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

The lessons of Labor Day

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For anyone new to Pittsburgh, whether drawn here by jobs in technology, health care or education, Labor Day provides a glimpse into the soul of the city. More than just the last big weekend of the summer, as in the …

Sophie Masloff’s life of kindness

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Young Sophie Friedman grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in a time of jazz clubs, speakeasies and streets teeming with life. It was a rich soup of ethnic groups, races and religions, the melting pot of Pittsburgh, a small town …

The currency of ideas

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Imagine the surprise if the great whale Moby-Dick showed up at a memorial service to eulogize Capt. Ahab of the whaler Pequod. And imagine that …

Vacationing with Nixon

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Forty years ago, you could have spent your vacation at the Jersey Shore and barely seen the beach, returning home without a tan. It seemed that the whole country was indoors in the shank of summer, watching the televised death …

Political judo

By Joseph Sabino Mistick 9:00 p.m.
Democrats have much to gain by embracing the fundamentals of judo, the modern Japanese martial art. Jigoro Kano, who developed judo in the late 19th century, stressed maximum efficiency with minimal effort, explaining that softness controls hardness. Kano counseled against …

Rick Perry’s pandering peril

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, it was reminiscent of the false bravado of another Southern governor. Just over 50 years ago, George Wallace tried to use Guard …

Land of opportunity

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
We honor them now, decades after their selfless acts, the Schindlers, Wallenbergs and Wintons of this world. They were heroes in a dangerous time, risking all to save the lives of others. Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, …

Unconventional Cleveland

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Republican National Committee must be betting that the people of Cleveland have amnesia. That is what it would take for Republicans to change their presidential luck by holding their 2016 national convention in Cleveland. At stake are 18 electoral …

The Civil Rights Act of 1964: When ideas trumped personal politics

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Last week was marked by the confluence of Independence Day and the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Only two days apart, both celebrations provide an opportunity to learn from the …

No coup de gr â ce in Pa. governor’s race

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The long-awaited report on Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation dashed the rare chance that voters could dodge the hard work of citizenship in the Pennsylvania race for governor. If the Pennsylvania attorney general’s special investigator had found …

Tom Corbett’s conundrum

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
If it you think that the crushing defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary was too remote to matter in Pennsylvania, think again. Republican regulars everywhere are worried, especially where they are facing tough fights in …

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