Can Democrats Go Long?

HUFFINGTON POST Column: …It’s a thankless task for Democrats to run and govern as centrists. The policies do not solve large national problems. Voters see only more bureaucracy, and voters give up on politics…

Pennsylvania denies 75 percent of welfare applicants

The change? Beginning in July 2012, state law required applicants to apply to at least three jobs a week — including while their application for assistance is still pending, which can be several weeks. Previously, an applicant would be required to fulfill the program’s work requirement after being approved for assistance, rather than prior to approval…

Russia is not Europe

All these new laws are often presented as defense of Russian culture from evil Western influence. Some who demand starting a war against Ukraine justify it by the need to save Ukrainians from joining sinful, decadent, homosexual Europe. “Multiculturalism”, “tolerance”, “modernism” are curses in today Russia. “Patriotism” is the highest moral value.

An ode to an anonymous leader and to political activism

An ode to an anonymous leader and to political activism

As the Times reported, “Just as the civil rights movement began with students challenging segregation at lunch counters, the movement to free Soviet Jews began with students demonstrating at the Soviet Mission to the United Nations.”

Now Is the Time to Rebuild Our National Infrastructure

Now Is the Time to Rebuild Our National Infrastructure

BOSTON GLOBE / HUFFINGTON POST: Are you proud of New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport? It’s a question I ask nearly every audience I speak to these days. JFK, after all, is the largest entry point for foreign visitors arriving in what sees itself as the greatest city on earth.

Amid budget woes, gas drilling tax turns GOP heads

Amid budget woes, gas drilling tax turns GOP heads

Some Republicans in the Capitol are predicting that a tax on natural gas extraction could end up in whatever final budget legislation emerges, probably in late June.

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin

Just as the United States resolved in the aftermath of World War II to counter the Soviet Union and its global ambitions, Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making it a pariah state.

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"....I have never made it a consideration whether the subject was popular or unpopular, but whether it was right or wrong; for that which is right will become popular, and that which is wrong, though by mistake it may obtain the cry or fashion of the day, will soon lose the power of delusion, and sink into disesteem." Thomas Paine, Common Sense, on "Financing the War", March 5, 1782

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Convention Center Series

Willis Shenk: The challenge of transition

Willis Shenk: The challenge of transition

Willis Shenk deserves the many accolades that his passing has ...

Recalls how LCCCA contracts with PSP were approved

Re: Convention Center missing $600,000 a year in concession ...

Keisling on Pennsylvania Politics

Keisling on Pennsylvania Politics Index

Keisling on Pennsylvania Politics Index

Index of the ongoing series by Bill Keisling Six Decades of ...

How the Corbett Administration is diverting state funds to bail out Harrisburg

Hidden state subsidies involve inflated parking leases, electricity purchases, fire ...

Lancaster Acquisition of Harrisburg Incinerator

Prospects cloudy for Corbett’s Harrisburg bailout

Prospects cloudy for Corbett’s Harrisburg bailout

by Bill Keisling Corbett Administration officials publicly say the Act 47 ...

Coalition forming to challenge Corbett administration’s Harrisburg bailout plans involving LCSWMA incinerator purchase

by Bill Keisling Citizens dissatisfied with the Corbett administration's plan to ...

Tsukerman on Russia

China against Russia

China against Russia

By Slava Tsukerman One of the ideas subject to ongoing discussion  ...

Russian Fervent Nationalism

By Slava Tsukerman Results from latest Russian polls are amazing. Here are ...

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Seen on the back of a tee shirt

Seen on the back of a tee shirt

See it. Own it. Solve it. Do it.

Human Error Suspected as Hope Fades in Korean Ferry Sinking

NEW YORK TIMES: JINDO, South Korea — The captain was ...

Santa Monica Reporter

A watery apocalypse and a spelling bee

A watery apocalypse and a spelling bee

By Dan Cohen, Santa Monica Reporter Director Darren Aronofsky had a ...

Belated Oscar Commentary

By Dan Cohen, our Santa Monica Reporter Although more than two ...

LGH Series

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World

NEW YORK TIMES: …“It’s not primarily that we get ...

Health Care’s Overlooked Cost Factor (LGH take note)

NEW YORK TIMES: When the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corporation ...