What our ‘Year Without a Winter’ tells us about the real threat of climate change | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - March 26, 2020

According to AccuWeather readings at the Pittsburgh airport, the temperature from January 1 to March 19 averaged 5 degrees above normal.


Why the left needs to abandon its zombie argument on toppling Citizens United | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - March 11, 2020

Arguments about money in politics are a deflection on the left's failure to elect genuinely progressive candidates and enact genuinely progressive policies.


A few thoughts on Ezra Klein’s new book. This is the real reason we’re polarized | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - February 26, 2020

Ezra Klein, the editor-at-large and co-founder of of the online news and culture site, Vox, has written a timely book about America’s polarization: Why We’re Polarized. He aims to explain how we came to this point, even though he feels that not much can be done to change things. Klein has some structural suggestions, but […]


A few thoughts on MLK’s neglected politics | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - January 29, 2020

Until we see political life as Dr. King did, as a striving that wins for all or for no one, we will remain enemies.


The U.S. is still in Iraq. Are we liberators? Or are we occupiers? The answer matters | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - January 16, 2020

In the absence of a long-term strategy, the Trump White House has been lurching from appeasement to reaction, with no end in sight.


This is the Notre Dame speech that Bill Barr should have given — and didn’t | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - January 3, 2020

Barr was partly to blame for the partisan reception of his speech. He couched his message in partisan terms, as an attack on secularists.

US Constitution

Think we’re powerless against hate speech? The Constitution provides plenty of room to address it | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - December 17, 2019

Not all speech is protected by the First Amendment. And the limits do point to actions that can legally be taken against hate speech.


The Dems’ 2020 balancing act: Standing up for LGBTQ Americans and winning the faith vote | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - October 25, 2019

Not even most supporters of same-sex marriage want dissenting religious institutions to lose their tax-exempt status.


Why Democats need to tap the brakes on impeachment | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - October 9, 2019

Voters need a chance to renounce Trumpism in 2020. They can't do that if Trump is impeached and removed from office by the Senate.


Yes, we still need the Constitution | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - September 25, 2019

The shape of history is not an empirical question. It is impervious to data. It is a matter of faith. And the choice we make will dictate our politics.


Nationalism is atheism. America was born of a grander vision | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - September 13, 2019

The irony of the new nationalism is that America was founded on the notion of exceptionalism, but not in the narrow sense that white nationalists intend.


Why the Dems’ path to the White House will run through Erie in 2020 | Bruce Ledewitz

BY: - August 28, 2019

To retake the White House, Democrats must create a diverse working-class coalition that appeals to people from all backgrounds