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Colin McNickle Columns

Things that might have escaped your notice ...

By Colin Mcnickle
State Sen. Daylin Leach has introduced legislation in Harrisburg that would afford illegal aliens given amnesty by President Barack Obama access to driver’s licenses. The Montgomery/Delaware County Democrat says licenses will assure that these stroke-of-the-pen legalized illegals know the rules ...


Salena Zito Columns

Gardner part of new conservative generation

By Salena Zito
WASHINGTON Cory Gardner is undeniably shaped by his family’s deep roots in Colorado’s Great Plains. Hundred-year-old photographs of the family business in the small town ...


Brad Bumsted Columns

The Great Harrisburg Crash of 2015

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG One of the hottest topics of conversation in state Capitol political circles is how rapidly Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s political star had ascended two ...


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Longtime Pirates fan has long-term designs on his favorite team

By Eric Heyl
Brad Slopey is ready for his annual rite of renewal. As he has done for nearly a quarter of a century, Slopey will board an ...


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: Perceptions of movies are strictly in the eye of the beholder

By Nafari Vanaski
Even the host of the Oscars joked about the lack of nominations for the movie “Selma.” “Tonight, we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest,” Neil Patrick Harris said with a smile Sunday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts ...


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fábregas: Many contributions but few tough solutions for obesity in America

By Luis Fábregas
Russian journalist Ilmira Alimguzina arrived in Pittsburgh last week, eager to learn about all things American: history, government and — wouldn’t you know it — obesity. Alimguzina, who is shadowing Trib journalists, told me that she’s interested in the issue ...


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

The American story

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This past Tuesday, 50 or so Pittsburgh Italians gathered with family and friends in a basement Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Strip District to view the premiere broadcast of “The Italian Americans,” a two-part PBS special recounting the travails and triumphs ...


Tom Purcell Columns

D.C. snow’s silver lining

By Tom Purcell
I admit it: I love the snow and the cold. I love to be outside, gazing up at the stars on cold, crisp evenings. I love how the snow blankets my hillsides. And most of all, I love how snow disrupts ...


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

Fixing a subpar economy

By Ralph R. Reiland
A basic economic principle, illustrated by the demand curve in Econ 101, says price increases generally will cause declines in demand, a drop in unit sales. Conversely, price decreases generally will cause increases in unit sales. That’s why stores have ...


George F. Will Columns

Reversing course in Illinois

By George F. Will
CHICAGO The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democrat presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in ...


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Henry G. Manne (1928-2015)

By Donald J. Boudreaux
Another giant of economic and legal scholarship has fallen. Henry Manne died on Jan. 17. He was 86 and vigorous until the very end. Henry was dean emeritus of the George Mason University School of Law. During his 10 years ...


Whispers Columns

Heavy Boston snow lightens Kerry’s wallet

By Tribune-Review
John Kerry has no trouble flying to Kiev for a diplomatic mission, but he apparently can’t make it to Kmart to buy a snow shovel. With his home city of Boston enduring historic snow accumulations this winter, the secretary of State ...


Q & A

The pathology of ISIS

By Eric Heyl
Yigal Carmon is president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that analyzes Middle Eastern political, ideological, social, cultural and religious ...