Polar Opposites: “Birdman” and “Foxchaser”

Two energetic and entertaining films that take on the struggle of artists to transcend their quotidian lives top the list of “must see” releases for early winter. Right now I’ll focus on “Birdman,” because it’s playing on a local screen. The second movie, “Whiplash,” a winner of two awards at this year’s Sundance festival, won’t be arriving for several days, so I’ll talk about that in the next column.

Obama Unbound

NEW YORK TIMES COLUMN: …in normalizing relations with Cuba, on a surprising climate change initiative with China, on an immigration gamble that’s working, and executive orders to protect the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery in Alaska or try to root out gender pay disparities, Obama is marching ahead of politicians fighting yesterday’s wars. In setting an aggressive agenda, he has forced opponents to defend old-century policies, and rely on an aging base to do it…

Swiss National Bank to Adopt a Negative Interest Rate

The bank acted as the crisis in Russia and plummeting oil prices have caused a run on emerging market currencies. Switzerland, known for its fiscal rectitude and banking secrecy, tends to attract capital inflows as money flees chaos elsewhere

What does 2015 hold for Pennsylvania?- Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young

What does 2015 hold for Pennsylvania?- Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young

Approaching 2015, five unfolding political themes deeply rooted in 2014 seem likely to dominate state politics in the New Year

PennDOT surpasses road, bridge repair goals

PennDOT surpasses road, bridge repair goals

The law has brought in $1.5 billion in the same time, enabling the state to repave and resurface 221 roads, spanning 1,696 miles, by November, PennDOT records show. That includes 20 road projects and more than 199 miles in the district that covers the Lehigh Valley, Poconos and Berks County.

Wolf paints dismal picture fiscal picture; severance tax not enough

Wolf paints dismal picture fiscal picture; severance tax not enough

[Governor elect Tom] Wolf said “one-time fixes” were being used to make ends meet for a long enough time that, “we basically don’t have cash left.”

A ‘Brave’ Move by Obama Removes a Wedge in Relations With Latin America

A ‘Brave’ Move by Obama Removes a Wedge in Relations With Latin America

Now, Mr. Obama’s restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba is snatching a major cudgel from his critics and potentially restoring some of Washington’s influence in a region where rivals like China have long chipped away at America’s primacy…

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Credo

"....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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