Opinion

Policy quakes: Ground shifts beneath our feet

Opinion

One of the more annoying things about politics is that you can swing from left to right, or vice versa, without ever changing positions. For instance, in 2002, I came in favor of same-sex domestic partnerships, or “civil unions.” This was widely seen as a compromise between advocates of ...

Health care: State officials should follow Idaho’s pragmatic lead

Editorials

Liberals often claim that because government is too stingy with entitlement programs, some people have to choose between seeing a doctor or putting food on the table. What if people could afford both if government would just butt out of their lives? The Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — ...

The media’s free pass for bitter Democrats

Opinion

Even before President Trump gave his first State of the Union, the left was complaining that he was going to look “presidential.” It still can’t accept that he is president and gets to give presidential speeches. But Trump took that opportunity and fully exploited it. The Trump speech was ...

ObamObama-Farrakhan photo didn’t get Trump treatment

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A photojournalist withheld publication of a 2005 photograph of a smiling then-Sen. Barack Obama with a beaming Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic, anti-white leader of the Nation of Islam. The occasion was a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. The photographer, Askia Muhammad, said ...

Chaos on the Susquehanna

Opinion

A shock it was not. The dramatic decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to strike down the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn congressional boundary lines was not a huge surprise. At some point, the egregious gerrymandering implemented in the state earlier this decade was bound to be struck ...

Trump’s unifying nationalism

Opinion

Donald Trump gave a notably unifying State of the Union address that didn’t back down an inch from his controversial nationalism. This doesn’t represent a contradiction, but a step toward fulfilling the political promise of his nationalism, which could appeal much more broadly than to ...

‘Dreamers’ and Demons

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Xinran Ji, 24, had big dreams. But demons demolished them. The bright hopes of young Xinran Ji, a University of Southern California engineering student from Inner Mongolia, died in 2014 at the hands of a then-19-year-old “Dreamer’’ and his thug pals. Mexican illegal alien Jonathan ...

GEO extension understood, but uncertainty a flaw

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners have an agreement with GEO Group to continue executing a reentry services program. Sort of. The commissioners voted 2-1 to extend the agreement with GEO to operate a re-entry services program, choosing the organization over Firetree Limited, which also was ...

Why Evangelicals support Trump

Opinion

“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1) That verse, written by Paul the Apostle, is one of the most difficult for modern evangelicals ...

Oh my God, have you heard the news?! It will change everything!

Opinion

Washington is awash in so much muchness these days it’s hard to follow the story. And that may be the point. Every new development or revelation is a “blockbuster” and smoking-gun proof that “this is bigger than Watergate.” Every new dot is connected seamlessly and ...

Two weeks to draw new Congressional an impractical task

Editorials

Fairness has been the watchword in discussions of Pennsylvania’s Congressional map, for which the state Supreme Court has ordered revisions. While this issue has been painted as a struggle between the two major parties, candidates and voters also are supposed to be served by the map ...

Imagining President Hillary’s press

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President Trump’s first State of the Union address marked a fine occasion to imagine how close we came to a President Hillary Clinton. Imagine if Clinton had actually campaigned in the Midwest instead of Arizona and won the closely contested Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. (Imagine the ...

Donald Trump’s impure thoughts

Opinion

President Donald Trump has had impure thoughts about special counsel Robert Mueller. That much, we know. The New York Times reported last week that Trump asked White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel. When McGahn resisted, Trump backed off and left Mueller in ...

At the very least, memo raises major Russia probe issues

Editorials

When we get past all the commentary that surrounded it, what did we learn from the Republican-composed congressional memo created and released by the House Intelligence Committee on Friday regarding the investigation of President Trump's presidential campaign? • The investigation was based ...

Patriotism on the cheap

Opinion

For the first two centuries of U.S. history — while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars — the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own individual ...

Lying, spying and hiding

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I have argued for a few weeks now that House Intelligence Committee members have committed misconduct in office by concealing evidence of spying abuses by the National Security Agency and the FBI. They did this by sitting on a four-page memo that summarizes the abuse of raw intelligence data ...

City codes leaders correct to fine violating landlords

Editorials

City codes administrators are noticing that experienced landlords are ignoring the city ordinance that requires rental property inspections every four years. So they are hitting them in the best place to change their attitude: The wallet. They have started hitting landlords not meeting the ...

Weinstein Amnesia rules at Sundance

Opinion

Members of the Hollywood left flew to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival (and its homegrown women’s march) with a small item of regret on their agenda. Just last year, they had put on their pink knit hats and marched for women’s rights with one of the most visible figures at Sundance ... ...

Durbin-Graham is a problem, not a solution

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After the experience of the past two weeks, it’s not White House adviser Stephen Miller and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton who should be expelled from immigration negotiations, but Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham. The Illinois Democrat and South Carolina Republican teamed up for a comically ...