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The only thing we have to fear is Tom Wolf’s tax plan

By Elizabeth Stelle
Kermit Bell is worried about his mother, Louise. Like many seniors, Louise Bell, 90, sold her house when she moved to a Palmyra, Pa., nursing ...

Martin O’Malley heads the new Know-Nothing Party

By Jonah Goldberg
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is thinking about running for president on the Democrats’ ticket by appealing to the populist fans of Sen. Elizabeth Warren ...

Einstein’s unceasing battle for privacy

By Paul Halpern
April 18 marked the 60th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s death. The scientific community also is celebrating this year the centennial of his masterly general theory ...

Verbatim

By Tribune-Review
“2016 will be a year that changes America. Either real Americans are able to take the Republican Party and the nation back or America goes the way of other formerly great nations. In 2016, either the tea party will lead ...

The battle for control of Pa. public schools

By Antony Davies & James R. Harrigan
Gov. Tom Wolf and House Republicans have found significant common ground on property tax reform and that should be a warning that something terrible is ...

This perverse law won’t flag child abusers

By Abby W. Schachter
Jerry Sandusky is a very bad man. He spent years working at Penn State and he spent years molesting boys. Do these two facts mean that everyone who works at a university should be suspected of being as evil as ...

The chaos that surrounds Israel

By Roey Gilad
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his famous 1933 inaugural address in which he said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear ...

No kicking the can down the road in Italy

By Tribune-Review
Every mature democracy might be unhappy in its own way. But in the need for — and obstacles to — reform, they share certain challenges. So insights that Italian premier Matteo Renzi offered during a visit to The Washington Post ...

So, who’s going to take on Big Money in ‘16?

By Paul Waldman
For many years, Democrats have wanted more restrictive campaign finance rules while Republicans have wanted to loosen restrictions. But it’s likely that the 2016 campaign will feature more outside money than ever before, as millionaires and billionaires take advantage of ...

Why is Yemen our war?

By Pat Buchanan
For a month now, the Saudi air force has been bombing Yemen to reverse a takeover of that nation of 25 million by Houthi rebels and reinstall a president who fled his country and is residing in Riyadh. The Saudis ...

Economy still key to campaigns

By Byron York
There’s an emerging conventional wisdom that the 2016 presidential race, once predicted to be mostly about economic issues, will instead be dominated by something else. “This is going to be a foreign policy election,” National Journal’s Ron Fournier said recently. The ...

Radical environmentalists a worse threat than climate change

By Jay Ambrose
California has a major drought, and that’s resulted in bad stuff brought to us not by the usual suspect, global warming, but by radical environmentalists worsening the consequences. In efforts to intervene, they have been cracking down on free scientific ...

Finding ways to remember

By Charles C. Haynes
In another of his patented truth-to-power moments, Pope Francis triggered international debate last week by having the temerity to call genocide “genocide.” Speaking at Sunday Mass on April 12, the pontiff described the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by ...

World Bank projects are bad news for indigenous people

By Jacob Kushner
Seven years ago, the World Bank set out to help preserve Kenya’s Embobut Forest for future generations. As part of the National Resource Management Program, it spent millions to mitigate erosion, prevent landslides and improve the administration of water resources. ...

Flunking civics isn’t optional

By Cal Thomas
It’s an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: “What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?” The person replies: “I don’t know and I don’t care.” ...

Obama’s GOP abettors

By Pat Buchanan
The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel and President Obama’s illicit seizures of congressional power must end. That was then. This week, Congress takes up legislation to cede His ...

Conservative support for gay marriage is growing

By S.e. Cupp
Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on gay marriage cases in four states, including Tennessee, where Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty are hoping their New York marriage will soon be recognized. Tennessee is an interesting microcosm ...

UPMC is the target of nihilistic envy

By Amesh A. Adalja
If Kmart and Wal-Mart or Coca-Cola and Pepsi had a dispute, would it be a core function of government to try to influence the debate? Most people would agree that it should be adjudicated by the parties involved free from ...

Don’t watch till the race starts

By Martin Schram
With the Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away, it’s time to remind ourselves of just how time-wasting and meaningless it can be if we tune in way too early to television’s race day coverage. We’ll just be swamped by ...

Paltrow’s poverty voyeurism

By Michelle Malkin
Gwynnie Paltrow is down with the struggle, comrades. She may make $19 million a year, own mansions in London, New York, Brentwood, Malibu and the Hamptons and fly by private jet. But she feels your pain. The progressive princess celebrity ...