Op Ed Columns


 Democratic Sen. Walter Mondale and Republican Sen. Bob Dole shake hands before the vice presidential candidates debate in 1976.

Dana Milbank: The lost art of friendship

Some old practitioners return to a different Washington than they used to know.

about 16 hours ago


Clinton on Keystone

She won't take a position, to the frustration of the Democratic left.

about 16 hours ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Red, blue and other hues

Americans are polarized and alienated but hopeful, too.

1 day ago


Paul Krugman: Zombies against Medicare

At 50, the program remains vital — and under attack.

1 day ago


What would Dad want?

Doctors now can get reimbursed for advance-care planning.

1 day ago


Dana Milbank: Scott Walker is dangerous

His union-bashing is all about getting the middle class to help the rich.

2 days ago


Don’t kill our Pennsylvania shale jobs

Higher taxes on gas extractioncould send investment elsewhere.

2 days ago




Coal is losing the war

The main foe coal faces is cheap natural gas, along with renewables.

3 days ago


There is a cure for gerrymandering

Take an independent commission, add a dash of technology and — voila! — you’ve got fair and compact congressional districts.

3 days ago


Rethink the role of schools

Yes, reform education funding in Pennsylvania, but let’s not stop there.

3 days ago


 Abu Rahin Aziz fled Britain after being arrested for attacking a football fan in London. He joined the Islamic State group in Syria and reportedly was killed July 4 in a drone strike.

Fight jihadis on their own turf

We can defeat groups like the Islamic State if we reach the people they’re trying to recruit

3 days ago


The Next Page: After turning 80, Kitty said she coudln't wait to hit the open road

To celebrate Kitty Paladin new status as an octogenarian, she yearned to hear her car’s ignition switch turning over,

3 days ago


 Oragene Malay and Johnny Mathis  Circa: 1985.

Brian O'Neill: Mathis fan still in harmony with pop star after 50 years

A Johnny Mathis fan reunites with crooner more than five decades later.

3 days ago


 John Biedrzycki, a retired Pittsburgh Public Schools teacher who grew up in McKees Rocks, is the new commander-in-chief of the VFW.

Saturday Diary: John Biedrzycki, citizen, veteran, teacher, friend

John introduced me to the world of veterans, for which I am very grateful.

4 days ago


First Person: Let’s learn from Plum

Schools need to provide courses in human nature for both teachers and students.

4 days ago


Paul Krugman: The MIT gang

Pragmatic Keynesian economists have been proven right.

4 days ago


Saturday Poem: The Woman on the Horizon

She is a study of distance. / I approach her endlessly / never so much as catching her eye . . .

4 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: With abortion, it’s time to turn moral sensibility into law

Planned Parenthood’s reaction to a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing.

4 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

The alien transmission took everyone by surprise ...

4 days ago


 Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Margaret Carlson: John Kasich, GOP savior?

Pair him with Rubio and the Democrats are in trouble.

5 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Trump turns on the GOP

The Republican establishment created a monster.

5 days ago


What ‘Ferguson effect’?

Protests against police are not inciting violence against them

5 days ago


Thomas L. Friedman: The Iran deal can be made to work

Here are four things the U.S. can do to help ensure that Obama’s bet pays off.

6 days ago


 Kathryn Steinle was shot dead at San Francisco’s Pier 14 while out for an evening stroll with her father along the waterfront.

Obama’s silence on the Steinle killing is deafening

He has plenty to say when a black man is killed by police but not when a woman is killed by an immigrant who was supposed to be deported.

6 days ago


Teachers aren’t widgets

Yet Pennsylvania legislators seem to think they work in factories.

1 week ago


Who’d be tougher on Iran?

Bush and Walker rachet up disdain for the nuclear deal.

1 week ago


Fix the VA, Mr. President

Only presidential leadership can end years of mismanagement.

1 week ago


 It would be a shame if Ohio Gov. John Kasich were excluded from GOP debates.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: The Kasich-Walker debate

Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are

1 week ago


Marcellus Shale 2.0

We need the infrastructure to get gas products to markets.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd: Obama has found new energy in his presidency’s sunset

He clearly enjoys settling into his favorite role — the man alone in the arena, disdaining the back-scratching of politics.

1 week ago


Quality early education is an investment in the future workforce

Without a quality early childhood education, many kids struggle in school and make bad life decisions.

1 week ago


As Others See It: A troubling federal fiscal outlook

When is an improving fiscal situation not really an improving fiscal situation?

1 week ago


Put kids first, not gas companies

Pennsylvania legislators get a one-sided picture at a hearing on shale-gas taxes.

1 week ago


Students, teach thyselves

The YouTube generation is re-learning the lesson that you don’t need schools to get a good education.

1 week ago


 Former Sen. Rick Santorum is way low in the polls but thinks he’s got a shot at the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum’s stuck in the back of the pack

Even he has a hard time seeing his way to the Republican nomination.

1 week ago


The dead-on-arrival crowd: Why they hated the Iran deal before they saw it

What worries them deeply is Iran might rejoin the community of nations, as a diplomatic (and trading) partner of the U.S. and Europe.

1 week ago


 William Shakespeare, engraved by Benjamin Holl from the print by Houbraken.

First, kill the writers

Reading Shakespeare won’t help you get a job, but it will help you learn how people work.

1 week ago


 Maria Wesley at the stone arch that was the entrance to the Ebensee internment camp in Austria.

The Next Page: Joe Kubacki would not tell his war story

Maria Wesley had to travel to Austria to learn about her father’s internment in a German concentration camp, writes her husband, Tim Wesley.

1 week ago


First Person: Girls, boys, toys

Stop forcing girls onto the Barbie-doll gender track.

1 week ago


Saturday Diary: Writing history on the Boulevard of the Allies

The Post-Gazette newsroom is moving to the North Side.

1 week ago


Paul Krugman: The Costco economy

Economist now know that government can help raise wages without costing jobs.

1 week ago


 Vortex created on the surface of water

Saturday Poem: A WISH

Today I walked down / to Westinghouse Pond . . .

1 week ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

“It’s like being trapped in a real-life comments thread--with no possibility of escape!”

1 week ago


Charles Krauthammer: The Iran deal is worse than we could have imagined

Who would have imagined we would be giving up the conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes on Iran?

1 week ago


Nicholas Kristof: The Dalai Lama tweaks the dragon

If the Chinese want to reincarnate him, he suggests they practice first.

1 week ago


 Scott Walker poses for a selfie with supporters at a Harley- Davidson motorcycle dealership in Las Vegas.

Scott Walker, perfect for the GOP

He’s a conservative governor from the Midwest with some blue-collar charisma.

1 week ago


Iran got the better deal

The U.S. played checkers while the mullahs played chess.

1 week ago


The Iran deal deserves our support

It will shrink wrap Iran’s nuclear program for a generation.

2 weeks ago


 Robert E. Lee thought his fellow Confederates should furl their flags.

Kathleen Parker: Robert E. Lee approves

The Confederate general was all about reconciliation.

2 weeks ago



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