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Russia burns out of control

By Sergei Guriev
The “purifying fire” came as a surprise when the Russian government starting burning food and boasting about it on state television. A year ago, the government introduced an embargo on food imports from Western countries. This embargo raised domestic food ...

Brain gain in Pittsburgh

By Aaron M. Renn
Ask any civic leader in America what keeps him up at night and “brain drain” is sure to be on the list. Virtually every city is obsessed with how to retain its educated residents. Rust Belt cities, many of which ...

What’s Holdren hiding?

By Michelle Malkin
The most transparent administration in American history is at it again — dodging sunlight and evading public disclosure. Joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her secret servers, former IRS witch-hunt queen Lois Lerner and her secret email accounts ...

Exclusive to the Trib: Lift the oil export ban? Think again

By Kirk S. Lippold
A new report by the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Consortium suggests that the amount of recoverable oil and gas in the Utica oil prospect ...

Scalia hasn’t lived up to expectations

By Melvin I. Urofsky
When Ronald Reagan nominated Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court in 1986, conservatives rejoiced, confident they had someone who would seize the intellectual dominance of ...

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“What is clear is that the world is no longer willing to give the economic benefit of the doubt to Chinese leaders. The pretensions of market Leninism have been shattered by one policy blunder after another over the past year.” ...

Jimmy Carter’s peace

By Cal Thomas
When Ronald Reagan announced in November 1994 he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, even some of his most ardent political opponents paused to wish ...

Letters home: An American in Egypt

By Ian Campbell
CAIRO When I first bought my ticket to Egypt, my mother was not thrilled. This was my first time traveling to Africa and I was ...

Ranking the presidential candidates

By John Stossel
My list of best to worst possible presidents: • Rand Paul (R) • Gary Johnson (Libertarian) • Carly Fiorina (R) • Jeb Bush (R) • Ted Cruz (R) • Scott ...

Taxpayers have a right to ‘snoop’ on scientists

By Tribune-Review
If the public pays your salary, citizens have the right to see what you’re doing. That’s the principle at the core of the federal Freedom of Information Act and of the many similar state freedom of information laws. Although politicians ...

We can’t upend the Constitution to fit immigration needs

By Dan K. Thomasson
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, one of the 17 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, says emphatically he is offended by Donald Trump’s suggestion that ...

A bad idea for Bush

By Byron York
Jeb Bush based his first major foreign policy address on the classic Republican interpretation of the war in Iraq. Yes, mistakes were made at the beginning, Bush conceded, but what really matters is that the surge succeeded in 2007-2008 and ...

Juggling democracy, security in Tunisia

By Georgie Anne Geyer
Whatever happened to Tunisia and to the “Arab Spring” of 2011? Little Tunisia on the northern coast of Africa, after all, marked the beginning of pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world — so its development is crucial to the region. ...

Economics & the taxi racket

By Walter Williams
If a person is law-abiding, has a driver’s license, has a car or van that has passed safety inspection and has adequate liability insurance, is there any consumer-oriented reason he should not be able to become a taxicab owner/operator? Put ...

A widening racial divide

By Pat Buchanan
The Wednesday morning murders of Roanoke TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were a racist atrocity. Were the victims not white, they would be alive today. Their killer, Vester L. Flanagan II, said as much in ...

Taking the dirty bomb threat seriously

By Sam Nunn & Andrew Bieniawski
Amid a campaign of terror that has included beheadings and suicide bombings, recent reports that ISIS extremists may have stolen enough material for a radioactive “dirty bomb” are chilling — but should not be shocking. This new threat originates overseas, ...

Vester Flanagan’s video

By Alyssa Rosenberg
However depressingly common gun violence has become in the United States, high-profile cases continue to shock us. And the news that a Virginia television crew had been murdered during a live broadcast only became more horrifying after the suspect, Vester ...

When celebrating women traps them in a silo

By Gina Glantz
When is “celebrating” women not all that good for women? Let’s face it. Something tagged exclusively for or about women is all too often a revenue-generating strategy alongside a way to deflect criticism about the lack of attention to women ...

Is Trumpism the New Nationalism?

By Pat Buchanan
Since China devalued its currency 3 percent, global markets have gone into a tailspin. Why should this be? After all, 3 percent devaluation in China could be countered by a U.S. tariff of 3 percent on all goods made in ...

Drug price controls a bad idea

By Peter J. Pitts
Pharmaceutical pricing is a hot-button issue. Over a hundred cancer doctors recently criticized the six-figure price tags of certain cancer drugs. The nonprofit Public Citizen has slammed pharmaceutical firms for “needlessly high” medicine prices, specifically citing the $1,000-per-pill hepatitis C ...