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Opinion/The Review


Another IRS ‘oops’: Hardly credible

It was “an unbelievable set of circumstances” that led to the erasure of backup tapes of Lois G. Lerner’s emails after a congressional subpoena sought these records in an investigation …

Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

Rick, Rick, Rick: A USA Today analysis shows former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-P.O. Box Verona (by way of Penn Hills by way of Leesburg, Va.) had quite the penchant …

Greensburg Tuesday takes

Justice upheld: As well she should be, Angela Marinucci was resentenced to life without parole for the 2010 torture and murder of Jennifer Daugherty. The mentally disabled woman had been …

Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes

A first step: Big-time kudos to Ron Balla Jr. and the other organizers and participants in the “Give Crime the Boot” rally last week in New Kensington. But ending the …

Water rules: States v. EPA

On the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling against EPA emission rules for power plants, 22 states have filed lawsuits against the Obama administration to stop its arbitrary and capricious …

U.N. Watch: Coddling anti-Semites

Providing credibility when none is deserved, a United Nations committee has granted observer status to what human rights advocates describe as an anti-Semitic front group for Hamas terrorists. The recognition …

Letters to the Editor

An encyclical of politics I

It is ironic that while Catholicism slowly is diminishing under the inept direction of its …

Blogs & Links

Featured Commentary

Social Security’s apologists

By Jay Ambrose
Hillary Clinton says she cares about the middle class, but she doesn’t. If she did, why would she want to dramatically reduce future Social Security benefits, suck unaffordable amounts from young people footing the bill and even risk the program’s ...

No compromise with culture warriors

By Jonah Goldberg
I loved reading the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” books to my daughter. The somewhat Aesopian theme is that if you give the mouse what it wants — a cookie — it will just want more: a glass ...

Fanning flames of racism

By Michelle Malkin
America is still reeling from the horrific Charleston, S.C., massacre at the Emanuel AME Church that claimed nine innocent lives. The last thing our country needs are journalists compounding the pain with inflammatory reporting on an unsubstantiated “epidemic” of black ...

The Supreme Court’s bad ObamaCare call

By David B. Rivkin Jr. & Elizabeth Price Foley
In King v. Burwell, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act permits individuals who purchase insurance on the federal exchange to receive taxpayer ...

Quashing free speech, defying reason

By Matt Welch
If you have dipped a toe into the fetid swamps of online political debate, chances are you have encountered — maybe even authored — acerbic ...

Ignorance & dereliction on guns

By Walter Williams
A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said he had “a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country ...


By Tribune-Review
“Why not place an excise tax on Gov. Wolf’s former cabinet making business to help fund education? If the governor opposed that idea because of its negative effect on the sale of cabinets, would he be against education and children? ...

Kennedy’s mindset made it easy to redefine ‘marriage’

By Paul Kengor
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote making gay marriage a constitutional right in all 50 states is an extraordinary example of one man’s legal, political and ...

Colin McNickle

Colin McNickle
The economics of the ignorami
The Obama administration, led by its Council of Economic Advisers, obviously put in a lot of overtime to obfuscate the …

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Salena Zito

Salena Zito
Don’t remove history’s lessons
PHILADELPHIA It’s not hard to imagine how life was conducted in 1776 as you stand where 56 men signed a …

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Brad Bumsted

Brad Bumsted
Kathleen Kane’s enforcer
HARRISBURG Paranoia runs deep at the top levels of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, starting in the front office. And …

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Eric Heyl

Eric Heyl
Heyl: Asphalt will remain only marker for once heralded Syria Mosque
Some folks value asphalt much more than others. A perfect example of that blacktop-related truism can be found on Bigelow …

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Luis Fábregas

Luis Fábregas
Rain, rain go away — and give us back our summer expectations
It’s the Fourth of July, and Dave Christopher is still waiting to take a dip in the pool. Instead of …

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Q and A

The polling problem
Cliff Zukin is a Rutgers University professor of public policy and political science at the Edward J. Bloustein School for …

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Page of Books

An economist looks in the mirror
Many who write about public policy publish collections of their work. When they do, far fewer rate how well they …

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Joseph Sabino Mistick

The Supreme Court in flux
These have been heady days, after the U.S. Supreme Court recognized marriage equality across the land, upheld ObamaCare and refused …

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Tom Purcell

Free-range parenting getting costly
Ah, summer. We all know what that means for young children. If your kids are seen walking without adult supervision, …

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Ralph R. Reiland

‘The road to hell ...’
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That proverb is quoted by Jeffrey Brown, professor of finance at …

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George F. Will

The wrinkle in the ObamaCare decision
“What chumps!” — Chief Justice John Roberts, June 29, 2015 WASHINGTON Roberts’ intellectual complexity does not prevent him from expressing …

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Donald J. Boudreaux

Politics & commerce, crass & mass
If, on June 16, you Googled “crass commercialism,” you got 88,500 hits. If you Googled “crass politics,” you got 7,830 …

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Heavy Boston snow lightens Kerry’s wallet
John Kerry has no trouble flying to Kiev for a diplomatic mission, but he apparently can’t make it to Kmart …

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