Opinion


 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.

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Planned Parenthood reports were lacking

Sloppy reporting fanned the controversy over the video on Planned Parenthood selling fetal tissue.

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Secret cameras: Pittsburghers deserve a citizen-friendly policy

We don’t want to become the City of Big Brotherly Love.

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Turkey’s trials: The United States risks a deeper entanglement

The relationships between Turkey, the Kurds, the Islamic State group and NATO is getting more and more complicated.

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Prison politics: Obama makes criminal justice reform a priority

Many have called for fundamental criminal justice reforms for more than a decade. But better late than never.

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Legal vs. ethical treatment of babies

Planned Parenthood says its sale of fetal tissue is legal. So was slavery.

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Promising more?

The Pittsburgh Promise needs more financial support to keep its pledge to worthy students.

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 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: From deflating footballs to destroying a cell phone to now not knowing when to give up?

Gene Collier: Tom Brady shouldn't blow up over his 'Deflategate' suspension

The NFL rejected Tom Brady’s appeal over his four-game suspension, and the Patriots quarterback should just accept it.

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Clinton on Keystone

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

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Reg Henry: If a man falls in the woods, who hears?

Hiking in the Adirondacks, I made one false move and, boom, a wounded ankle. What ensued was a parable for our times.

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A higher speed limit wouldpose hazards

Pennsylvania is risking public safety by considering a highway speed of 70 mph.

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 President Barack Obama waves goodbye after speaking to a crowd in Kenya on Sunday.

Dan Simpson: The U.S. isn’t helping Africa

We cause our African allies more problems than we help them solve.

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

Americans are polarized and alienated but hopeful, too.

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Humane ruling: A judge orders civility for immigrant children

A federal judge in California has told the U.S. government it cannot detain immigrant families indefinitely in punishing conditions.

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Meals on wheels: The city can do more to spur food truck business

The food trucks that are in business in Pittsburgh typically rely on Twitter and Facebook to let customers know where they’ll be and when.

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Order, for now: Burundi accepts the results of a contested election

Agathon Rwasa said he would not oppose formation of a unity government so long as it prepared for new elections.

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Consumers must send airlines a message

In a country and industry based on service, the lack of accountability has been unparalleled.

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LCB stores are cleaner and better than those in other states.

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board stores is causing so much angst among the citizenry.

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How about a Wal-Mart for the Downtown Macy's location?

It’s unfortunate that we now no longer have a major department store in the core of our fair city.

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Trump is the kind of candidate our forefathers envisioned

Trump may be the right person to be our next president.

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 The Pirates' Jung Ho Kang throws out the Padres' Derek Norris during a game earlier this month at PNC Park.

Ron Cook: Kang in Rookie of the Year conversation

Jung Ho Kang’s remarkable transition, progress and impact on Pirates makes him a candidate for the award.

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Tony Norman: Gun nut Rick Perry reaches a new low

The languishing GOP presidential candidate responds to the Lafayette movie theater mass shooting with the worst solution: more guns

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Paul Krugman: Zombies against Medicare

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

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 Scott Bye's sculpture "Spare Change" in the Deutschtown section of the North Side.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: North Side public art runs into city 'bureaucrazy'

The Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center is enriching the neighborhood with bold art on vacant lots. Then a letter from the city arrrived ...

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Voters should show Toomey the door

If voters don’t want to be sold yet another bill of goods, I’d encourage all to watch this campaign carefully.

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What would Dad want?

Doctors now can get reimbursed for advance-care planning.

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Dana Milbank: Scott Walker is dangerous

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

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Social insecurity: Congress must do more than transfer funds

President Obama wants to shore up the Social Security Disability Insurance program with revenue from Social Security’s retirement fund.

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Employing police: The city must boost both numbers and diversity

A shortage of Pittsburgh officers has been years in the making, but Chief Cameron McLay won’t get that kind of time to boost the ranks.

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Finding a treasure: A Quran is dated to the time of Muhammad

The parchments are believed to have been written between 568 and 645. Muhammad died in 632.

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Penn Plaza residents aren't hurting development

I do not share the other Jim Abraham’s view relative to the displacement of the residents of Penn Plaza.

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Pennsylvania needs to stop being a liquor-sales dinosaur

To buy a 24-pack from a Giant Eagle, one must buy a 12-pack, walk it out to his vehicle, come back into the store and buy another 12-pack.

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Imagine if the LCB branched out into one-stop shopping

While we’re at it, perhaps we can come up with some other businesses for the state to get into.

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Sen. Toomey must stop voting against American manufacturing

He actively opposed the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would have ended the tax breaks for major corporations that sent their jobs overseas.

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 Gregory Polanco is mobbed after hitting the winning single in the 10th inning July 12 against the Cardinals, one of the many big plays the Pirates right fielder had made this month.

Ron Cook: Hurdle's belief in Polanco is paying off

The Pirates right fielder was struggling entering this month, but his manager’s encouraging words have made a difference.

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Ruth Ann Dailey: As Planned Parenthood squirms, America reflects

Pro-life advocates, don’t falter right now: the video exposing Planned Parenthood’s inhumane procedures is a moment to rally support.

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Gary Rotstein's Morning File: On a faraway planet, they're making plans

Earth is looking harder for life on other planets, but don’t expect the universe to have a positive reaction.

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Don’t kill our Pennsylvania shale jobs

Higher taxes on gas extractioncould send investment elsewhere.

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Cities often have paved the way on social and economic justice

We were surprised by your recent editorial’s limited view of the city considering legislation to guarantee paid sick days.

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David M. Shribman: The Ozzie-and-Harriet revolution

Gay activists’ family values had a lot to do with the acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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Coal is losing the war

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

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Out of control: The DEA overpays informants without oversight

A Justice Department audit confirms that informants bought and sold drugs with little supervision in a program riddled with problems.

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Bigger’s not better: Longer tractor-trailers spell trouble on the road

Legislation would force states to allow trucks that pull two trailers, each 33 feet long, which is 9 feet longer than Pennsylvania allows.

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Asides: Mall zombies, a football playing writer and another city film

Do zombies still roam Monroeville Mall? Can a running back write a TV script? Can Pittsburgh play New York in a movie? Read the Asides.

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Abortion has a big impact on adoption

Abortion has contributed to the decline in babies available for adoption.

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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.

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Rethink the role of schools

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

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 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

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Jack Kelly: Trump tells it like it is

And he’s willing to take on illegal immigration.

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