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Colin McNickle Columns

Seriously? Seriously

By Colin Mcnickle
How unserious is the Obama administration about eradicating the terrorist group known as ISIS? So unserious that Secretary of State John Kerry, D-Rosemont Farm, balks at using the word “war” to describe the effort. “If somebody wants to think of …


Salena Zito Columns

Dems’ coalition showing signs of strain

By Salena Zito
After winning the presidency, Andrew Jackson sent a message to Congress suggesting that the office be extended to six years but limited to one term. His message caused wild speculation that the first “people’s president” would not seek a second …


Brad Bumsted Columns

The friends pols keep

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG Should a politician be judged by the political friends he keeps and the incumbents to whom he donates large sums of campaign money? Some would argue it’s guilt by association. Others, such as Mike Barley, campaign manager for Republican …


Eric Heyl Columns

Tipping really isn’t RB’s field

By Eric Heyl
They aren’t just batterers, they’re also cheapskates. It’s not fair to paint an entire group of athletes with such a broad brush. Still, anyone monitoring the off-the-field activities of NFL players last week couldn’t be blamed for drawing that conclusion …


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: Of Rice and Men: NFL fails

By Nafari Vanaski
Oh, for heaven’s sake, NFL, just take him back already. You know you want to. You know as well as I do that Ray Rice’s indefinite ban from the game is indefinite only because you don’t know how long it …


Luis Fábregas Columns

Highmark site causes confusion for some doctors’ patients

By Luis Fábregas
It’s no secret that Dr. Steve Shapiro is no fan of health insurance giant Highmark Inc. He appeared on one of those UPMC commercials that jammed the airwaves last year taking potshots at the insurer. Shapiro, UPMC’s chief medical and scientific …


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

Nixon’s pardon: The 3rd man in the ring

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Forty years ago last week, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon. Nixon resigned the presidency a month earlier, clearing the way for Ford to take office. News of the pardon rocked the nation one last time in the wake …


Tom Purcell Columns

Obama learns of Pearl Harbor

By Tom Purcell
Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama. “Mr. President, the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor! We have sustained severe damage to our naval and military forces. More than 2,400 Americans are …


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

From Birmingham to Ferguson

By Ralph R. Reiland
“My parents were classic civil rights people,” explains Shelby Steele, author and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “I had grown up watching them struggle against an unapologetically racist America. In their generation, protest had to be …


George F. Will Columns

Extremism in defense of re-election

By George F. Will
WASHINGTON Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered …


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Still free to choose in Hong Kong

By Donald J. Boudreaux
HONG KONG Thirty-five years ago, Rose and Milton Friedman traveled to Hong Kong to film some segments of their 10-part PBS series “Free To Choose.” The reason is that Hong Kong had then what it still has today: the world’s …


Whispers Columns

Lights, Camera, action!

By Tribune-Review
The link between Pennsylvania politics and Grade-B horror movies is greater than first thought. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf took heat last week for employing …


Q & A

Benghazi truths

By Eric Heyl
Mitchell Zuckoff is a Boston University journalism professor and author. He spoke to the Trib regarding his new book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of …