Evidence Is Mounting that Fracking Causes Birth Defects
February 05, 2014

In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama praised natural gas as “the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change” and vowed to “cut red tape” to help business invest in i

Tom Corbett Went From Establishment Republican to Tea Party Ally. Bad Move.
Explaining Pennsylvania's unpopular governor
November 28, 2013

Sorry, Tom Corbett: Purple Pennsylvanians have little taste for truly conservative governance. 

The Republicans Who Are Learning to Embrace Obamacare
September 17, 2013

Most of the Obamacare press coverage on Monday was about a pair of polls—one from the Pew Center for the People and the Press, the other from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.

In Michigan, a Defeat for the Tea Party—and Victory for Common Sense
August 28, 2013

Obamacare took a big step forward on Tuesday night, when the Michigan Senate approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. The state House is likely to back the same measure, as early as next week.

This Man Is the Scariest Police Chief in America
And he's waging war to keep his job in a small Pennsylvania town
August 07, 2013

Last week, out-of-towners flooded a council meeting in the 800-person community of Gilberton, in eastern Pennsylvania. Some carried signs that read “Impeach Obama, Mark Kessler for President” and “Legalize the Constitution.” Others just carried guns.

Pennsylvania Doesn't Hold the 'Biggest Promise' for the GOP in 2016
May 14, 2013

Pennsylvania was all but ignored in 2012, but the Keystone State is poised to return to prominence in 2016. On Tuesday, Joe Sestak, a former Democratic congressman, indicated his interest in a rematch with Republican Senator Pat Toomey in 2016.

In Gosnell Verdict, Both Sides Claim Victory
Pro-life and pro-choice groups talk past each other, even when they're celebrating
May 14, 2013

Pro-life and pro-choice groups talk past each other, even when they're celebrating.

Is the Fever Breaking?
On issues like Medicaid and military spending, signs of a Republican rift
February 08, 2013

The real Republican divide isn't about those messaging issues discussed by political strategists. It's about policy issues like Medicaid and defense spending, where a divide is emerging between conservatives who want to make a point in a long-term philosophical debate and conservatives who have to govern right now.

"1600 Penn" and the Tedium of the Goofball White House Comedy
January 10, 2013

"1600 Penn" is too absurd to be funny

Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012

Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.