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In the 15 years that the gas industry has extracted natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, it has become clear that many companies consider fines for environmental damage to be a fundamental co…

ALLENTOWN (TNS) — I saw my share of parental temper tantrums when I coached youth sports.

First thing’s first: Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is a political animal. It became one the second that Pelosi vetoed Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s…

Weeks after President Joe Biden announced his decree that roughly 80 million workers would need to get the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing, many details of that order are still unknown. Bus…

Federal aviation officials say more airline passengers than ever are showing up at airports with guns. Combined with the general uptick in belligerent behavior by passengers, this is an issue …

About six months ago, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, a historic investment in the working families and communities who had been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

A summit meeting is usually something seen between warring nations — or at least tense nations that could erupt into attack mode at the drop of a hat.

As the nation’s political press obsess over the fate of the administration’s Build Back Better proposal, nothing less than the ultimate success or failure of Joe Biden’s presidency is said to …

President Joe Biden is sending a team of show horses to the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, next month to show the world that the U.S. is a leader in climate policy.

The disgraced former British spy Christopher Steele has kept a low profile in recent years. Understandably so, given that investigations revealed his dossier — the collection of anti-Trump sto…

The culture of Harrisburg would be best described as “clubby.” After legislative sessions at the State Capitol on Third Street, lawmakers and their staffs often head toward the wide selection …

For its San Diego convention in the summer of 1996, the Republican Party was anxious to avoid the acrimonious tone of its gathering in Houston four years earlier. So the GOP turned to its most…

The Biden administration is hesitant to call our competition with China a new Cold War, even though Beijing has zero qualms about making the parallels with our decades-long struggle with the S…

In an age in which religiosity is waning, the notion that a person would forgo a medical treatment, perhaps even a life-saving one, because of sincerely held faith must be difficult to understand.

This has been a year marked by terrifying news about climate change: extreme weather, massive wildfires, persistent drought in some areas and catastrophic flooding in others.

For more than a year the world has been fixated on developing and deploying a vaccine for the coronavirus, but scientists have been working for decades to come up with a vaccine for another de…

In Wisconsin, families are suing two school districts for dropping their mask mandates, claiming it resulted in their children’s coronavirus infections. In Illinois, a lawsuit alleges a meat p…

It was a president named George Washington who said, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led like sheep to the slaughter,” and right now Merrick Garland is lead…

Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children’s book, but the 45th president of the United States) did the other day by trave…

If there is one universally recognized principle in American political life, it’s that the president of the United States should want Christmas to come off without a hitch.

It usually doesn’t require the award of a Nobel Prize to demonstrate how wrong-headed Pennsylvania state legislators can be in crafting public policy based on their own ideology rather than th…

The symbolism of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize goes far beyond its tribute to Maria Ressa and Dimitry Muratov, independent journalists fighting for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

It has become common in some circles to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an “armed insurrection.” That leads to a few questions: How many rioters were armed? And what weapons did they have? What w…

It would be easy to have fun with the idea of Sen. Ted Cruz wandering into the land of #freebritney.vAfter all, this is a man whose association with pop culture tends to be as the butt of its jokes.