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Colin McNickle Columns

‘Progressive’ minds? What a waste

By Colin Mcnickle
CNN legal analyst and New Yorker contributor Jeffrey Toobin recently put up his latest ignorant smear of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Noting that eight years have passed since Mr. Justice Thomas last asked a question during oral arguments, Mr. …


Salena Zito Columns

Roadside reminder: Time doesn’t stand still

By Salena Zito
WALTERSBURG — A rusting steam shovel from a bygone era has sat guarding an old strip mine along Route 51 in this Fayette County village …


Brad Bumsted Columns

Lone & flocking legal eagles

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG In the turnpike corruption case, one deputy attorney general sits alone at the prosecution table across from nine defense attorneys. Those defense lawyers in hearings to date often have separate arguments. That contrasts sharply with the virtual army of …


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Even crooks know UPMC’s full of it

By Eric Heyl
The criminals have made their case, and it’s convincing. Pity they aren’t involved in the protracted legal dispute over whether Western Pennsylvania’s largest employer does, in fact, employ anyone. They could inject some much needed common sense into the absurdist …


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: There’s always a next time, Leetsdale

By Nafari Vanaski
It’s not every day the president and the vice president of the United States make plans to visit your small Western Pennsylvania borough. It’s also rare to be teased by the possibility only to have the plans scuttled just days …


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fabregas: Decision on insurers a bum deal for Allegheny County employees

By Luis Fábregas
Pity Allegheny County employees. Just like that, their access to UPMC hospitals will come with a higher price come the end of the year. So said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who this week announced that the county’s 6,700 employees get …


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

Essay for Easter: Fresh start, new life

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Easter was the big holiday for Baba. Unlike other celebrations, it went on for days. It started with sad anticipation on Thursday, leading to sorrow Friday, followed by the joy of hope on Sunday — a fresh start, new life. …


Tom Purcell Columns

We want them to lie

By Tribune-Review
Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal. As it goes, during the 2010 election in Ohio, an anti-abortion group, the Susan B. Anthony List, sought to launch …


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

Lever A-1: Pot-infused brownies

By Ralph R. Reiland
There’s a test run of a new vending machine in Colorado, designed to dole out marijuana. As the story was headlined in the April 15 Washington Post: “Pot vending machines come to Colorado.” On the same morning, ironically, an Associated …


George F. Will Columns

Regulatory overkill

By George F. Will
Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them. On Tuesday, the court will hear arguments about this: Should a government …


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Government didn’t build that

By Donald J. Boudreaux
A student recently asked what I thought of President Obama telling rich people “you didn’t build that.” I don’t think much of it. It’s true that Mr. Obama was talking not about private businesses and factories but about the infrastructure, …


Whispers Columns

MAD sets Maher’s ‘New Rules’

By Tribune-Review
Left-wing HBO talk show host Bill Maher gets a taste of his own caustic medicine in the upcoming issue of MAD Magazine. A cartoon released …


Q & A

HOT-lane hair-pulling

By Eric Heyl
Jonathan V. Last is a journalist, author and senior writer at The Weekly Standard. He spoke to the Trib regarding the efficacy of high-occupancy toll …