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David M. Shribman / Johnson vs. Reagan: Two visions collide

Fifty years ago, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan set the terms of debate we're still having today

about 3 hours ago


Much ado about world disorder

Ebola and the Islamic State are terrible but probably won’t make a lasting imprint, suggests professor Stephen M. Walt

about 3 hours ago


Unknowing policy: The state’s lawyers act to stymie public scrutiny

Pennsylvanians have a strong interest in government transparency. The problem is the Corbett administration apparently doesn’t think so.

about 3 hours ago


Yellen’s warning: The Fed chair sounds an alarm on opportunity

Janet Yellen’s speech Oct. 17 on economic inequality didn’t rattle the stock exchanges, but it should have caught everyone else’s attention.

about 3 hours ago


Asides: Canadian tribute, Nazi Social Security, preserving Pittsburgh

The Pens pay tribute to Canada, Nazis could lose Social Security, preservationists try to save Pittsburgh.

about 3 hours ago


PG embarrasses itself by backing Saccone

To those of us who oppose Rep. Rick Saccone’s theocracy-based, NRA/​ALEC-fueled agenda, it was very disheartening to see the PG endorse him.

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 Protoplasmic Astrocytes, by Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

The Next Page / CMU Classroom innovator brought science and art under same roof

Elizabeth Finley credits CMU professor Patricia Maurides with bring art and science under the same roof.

about 3 hours ago


Out of terror, stories of hope

The Islamic State’s beheadings say something good about the world, too, observes writer STEPHANIE SALDANA.

about 3 hours ago


Our water can’t wait

Pennsylvania waterways need more protection from pollution, argue environmental advocates TOM HOFFMAN and KRISSY KASSERMAN.

about 3 hours ago


Gail Collins / What do women want?

Whatever it is, they’re not getting a lot of it in this year’s campaigns

about 3 hours ago


Margaret Carlson / Palin’s sun is setting in Alaska

Her influence may be felt on the national stage more than in her native state.

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Enough Said / Toll roads proliferate

Facts that speak for themselves.

about 3 hours ago


Single-payer health care would help to treat three separate threats

It would help regarding income inequality, rising health insurance and medical costs and the challenge of handling epidemics.

about 3 hours ago


The Republican Party in Pa. lacks ideals

Even Republican politicians in Pennsylvania are beholden to liberal interests. So, I will vote only Libertarian.

about 3 hours ago


Yes, problem solving is the smarter course to counter violence

Many thanks to Mike Lechmanik for his letter “Fight Violence With Problem Solving, Not Guns” (Oct. 23).

about 3 hours ago


Jack Kelly / Obama’s Raw Deal

Oligarchs benefit as the middle class lags.

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 Georgia Tech's Adrian Gardner reaches to recover a fumble by Pitt quarterback Chad Voytik in the first quarter Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field.

Ron Cook: Same old Panthers can never flip the script

All the excitement about the Panthers’ return to script was much ado about nothing once they started fumbling the game away.

about 3 hours ago


Let’s correct the facts about steel production

Robert W. Patterson seems to indicate that a resurgence in production will return us to previous job levels. This is not true.

about 3 hours ago


First Person / Ebola is low on my list of concerns

I have so many other worries; let me tell you about them.

1 day ago


Road warriors: Route 28 drivers near the beginning of the end

The highway that runs from the North Shore through the Allegheny Valley has been a work in progress for ages.

1 day ago


Hamstrung: Unwieldy government hurts Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina recently held national elections, still smothered by the political superstructure placed on it by the 1995 Dayton accord.

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DA helped to get justice for stagehands

Kudos are necessary to Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. for holding the August Wilson Center accountable.

1 day ago


Pittsburgh showed Canadians that it's a class act

Thank you, Pittsburgh, for the show of support. Canada loves you.

1 day ago


The Penguins show what it means to be a good neighbor

Like best friends we don’t always agree on everything, but when it really counts we’re there for each other.

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The list is growing of U.S. agencies showing ineptness

I find it extremely disturbing that so many government agencies are not doing their jobs correctly, from the CDC to NHTSA.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem / The Truth of Things

... What Ed Murrow said makes me think of it all: / most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them ...

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Paul Krugman / Plutocrats vs. democracy

The rich don’t like it when the poor get to vote.

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Saturday Diary / Pitt vs. Georgia Tech, my two alma maters

I learned a lot about race, and myself, from my time at Georgia Tech.

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Charles Krauthammer / Barack Obama continues to be a bewildered bystander

President Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.

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 Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis at the Vatican last November.

Thomas L. Friedman / Putin and the pope

One spreads tolerance, the other disorder.

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 The Canadian flag flies at half staff on top of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday.

Assault on Canada: Two assailants jolt America’s northern neighbor

Two unexpected attacks near Montreal and in Ottawa brought Middle Eastern developments and Canada’s role in them to the fore for Canadians.

2 days ago


McClelland in the 12th: Government shutdown isn’t the people’s cup of tea

The 12th Congressional District winds its way across six counties.

2 days ago


Fresh start:The Wilson center needs new leadership next

After defaulting on its mortgage last year, the August Wilson Center underwent the institutional equivalent of flat-lining.

2 days ago


Corbett has handled shale development well

Gov. Corbett also signed new protections for pipeline safety and emergency response preparation.

2 days ago


People should understand what they're really voting for

In this supposed very close election the Democrats are scared to death of the Republicans winning the U.S. Senate.

2 days ago


The Barbour sentencing change sends a terrible message

Judge Manning’s decision to grant a convicted child abuser lenient sentencing sent a horrible message to everyone it touched.

2 days ago


Thank you, Pittsburgh, for the touching 'O Canada' tribute

Thanks to the people of Pittsburgh for noticing Canada.

2 days ago


The Pittsburgh Penguins' thoughtfulness amid tragedy was appreciated

It was the an amazing tribute to Canada from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the beginning of their hockey game.

2 days ago


 Canadian flag

Canadians were moved by the Penguins' anthem gesture

I expect this letter will be but one of many expressing gratitude for the singing of “O Canada” prior to the Penguins-Flyers game.

2 days ago


Tony Norman: August Wilson Center needs advice, so ...

Here’s some advice for the future CEO of the August Wilson Center.

2 days ago


No one’s rich; no one's happy

I started asking around, and it’s kind of a bummer.

2 days ago


Protect affordable health insurance for Pennsylvania's kids

Congress should act now to renew the CHIP program.

2 days ago


 Benjamin C. Bradlee, 1921 - 2014

The big, bold life of Benjamin Bradlee

He led his paper to power and Pulitzers and looked back without regrets.

3 days ago


Unrealized promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program has a way to go

The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program has done a lot of good

3 days ago


19th House District: Rep. Jake Wheatley’s experience is hard to top

Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley is being challenged by school board member Mark Brentley Sr., running as an independent.

3 days ago


South African visitor: Pittsburghers get a post-apartheid update

Pittsburgh benefited from the visit of  Ebrahim Rasool, who is completing four years of assignment to the U.S. after a career at home.

3 days ago


Fight violence with problem solving, not guns

We have the ability to solve problems with a calm and reasoned approach.

3 days ago


The "Pass the Trash" law will help to restore trust in our schools

As a retired superintendent of schools, I view this as a significant step toward improving security for our children.

3 days ago


The mitigation of Kristen Barbour's child abuse sentence is appalling

Judge Manning ignored evidence presented by the district attorney’s office.

2 days ago



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