Op Ed Columns


 Palestinian mourners carry the body of 18-year-old Ahmad Najar, who was shot dead by Israeli troops on Saturday. The military said soldiers fired toward the lower extremities of two men hurling firebombs and that the incident was being investigated.

Nicholas Kristof: Israel’s self-inflicted wound

It lessens its moral authority with the settlers’ land grab in the West Bank.

about 20 hours ago


George F. Will: Reversing course in Illinois

A new Republican governor is trying to clean a very dirty house.

about 20 hours ago


A severance tax would set back Pennsylvania

The natural gas industry has brought enormous economic benefits to the commonwealth

about 20 hours ago


Jerome Bettis: Pittsburgh’s young people need to know the world of work

And you can help them learn and earn by supporting the summer youth jobs program.

1 day ago


 Flag of the Islamic State group

Thomas L. Friedman: Off to conquer Rome

To defeat the Islamic State group, we must understand it.

1 day ago


Conservatives, don’t blame liberal bias for the Rudy Giuliani controversy

Media norms drive political stories, not ideology.

1 day ago


Saturday Poem / Purple Heart

In the dream I am a hero. / I save the world, and I alone / understand the apocalypse ...

1 day ago


How to improve police-community relations in Pittsburgh

Draw on our city's rich history of labor and social-justice activism.

2 days ago


Homeland insecurity

Republicans still might run us aground on the shoals of a shutdown.

2 days ago


 Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani questions whether the president loves America.

Kathleen Parker: Rudy Giuliani and the GOP's love of litmus tests

Let’s assume the president loves his country and isn’t faking his Christianity.

3 days ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: We would miss Obamacare

It’s helped millions of Americans get and keep health insurance.

3 days ago


 Jeb Bush must assess the past.

Maureen Dowd: Jeb Bush’s family matters

His father and brother are not irrelevant to his ambitions.

4 days ago


George F. Will: Tweeting against terrorism

The Obama administration devises empty gestures in response to atrocities.

4 days ago


Jonathan Bernstein: Big spending by outsiders might not affect elections as much as people fear

What if the fuss over big money in elections is mostly over nothing?

4 days ago


 Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks during a July 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill.

Gail Collins: A gun on every corner

Sen. John Cornyn’s bill would let people pack heat just about everywhere.

5 days ago


 This Man Ray photograph shows Leopold Gould Seyffert with his two sons, Peter, at left, and Richard, right.

The Next Page: Seyffert's vivid portraits of industrialists and grand dames shown at the Union League Club in New York

Standard Oil geologist launched Leopold Seyffert’s career as an artist by lending him tuition for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

5 days ago


Enough Said: Who pays in Pennsylvania

Facts that speak for themselves.

5 days ago


Defend the faith and use it to stand up to extremists

In our day, the price of religious hatred is blood. Blood on the floor. Blood on the desert sands. Blood on the streets of our cities.

5 days ago


 Andrew McCutchen: “We need to find a better way to give those kids a chance at a way out”

I could have been left behind: McCutchen calls for a better system to help young, poor athletes get noticed

When you’re a kid from a low-income family who has talent, how do you get recognized?

5 days ago


 Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Sochi Olympics in August.

The dictator’s dictator: Why Vladimir Putin is the leader other autocrats wish they could be

Vladimir Putin’s love affair with the thuggish separatists in eastern Ukraine has blotched his image across the democratic world.

5 days ago


 This Gutenberg Bible is owned by the University of Texas in Austin.

An ode to the printed book

Tomorrow is Printed Book Day, a day when endangered species the world ’round celebrate the advent of Gutenberg’s printing press.

5 days ago


Charles Krauthammer: The GOP should be bold and abolish the filibuster

Democrats have filibustered the homeland security funding bill in the Senate, where it will die.

6 days ago


First Person: The boys I know / What are we going to do to keep them safe?

These black boys I know, their faces float in front of me this night. I can see them smiling, crying, laughing, scared.

6 days ago


Cranking up for 2016: Jeb Bush courts the GOP’s economic charlatans

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

6 days ago


Saturday Diary: George Karl, miracle worker

Unless born with old eyes, only with time and distance do we come to appreciate and understand much of what we see when we’re young.

6 days ago


This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow

And then there was the time I stared death in the eye on a Chinook helicopter under heavy enemy fire in Iraq.

6 days ago


 A boy injured in a bomb attack Thursday by Islamic State group extremists lies on a mattress at his home in al-Baghdadi, northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.

Kathleen Parker: Back to the Middle Ages

The Islamic State group seeks to lure us into a new Crusade.

1 week ago


E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP’s Freudian moment

Republicans are following their baser instincts, at least for now.

1 week ago


Teething pains

Many children in Pennsylvania have dental benefits but don’t use them.

1 week ago


 Clementina Herrera and her son Luis Manuel Herrera, 6, at a rally in San Antonio, Texas, supporting the president's deferred-action immigration policy.

Judge misruled on Obama's immigration policy

It doesn't involve specifc rules that require a public hearing.

1 week ago


George F. Will: America goes to war again

Congress is supposed to limit a president’s prerogatives when it comes to war and peace

1 week ago


Dealing out death in Pennsylvania

It is not a punishment humans are equipped to administer.

1 week ago


David Brooks: The moral wounds of war

Warriors come home haunted by split-second decisions that meant life or death.

1 week ago


 Israeli journalist Zvika Klein wanders Paris being Jewish.

Walking while Jewish in the streets of Paris

He wore a kippah and took a stroll and it wasn't very pleasant.

1 week ago


 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivers a speech in London Feb. 11.

Gail Collins: Scott Walker rouses the base

The Wisconsin governor’s understanding of evolution is still evolving, though it’s clear where he stands on teachers.

1 week ago


 Syrian children at a refugee camp near Turkey.

Nicholas Kristof: Saving lives in Syria

The White Helmets are unpaid, unarmed heroes who rescue people on all sides.

1 week ago


Make sure all kids have health insurance

There is no longer any reason for any child in Pennsylvania to go without coverage.

1 week ago


George F. Will: Curb your pessimism -- violence has been receding for centuries

The world might currently seem unusually disorderly, but it can be so without being unusually dangerous.

1 week ago


Maureen Dowd: Hillary Clinton needs to call off the dogs

They help her fill her tin cup, but are their attacks worth it?

1 week ago


Palm oil perils: Is your toothpaste destroying Southeast Asia’s rain forests?

An idea catching on to combat the destruction is traceability: Companies should be able to know the entire life story of palm oil they buy.

1 week ago


Sharon Randall: Brother born blind has never stopped inspiring

Blind brother continues to inspire as years and difficulties increase.

1 week ago


The Muslims of early America

They arrived long before the founding of the country, although they were not always welcomed.

1 week ago


 Farmers in eastern Poland sow a field with wheat as a drilling rig explores for gas in the background.

Europe’s shale slowdown

Tricky geology, clumsy governments and environmental protesters are smothering Europe’s shale revolution

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to depart India on Jan. 27. Their three-day visit may help change how Indians look at skin color.

Michelle Obama’s fashion diplomacy

The first lady might help change Indian attitudes toward skin color.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania vs. climate change

Our health, native plants and wildlife are being compromised as the commonwealth grows warmer.

1 week ago


Gail Collins: Ode to Obamacare

You can tell it’s working by looking at the people who are still against it.

1 week ago


Here's something you can feel good about

It has to do with a confrontation that didn’t happen

1 week ago


Enough Said: Jews in Europe / continuing decline

Facts that speak for themselves.

1 week ago


 Samuel Hazo, who founded The International Poetry Forum.

The Next Page: Samuel Hazo presents asides from the International Poetry Forum

Over 43 years of the International Poetry Forum, there were many incidents and remarks as memorable as the 400-plus readings themselves.

1 week ago


 Comedy Central announced Tuesday that Jon Stewart would be leaving "The Daily Show" later this year.

Saturday Diary: My unlikely middle-school hero — Jon Stewart

Laura Byko began the work of figuring out who she wanted to be. Mr. Stewart helped her out.

1 week ago



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