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The 'Clean Power Plan': The Supreme Court slaps the Obama administration

You can stick a fork in the Obama administration's plot to finish off America's fossil-fuel industry and reorder this nation's power grid to its warped ...

Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To the feds. A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted a Carrick man for allegedly providing the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed one person ...

Greensburg Laurels & Lances

Laurel: To West Overton Village and Museum. The East Huntingdon museum will return to its roots this year when it opens a craft distillery. And ...

VND Laurels & Lances

On the 'Watch List': The Leechburg Area School Board. We're not sure what's going on with the hazing on the Leechburg boys basketball team — ...

The race for president: America the parched

There's a classic exchange in the 1995 movie "The American President" between Michael Douglas (President Andrew Shepherd) and Michael J. Fox (aide Lewis Rothschild): "(I)n ...

The Thursday wrap

The global aviation industry has agreed to binding limits on carbon dioxide emissions. It's part of the effort to combat "climate change." Which will give ...


Shuster's tepid conservatism

I recently received a political mailing from U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster stating that he is supported by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina. Heritage ...

Patients aren't chattel

Regarding Matt Wirginis' letter "UPMC's textbook maneuver" (Feb. 5 and TribLIVE): Wirginis made some good points about becoming a one-hospital-network region but he did overlook ...

Gov. Wolf is out of touch

No society has ever taxed, spent or borrowed its way to prosperity. So let's be honest and transparent about Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed 2016-17 state ...

ATI 'repaying' benefactors

The United Steelworkers, the state of Pennsylvania, Allegheny County and Harrison, Brackenridge and the Highlands School District all made concessions to Allegheny Technologies Inc. so ...

The India example

On our recent trip to India, we had six different guides in six cities — all educated men who spoke excellent English. We heard repeatedly ...

Trump no fool on issues

I want to express my disillusionment with the people of Iowa because they refused to support a moderate Republican like Oren Spiegler expected them to ...




Bloomberg vs. Trump?

The morning of the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump, being interviewed on "Morning Joe," said that he would welcome his "friend" Michael Bloomberg into the ...

Muslim leaders stand up for religious freedom

At an historic gathering in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Jan. 27, more than 300 Muslim leaders — including many of the world's most eminent Islamic scholars ...

Playing the gender card isn't working for Hillary

Hillary Clinton is not a woman, and that's a triumph for feminism and a problem for Hillary. Let me clarify. Yes, technically she is female. But ...

Pennsylvania budget crisis is a product of short-term thinking

The Beatles once famously sang that you've "got to admit it's getting better, it's getting better all the time." Budgeters in Pennsylvania, unfortunately, are facing ...

Sloppy language & thinking

George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the ...

Cruz, Rubio and God

If you attend a Republican presidential event on the campaign trail, you may come to wonder if you made a wrong turn and ended up ...

America's declining economic freedom

Millions of people around the world are emerging from poverty thanks to rising economic freedom. But by sharp contrast, America's economic freedom has been declining ...

Schumer's Zika hypocrisy

Latin America's Zika virus is the latest undocumented alien to hit our shores. But have no fear. Self-appointed Zika Warrior Charles Schumer has declared that ...

Separating natural gas facts from fiction

Too often in politics, one-sided sounds bites rise above fact-based evidence. This conditions the landscape for gridlock and partisanship and propels policies with unintended consequences. ...

A Cruz-Rubio super-ticket?

With the results of the Iowa primary in, and on the eve of the New Hampshire primary, it's time to consider a unique possibility: Ted ...

The USO at 75: Service to those who serve

It's 1942, the uncertain, early days of World War II, and you are a young soldier assigned to a training base far from home: Camp ...

The decline of political party power

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in ...

The millennial work ethic

Dear previous employer: You may think that you have gotten the best of me, but you have not. I am a millennial. You may think ...

Stossel: Endless political arrogance

After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November! They lead the betting at ElectionBettingOdds.com. This scares me. Neither ...

The history, hype & hope of debates

What's going on with presidential primary debates? And I don't mean the latest issue many will think of first: The flap between Fox News and ...