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Trump rules out independent candidacy

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Caving to intense Republican lobbying, presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support whoever wins the party’s nomination — a U-turn made easier by his position ...

Experts warn Kane’s Haiti trip might jeopardize any case from 2014 wiretap

By Brad Bumsted 11:37 a.m.
HARRISBURG — Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s absence during a trip to Haiti may jeopardize the prosecution of Pittsburgh-area drug traffickers if wiretaps come into play, ...

Pennsylvania’s new online voter registration racks up 5,000 applicants

By Melissa Daniels
In a normal week, the Allegheny County Department of Elections receives about 2,500 paper forms from voters who want to change their addresses or register to vote. This week, 20 percent of the forms arrived electronically for the first time through ...

Former state Sen. Orie appealing corruption conviction to federal court

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge should grant former Pennsylvania Senate Majority Whip Jane Orie a new trial on her state corruption charges because the state prosecution was motivated by personal animosity District Attorney Stephen Zappala has toward Orie, she claims in an ...

Wolf nominates former revenue colleague to Pennsylvania Turnpike post

By Melissa Daniels
Gov. Tom Wolf appointed a former colleague to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission on Wednesday. Barry Drew served as the Deputy Secretary of Administration at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue from 1995 until 2011, under governors of both parties. His employment ...

Bush hits back in campaign trail row with Trump

By Reuters
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican Jeb Bush’s campaign ad ridiculing Donald Trump as a “germophobe” and Democrat in disguise is just the start of what will ...

Senate Dems get 34th vote to hand Obama victory on Iran deal

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the crucial 34th vote in favor the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, ensuring a landmark victory for ...

Casey, Coons become 32nd, 33rd senators to back nuclear deal with Iran

By Salena Zito
President Obama on Tuesday secured key Democratic votes for his nuclear deal with Iran from U.S. senators in Pennsylvania and Delaware, bringing him within one ...

More Hillary emails have parts blocked, ruled classified

By The Washington Post
While she was secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote and sent at least six emails using her private server that contained what government officials ...

Biden visit to Pittsburgh on Labor Day to test waters for presidential run

By Salena Zito
Vice President Joe Biden’s plan to march with an estimated 60,000 union members and their supporters in Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade is another sign he’s ...

Government secrecy experts: Emails pose no criminal action for Hillary Clinton

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Experts in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal trouble for Hillary Clinton or her top aides in connection with classified information sent over unsecure email while she was secretary of State, based on the public ...

Potential suspension of Pennsylvania AG’s license unusual

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — If the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license before her criminal case is resolved, it would be “unprecedented, but ...

Wisconsin Gov. Walker wants focus on both U.S. borders

Wire Reports
The United States needs to secure all its borders, Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Sunday — and that includes the far-less-controversial northern border it shares with Canada, the longest border in the world at 5,525 miles. Walker ...

Politicians embrace digital advertising

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — If you thought you couldn’t escape the onslaught of political ads in 2012, just wait until 2016. This election cycle, campaigns are expected to fully embrace mobile advertising as a way to target voters anytime, anywhere. For the first time, ...

Presidential hopeful Sanders gains ground on Clinton in Iowa poll

By Reuters
WASHINGTON — Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders narrowed the gap with leading Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a recent opinion poll in the political bellwether state ...

In crucial Iowa, Sanders surges against Clinton, poll finds

By The Washington Post
Hillary Clinton’s once-commanding lead in Iowa has shrunk to just 7 percentage points while Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has surged in the state whose caucuses ...

Democratic presidential hopefuls Sanders, O’Malley fire away at Clinton

By The Washington Post
MINNEAPOLIS — Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to cement her standing as the future leader of the Democratic Party here Friday, but two of her challengers ...

Trump’s stance on immigration fuels GOP split

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win ...

Clinton: Women ‘expect’ extremism from terrorists, not GOP candidates

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND — Republican presidential candidates who espouse “out-of-date, out-of-touch policies” are somewhat like terrorists who hold extreme views about women, Hillary Clinton told hundreds of ...

Leadership rises as issue for Pa. voters in new poll

By Melissa Daniels
One in five Pennsylvania voters says the most significant challenge facing the commonwealth is the politicians who lead it. In a poll released Thursday, 22 percent of voters ranked government and politicians as the top issue in the state. The ...

Salena Zito Columns

Another Know-Nothing moment

By Salena Zito
CLEVELAND We’ve been here before. The year was 1855, when the convention of the State Council of Know-Nothings — an insurgent political party based on Protestant fear of being marginalized by Irish and German immigrants flooding the Northeast and Midwest ...