Lance: To better living through bigger government. After a push by “concerned citizens” to add two supervisors in Ligonier Township — supposedly to improve efficiency — the township has hired …

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To police silence. A reader called Thursday to ask why nothing had been in the VND about Lower Burrell police arresting a man for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 …

Corbett & taxes: Cue the tap dance

Once upon a time, Tom Corbett said what he meant and meant what he said; weasel words were not part of his lexicon. He learned that lesson well in law …

James Foley, 1973-2014: Fighting on

Photojournalist James Foley reported what he liked to call the “untold stories” of war throughout the Middle East during his tragically short time in the region. And he knew that …

The Thursday wrap

Tom Corbett’s gubernatorial operation has pulled from its campaign site a video endorsement by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, shot in Washington County this spring. Camp Corbett says it didn’t want …

Letters to the Editor

Pedro must go

Even Stevie Wonder can see how bad the Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez is. Alvarez can’t see …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Tuition pays for this?

By Walter Williams 8:55 p.m.
According to the College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools charge yearly tuition and fees close to …

No facts, no peace

By Ann Coulter 8:55 p.m.
In police shooting cases like the one in Ferguson, Mo., initial facts are often wrong. Early accounts are especially unreliable when reporters think they have a white racism story. The old media’s standard for any police shooting of a black …

In Ferguson, a race to be wrong

By Jonah Goldberg
The events in Ferguson, Mo., have launched a familiar spectacle: the race to be wrong first. Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Washington Post had more on the story about what …

Is Ferguson our future?

By Pat Buchanan
“America is on trial,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St. Mark’s Family Church in Ferguson, Mo. At issue, the shooting death of Michael Brown, Saturday a week ago, on the main street of that city …

Are we ready for another Revolution?

By Bruce E. Mowday
The woman was pointing to my book on the American Revolution. She was inquiring if I believed people were fed up with the way the country was being run and ready for a repeat of 1776. I wasn’t totally surprised …

America’s selective libertarians

By Jonah Goldberg
There’s an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend. By that measure, writer Robert Draper had more than he needed to declare a new “libertarian moment” in American politics. In a New …

Pennsylvania families are caught in a game of cronies

By Andrew Langer
Two weeks ago, hundreds of coal miners and fellow union members marched in Pittsburgh to protest the biggest threat to their jobs, families and future — an out-of-control Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined to destroy coal mining in America. After …

Our K Street president

By Michelle Malkin
Wonder of wonders: The Washington press corps woke up. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that — gasp — the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists. According to Politico’s analysis, the “Obama administration has hired about 70 …

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
Colin McNickle is on vacation
Colin McNickle is on vacation. …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Democrats’ white-vote dilemma
LAUGHLINTOWN, Pa. — Sitting on the back of his truck, a homemade turkey wrap in one hand and a bottle …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
How Corbett could still win
HARRISBURG — It runs against the grain, no question. But here’s how Republican Gov. Tom Corbett could be re-elected in …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: For these jobs, let’s do the twist 11:52 p.m.
Have any experience in crisis communication? If so, you might want to respond to the help wanted ads below from …

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Nafari Vanaski

Nafari Vanaski
Vanaski: Let’s not talk about race, police
Over the years, I’ve learned that race is not a popular topic of discussion. Neither is police accountability. Put the …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Fabregas: Robin Williams’ suicide brings depression to forefront
Something fascinating happened soon after the world found out Robin Williams died. As if on cue, fans and celebrities jumped …

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Q and A

Blame Hamas for Gaza’s suffering
Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, a think tank based at Stanford …

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Page of Books

How FDR took charge of World War II decision-making
Unlike British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt didn’t survive World War II to write his own wartime …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

The currency of ideas
Imagine the surprise if the great whale Moby-Dick showed up at a memorial service to eulogize Capt. Ahab of the …

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Tom Purcell

A matter of time wasted
It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused. I refer to the Telework Enhancement Act …

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Ralph R. Reiland

CEOs critique Obama
Bernie Marcus co-founded Home Depot in 1978, a bad economic time of rising unemployment, accelerating inflation and Jimmy Carter’s downhearted …

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George F. Will

Fed up with cupcake cops
WASHINGTON In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Unsustainable platitudes
Platitudes are a poor basis for policy. The reason is that, no matter how melodious they sound, platitudes are practically …

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Whispers

Peduto indulges silly side on vacation
As the picture proves, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto knows how to have a whale of a time on vacation. Getting …

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