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Colin McNickle Columns

Let it be noted ...

By Colin Mcnickle
The first rule of political jousting is to not remove your breastplate and turn on that neon sign flashing “Begin disembowelment here.” Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery apparently never opened the rule book. Mr. Justice McCaffery apologized last week …


Salena Zito Columns

Voters poised to hit brakes on Obama, Dems

By Salena Zito
Midterm elections are the political equivalent of a gas pedal or a brake pedal. This will be a brake-pedal election, centered on competency and trust — from the launch (disastrously) of the healthcare.gov website, to telling Americans (incorrectly) that if …


Brad Bumsted Columns

Porn scandal questions

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG As with many things in life, there are complexities in the state’s growing pornography scandal that can affect how workers involved are disciplined and …


Eric Heyl Columns

Heyl: Judicial ‘wins’ race to bottom

By Eric Heyl 11:06 p.m.
It’s been a while since we took the old dysfunction meter out of the storage shed. Given events gripping state government lately, this seems like an appropriate time to dust it off, press the power button and measure the dysfunction …


Nafari Vanaski Columns

Vanaski: Toy stores’ limited options steer girls into tiaras

By Nafari Vanaski
Have you ever noticed that people sometimes crane their necks to find something to criticize, yet ignore altogether things right in front of them? For some reason, that’s what I thought about when reading about the flak directed at the …


Luis Fábregas Columns

Fábregas: Seniors, beware of Highmark’s $0 health insurance pitch

By Luis Fábregas
The nerve. What’s unnerving about the latest Highmark-UPMC smackdown is that it involves seniors. Yes, senior citizens who use Medicare — the same people who until now were untouched by this tiresome, torturous three-year headache. People who use Medicare, the …


Joseph Sabino Mistick Columns

Fear not

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his first inaugural address in 1933, famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” It was a rallying cry for all Americans to shake the malaise and anxiety brought on by the …


Tom Purcell Columns

Needed: More independent contractors

By Tom Purcell
If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar. Maybe I better explain. In addition to writing this weekly column, I provide professional copywriting services to a variety of organizations. If they like my work, they give me …


Ralph R. Reiland Columns

A sinking sense of ‘security’

By Ralph R. Reiland
Rarely have we witnessed such a barrage of organizational failures that threaten the fundamental security of the United States. From Secret Service blunders to the botching of effective responses to the spread of Ebola and to the military advances of …


George F. Will Columns

The ‘war on women’ incantation is a mindless substitute for thought

By George F. Will
DENVER One of the wonders of this political moment is feminist contentment about the infantilization of women in the name of progressive politics. Government, encouraging …


Donald J. Boudreaux Columns

Marking two passings

By Donald J. Boudreaux 9:00 p.m.
This month brought the deaths of two people to whom I owe large debts. One was my first economics teacher, Michelle Bailliet, or Michelle Francois as she was known in 1977 when I took her introductory economics course at Nicholls …


Whispers Columns

Luke tweets shot at mayor

By Tribune-Review
It’s disappointing that former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl failed to follow up on his recent amusing indictment of current Mayor Bill Peduto on Twitter. As the Pirates were ending their season with a stomping by the San Francisco Giants, Ravenstahl …


Q & A

Measuring the midterms

By Eric Heyl
Deroy Murdock is a Fox News contributor and contributing editor with National Review Online (nationalreview.com). He spoke to the Trib about the upcoming midterm elections. …