Op Ed Columns


Thomas L. Friedman: How to judge the Iran nuclear deal

Let’s see if it serves broader U.S. interests in the Middle East.

about 21 hours ago


Kathleen Parker: Those Senate wacko birds

They roost on both sides of the aisle, confusing the issues.

about 21 hours ago


Blackface in Belgium

The foreign minister dresses in a bad way for a good cause.

about 21 hours ago


Companies are coming out about their politics

U.S. Steel joins the movement to disclose corporate campaign contributions.

1 day ago


Barack v. Bibi

Obama excoriates Israel, excuses Iran.

1 day ago


Fight climate change the way Ronald Reagan would

To insure against calamity, he would incentivize the entrepreneurs.

2 days ago


Gail Collins: Who will be Ms. $20?

It's time to kick off Andrew Jackson and replace him with a woman

2 days ago


 Paul Ryan and other Republicans should be honest about whom their budgets help.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Republicans' unserious budgets

The GOP House and Senate have no realistic plans to deal with inequality or debt.

3 days ago


George F. Will: Social inequality’s roots

Enhancing opportunities for all must not damage individual freedom and incentives for individual striving.

3 days ago


As Others See It: A Medicare ‘doc fix’ opportunity

Republicans and Democrats in the House seem close to agreeing on a new quality-oriented payment system for Medicare.

3 days ago


Hands up, don’t shoot! Michael Brown vs. Ferguson

The Michael Brown narrative was built on a lie, but the racism in Ferguson and across America is real.

4 days ago


We can't 'go back': From Pittsburgh to Paris, the Muslims living next door must live in fear

We American Muslims would like to be thought of as neighbors, friends and colleagues. We’re proud Americans, and this land is our land, too.

4 days ago


 A sign warns of radioactive material at the Parks Township Shallow Land Disposal Area, where it was dumped during the 1960 and '70s, primarily by the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp.

A cautionary tale for shale

My grandmother’s community near Pittsburgh was dosed with radiation during an earlier energy boom.

4 days ago


Amateur theologians tackle Islam

But the rise of murderous organizations like the Islamic State has more to do with globalization than faith.

4 days ago


Oregon stands up for democracy

Its new law making voter registration automatic is a model for the nation

4 days ago


Gail Collins: The Senate hits bottom

Republicans sabotage their own legislation to aid victims of human trafficking

4 days ago


 James “J” Laughlin in 1953.

The Next Page: Culture club | Intellectuals, diplomats and the U.S. government formed odd-couple alliances during the Cold War

Greg Barnhisel explains how a Pittsburgh steel scion got him interested.

4 days ago


Saturday Diary: I no longer have enough

How exactly does one go about returning her sister to the sea?

5 days ago


First Person: The day the music died in Pittsburgh

Political babble now dominates the region’s radio airwaves.

5 days ago


Paul Krugman: Trillion-dollar fraudsters

Republicans try to hide their assault on ordinary families.

5 days ago


Saturday Poem: Urban Balcony

... I sit on my balcony eating a soft-boiled egg / retired from the morning rush hour ...

5 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

JK (just kidding).

5 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: Netanyahu is not to blame for lack of peace in our time

This generation of Palestinian leadership will never sign its name to a final peace settlement dividing the land with a Jewish state.

5 days ago


 Ohio Gov. John Kasich keeps working door to door.

George F. Will: John Kasich is waiting in the wings

The Ohio governor and McKees Rocks native stands ready to rock the 2016 presidential election.

6 days ago


Thomas L. Friedman: Netanyahu turns to the dark side

His campaign is just the latest complication for the U.S. in a chaotic Middle East

1 week ago


Not to worry, the PSO is thriving

One small survey missed evidence of the orchestra’s vitality.

1 week ago


Billionaires dropping bombs

Presidential candidates can survive, at least for a while, with one big donor these days.

1 week ago


 Zionist Union party supporters react as the first exit polls are released at party election headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday.

All Israelis won in Tuesday’s election

Where else in our region can a melting pot of people vote for their leaders time and time again?

1 week ago


 Attorney General Kathleen Kane is the only woman now serving in office who was elected statewide in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has a dearth of female political leaders

So encourage a woman you know to run, and then help get her elected

1 week ago


 A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division patrols the perimeter of the White House grounds.

Obama doesn't understand the Secret Service

The agency badly needs a new director who is uncorrupted by its culture.

1 week ago


 Charles and David Koch, together worth more than $80 billion, finance a variety of conservative causes.

The Koch empire spreads to sports

Conservative moguls will share values as well as money with the NCAA.

1 week ago


The reckless ploy that is Lettergate

Lettergate reveals that Republicans are not ready to conduct American foreign policy.

1 week ago


Ed Rendell: Trade equals jobs

President Obama needs trade promotion authority for deals to help the middle class.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd: An open letter to hdr22@clintonemail.com

What is the trade-off that will be exacted by the Chappaqua Republic for that yearned-for moment of woman U.S. president?

1 week ago


The Koch brothers’ empire spreads to college sports

Rich, powerful, secretive and controversial: The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Koch brothers were made for each other.

1 week ago


Their dying wishes: I’ve developed a specialty as a hospice volunteer — fulfilling last requests

Hospice programs now care for 60 percent of all dying patients each year, a total of 1.5 million.

1 week ago


 President Lyndon B. Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress on March 15, 1965, urging the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Vice President Hubert Humphrey is at left and House Speaker John McCormack is at right.

David M. Shribman / A great speech turns 50: LBJ’s eloquent call for voting rights came together quickly

The events that March came on a gale of fury, and with furious speed. The setting could not have been more dramatic.

1 week ago


The federal government can provide incentives to merge school districts

No Child Left Behind got one thing right: It implemented standards of equality into our educational system.

1 week ago


Shaming the bullies: Don’t provoke Internet trolls

The first time my dad noticed that somebody on the Internet had called me an idiot, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

1 week ago


Let the sun shine: Gaining access to public records is not easy or cheap

It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable.

1 week ago


No new Hillary: Was the State Department email mess bad, worse or horrible?

Right now you’re probably asking yourself: What am I supposed to do with all this Hillary Clinton stuff?

1 week ago


 Dan Coyne and Stephen Canny

The Next Page: Dan Coyne forges connection with his ancestors on golf trip to Ireland

Prior to the trip, the closest he’d come was when his Dad and he sat down to watch “How Green Was My Valley” and “The Quiet Man.”

1 week ago


Ireland's golf courses and weather present challenges but also exceed expectations

Last fall, Dan Coyne and some friends made a “once-in-a-lifetime” golfing trip to Ireland.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: Irish magic: It’s hopeless to resist the allure of leprechauns

Just as Hallmark foists Mother’s Day on us, elementary schools created a leprechaun infestation.

1 week ago


First Person: A gift from my parents

I recognize now that their active involvement in my hobbies was the most valuable gift they gave me.

1 week ago


Saturday Poem: Brown Fields

One by one by one, they take / The hollow factories down. It gives / The sons of sons of sons / Of workers work to do. ...

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

Partisan hackery vs. obvious intent.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman / Strength is weakness

A strong dollar may not be what’s best for America.

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: A nation is experiencing Early Onset Clinton Fatigue

Hillary Clinton deleted 30,000 emails, dismissing their destruction with the brilliantly casual: “I didn’t see any reason to keep them.”

1 week ago


 Candle, bible and palm crosses

Beyond Lent

Are you a conformist or an individualist? Most Americans believe they are the latter.

1 week ago



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