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Colin McNickle Columns

Notes on the state of things

By Colin Mcnickle
H ours after Sheldon Silver, the Democrat speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly engaging in a long-running and massive multimillion-dollar bribery and kickback scandal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a man ...


Salena Zito Columns

Iowa Dems waiting for Hillary

By Salena Zito
A brisk 18-minute walk down Locust Street to Woodland Avenue in Des Moines separated Tom Henderson this weekend from close to every size, shape, color and gender of Republican weighing a run for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination. The Iowa Freedom ...


Brad Bumsted Columns

Gift ban would benefit Wolf & GOP

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Every governor comes into office with political capital. How they spend it can determine their ultimate success. That means what they choose to do first, ...


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Ice-covered anomaly floating in the Allegheny River presents mystery

By Eric Heyl
Someone appears to have abandoned ship. If this were July, no one would bat an eye. If this were July, the pontoon boat moored to ...


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: Staying safe on dicey winter roads requires dose of common sense

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s late January, so it’s time for area residents to act like we’ve been completely blindsided by winter weather conditions. Pittsburgh won an award just for being resilient, but this weather tends to bring out behavior that suggests too many ...


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: When you’re done reading this, take a break from sitting

By Luis Fábregas
Get up. Sitting can be hazardous to your health. Just when I thought I’d heard about every possible disease in the world, along comes the head-scratching “sitting disease.” Despite its peculiar name (and the fact that it’s not even a ...


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child to protect her feet from rainy Iowa weather. She told that folksy story in her party’s official rebuttal to President ...


Tom Purcell Columns

Millennials, buy into homeownership

By Tom Purcell
Young Americans continue to put off homeownership, and that isn’t good for anyone. According to USA Today, homeownership for Americans age 35 and under declined to 36.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014, down from 36.8 percent in 2013. The ...


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

A closer look at Obama’s applause lines

By Ralph R. Reiland
Here is the official text of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, beginning with the speechwriters’ initial applause lines: “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since ...


George F. Will Columns

Selig’s winning legacy

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON The business of baseball and the nation’s business used to be conducted in Washington with similar skill. The Washington Senators were run by Clark Griffith, who said: “Fans like home runs and we have assembled a pitching staff to ...


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Who worries about income inequality?

By Donald J. Boudreaux
I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it at all . Income inequality — like the color of my neighbor’s car or the question ...


Whispers Columns

What can you bring to Wolf’s inauguration? Not much

By Tribune-Review
If you’re going to Harrisburg for Tom Wolf’s inauguration as governor Tuesday, kindly leave your umbrella and incendiary devices at home. Bumbershoots and explosives are on ...


Q & A

The Russia question

By Tribune-Review
Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University in ...