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Reluctant pro-Trump Republicans are kidding themselves

Whether in domestic or international politics, those who self-label as "realists" often are anything but. In presidential politics, those on the right lecturing their fellow ...

You are what you say you are

Last year, I declared myself a springbok trapped in a human body. A springbok is a highly agile individual who is among the "least concern" ...

The qualities veterans possess

When I ask students at Duquesne University if they or a family member are veterans, there is usually a sprinkling of hands. More hands are ...

Remembrance & politics: Memorial Day's significance this election year

Memorial Day this year calls on all Americans with particular significance. It requires us to look at our past and to our future as our ...

The sad farce of the political duopoly

In 2002, Saddam Hussein ran on the Ba'ath party ticket and won Iraq's presidency with 100 percent of the vote. Not surprisingly, Saddam was the ...

Meet the Libertarians

For the majority of non-Beltway Americans who prudently maintain unfavorable opinions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Libertarian candidate is certain to advocate several ...

Bernie Sanders getting caught up in victimhood

"All politicians will break your heart eventually." After spending my youth tripping over politicians with my lobbyist father, I know this bit of advice from ...

Privatization is still better than government services

Our next president will almost certainly be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. But I take heart knowing that America's Founders imposed checks and balances, so ...

Clinton's enablers on the right

Is there anything more laughable than all the former members of the George W. Bush brain trust torching conservatives for getting behind Donald Trump? The ...

The toxicity of college commencement speeches

This is the season of college commencement speeches — an art form that has seldom been memorable but has increasingly become toxic in recent times. ...

Facebook finds itself in need of credibility

Forgive me for a little old-fashioned smirking when following the digital-era dilemma of Facebook having to own up to some human involvement in its tidy, ...

Is Scarborough Shoal worth a war?

If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S. Aquino III, America must fight. Should we back down, the U.S. ...

The ACA marketplace needs stabilization, self-sufficiency.

For 80 years, from our home base in Pittsburgh, Highmark has provided high-quality, affordable health care coverage as part of our mission to serve our ...

The real deniers of science

Why do liberals hate science? The left long has claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al ...

TSA union antics

When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence. Travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns — convenient ...

The CIA's massive reorganization continues under the radar: The Brennan plan

President Obama's recent visit to the CIA reminds us of the critical role the Central Intelligence Agency plays in national security. While the president was ...

Andrew Conte on Media: Finding a sustainable future for journalism

We still might be drinking more lead in our tap water if Curt Guyette hadn't knocked on so many doors. Guyette, an investigative reporter for ...

Why students need algebra

The word "algebra" comes from the Arab word "al-jabr," which means "to balance." Using it in a mathematical context dates back to a Persian manuscript ...

What skilled demagogues can accomplish

I've been rereading "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." In this political season, William L. Shirer's mammoth history of Hitler's Germany seems a ...

Ethanol fuels energy security

Today is Armed Forces Day. It is a good reminder to thank the men and women in uniform who spend every day protecting our freedoms, ...