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    Mon, April 11, 2016

    Winning Delegates' Hearts and Minds

    "Choose Cruz!" signs lined U.S. Route 15 and the winding driveway and sidewalks leading to the Radisson conference center in Harrisburg, where Pennsylvania's premier conservative event was ...

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    Mon, April 04, 2016

    Will Wisconsin be Trump's Waterloo?

    What rich irony, if one of the most calculating politicians in modern American politics miscalculated the will of Wisconsin's Republican voters, something Democrats have done repeatedly since ...

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    Tue, January 19, 2016

    Obama Sired America's Discontent

    Commuters driving Pittsburgh's old Lincoln Highway alignment last week caught the last glimpse of the pillars of steam from the Shenango coke plant on Neville Island.

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    Mon, January 11, 2016

    Democrats in Disarray

    Last Tuesday, Bloomberg political reporter Sahil Kapur tweeted from a Donald Trump rally in Massachusetts that an undecided New Hampshire voter said he will likely vote for the Republican ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2015

    With Great Traditions Comes Chaos

    With all great traditions comes a little chaos.

    Three 9-foot-long tables stretched half the length of Penn Brewery tavern; 2-year-old Elena Simonetti clapped her ...

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    Mon, December 14, 2015

    The Left's War on Religion

    For the briefest of moments, Sister John Bauer's sparkling smile – framed by her nun's habit, as she held the 10-point, 200-pound buck she bagged in Elk County, about 100 miles northeast of ...

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    Mon, November 23, 2015

    Obama Puts Politics Ahead of Leadership

    HARMONY, Pa.

    Sometimes a village's name fits its surroundings perfectly.

    You have to wonder if this village's frontier founders ...

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    Mon, September 28, 2015

    The House, White House and 2016


    Because of a congressman's persistence in getting a post office for this unincorporated Bedford County village of a handful of people in 1848, ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2015

    Biden Connects with Voters

    There wasn't a hand that Joe Biden didn't shake in Pittsburgh's Labor Day parade, even those holding Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump signs.

    After his rousing speech ...

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    Tue, August 04, 2015

    GOP Powerhouse Else Hillman Dies

    This article first appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribute Review

    Philanthropist Elsie Hillman, a Republican matriarch who rubbed shoulders with presidents and ...

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    Mon, August 03, 2015

    Making Environmentalism Divisive


    In May, Murray Energy, which sits along the old National Pike here in eastern Ohio, told nearly 1,500 workers at five of its West Virginia ...

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    Thu, July 16, 2015

    Dem Disarray Could Boost GOP

    Republicans held a smart, enthusiastic, well-organized leadership conference here last month that drew presidential candidates and party rock stars, plus edgy, informative panels for grassroots ...

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    Thu, June 18, 2015

    GOP Puts PA in Play

    PHILADELPHIA – Republican leaders, candidates and campaign strategists are assembling in the City of Brotherly Love to give conservatives from its collar counties a glimpse of the party's ...

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    Mon, June 15, 2015

    Star Spangled Banner Still Waves


    It is quite possible that all 7,620 people who live in this central Pennsylvania town lined up along Baltimore Street for the annual Memorial Day parade. ...

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    Mon, June 08, 2015

    Main Street Overlooked by Elites

    A 5-foot-8-inch plastic Jesus in tan robe and white shroud stood gallantly outside the House side of the U.S. Capitol last week.

    Hundreds of school students crowded ...

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    Mon, June 01, 2015

    Killing Middle Class Jobs

    A tugboat pushing nine loaded coal barges chugged up the Ohio River, toward the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers.

    It eventually passed the ...

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    Mon, May 18, 2015

    Needed: Leaders With Moral Compass

    Sometimes the view of American society through the prism of social media and cable news is incredibly disheartening.

    We shrug off – or, worse, defend – ...

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    Mon, May 11, 2015

    Where America, Big Government Collide

    A subtle but constant collision occurs in the nation's capital every day.

    It is something that people who work here wouldn't necessarily notice because of their ...

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    Mon, April 27, 2015

    Elites, Media and Character

    American culture is at odds with a lot of things that shade its values, character and work ethic. Most notable of these are politics and Hollywood, the celebrity-driven entities that dominate media ...

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    Mon, April 20, 2015

    What Will 2016 Bring?


    Steve Garfein sat at the head of a long folding table, his back to a massive white tent intended to hold the thousands of visitors ...

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    Mon, April 06, 2015

    Clay Cousins Illuminate Rand Paul's Run


    When Rand Paul announces Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., that he is seeking the Republican nomination for president, he will be a stone's throw from the ...

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    Mon, March 23, 2015

    Cotton's Iran Letter Turns Tables on Dems

    Cotton's Iran letter turns tables on Obama
    Letters home ...

    Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

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    Mon, February 16, 2015

    PA Dems Have Image Problem

    Even with their candidate in the governor's mansion and the promise of a national convention in Philadelphia, this year has had a rocky start for Pennsylvania Democrats.

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    Mon, February 09, 2015

    Extreme Left Dems Pushing Away Middle America

    The unofficial death of the moderate American Democrat went largely unnoticed last week.

    Tim Ryan – a once-strident champion of the Rust Belt city of ...

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    Mon, November 10, 2014

    Wisconsin Becomes 2016's Ohio

    In late summer, as national media reported that Republican Scott Walker would "finally" lose the Wisconsin governor's mansion in November, a man and two women paraded through the state ...

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    Mon, November 03, 2014

    Repair Time On, Under Captol Dome

    WASHINGTON - Construction scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol dome like a metal honeycomb. Yet this iconic symbol of freedom, built to host the men and women who enact America's laws, still gleams ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2014

    D.C. Elites Miss Signs Pointing to GOP Senate

    BROOKHAVEN, W.Va - If you don't look in the weeds, sometimes you miss the signs.

    Late this summer, along the edges of this Mountain State town, a homemade sign ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2014

    Priebus Does a Gut Check

    WASHINGTON-The Nov. 4 election could test the work the Republican Party has done to change party culture and the mechanics of reaching out to voters after painful losses two years ago.

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    Mon, October 20, 2014

    Voters Poised to Hit Brakes on Obama, Democrats

    Midterm elections are the political equivalent of a gas pedal or a brake pedal.

    This will be a brake-pedal election, centered on competency and trust – from ...

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    Mon, October 13, 2014

    GOP Leadership Rooted in Wisconsin

    SOMERS, Wis. - They are Badgers, Brewers and Packers fans.

    More comfortable in jeans and boots than suits and ties, they love their state with a passion only a ...

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    Mon, October 06, 2014

    Divorced from Washington

    BEDFORD - Although it closed decades ago, the G.C. Murphy Co. name remains integrated on the tiled floor of Founders Crossing, an antique store and caf now occupying the corner of Lincoln Highway ...

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    Mon, September 29, 2014

    Lament of the Fed Up Voter

    FOND DU LAC, Wis.
    Marv Rach spent 38 of his 69 years as a registered Democrat.

    Now the Vietnam War veteran and retired factory supervisor is a Republican, ...

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    Mon, September 22, 2014

    Trust Issue in Florida Governor Race

    While much of the media pay attention to movement in this year's U.S. Senate races (you know the drill; one of those moves two points, and everyone reacts as if it's an avalanche), few are watching a ...

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    Mon, September 15, 2014

    Democrat Coalition Showing Strain

    After winning the presidency, Andrew Jackson sent a message to Congress suggesting that the office be extended to six years but limited to one term.
    His message caused wild speculation that the ...

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    Mon, September 08, 2014

    Why Obama Lacks ISIS Strategy


    Lambertville Road eerily remains the same bumpy local byway, from U.S. 30 to this small town, that it was 13 Septembers ago. Venerable trees still crowd ...

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    Wed, September 03, 2014

    Gillespie Takes on Warner in Virginia

    WASHINGTON – Ed Gillespie is trying to chip away at Mark Warner's "Main Street appeal" to Virginians.

    Gillespie, the former Republican National ...

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    Tue, September 02, 2014

    Real American Excellence

    Excellence in America isn't hard to find.

    Five-year-old Lorenzo Morton fiddles with the billiard balls along the edges of the pool table that greets customers at ...

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    Fri, August 29, 2014

    Wisconsin Governor in Fight for Survival

    APPLETON, Wis. – Republican Gov. Scott Walker seems to know his populist management style could win over more than just Badger State residents.

    He's talking ...

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    Tue, August 26, 2014

    Left Behind in Rural Ohio

    VAN WERT, Ohio - Two sunnyside-up eggs, four thick slices of bacon and wheat toast will lighten your wallet by under three bucks at Balyeat's World Famous Coffee Shop in this Northwest Ohio ...

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    Mon, August 18, 2014

    Oregon Doctor Takes on Senate Race

    WASHINGTON – Uncertain times can attract nontraditional, distinctive candidates in American politics.

    Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, a Portland, Ore., ...

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    Tue, August 12, 2014

    Border, Energy at Forefront for Jindal

    WASHINGTON – If President Obama were serious about reforming America's immigration policy, he would secure the Texas border immediately, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the ...

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    Mon, August 04, 2014

    Bill Clinton Memorializes Richard M. Scaife

    An unlikely friendship drew former President Bill Clinton to a sunny hilltop in the Laurel Highlands on Saturday, where he paid tribute to the late Tribune-Review owner Richard Mellon Scaife.

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    Mon, August 04, 2014

    Perry Ready for 2016

    Rick Perry won't decide before early next year if he will run for president again in 2016, but he does not "shy away from telling people that I am actively considering it."

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    Mon, July 28, 2014

    Perry: Guardsmen Needed at Border

    National Guardsmen are needed along the border with Mexico to deter and detain criminals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told the Tribune-Review in an interview critical of the Obama administration's delayed ...

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    Mon, July 28, 2014

    Ready for Hillary?

    WASHINGTON -- Evie McNulty and her husband, Jim, have been there from the beginning.

    She is Lackawanna County's recorder and he is Scranton's former mayor. Despite ...

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    Tue, July 22, 2014

    A Lack of Leadership

    WASHINGTON -- A young mother tried to control her three youngsters in the hall
    outside the House Budget Committee conference room as her husband chatted with a
    committee staffer, who was ...

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    Tue, July 22, 2014

    Paul Ryan Gets Serious About Poverty

    WASHINGTON – Bob Woodson sees a side to U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan that few people get to see, and Woodson's work to confront poverty has changed the Wisconsin Republican's outlook.

    Ryan, ...

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    Mon, July 14, 2014

    GOP Has Problems, So Do Democrats

    BOSTON, Pa.c - In 2007, Marilyn said, she was unwaveringly confident of a couple of things: Democrats would win the presidency, Hillary Clinton would be their nominee and the "party of the ...

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    Wed, July 09, 2014

    GOP To Pick Next Nominee in Cleveland

    The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say.

    The city of 390,000 ...

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    Tue, July 08, 2014

    Century After WWI: U.S. Still on Brink of Change

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Department store magnate John Sattler opened the doors of the
    majestic Sattler Theater as the world entered the "war to end war" that began 100 years ago in July, one ...

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    Fri, July 04, 2014

    American Patriot Richard M. Scaife Dies

    Tribune-Review owner and philanthropist Richard Mellon Scaife, whose vision and
    funding reinvigorated conservative politics in America, died FRIDAY, JULY 4 in his home.

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    Mon, June 23, 2014

    Kasich: Nobody's Guy

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- John Kasich sits, legs crossed and arms waving expressively, at the table where Abraham Lincoln sat with another Ohio governor and received a telegram informing him that certified ...

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    Mon, June 16, 2014

    Populism Gaining Ground

    The homemade sign along state Route 96 in Bedford County could easily be missed if a driver is distracted by the winding curves at the base of the Allegheny Mountains.

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    Thu, June 12, 2014

    Anti-Washington Tide Defeated Cantor

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    Mon, June 09, 2014

    The Greatest Generation

    COLUMBUS, Ohio

    The last thing his commanders said before he dropped from a plane somewhere near Bastogne was "good luck."

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    Mon, June 02, 2014

    Rules for Everyone, Except Conyers

    John Conyers did not do the simplest part of his job. And for his failure, a federal judge rewarded the incumbent Michigan congressman.

    The judge allowed Conyers to ...

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    Tue, May 27, 2014

    Voters Seek Middle, Want Results

    Allyson Schwartz never understood, even in the waning days of trying to win the Pennsylvania Democrats' gubernatorial nomination, how voters could possibly reject her candidacy.

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    Tue, May 20, 2014

    Women Candidates to Bolster GOP

    West Virginians this fall will elect a woman to the U.S. Senate for the first time, and the contenders are among 14 women seeking Senate seats, half of them Republicans.

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    Mon, May 19, 2014

    Media Missing New Populist Wave

    Brian Sullivan now knows the frustration that many Republicans feel every time some media outlet trots out another wackadoodle who says, with assumed authority, that he or she represents the party's ...

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    Mon, May 12, 2014

    Historical Perspective for Benghazi Hearings

    A special U.S. House committee established to examine the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya is just the latest investigation to ignite partisan debate.

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    Mon, May 12, 2014

    Climate Change Creates a Wave

    Delvis Dutton shuts the door of his white-and-blue utility truck and walks up to the camera.

    "The other guys are running for Congress," he says. ...

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    Mon, May 05, 2014

    Obamacare on Voters' Minds

    President Barack Obama took a victory lap the day that the Affordable Care Act purportedly hit its target because, the argument goes, everyone had beaten the stuffing out of him over his ...

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    Mon, April 28, 2014

    Schwartz Doubles Down on Obamacare

    Hell has officially frozen over in Pennsylvania.

    The first political ad warmly embracing ObamaCare, by a candidate not named Obama, hit state airwaves last week. It ...

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    Mon, April 21, 2014

    Time Marches On

    WALTERSBURG – A rusting steam shovel from a bygone era has sat guarding an old strip mine along Route 51 in this Fayette County village for as long as anyone can remember. For at least 60 ...

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    Mon, April 14, 2014

    The Latest False Wedge Issue

    She gave a dramatic eye-roll in reaction to all of the fuss that Democrats and the president attempted to create over equal pay for women last week.

    A Democrat ...

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    Mon, March 31, 2014

    Play Ball !!

    Nothing better captures the essence of hope springing eternal than Opening Day in American baseball.

    It is the one day of a year when each team across the league ...

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    Mon, March 24, 2014

    W. Virginia May Tip Senate GOP

    WHEELING, W.Va. – Through seven terms in Congress, Shelley Moore Capito largely has avoided national attention. Now her U.S. Senate race has raised her profile as one of the Republican Party's ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    An Unconventional Angel

    CARLISLE - Sometimes prayers are answered by the most peculiar of angels.

    Perry E. Ball works in a nondescript office in a maze of rooms at the U.S. Army War ...

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    Mon, March 10, 2014

    Original Tea Partiers Returning to GOP Fold

    Fortunately, the actual voters behind the tea party movement of 2009 did some good before the vultures arrived.

    Since that movement's peak in 2010, the sentiment of ...

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    Mon, March 03, 2014

    Dispensing With Indespensability

    "To be prepared for War is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace"

    Having commanded an unprepared, poorly supplied army, George Washington ...

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    Mon, February 24, 2014

    Giving Up on Washington

    MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio -- The roar is gone.

    Five years after Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel's once-thunderous mill went idle, the only sound here is that of the oldest ...

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    Tue, February 18, 2014

    Traces of Andrew Carnegie

    Despite the crisscrossing expressways overhead and the post-industrial surroundings, you can feel that something extraordinary happened here.

    You can easily summon ...

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    Mon, February 10, 2014

    PA House Race Dem Bellwether

    Sometimes the smallest races tell the biggest stories.

    Take Pennsylvania Democrats' primary race to replace Allyson Schwartz in suburban Philadelphia's 13th ...

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    Mon, February 03, 2014

    Iowa's GOP Family Feud

    On one side you have a popular Republican governor, Terry Branstad. He is pushing a more inclusive brand of GOP politics by encouraging folks not usually associated with activism to get interested in ...

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    Mon, January 27, 2014

    West Virginia House Race a Bellwether

    Nothing better crystallizes the deep disconnect between Washington and Main Street America than the peculiar narrative surrounding Nick Rahall's re-election bid for a U.S. House seat.

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    Mon, January 20, 2014

    Allegiance to Party Wanes

    ELLWOOD CITY - Scores of churches line this charming community of streets punctuated by stately homes and trees. They even stretch out along the state routes leading into and out of town.

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    Fri, January 17, 2014

    GOP Chances Good in '14 Cycle

    Republicans are likely to keep – and maybe even expand – their majority in the U.S. House in the midterm elections, experts say.

    President Obama's ...

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    Mon, January 13, 2014

    Cyclical Politics Can Lift GOP

    Mon, December 30, 2013

    Kane is Democrats New 'It' Girl

    A former midlevel prosecutor's ambition and rise in Pennsylvania politics is a sign of the times in American politics.

    In under a year, Kathleen Kane has gone from ...

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    Mon, December 23, 2013

    Traditional Strengths

    Gianni Ronald Samuel beamed with relief as, one by one, his extended family crowded around a large wooden table at Penn Brewery on Pittsburgh's North Side to celebrate the Feast of St. ...

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    Tue, December 10, 2013

    Little Change in Main Street Life

    CHESTER, W.Va. When the family of seven sitting near the front of Connie's Corner restaurant discreetly held hands and bowed their heads in prayer before their meal, no one in the bustling diner ...

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    Mon, November 25, 2013

    For Obama Everything is About Politics

    WASHINGTON - Two minutes after the start of an event he was scheduled to headline, President Barack Obama stepped into his limo for the 13-minute ride to the Four Seasons Hotel here.

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    Mon, November 18, 2013

    PA Town Clings to Guns, Ousts Mayer

    CHAMBERSBURG - Know your constituency. It's the first rule of local politics.

    The second: What happens in New York City usually can only happen in New York City, ...

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    Mon, November 11, 2013

    Obama Snubs Gettysburg

    Comments GETTYSBURG — He almost was not asked to speak.

    In October 1863, President Abraham Lincoln received the same plain envelope that was sent to hundreds ...

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    Mon, November 04, 2013

    Obamacare Widens Disconnect

    WASHINGTON — Unlike many government buildings in our nation's capital, nothing is aesthetically pleasing about the Health and Human Services complex. Its "Brutalist" architecture ...

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    Mon, October 21, 2013

    Obamacare Could Go Way of Prohibition

    In 1923, five years after the implementation of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that effectively banned alcohol, Americans felt disillusioned with Prohibition. None of the grand promises ...

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    Mon, October 14, 2013

    No Evidence Dems Can Take Back House

    The 2010 midterm election that swept Republicans into power in the U.S. House of Representatives was a mandate to put the brakes on President Obama and his agenda.

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    Tue, October 08, 2013

    Breaking Ranks: Some PA GOP Reps for 'Clean CR'

    When U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent broke ranks with the Republican majority in Pennsylvania's House delegation over defunding the Affordable Care Act, he said he did what representatives should do: vote the ...

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    Mon, October 07, 2013

    Raise It !! Baseball the Great Equalizer

    The joyous sound of 40,000 people singing the national anthem knows no equal in American culture.

    It happened in Pittsburgh last Tuesday when adoring Pirates fans ...

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    Mon, September 30, 2013

    Why City Governments Fail

    HARRISBURG — A cheery but worn yellow sign announces that "Paxton Commons Retail Complex" is in the works along North Cameron Street in the state capital.
    The sign, trumpeting ...

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    Mon, September 16, 2013

    Jobs, Not Syria, Concern Voters

    CHAMPION, Pa. — Tracey loaded three large cardboard boxes with tomatoes, peaches, green beans, cucumbers and fleshy beets for a young couple about to embark on their first adventure in the art ...

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    Tue, September 03, 2013

    Surviving the Urban Elites

    BERWICK, Pa. -- Even the most casual visitor might believe this northeastern Pennsylvania town, with its array of diners, restaurants, unique shops, offices and a movie theater, is thriving.

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    Mon, August 26, 2013

    Bus Tour Plays to Skeptical Reviews

    SCRANTON – In a corner of the state with the highest sustained jobless rate of his administration, President Obama on Friday intends to speak to young people about the importance of getting a ...

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    Mon, August 19, 2013

    Things Looking Up for GOP Down Ballot

    INDIAN HEAD, Pa. — Nestled in the valley between Chestnut and Laurel ridges, this tiny village once included a state-funded relief camp for jobless men during the Great Depression; it housed, ...

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    Mon, August 12, 2013

    Wild, Wonderful GOP?


    Technically the town of Bath, this Eastern Panhandle community is home to a colorful but struggling enclave of artists who bridge the ...

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    Mon, August 05, 2013

    To Tired to Care About VA Scandal?

    An unknown number of U.S. military veterans are dead within 30 days of contracting Legionnaires' disease in a Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh.

    Aside from ...

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    Tue, July 30, 2013

    Former U.S. Senator Harry Byrd Dies

    Harry Byrd always laughed at people who despaired that Washington was more broken than ever.

    "I guess they never heard of the '60s – in both ...

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    Mon, July 29, 2013

    Ohio Governor Kasich Rebounds with Voters

    CLEVELAND – As a first-term Republican governor, John Kasich takes an unconventional approach to managing Ohio.

    Kasich, who grew up in McKees Rocks, believes ...

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    Mon, July 22, 2013

    Divided by Design

    WINCHESTER, Va. — Strolling along the well-preserved downtown promenade of this Shenandoah Valley city, a visitor (or even an ill-informed local) might be surprised to learn that it was at the ...

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    Mon, July 08, 2013

    Top Egyptian Military Leader Trained in PA

    Army War College; Center of Diplomacy
    CARLISLE – With unrest in Egypt, U.S. military officials looking for insight might test the ties they formed with the Egyptian defense minister, Lt. ...

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    Mon, July 08, 2013

    Scandal Staining Hillary's Record

    In September 1995, then-first lady Hillary Clinton spoke on human rights for women and girls, detailing in a speech in China a shocking list of abuses around the world.

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    Mon, July 01, 2013

    Gettysburg: Starting Over

    GETTYSBURG — When General Robert E. Lee formed his battle lines on Seminary Ridge, he assembled the largest Confederate army to appear on any battlefield of the Civil War.

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    Mon, June 24, 2013

    Victim/Entitlement Culture

    Ron Razete knows a little bit about sibling rivalry.

    The father of five children, ranging in age from 15 to 26, has them all working behind the counter of a shop ...

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    Mon, June 17, 2013

    GOP Oddly Silent in Masachusetts Race

    Republicans have talked about pursuing a different kind of candidate since what seems like forever. Heck, the national party even convened a special, secret task force just for that purpose late last ...

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    Mon, June 10, 2013

    A Loss of Trust

    WASHINGTON — Everyone on the outdoor patio of a Dupont Circle restaurant could overhear the young, smartly dressed couple struggling to decide what Capitol City destination to visit ...

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    Mon, June 03, 2013

    Main Street Defends Its Way of Life

    FLATWOODS, Pa. Most people expect their tomorrows to be about the same as their
    yesterdays in this town, and in every other Fayette County village, borough and

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    Tue, May 28, 2013

    A World War II Memorial Day

    At an entrance to the World War II Memorial, a lone man cut a solemn figure as he balanced an iPad in one hand, a cane in the other, to film 12 bronze panels depicting the lives of soldiers during ...

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    Mon, May 20, 2013

    Obama's Incredible 'Referent Power'

    Comments In T.S. Eliot's drama "Murder in the Cathedral," kowtowing knights who overhear England's Henry II vent frustration with Thomas Becket decide to please the king by killing the ...

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    Mon, May 13, 2013

    Americans Fear Government

    BELLE VERNON, Pa. -- The owner of a small gun shop here sits on a wooden stool behind a glass-topped counter filled with handguns. The only thing folks talk about when they come into this store is ...

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    Mon, May 06, 2013

    When Will America Burst D.C.'s Bubble?

    WASHINGTON--Eighteen Starbucks shops can be found in the three-mile walk from DuPont Circle to the U.S. Capitol. Not one of them had a line less than seven people deep on a recent Wednesday ...

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    Mon, April 29, 2013

    Presidential Neglect

    CHALK HILL, Pa. — The old house leans unnaturally westward along a back road, as if chasing the setting sun into a surrounding meadow. Wildflowers splinter its wooden porch planks; a lonely ...

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    Mon, April 22, 2013

    Terror from Wall Street to Main Street

    Bells marking the noon hour had just stopped pealing when an ear-shattering explosion ripped the downtown street, filling the air with shards of glass.
    Flame and smoke towered 100 feet ...

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    Wed, April 17, 2013

    Toomey Won't Retreat from Background Checks

    Angry words from some conservative Republican constituents won't keep U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey from working to secure votes needed to pass a gun-control amendment that would expand background checks on ...

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    Mon, April 15, 2013

    Gettysburg: Part of America's Soul

    GETTYSBURG - Everything about this town whispers to visitors, "Here lies the soul of America's story."

    It is found in the peach orchards and rolling wheat ...

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    Mon, April 08, 2013

    DC-Main Street Divide Deepens

    HARMONY - If one French-Indian guide had not been a particularly bad shot, George Washington would have died in this Butler County village when he passed through at the age of 21, after failing to ...

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    Mon, April 01, 2013

    Opening Day!!!

    This is a very simple game; you throw the ball, you catch the ball you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains." Bull Durham

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    Mon, March 25, 2013

    America Roots for the Underdog

    Last week, in a small town named after the moon (because of what once was considered the town's vast distance from the big city, according to one local legend), at a university named after a ...

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    Mon, March 18, 2013

    Obama Aims for Legacy

    James Polk's vow to serve only one term as president of the United States made him a lame duck from the outset.

    Instead of finding that status constricting, Polk ...

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    Mon, March 11, 2013

    Signs Point to 2000 Redux in 2016

    The story of where American voters are today, in terms of partisan split, is the same as it was heading into the 2000 presidential election.

    We are a country split ...

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    Sun, March 03, 2013

    Roaring Then, Whimpering Now

    In a shed atop East Pittsburgh's old eight-story Westinghouse plant, five men and the company's chief engineer made history when they broadcast results of 1920's presidential election.

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    Sun, February 24, 2013

    GOP Has More Control Than You Think

    The chorus out of Washington, from the chattering classes to conservatives
    themselves, is that the sky is falling on the Republican Party.

    If only those people ...

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    Mon, February 11, 2013

    Rural ~Urban America Share: Poverty

    UNIONTOWN, Pa-It is hard to imagine that this picturesque town, with its stately courthouse, charming narrow streets, cozy diners and cluttered antique shops, has anything in common with metropolitan ...

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    Mon, February 04, 2013

    Progressives Abandon Jacksonian America

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Andrew Jackson, the president whose divisive political instincts would shape the Democratic Party for generations, was born less than 20 miles from here, in the Waxhaw region ...

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    Tue, January 29, 2013

    West Virginia GOP Senate Opportunity

    WEIRTON, W.Va.--As long as Republicans do not kick away a golden opportunity, wonderfully wild West Virginia could be their best U.S. Senate pickup prospect of the 2014 midterm election.

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    Thu, January 24, 2013

    Could Electoral College 'Fix" Backfire on GOP?

    CHARLOTTE – If some Republican leaders had their way, states in which the GOP controls legislatures and governors' offices soon would reshape election laws.
    Maine and Nebraska moved away ...

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    Wed, January 23, 2013

    Republicans Gather to Lay Out Stragegy

    CHARLOTTE – Days after President Obama pitched a liberal agenda to the nation, Republican leaders will talk about how to regain control of the White House and Senate and emphasize conservative ...

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    Mon, January 21, 2013

    No Trust, No Solutions

    HARRISBURG-People who live and work outside Washington, D.C., say their way of life and values have not changed. But they think those who live, work and legislate inside the Beltway have, frankly, ...

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    Mon, January 14, 2013

    Vanishing Vote: Rural Influence Dwindles

    HARRISBURG – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warns that rural America is becoming less relevant to the politics of this country, and he urges people to push lawmakers to do something about ...

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    Mon, January 07, 2013

    Joe Biden: Back to the Future

    Late last week, Vice President Joe Biden had no problem telling the press who sealed the deal on the so-called fiscal cliff.

    "Me!" he said, grinning ...

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    Sun, December 30, 2012

    Perhaps We Are Still in Oz

    What if Dorothy's skip down the yellow brick road was not just about getting back home to Kansas?

    L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," ...

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    Wed, December 19, 2012

    Campaigning via Celebrities

    There are times when one needs to look no further than one's backyard to see how out-of-sync politicians are with their constituents.

    Last week in Pittsburgh, an ...

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    Tue, December 18, 2012

    TEA Party at a Crossroads

    Dispirited by congressional wrangling over the debt ceiling in 2011, Tea Party members' passions began to wane. Then other forces took hold to intensify the conservative movement's struggle to remain ...

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    Tue, December 11, 2012

    Fiscal Debates Then and Now

    WASHINGTON - Hard to imagine that it was not part of our capital city's architectural design for statues of Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury secretary, and Albert Gallatin, the fourth and ...

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    Wed, December 05, 2012

    The 'No Show' Problem

    Our political parties have an alarming problem with white middle-class voters.
    Both parties failed to connect with them in this presidential election – from rural voters in the Midwest, ...

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    Mon, November 26, 2012

    Putting Obamacare in Perspective

    At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 16, 1920, a balding William Jennings Bryan, the great orator of his time, finished a soaring speech to a crowd that had packed Washington, D.C.'s First Congregation ...

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    Mon, November 19, 2012

    Boehner Steps Back to Lead

    WASHINGTON A master in the art of human nature understands there is a time to lead, and then there's a time to let the other guy take the risk of leading.
    Very few people in this city grasp the ...

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    Mon, November 05, 2012

    America's Main Street Rebellion

    The homemade sign for Mitt Romney in the yard of a well-manicured but modest home in Leadville, Colo., forlornly signals the fracture of another onetime supporter of Barack Obama.

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    Mon, October 22, 2012

    Ohio: Portrait of a State in Flux

    MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio — As Sophia Schoolcraft explains, this Ohio River town once was a vibrant place, home to a powerful Wheeling-Pitt steel plant which helped to support a Main Street bustling ...

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    Mon, October 15, 2012

    Colorado Could Determine Election

    LAIRD, Colo. This small Great Plains town is the terminus of a journey across the Rocky Mountain State on U.S. 34, greeting travelers from Nebraska and bidding farewell to Coloradoans.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 08, 2012

    Real America Still Believes

    SHARPSBURG, Md.-Just past dawn on a brisk September morning, a couple in their 30s walked along the sunken road known as "Bloody Lane" with a toddler sleeping soundly in her stroller and a ...

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    Mon, October 01, 2012

    Obama's Coattails Short

    One thing is clear: Barack Obama is running the kind of presidential campaign that provides short coattails to any Democrats running down-ballot.

    That reduces any ...

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    Sun, September 09, 2012

    N.C. Dems Have Buyer's Remorse

    CHARLOTTE - Tom Olson is good at what he does, serving the Sunday brunch crowd at Harper's Restaurant in the Queen City's upscale South Park neighborhood. He
    cheerfully hovers over a large ...

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    Mon, September 03, 2012

    Virginia Moves Toward Romney

    FRONT ROYAL, Va. - Wanda Snead wants the same thing for her family, her community and her country: "Someone who will take charge of this mess that is happening in our economy and get the country ...

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    Mon, August 27, 2012

    Romney Achieves Pinnacle of Career

    TAMPA – Mitt Romney has worked toward this moment for years.
    When he takes the stage on Friday to accept the Republican Party's nomination for president, it will mark the pinnacle of a ...

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    Tue, August 21, 2012

    Ryan Rallies Supporters in SWPA

    Republican Paul Ryan on Tuesday made an appeal in Carnegie to middle-class Democrats who could help swing the November presidential election.

    The Wisconsin ...

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    Mon, August 20, 2012

    Can Romney Seize Ohio Opportunity?

    BEALLSVILLE, Ohio--Seventy-plus men walked out of the ground, overalls and hardhats covered in coal dust, and onto the risers of a stage built for a Mitt Romney speech.

    [View Full Article]

    Fri, August 17, 2012

    Ryan: Bring on Medicare Fight

    Ryan: 'Bring on' Medicare fight

    VIENNA, Ohio – Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says he wants "to bring on" the Medicare ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, August 05, 2012

    Can Obama Keep Centrist Dems?

    For a striking number of Democrats, May 31, 2008, is a day that lives in infamy.
    It marked the moment that the national party's rules committee dealt a deathblow
    to Hillary Clinton's bid to ...

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    Mon, July 30, 2012

    Presidential Race Kicks into High Gear

    Expect the pace to pick up in the presidential campaign between now and Election Day, experts say, especially in this era of social media driving interest.

    Sunday ...

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    Sun, June 24, 2012

    Yes, Pennsylvania is up for Grabs

    QUAKERTOWN, Pa.- Standing behind the cash register of a Wawa store, a young man handing change to a customer was distracted by Mitt Romney's "Believe in America – Every Town Counts" ...

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    Wed, June 20, 2012

    New Deal Democrats Not Part of Obama Electoral Map

    U.S. Rep. Mark Critz said on Tuesday he will skip the Democratic National Convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania, much like top elected Democrats in neighboring West Virginia who are ...

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    Mon, June 18, 2012

    Romney Seeks Edge in Battleground States

    QUAKERTOWN -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's tour bus pulled into this Bucks County town on Saturday to drum up support in the voter-rich Philadelphia suburbs and audition potential ...

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    Mon, June 11, 2012

    The Last American Independent

    This longtime Democrat left his party after it demanded that he sign a pledge to support only its candidates.

    Local and national Democrats branded him as an ...

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    Sun, June 03, 2012

    Class Warfare's Dismal Record

    EAST PALESTINE, Ohio - Newspaper accounts of the day described with shock the
    "enormous crushing crowds" that gathered in cities and towns (including this one) to see William Jennings ...

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    Tue, May 29, 2012

    The Man Behind Mitt Romney

    Stuart Stevens is not that complicated.

    People so often describe the man in charge of shaping Mitt Romney's image, message and campaign strategy as unconventional, ...

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    Mon, May 21, 2012

    Biden's Words Fall on Deaf Ears

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Dave Betras is known in "The Valley" for his colorful language and his political antics and drama. Last Wednesday, however, when Vice President Joe Biden visited a ...

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    Mon, May 14, 2012

    Average White Guy Vote

    CANTON, Ohio -- Rudy is the quintessential average white guy, right down to his last name. "It literally is Guy," he said, laughing at the irony.

    Born in ...

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    Mon, May 07, 2012

    Impact of House Races on Obama

    LISBON, Ohio – The two-lane Lincoln Highway passes sparkling creeks, tree-lined valleys, coal-mine entrances and mom-and-pop motel lots filled with shale-industry workers' muddy trucks on its ...

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    Wed, May 02, 2012

    Class of 2006 House Democrats Are Gone

    U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire's loss in the Democratic primary marks the end of more than just his congressional career. Moderate Democrats, he said Tuesday, appear to be on their way out the door.

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    Mon, April 30, 2012

    THe Jacksonian-Jeffersonian Vote

    SOUTH PARK, PA-John Opfar sat in the front row of a short riser at Consol Energy's South Park R&D facility just before Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took to a makeshift stage.

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    Mon, April 23, 2012

    Ohio Tepid Toward Obama on Jobs

    ELYRIA, Ohio- Knocked off message for a second week by messy Secret Service and GSA scandals, President Obama on Wednesday tried to salvage things with a jobs rally among handpicked supporters in ...

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    Mon, April 16, 2012

    Female Voters Problem for Obama

    BEDFORD, Pa.- Judy's Motel is a cheery gem, a classic motor lodge just off the
    Pennsylvania Turnpike in the Bedford Village historic district.

    Its red-brick ...

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    Mon, April 09, 2012

    Exceptionalism Key for Mitt Romey

    TUNKHANNOCK, Pa.-Mitt Romney stood in a closet-sized room hours before taking the stage where an old sawdust mill once sat, the nearby Endless Mountains framing his silhouette.

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, April 05, 2012

    Santorum Won't Give Up on Himself

    HOLLIDAYSBURG -- Rick Santorum doesn't care if other Republicans want him out of the party's presidential race. He's going nowhere yet, he said on Wednesday, despite losing primaries in Wisconsin, ...

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    Sun, April 01, 2012

    It's the Economy Mr. President

    GETTYSBURG-The owner of Tommy Gilbert's Hobby Shop expects summer's tourist season to be impacted by what he calls an "alarming" rise in gasoline prices.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 26, 2012

    Coal Country Wary of Obama

    VAN METER, Pa.- Unless you happen upon the chunk of coal marking where 239 men died in the old Darr Mine, now along the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, you'd never know you'd passed over the site of ...

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    Mon, March 19, 2012

    'Welcome Home' for Rick?

    Pennsylvania's Republican presidential primary last counted in 1980, when Ronald Reagan lost a nasty battle to George H.W. Bush.

    Bush won the popular vote -- but ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, March 13, 2012

    Benefits of a Long Primary

    The contentious presidential primary, in its ninth week, won't permanently damage the eventual nominee when the fall election arrives, the chairman of the Republican National Committee said on ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, March 11, 2012

    Santorum Struggles with Catholic Vote

    As a devout Mormon, Mitt Romney was the presidential candidate who experts
    anticipated could have a problem with winning over Roman Catholic voters.

    Instead, ...

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    Mon, March 05, 2012

    Ohio: Portrait of America

    STEUBENVILLE — This Ohio River town once was an outpost of the Wild West, guarding surveyors who mapped the land beyond.

    Fort Steuben was named for Baron Von ...

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    Mon, February 27, 2012

    'Signature' Battle in New 12th CD

    Everyone expected Jason Altmire to face a messy primary battle this spring with fellow Democrat Mark Critz, after their Western Pennsylvania congressional districts were essentially combined under ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 13, 2012

    PA Tall Order for Obama

    During a drive between the Mon Valley towns of McKeesport and Elizabeth, a man named Ray was overheard calling into a local radio station to talk about the subject of the hour: November's ...

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    Sun, February 05, 2012

    Romney Repeating History?

    TAMPA, Fla.- When Mitt Romney stood on a stage here last Tuesday night and declared, "A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us -- and we will win," his words touched on ...

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    Sun, January 29, 2012

    Populism Elusive for President

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Florida's first military governor and America's seventh
    president, Andrew Jackson, never lived in this city named to honor his military
    exploits that forced Spain to cede ...

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    Mon, January 23, 2012

    Contrition, Honesty Keys to Weathering Political Scandal

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Only in modern American politics could a presidential candidate turn sordid details released by the second of his three wives into a positive, by going after the news ...

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    Mon, January 23, 2012

    'Battle of Ideas' Shape Flordia GOP Primary

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It's on to Florida for Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

    The four Republicans remain in competition for the party's ...

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    Tue, January 17, 2012

    Evangelicals Key to South Carolina

    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Richard Thomas said he prayed for guidance to select the best
    Republican presidential candidate in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

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    Wed, January 11, 2012

    Jobs Top Issue in South Carolina

    South Carolina voters will look at the results in Iowa and New Hampshire before selecting a Republican presidential contender on Jan. 21, according to state Republican chairman Chad Connelly.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 09, 2012

    Obama Sinking in New Hampshire

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Granite State shares more than the early-voting spotlight with caucus-cousin Iowa.

    Its love affair with Barack Obama is in the same ...

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    Wed, January 04, 2012

    Focus Shifts to New Hampshire

    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- It's show time in the state that hosts the nation's first presidential primary.

    Less than 12 hours after the Iowa caucus started the 2012 ...

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    Mon, January 02, 2012

    Obama's Support Falters in Iowa

    NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - Bobby Burns has had a dramatic change of heart.

    Burns, 23, was one of those young people swept up in Barack Obama's 2008
    presidential ...

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    Tue, December 20, 2011

    Spanning Past, Present ~Future

    BROOKLYN, N.Y. The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 at the height of America's most turbulent political era.

    Built with steel, adorned with electricity, this marvel ...

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    Mon, December 12, 2011

    Our Economic Founder

    NEW YORK CITY- "The Grange" in Upper Manhattan is the only home that Alexander Hamilton ever owned.

    Standing in front of it, an impeccably dressed elderly ...

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    Mon, December 05, 2011

    Bitter Residue Remains in PA

    NEW BRIGHTON — The Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe on Third Avenue is one of those places where men who want to be president stop to look decidedly un-presidential.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 28, 2011

    Millennials Think Everything Will Be OK

    Brandon Chu thinks everything will be OK.

    The 20-year-old nutrition major at the University of Pittsburgh doesn't buy into the narrative that his generation is less ...

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    Mon, November 21, 2011

    Unusually Quiet, S.C. Still Key for GOP

    SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Dave Williams was baptized in South Carolina politics as a teenager.

    "I attended a Nixon rally with my parents," he recalled. "We ...

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    Mon, November 14, 2011

    Third Party Run in 2012

    The only time in modern history when a third-party presidential candidate got more votes than a major-party candidate was in 1912.

    Nearly 100 years later, ...

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    Fri, November 11, 2011

    Remembrance Still Matters

    GETTYSBURG South of Emmitsburg Road, along the Civil War battlefield here, 20 men gather around a monument to Latham's Battery.

    They toil at the simple memorial ...

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    Mon, November 07, 2011

    Obama's Populist Path


    On Memorial Day 1963, Vice President Lyndon Johnson stood where Abraham Lincoln gave his immortal address here. In a calculated leap, Johnson gave ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 31, 2011

    Moderate House Dems a Vanishing Breed

    Two issues plague Democrats when it comes to congressmen representing swing districts: The moderates don't get heard in Washington, and centrist districts are rapidly becoming extinct because of the ...

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    Mon, October 24, 2011

    Politics Different in Oklahoma

    TULSA, Okla.

    "I don't say I am no better than anybody else but I'll be damned if I ain't just as good."

    That line from ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 17, 2011

    Obama's Pennsylvania Problem

    PITTSBURGH, PA-Minutes stretched on awkwardly after U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis spoke to local Democrats. Yet that was less uncomfortable than one man's attempt to break the silence.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, October 10, 2011

    Independents Drive Strategy

    NILES, Ohio — The North Main Street building here marking William McKinley's birthplace reconstructs the famous front porch of a president who won what historians consider to be one of our most ...

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    Mon, October 03, 2011

    Obama Lacks Jacksonian Instincts

    WAXHAW, N.C. — Every U.S. president needs people around him who are not afraid to tell him that his latest idea is terrible. Otherwise, he just keeps getting into trouble.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, September 26, 2011

    Unsettled Battleground

    HILLSBORO, Ohio — From the two-lane Simon Kenton Bridge at the Kentucky border to the steep curves past farms and river towns, U.S. Route 62 reminds you that Ohio is a battleground.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, September 19, 2011

    The Next Wave

    Another wave is coming, Washington — and "the 'ins' may be thrown out, and the 'outs' may be thrown in," according to Michael Genovese, Loyola University political-science ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, September 06, 2011

    Perry, Romney on Road to 2012

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Everyone in politics should heed the advice of baseball legend Casey Stengel: "Never make predictions, especially about the future."

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 29, 2011

    Battlegrounds of Resentment

    STAUNTON, Va. - Whether it is called General Lee Highway, as in Virginia, or
    Molly Pitcher Highway, as in Pennsylvania, the lives and economic strain along
    U.S. Route 11 tell of a country's ...

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    Mon, August 22, 2011

    Out of Touch on Economy

    A Tip O'Neill quote is inscribed on Jerry Ford's monument in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall:

    "God has been good to America, especially during ...

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    Sun, August 14, 2011

    GOP's 2012 House Target Lofty

    Democrats were remarkably unprepared for the discontent that dislodged them from
    running the U.S. House last year, a sentiment that began in the summer of 2009.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 08, 2011

    Designed for Compromise

    The recent debt debate was not politics at its worst or most dysfunctional.
    It worked exactly as American politics was designed to work.

    "Our system is ...

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    Mon, August 01, 2011

    White House's Over-the-Cliff Moment

    When historians look back on this moment in American politics, they may wonder why the White House failed to focus on the consuming issue of the time: the economy -- and, in particular, jobs.

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 24, 2011

    Floods of Discontent

    ST. MICHAEL, Pa. Remarkably, the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club still stands on what once was the shore of Cambria County's Lake Conemaugh.

    Built in 1881, the ...

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    Sun, July 17, 2011

    Oh, Canada

    BUCKHORN, Ontario - Candy Penny and her husband have owned their novelty shop here just long enough to not know what it was like when American tourists flooded this small Peterborough County town in ...

    [View Full Article]

    Thu, July 14, 2011

    GOP: Obama Won't Hold PA

    Republicans predict President Obama will lose Pennsylvania in next year's presidential election.

    "I can guarantee that he will not win (Pennsylvania) this ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, July 10, 2011

    Lack of Jobs Could Cost Obama

    Where are the jobs?

    Not the stimulus signs, not the rhetoric about "shovel-ready" economic voodoo,
    not the propping-up of an anemic manufacturing ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 27, 2011

    The Impact of Redistricting on 2012

    Add redistricting as a drag on Democrats' march to win back the U.S. House in 2012.

    It's hard to recruit new House candidates or fund-raise for incumbents if you ...

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    Mon, June 20, 2011

    A Failure to Communicate

    DETROIT-Elaine Holder fussed over her elderly parents while waiting for a flight home to New Philadelphia, Ohio.

    "We just returned from a funeral," said ...

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    Wed, June 15, 2011

    Electability Top Trait for GOP Voters

    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Whether they're social conservatives, fiscal hawks or Tea Party activists, what most Republicans want in a presidential nominee is someone who can beat President Obama, voters and ...

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    Mon, June 13, 2011

    Quintessential America

    A roadside diner in a small town is quintessentially charming. Its sparkling steel, a reminder of our one-time manufacturing greatness, seems to reflect America's spirit.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 06, 2011

    GOP Candidates Court 'God' Vote

    WASHINGTON – Got God? Republican candidates for president might want to demonstrate they do, because faith matters to a large segment of GOP primary voters.

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, May 31, 2011

    Dangerous Precedent for Press

    A little more than a week ago, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to fundraisers in two battleground-state cities, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

    Neither stop included ...

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    Mon, May 16, 2011

    As Go Jobs, So Goes Ohio

    POWHATAN POINT, Ohio — Joyce McNears peers over her reading glasses and asks a question to which she expects no answer: "Why is the president still not talking about jobs?"

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 09, 2011

    Pawlenty Critical of Obama on Libya

    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is exploring a run for president, said he would have used U.S. forces to remove Moammar Gadhafi rather than just bomb Libya as President Obama has done.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 09, 2011

    Banking on 'Medi-Scare'

    With the 2012 election approaching, you wouldn't expect to hear one of Washington's savviest Democratic strategists praise Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., for his budget plan on Medicare.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 02, 2011

    For Tom Ridge, Hunt for Osama Personal

    For Tom Ridge, the United States' first secretary of Homeland Security, the hunt for Osama bin Laden became personal.

    He was Pennsylvania governor on Sept. 11, ...

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    Sun, May 01, 2011

    Guns ~Religion Vote

    Last October, popular West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was fast becoming an unpopular Democrat candidate for the late Robert Byrd's open U.S. Senate seat.

    So Manchin ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 25, 2011

    Presidential Region?

    In 1753, in what's now the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville, then known as Shannopin Town, a young George Washington, clad in a woolen match coat and
    accompanied by guide Christopher ...

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    Mon, April 18, 2011

    Main Street Understands Compromise

    WASHINGTON — The sweeping office of the Speaker of the House once housed the Library of Congress — more than 6,000 leather-bound tomes owned and beloved by Thomas Jefferson.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 11, 2011

    Obama ~Lincoln

    PHILADELPHIA — On a crisp February morning, President-elect Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad arrived at Independence Hall here for a flag-raising to mark the admittance of Kansas to the ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 04, 2011

    Census Impact on Politics

    On a frigid February morning, the Census Bureau delivered chilling news to the mayors of New York, Detroit and Chicago.

    A big chunk of each city's black population ...

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    Mon, March 28, 2011

    GOP Can't Ignore Wisconsin Recall Battle

    For weeks, the national media focused on union protests in Wisconsin.
    Aging hippies trashed the state Capitol. Union members were bused in from across the country in color-coded T-shirts. ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 21, 2011

    Decision Time Looms for Barbour

    WASHINGTON — Republican Haley Barbour sat in one of those beige hotel meeting rooms that fill this city of endless meetings. Nearing the end of his second and final term as Mississippi's ...

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    Mon, March 14, 2011

    Wisconsin Stirs Democrat Base

    PHILADELPHIA,- Three years ago, almost to the day, candidate Barack Obama told an AFL-CIO convention here, "It's time we had a president who didn't choke saying the word 'union.'"

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 07, 2011

    Shadows of D.C. Statehood

    WASHINGTON- The door to the office of Democrat Paul Strauss in the John A. Wilson Building a little more than a block from the White House is marked "Senator."

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 28, 2011

    Obama, Senate Seats ~2012

    WASHINGTON- The only sound visitors hear on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol on an early Sunday morning is the click of heels on the marble floor, echoing off the 20-foot ceiling.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 21, 2011

    Stimulated? Not Jobs!

    WASHINGTON — An American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus sign guards the majestic National Trust Historic Preservation building just beyond DuPont Circle.

    The sign, like so ...

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    Mon, February 14, 2011

    Our New Jeffersonian Era

    WASHINGTON- Apropos of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton's and Thomas Jefferson's statues stand miles apart here.

    "Before his death Jefferson had two busts ...

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    Thu, February 10, 2011

    Conservatives Gather for CPAC

    WASHINGTON -- Less than a year before Republicans cast their first ballots in
    presidential primaries, thousands of young conservatives will converge here this
    weekend for the Conservative ...

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    Mon, February 07, 2011

    Money + Playbook = 2012 Seats

    "It sucked, it sucked, and it was terrific."

    That's a remarkably blunt answer to a question posed to Republican pollster Neil Newhouse about the GOP's ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 31, 2011

    In the Long Run, Civility Prevails

    MILFORD, Pa. — Less than a quarter-mile from the Columns, the stunning home of the Pike County Historical Society's museum in the Delaware River Highlands, lies the grave of Charles Van Wyck, a ...

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    Mon, January 24, 2011

    Our Forgotten Founder

    Harrisburg A statesman, Harry Truman once remarked, "is a dead politician."
    True, perhaps, for some -- but not for one of Pennsylvania's political figures.
    "William Penn, ...

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    Fri, January 21, 2011

    Aldo Santorum Dies, Father of Senator Rick Santorum

    Aldo Santorum called the GI Bill the greatest gift he received. He gave back by building a career and family around veterans hospitals.

    "We always lived on the ...

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    Mon, January 17, 2011

    Brown, Blue, Gray ~Today

    HARPERS FERRY, W.Va.- Stepping onto the platform of a Victorian-era train station here, you wouldn't know you stand above the foundation of Harpers Ferry's original armory and arsenal ...

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    Tue, January 11, 2011

    PA Voters Develop a Taste for TEA

    Two months after November's historic midterm elections, Pennsylvania voters say the Tea Party movement's impact and appeal are lasting beyond campaign slogans.

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    Thu, January 06, 2011

    Toomey Eager to Roll Up Sleeves

    WASHINGTON -- In a sparsely furnished office with nothing to soften its bright white walls, Pat Toomey fidgets. He's "really ready to get down to work" as Pennsylvania's new Republican ...

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    Mon, December 27, 2010

    Redistricting Ain't What it Used to Be

    When Pennsylvania lawmakers begin the complicated task of redrawing congressional district lines to reflect changes in population, the process may be just a little less dramatic than usual.

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    Mon, December 20, 2010

    From Dueling to Whining

    WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — Sometimes all it takes to put the world in perspective is to stand in the shadow of where great men fell, even great men so tragically flawed by revenge that they foolishly ...

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    Mon, December 13, 2010

    Compromising Positions


    If your attention is diverted for the briefest of moments as you walk along North Mill Street's red-brick sidewalk, you easily could miss the former ...

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    Mon, December 06, 2010

    Rendell: Blunt to the End

    Alan Simpson, the former Republican U.S. Senator from Wyoming who co-chairs President Obama's deficit-reduction commission, was asked by a reporter the other day if he was going home to ...

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    Mon, November 29, 2010

    Three Governors Got Start in Western PA

    By Salena Zito
    Monday, November 29, 2010

    Gov.-elect Tom Corbett isn't the only Republican whose blue-collar roots in Western ...

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    Sun, November 28, 2010

    America's Awakening

    GETTYSBURG - On a crisp November afternoon, people line the sidewalks of Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue, waiting for the annual Remembrance Day Parade to begin.

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    Mon, November 22, 2010

    Pete Sessions Delivers

    A little more than a month after Barack Obama took the oath as president, and with Democrats dominating Congress, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas stood before the House Republican conference at a ...

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    Mon, November 15, 2010

    Boehner in the Lead

    Standing in a Racine, Wis., auditorium in late June, sleeves rolled up, President Obama delivered a campaign speech that lifted up House Minority Leader John Boehner long before the Nov. 2 election ...

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    Thu, November 11, 2010

    Remembrance Still Matters

    GETTYSBURG-South of Emmitsburg Road, along the Civil War battlefield here, 20 men gather around a monument to Latham's Battery.

    They toil at the simple memorial ...

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    Mon, November 08, 2010

    Disappointed, Disaffected Dems

    BREINIGSVILLE, Pa.-David Goodman had no idea his son Harris had registered as a Democrat more than a year ago until the 19-year-old mentioned it on election night.

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    Thu, November 04, 2010

    Boehner's Job: Recapture GOP Brand

    INTERVIEW FROM May 10, 2009

    By Salena Zito

    WASHINGTON -- John Boehner says it was at his family's tavern in Cincinnati that he ...

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    Mon, November 01, 2010

    From Anger to Fear

    WASHINGTON — A friend once told me, after completing a cross-country drive, that he always thought you should feel somehow different as you crossed a state line. No doubt it was a feeling left ...

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    Mon, October 25, 2010

    Who'll Gerrymander Next?

    MARBLEHEAD, Mass. – A brisk walk down Old Burial Hill, where many young Revolutionary War soldiers rest, and a right onto Orne Street lead to the most oddly shaped house imaginable.

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    Mon, October 18, 2010

    Race to the Middle

    BROWNSVILLE, PA- This Pennsylvania town was once the western terminus of our first National Road -- hard to imagine, given the nation's breadth today.
    Located on a wide bend of the Monongahela ...

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    Mon, October 11, 2010

    PA Democrtic Congress Members Face Stiff Challenges

    More than half of Pennsylvania's 19 House seats will be in play next month when voters go to the polls, a reflection of a volatile national electorate, experts say.

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    Mon, October 04, 2010

    Connected by Disconnect

    INDEPENDENCE PASS, Colorado - A perilously narrow road, open only during summer, leads to the Continental Divide at 12,095 feet and a breathtaking peak.
    Nearly 2,000 miles east stands a ...

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    Mon, September 27, 2010

    Today's Jacksonians


    The landscape along the old Lincoln Highway to this "pottery capital" maintains mountain vistas as the Ohio River curls through ...

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    Mon, September 20, 2010

    A Democrat Rebellion in West Virginia

    BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — For as long as this country has existed, this charming Eastern Panhandle town has thrived, thanks initially to its abundant mineral water and its proximity to the ...

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    Sun, September 12, 2010

    What's The Matter With Main Street?

    BIG BEAVER, PA. - Voters throughout river towns like this one, from the Mid-Atlantic through the Mid-West and into the Deep South, are frustrated with Washington.

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    Sat, September 11, 2010

    Toomey Tells GOP : Be True to Your Ideals

    Republicans, projected to make big gains in Congress in November, could quickly find themselves on the outs with voters if they don't practice what they preach, Senate candidate Pat Toomey said ...

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    Mon, September 06, 2010

    Anatomy of a Battleground District

    BUTLER, Pa. - In a campaign office on the first floor of a Sons of Italy lodge,
    Republican Mike Kelly spoke confidently to a crowd of locals about his race for
    the U.S. Congress.

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    Mon, August 30, 2010

    Palin: Destination Unknown

    She's the only man or woman who warrants a personal influence-tracking map on The Washington Post's politics page.

    Republican Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, ...

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    Mon, August 23, 2010

    Volatility of House Mid-Terms

    Late last week the premier polling site, FiveThirtyEight, tweeted somberly: "I don't think people fully comprehend how scary the generic ballot numbers are for Democrats."

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    Mon, August 16, 2010

    Scott Brown's America

    ATTLEBORO, Mass. - Just off I-95 heading north toward Cape Cod, a crisply
    dressed Fran Hanley meticulously wipes every nook and cranny of the gas pumps at
    the service station where he ...

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    Wed, August 11, 2010

    Northeast Revival for GOP?

    FISHKILL, N.Y. — Nestled slightly east of the U.S. Military Academy and just south of where the Clintons celebrated daughter Chelsea's wedding, this tony little village may play a part in ...

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    Mon, August 02, 2010

    Majority Report

    Just over a year ago the Tribune-Review sat down separately with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, to ask about their goals for the 111th ...

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    Tue, July 27, 2010

    Stupak Voting Bloc Struggles in Mid-Terms

    GRANITE CITY, Ill. - In the shadow of a U.S. Steel plant outside a shuttered
    Lisa's Diner, a car garishly decorated in red, white and blue whizzes along
    Madison Avenue.

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    Mon, July 19, 2010

    Debate Over Illegals May Benefit GOP

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario – In the summer of 1954, a petite, middle-aged woman sat in the back seat of her son's Pontiac beside her husband of nearly 40 years, unaware that her U.S. citizenship ...

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    Mon, July 12, 2010

    Sizzle Trumping Steak

    With one off-hand comment, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, set off a firestorm.

    Democrats, including the president, became more interested in Boehner's ...

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    Tue, June 29, 2010

    Ohio: Ground Zero for Democrats

    COLUMBUS — From the Great Depression to today's recession, Ohio's capital has weathered economic downturns marginally better than her Rust Belt neighbors thanks to a diverse economy.

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    Mon, June 21, 2010

    Invisible Stimulus

    LEADVILLE, Colo.

    Just days after the dramatic highway separating this old mining town from Aspen opened, 15-foot snowdrifts still line the narrow Independence Pass, ...

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    Mon, June 14, 2010

    It's Complicated

    If you're keeping score of who is better at getting Democrats elected this cycle, President Obama is 0-for-4 while former president Bill Clinton is golden at 2-for-2.

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    Tue, June 01, 2010

    'Getting it' Yet?

    WASHINGTON-Do people here finally understand that Americans beyond the Beltway consider them decidedly dysfunctional?

    House Republican leaders showed some sign of ...

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    Mon, May 24, 2010

    Muddied Waters

    WAYNE, Pa. - The honest takeaway from Tuesday's primaries in Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Kentucky -- and Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District special election -- is that their bearing on ...

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    Mon, May 17, 2010

    Democrats Losing the 'Faithful'

    UNITY, Ohio —Before the 2008 presidential election, a stark billboard
    -- white letters on a black background -- on the edge of a cornfield in this small eastern Ohio town proclaimed: ...

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    Mon, May 10, 2010

    Democrat Governor Race Draws Little Interest

    Next week's Democratic primary for governor suffers from voter apathy, lack of statewide name recognition among the contenders and regionalized support that offer no guarantee of winning in the fall, ...

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    Mon, May 10, 2010

    House 2010: Nobody is Safe

    The new normal for Democrats is losing 30 to 40 U.S. House seats in November.
    What's driving these potential losses is simple: The message from the Obama administration and the party's ...

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    Mon, May 03, 2010

    Specter's Last Stand

    One year after his jump from Republican to Democrat, Pennsylvania's U.S.
    Sen. Arlen Specter admitted to a reporter over coffee that he often wonders if he should have switched parties.

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    Mon, April 26, 2010

    Race Card Overplayed

    When it comes to racism, our country remains awkward about trying to define what it is and when it really happens.

    Racism isn't what it used to be. Back in the day, ...

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    Mon, April 19, 2010

    Democrat Stakes High in PA-12

    LATROBE — On paper, the nine counties meandering across Western Pennsylvania to form the 12th Congressional District numerically favor Democrats by a nice margin.

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    Mon, April 12, 2010

    Remembrance Still Matters

    GETTYSBURG — South of Emmitsburg Road, along the Civil War battlefield here, 20 men gather around a monument to Latham's Battery.

    They toil at the simple ...

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    Mon, April 05, 2010

    Democrats: Which Way From Here?

    WASHINGTON — If you are a member of the Obama administration, a congressional staffer or another elected Democrat working here, the outlook for the 2010 midterm elections appeared grand in the ...

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    Mon, March 29, 2010

    Rust Belt Battlegrounds

    ERIE — If you wanted to find a place on a United States map that showed the heart of the Rust Belt, this would be it. Its business of manufacturing things has seen better days.

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    Mon, March 22, 2010

    'Bitter" Western PA Takes Cener Stage

    JOHNSTOWN - Last summer Marc Roberge walked onstage at Pittsburgh's PNC Park to perform in front of the largest crowd he and his popular rock band, O.A.R., had faced.

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    Mon, March 15, 2010

    Beware the Gerrymander, My Friend

    Pennsylvania's congressional, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races are without question the bellwether for this fall's midterm elections. Yet the results of state legislative races will impact the ...

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    Mon, March 01, 2010

    Hillary Voters: Democrats' Key

    As both political parties consider how to gain the fickle support of Tea Party activists and independent voters in the 2010 midterm elections, another increasingly dissatisfied tribe exists for both ...

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    Sun, February 21, 2010

    Specter's Snowball Effect

    WASHINGTON - It is probably fair to say that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, D-Pa.,
    started it all. He perceived, long before anyone else, that this will not be the
    year of the ...

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    Mon, February 15, 2010

    PA: Battleground State Leaning Red

    You have to hand it to the White House: It is at least consistent in sending the absolutely wrong message to voters pondering whether to keep Democrats in control of Congress in the coming midterm ...

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    Mon, February 08, 2010

    Democrat Disconnect

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The realization that voters who live 15 minutes outside this city are completely disconnected from people who work and govern here has finally hit.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 25, 2010

    Main Street Speaks

    In a political year in which voters want to "throw the bums out," the last thing any candidate should do is run as the bum.
    That's why Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, lost his seat in ...

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    Sun, January 17, 2010

    PA House Races: Political Thermometer

    Wise strategists on both sides of the political aisle know they need look no further than U.S. House races in Pennsylvania to gauge the country's political temperature.

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    Mon, January 11, 2010

    Dem's 2010 Strategy to Win

    And another one bites the dust. At least that's what it must have felt like to Beltway Democrats in one 15-hour period last week.

    In a series of leaks and press ...

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    Thu, January 07, 2010

    Sestak Blames Dems for Pludge in Health Care Support

    Rep. Joe Sestak blames Democratic leaders for the plunge in public support for overhauling the health care system, saying Wednesday they failed to defend proposals that helped carry the party to ...

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    Mon, December 28, 2009

    What Do Americans Want?

    What is the overriding lesson learned about this year of promised "hope" and "change," given the politics, scandal and shifting social behavior that have permeated American pop ...

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    Mon, December 21, 2009

    Riddle of a Race

    The best way to forecast Florida's Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat is to quote Winston Churchill: "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

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    Sun, December 13, 2009

    Trying Times for the Big Apple

    NEW YORK - Eight years ago, President George W. Bush stood on a pile of rubble and told New Yorkers, "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings ...

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    Mon, December 07, 2009

    Blue Highway Democrats

    Franklin D. Roosevelt understood what it meant to be a core Democrat and maintaining his party's ranks.

    He built winning coalitions around his policies by ...

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    Sun, November 29, 2009

    Bedford Falls, USA

    INDIANA, Pa. - Turn the corner onto Philadelphia Street in this small Western Pennsylvania town, and you might be on the main street of Bedford Falls, the mythical town in Frank Capra's Christmas ...

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    Mon, November 23, 2009

    Women, Vets: 'Right Stuff'

    The 2008 national election shows our next generation of leaders must possess something many recent and current elected officials lack: intellectual courage.
    President Nixon believed all leaders, ...

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    Mon, November 16, 2009

    The Battle for Coal River Mountain

    COAL RIVER MOUNTAIN, W.Va. — This mountain in southern West Virginia, right in the middle of Appalachia's spine, is fast becoming someone's Waterloo.

    It's ...

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    Mon, November 09, 2009

    Get Serious, Sarah

    Much will be said in the coming weeks about Sarah Palin and the Republican Party-- especially after the Democratic "upset" in the Congressional race in New York's 23rd District and the ...

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    Mon, November 02, 2009

    Mood Sours Towards Both Parties

    Would one-party domination in any combination of Tuesday's off-year elections really indicate where this country is going politically?

    You've got gubernatorial ...

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    Mon, October 26, 2009

    Irate and Independent

    A poll of opinion polls shows Americans' attitudes are changing rapidly.

    They are less and less thrilled about the country's direction and Congress, according to ...

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    Mon, October 19, 2009

    The Gap Between Main Street and the Elites

    Remember the city mouse and the country mouse who exchanged visits?
    In the end, the gap between the cousins' worlds left both comfortable with their own choices and baffled by the ...

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    Mon, October 12, 2009

    In the Shadow of the War on Terror

    The "Overseas Contingency Program" -- the "war on terror" -- is back at the center of the political world, thanks to the uncertain prosecution of the war in Afghanistan.

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    Mon, October 05, 2009

    GOP Looking to Reclaim Congressional Seats

    If House seats now held by Democrats switch to Republicans in 2010, it will not be because of a seismic change in the country's ideology.

    Many House members who won ...

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    Mon, September 28, 2009

    Dem's Green Dilemma

    Green is the new black -- for chic environmentalists and eco-intellectuals, that is.

    Yet the "green" movement also has the potential, in the form of a ...

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    Mon, September 21, 2009

    Political Class Ignoring at Their Peril

    Two political dangers have emerged in recent months for Democrats, Republicans, and the media that covers both. Those are the dismissal of protests by all three, and the crude overuse of the race ...

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    Mon, September 14, 2009

    In Obama We Don't Trust

    Politicians will tell you they'd rather have you hate them than distrust them because hate is an emotion that can be tweaked, while trust is an investment in character -- a bond that, once broken, ...

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    Mon, September 07, 2009

    Senate 2010: It's Complicated

    The best observation that any politico can offer on the three-way 2010
    U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania between Republican Pat Toomey and two
    Democrats, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and incumbent ...

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    Mon, August 31, 2009

    Obama's Afghan Test

    The Afghan war belongs to President Obama. He may not have begun it, but by his rhetoric, actions and commitments, he now owns it.

    The question for the president, ...

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    Mon, August 24, 2009

    Being Bill Clinton

    Former President Bill Clinton quipped to a couple thousand liberal bloggers in Pittsburgh last week that the great thing about being a former president is that you can say whatever you want. The ...

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    Mon, August 17, 2009

    GOP Should Show Patience As They Rebuild

    The Republican Party became Humpty Dumpy in August 2006 and, by the 2008 election, all the king's horses and men couldn't put the cracked party together again.

    The ...

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    Wed, August 12, 2009

    Santorum Heads to Iowa

    Move over Sarah Plain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum is doing Iowa this fall and it has nothing to do with harvesting corn.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, August 03, 2009

    Fall Eyes on Virginia

    Virginia will be the center of political attention this fall, thanks to the first statewide election in a battleground state since the 2008 presidential election.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, July 20, 2009

    The Sestak Advantage

    The Keystone State is always key to politics, the only big state in the Northeast that is at all competitive presidentially.

    In 2010, Pennsylvania will have hot ...

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    Tue, July 14, 2009

    Here a Czar, There a Czar . . .

    Among the many things that have changed in Washington since Barack Obama took over is the overwhelming "czaring" of key confidants and power brokers to the president.

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    Mon, July 06, 2009

    Appointees Face Rough 2010

    Thanks to vacancies created by last fall's election, then-president-elect Barack Obama faced the first dramas of his administration: Finding credible, re-electable bodies to fill those seats.

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    Mon, June 29, 2009

    Press Draws First Blood on Their Turf

    President Barack Obama made news at a press conference last week - by planting a question with a blogger, not by offering anything new in spite of taking his sharpest questions to date.

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    Tue, June 23, 2009

    Supporters Concerned About Health of Ailing W. Virginia Senator

    Democrats in West Virginia are gravely concerned about the health of their senior U.S. senator, 91-year-old Robert Byrd, who has been hospitalized since May with a series of infections.

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    Mon, June 15, 2009

    Washington's Defense Gap: Missile Funding

    Missile defense has been a political issue since President Reagan introduced his plan to win the arms race by rebuilding our arsenal while using technology to prevent a successful Russian nuclear ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, June 08, 2009

    Kasich v. Strickland: Ohio Center Stage Again

    Ohio has a political-identity crisis. Is it a "blue state," as demonstrated by Democrats' statewide wins in 2006 and 2008, or a "red state" that is just fed up with the behavior ...

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    Mon, June 01, 2009

    How Obama Impacts the Future of the Press

    Two weeks ago, ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper wrote in his "Political Punch" blog that the Obama White House has begun covering its own stories, "complete with cuts, ...

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    Tue, May 26, 2009

    Specter's Folly - Joe Sestak

    Word out of Washington is that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the political wise-guys from the Obama administration plan on "visiting with" Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Joe ...

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    Mon, May 18, 2009

    Anti-War Voices Lose Influence

    Will the last activist who hopes the antiwar cause will re-emerge as a central tenet of the Democratic Party please turn out the lights on the way out the door?

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, May 11, 2009

    Sharp Left Turn on Intel

    All elections have consequences. The most dramatic consequence of President Barack Obama's election may be his inability to separate himself from his party's base -- specifically, its left ...

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    Mon, May 04, 2009

    GOP Obit Premature

    Arlen Specter switched parties for one and only one reason: to save his career.

    No principle was involved; there was no "the party left me" moment. It was ...

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    Mon, April 27, 2009

    Mom's Duties Prime Nancy Pelosi for Leadership

    As she talks about the nation's energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks across her Capitol Hill office to retrieve a statue of a miner sculpted in coal.

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    Mon, April 27, 2009

    Dismissing Tea Parties is Perilous

    Everybody complains about taxes and government spending, but nobody does anything about them.

    Perhaps that's because whenever they do something, they're often ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, April 20, 2009

    Turnout Will Drive 2010 PA Senate Race

    As with anything involving Pennsylvania politics, it's complicated.

    Much of Pennsylvania's 2010 U.S. Senate race will depend on turnout in the primary and general ...

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    Mon, April 13, 2009

    Cable News' Beck 'Just a Guy'

    Asked why his new show on Fox News Channel is so popular, Glenn Beck is uncharacteristically muted: "I am just a guy ..."

    Beck is a guy, but ...

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    Mon, April 06, 2009

    Card Check, Plan B, and 2010

    Does "card-check" have a Plan B?

    Yes, according to a group of businesses spearheaded by self-described pro-labor Democrat Lanny Davis.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 30, 2009

    GOP Eyes Mid-Term Elections

    Five minutes after George Bush won re-election in 2004 and began talking about Social Security reform, the pundits lined up those Senate Republicans they expected to be in trouble in the 2006 midterm ...

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    Mon, March 23, 2009

    Specter Race a Toss-Up

    As each day passes, more Republicans say they'll run against U.S.
    Senator Arlen Specter in next spring's Pennsylvania GOP primary — making it ever less likely that Specter's political ...

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    Mon, March 16, 2009

    Faithful Turning Blue

    The color of God might seem a little bluer after last year's election, in which "values voters" shifted to Democrat Barack Obama and away from the Republican Party.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 09, 2009

    Steele's Mission

    Message to GOP chairman Michael Steele and to those White House envoys who have effectively promoted him as some sort of party patsy: Focus on your jobs at hand.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, March 02, 2009


    Toomey: running against Specter ' back on the table'
    Posted March 2, 2009 11 :23 AM

    Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R PA-15), president of the Club for Growth said on ...

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    Mon, March 02, 2009

    Remaking the GOP

    After a 16-year drought, Democrats have restored confidence among their elected officials and supporters with the swearing-in of President Barack Obama.

    Gone are ...

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, February 22, 2009

    Obama's Dogma

    The lack of debate over and the speedy passage of the Obama stimulus package have put clashing political dogmas at the forefront of the American conversation.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, February 16, 2009


    If you placed a bet during the presidential campaign season on whether Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were serious about hitting the ground running when they took over Washington, you ...

    [View Full Article]

    Tue, February 10, 2009

    Keep Hype Alive

    How does President Obama live up to the hype/hope that so embodied him as a candidate?

    By keeping the promise of his image in line with the delivery of his actions ...

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    Mon, February 02, 2009

    Gang of Seven 2.0

    There is not much glory to being the political party out of power, but that does not mean it is without opportunities.

    In fact, there is a little more room to act ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, January 26, 2009

    Handicapping 2010

    After last Tuesday's pomp, circumstance and, at times, over-the-top love-fest language, it is hard to imagine the Democrats will be especially vulnerable in 2010's races for Congress or state ...

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    Mon, January 19, 2009

    Troubles for Harry?

    Reports out of Nevada contend that homeboy and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's biggest problem is ... Harry Reid.

    Dragging in home-state polls with ...

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    Mon, January 12, 2009

    Bipartisan Hopes

    All U.S. presidents start out with the premise that their administration will behave in a bipartisan manner.

    They all pledge to be a conciliator - until they have ...

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    Mon, January 05, 2009

    Our Celebrity in Chief

    Now that Americans have participated in an election that was pure political entertainment, how will they separate Barack Obama's perceived political coolness from the objectivity needed to evaluate ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 29, 2008

    PA Is Still in Play

    Pennsylvania voters were the center of the presidential political universe this year during both the Democratic primary and the general election.

    Their concerns and ...

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    Mon, December 22, 2008

    Almost Home

    Three weeks ago, I felt certain that this year that wouldn't feel a lot like Christmas.

    After 18 months of political road trips, press buses, press planes, hotels, ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 15, 2008

    Howard Dean's Empty Hand

    Americans have a stunning visual of what political "owesies" can be, thanks to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's bleep-filled pursuit of political paybacks.

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 08, 2008

    Union Dues?

    Is it payback time or about time? When it comes to "card check" -- slang for the Employee Free Choice Act, one of the first pieces of legislation likely to go before Congress when it ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, December 01, 2008

    Joe Biden, Gritty Guy

    Lost in the transition flurry of Barack Obama Cabinet prospects is Vice President-elect Joe Biden -- but do not look for him to be lost after taking office or for his post to become "not worth a ...

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    Mon, November 24, 2008

    W, It's Complicated

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry tells a story of a conversation that he had with his predecessor George W. Bush five months after both men took office, it occurred in June of 2001, shortly after the president ...

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    Mon, November 17, 2008

    Practical Change

    How much change is needed in order to be the change we can believe in?
    President-elect Barack Obama has to govern and people with experience are the ones who can help him govern most ...

    [View Full Article]

    Mon, November 10, 2008

    Dr. Dean Laughs Last

    The joke among Republicans when Howard Dean became chairman of the Democratic National Committee was that Howard Dean had become the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

    [View Full Article]

    Sun, November 02, 2008

    Closing the Deal

    The narrative of this historic presidential election has come down to
    which candidate will close the deal and win the trust of Pennsylvania

    From ...

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    Mon, October 27, 2008

    John the Populist

    Share the wealth.

    Those three words should send shudders down the spine of any hardworking, over-taxed, get-government-out-of-my-pocketbook American.

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    Mon, October 20, 2008

    McCain Still Lives

    Never give up, never give in, and never let the pundits decide when your campaign is over.

    While the pundits sit at their desks crunching numbers and dial-testing a ...

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    Mon, October 13, 2008

    Imagining a President Obama

    Most Americans wake every morning to news that Barack Obama will win next month's presidential election. Strategists even say the word "landslide" aloud.

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    Mon, September 29, 2008

    Pausing ~Thinking

    Last week, Main Street received an opportunity to sit in the front seat of the election, thanks to John McCain's decision to suspend his campaign to go to Washington to help Congress fix the ...

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    Mon, September 15, 2008

    How to Win Pennsylvania

    The intelligent question thrown out among strategists for both campaigns is, can John McCain really win Pennsylvania?

    Really win it, not pretend to go for it, as ...

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