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Joseph Sabino Mistick is a lawyer, law professor and political analyst. He lives in Squirrel Hill.

The American story

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
This past Tuesday, 50 or so Pittsburgh Italians gathered with family and friends in a basement Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh’s Strip District to view the premiere broadcast of “The Italian Americans,” a two-part PBS special recounting the travails and triumphs ...

The Gene DePasquale way

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
With the ongoing donnybrook between Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner and county Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald most likely headed to court, it is clear that none of this would have happened but for a long-ago management decision made by Moses. ...

Go big or go home

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
It is all fun and games, until somebody gets hurt, or gets the measles or some other life-threatening disease. That familiar childhood adage should forewarn politicians who play to their base, hoping to shore up a few votes with the ...

Gov. Wolf picked an odd fight

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Mister, you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline,” said lawyer Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind,” the 1955 play based loosely on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Drummond ...

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child to protect her feet from rainy Iowa weather. She told that folksy story in her party’s official rebuttal to President ...

When speech is not free: The pen of war

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When President Obama skipped the march of world leaders in Paris after the recent terror attacks, even mainstream observers took him to task, calling the absence “stunning,” “ham-handed” and worse. The message was not lost on the administration. “It’s fair ...

The Mister Rogers model of governance

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When the Fred Rogers Company was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2014 “Pittsburgher of the Year,” you had to search the press reports for the name of Bill Isler, the iconic company’s CEO since 1987. And Isler would not have had it ...

Words alone

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When North Korea experienced an Internet blackout after the Sony hacking, spokesmen for the hermit kingdom blamed the United States and used a racial slur to describe President Obama. It was meant to offend. But the irony was obvious and ...

Things that have never been

By Joseph Sabino Mistick 9:00 p.m.
Once you reach a certain age, life sometimes seems to be more about endings than beginnings. It can be as simple as the series finale of your favorite show, the closing of your favorite restaurant or even Darlene Love’s final ...

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Christmas Truce of 1914 brought British and German troops together, for at least a day or so, along the Western Front in the early months of the Great War. Some say it started on Christmas Eve, as German troops ...

March of the Penguins

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When President John F. Kennedy said, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required,” he could have been referring to the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. So far, he would have been left wanting. The Penguins have been ladled ...

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