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When the Left Liked Conscientious Objection

Editor's note: This article first appeared in Crisis magazine.

Do you remember the name Daniel Berrigan?

Berrigan was a Jesuit priest well-known for his protests of the Vietnam War. He became a household name in the 1960s, along ...

Posted on 11 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Bill to Keep Best Teachers Heads to Governor

HARRISBURG — Legislation to keep Pennsylvania's best teachers in the classroom and boost student achievement by ending the practice of seniority-based layoffs passed the Senate today and is now on its way to the governor, Majority Leader, Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana County) said.

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Posted on 10 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Toomey on Trump

Donald Trump has dominated the political discussion for the better part of the last year. While I would prefer to focus on my work in the U.S. Senate, and on my own campaign for reelection, there is an unlimited interest in all-things Trump, so I'll offer a few thoughts about the presidential ...

Posted on 10 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Who is Watching the Watchers?

Who is Watching the Watchers?

(May 9, 2016)--Three weeks ago, we reported on the abject failure of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) to comply with the financial reporting requirements set out in the law that established the Authority, Act 11 of 2004. Under Section 207, the ...

Posted on 9 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Registering Women for the Draft, a Charade

The Armed Services Committee (ASC) recently approved a measure requiring American women aged 18 to 26 to register for the draft and sent it to the full House for consideration. If this measure becomes law it will do nothing to enhance gender equality in the Department of Defense that recently ...

Posted on 9 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Trump Win Conventional, Not Ground-breaking

It is always fashionable in the light of an unexpected event to declare that the world will be changed forever. And that's the latest fashion when it comes to Donald Trump. However, what is remarkable about Trump's victory is how it confirms to most of the conventional wisdom on how you win a ...

Posted on 6 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Partisan 'Fairness'

"Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed," pronounced I. F. Stone (1907-1989), American investigative journalist and iconoclastic author.

A current example of duplicitousness in government was put on display by ...

Posted on 6 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Cutting Unfunded Pension Liabilities Down to Size

No matter what pension plan design reforms the legislature enacts for future employees, the Commonwealth will still have a massive unfunded liability. The unfunded liability is the result of over-promising retirement benefits, poor investment performance, investment performance, but mostly a ...

Posted on 5 May 2016 Keep Reading...

Obama, Wolf at Odds Over Charter Schools

Obama, Wolf at Odds over Charter Schools
As Obama Recognizes National Charter Schools Week, Wolf Wants to Slash Charter Funding

May 4, 2016, HARRISBURG, Pa.–President Obama last week proclaimed May 1-7 "National Charter Schools Week," praising ...

Posted on 4 May 2016 Keep Reading...

PMA: Toomey for PA

If Pennsylvania's U. S. Senate race went to the candidate most qualified to promote economic growth and create jobs, it wouldn't be a race at all. Incumbent Republican Pat Toomey is one of the prime authors of the JOBS Act that cuts red tape and makes it easier for businesses to access capital; ...

Posted on 4 May 2016 Keep Reading...

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