Government & Politics

The Mueller Report: Attorney general’s memo to Congress was a ‘book review,’ one Pa. lawmaker says, pressing for full release

BY: - March 25, 2019

U.S. Attorney General William Barr's four-page memo on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was a book review. One Pa. lawmaker says she wants to read the whole book. And the American people should be allowed to as well.

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How long will we be debating the Mueller Report? Howzabout ‘Forever?’ | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - March 25, 2019

The Mueller report is done. Long live the Mueller report.

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Maybe, just maybe, we’re doing it wrong. What New Zealand can teach us about gun control | Opinion

BY: - March 25, 2019

If a nation in mourning can take immediate action, maybe action is really part of the mourning process. 

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March Madness: With gambling legal in eight states, who really wins? | Opinion

BY: - March 25, 2019

About 47 million adults in the US are expected to gamble on March Madness this year. A growing share of the bets will actually be legal.

Report: Pa. part of progressive super PAC’s $50M push to weaken Trump in the Rust Belt

BY: - March 24, 2019

President Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes in 2016 over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, breaking a three-decade-streak of Democratic presidential wins in a state rich with Electoral College votes.

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April is the cruelest month: This is why Pa. doesn’t have an impact in the presidential primaries | Opinion

BY: - March 24, 2019

It’s long past time to rise up and claim our spot atop the national political calendar.

Natural gas industry consultant to ‘debunk’ climate change consensus in House testimony

BY: - March 24, 2019

A Pittsburgh geologist who consults for the natural gas industry, published a book casting aspersions on the scientific consensus around climate change, and who serves on a board for a climate denialist think tank will speak to members of a House committee Wednesday. Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Chair Daryl Metcalfe invited Gregory Wrightstone to “present […]

Read every story and column in the Capital-Star’s ‘Brain Drain’ series

BY: - March 23, 2019

Pennsylvania is getting grayer by the day. Between 2017 and 2025, the number of working-age Pennsylvanians (those between 20 and 64) is expected to decline by 1.4 percent, according to the state Independent Fiscal Office. At the same time, the number of people 65 and older is expected to grow by a whopping 23.4 percent. […]

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So that’s what happened to all that Pa. Turnpike cash | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - March 23, 2019

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has said Pennsylvania's toll highway is headed for bankruptcy. Here's one theory why that's happened.

The Mueller Report is done: Nearly every member of Congress from Pa. believes it should be public

BY: - March 22, 2019

All 18 members of Pa's House delegation and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey are firmly in favor of releasing the report. Republican Pat Toomey had a more complicated answer.

Auditor General DePasquale warns of looming financial disaster for Pa. Turnpike

BY: - March 22, 2019

Shouldering nearly $12 billion in debt, the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s fiscal future has led to gloomy projections from the state Department of Transportation, transit advocates, and state lawmakers. On Thursday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale — who sounded the alarm about the highway system’s coffers in an earlier audit — joined the club. “The Turnpike Commission, once […]

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America got schooled by New Zealand on gun control. We’re out of excuses now | Opinion

BY: - March 22, 2019

While there are far fewer impediments, lawmakers in New Zealand were able to muster the will to work across party lines to pass an assault weapons ban. America can do the same thing if it really wants to.