In reprieve to Obama, Senate Democrats agree to wait on Iran sanctions

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: WASHINGTON — Ten Senate Democrats who have advocated putting more sanctions on Iran gave the White House a two-month reprieve Tuesday, saying they would wait until after the late-March deadline for completing the outlines of a deal to restrain Tehran’s nuclear program before voting for a bill […]

Secret talks in Jordan try to win release of hostages

BEIRUT — Japanese officials were tightlipped Wednesday as secret talks in Jordan sought to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. The global efforts to free Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian Lt. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh gained greater […]

Netanyahu talk stirs backlash in Israeli race

JERUSALEM — Michael B. Oren, who spent four years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ambassador to Washington, has called upon Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his speech to Congress about Iran. Amos Yadlin, a former military intelligence chief who frequently briefed the Israeli prime minister on security matters, denounced the event as “irresponsible.” Both men criticized […]

We have puzzling attitudes toward the rich vs. the royal

January 27, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Curious behavior: We diss the 1 percent and laud royalty. Perhaps we should remember to consider people based solely on their behavior, good or bad, and not on the quantity of their possessions or the number of their titles. C.J. STEVENSONMt. Lebanon Join the conversation: <!– This […]

Successful talks with Iran are in U.S. interests

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Although the United States and its international allies are within reach of a working framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, escalating tensions and a bill to increase sanctions threaten to undermine it. The current negotiations with Iran provide the best opportunity we’ve ever had to guard against […]

The LCB again fails the public

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: The PG previously reported that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board stopped accepting orders for special order items because of a huge backlog due to the loss of two of its four special liquor order employees. Following this embarrassing revelation, the LCB reversed its decision (“PLCB Ends Spirits […]

E.J. Dionne Jr.: America’s new culture war

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life. The idea of a “culture war” was popularized by Pat Buchanan in his joyfully incendiary 1992 Republican National Convention speech, but it was introduced into the public argument a year earlier […]

Bishop David A. Zubik: We don’t toss out divorced Catholics

Contrary to what many think, divorcees remain welcome in the church January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Let’s clear up one thing right away: a civil divorce does not prevent a Catholic from full participation in the life of the church, including celebrating Mass and receiving Communion. If someone has told you different, […]

Obama cozies up to dictators

As President Barack Obama stumbles in implementing his own strategy for combating terrorism, the United States is reverting, almost by default, to an earlier, failed approach: a reliance on dictators to do our dirty work. The latest, and saddest, indication of Mr. Obama’s capitulation to this oldthink has been signals sent by his administration that […]

Beat the clock: Scientists sound a new doomsday warning

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Global catastrophe and humanity’s extinction are a mere three “minutes” away, according to the scientists who set the symbolic Doomsday Clock. Once again, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has weighed in on the likelihood of the species’ demise — and they […]

Balancing act: Obama must be careful on relations with India

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: During President Barack Obama’s visit to India this week, he was chief guest at the celebration of its grand Republic Day, the first time an American was given the honor. The trip was another candle on the cake of the improved relations between the United States and […]

The fire next time: Homestead’s loss is a warning on mental health

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: If insanity, as the saying goes, is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result, the nation’s collective approach to mental health care is certifiable. The latest example of a system that apparently failed to give sufficient help to a person who needed and sought […]

When will Consol’s Findlay gas drilling end?

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: As a resident of Findlay, I recently attended a community meeting wherein the Findlay Township board of supervisors invited residents to attend and listen to Consol Energy representatives’ response to residents’ noise complaints from Dec. 16 to 18 from Consol’s natural gas well drilling on Allegheny County […]

The pope promotes decency and respect in free speech

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: Thank you, Pope Francis, for having the courage to speak the truth in recent comments about freedom of speech with restraint (“Pontiff Sees Limits to Free Expression: Draws the Line Over Ridiculing Religion,” Jan. 16). While freedom of speech is the hallmark of a democratic society it […]

TV show gave the city invaluable promotion

January 28, 2015 12:00 AM Share with others: While I appreciate Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner’s watchdog efforts over our tax dollars, I believe that she is off base in attacking Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and his “Undercover Boss” appearance (“Wagner and Peduto Clash Over Paying for TV Pledge,” Jan. 24). Yes, VisitPittsburgh contributed funds […]

Reg Henry: Aussie hiker sticks to path of good grub

It has taken me a long time to warm to the idea of a hiking vacation. After all, if walking were so much fun, tour buses would not have been invented. Yet much can be said for exercising while seeing the countryside at first hand and foot. The fitness-bound walker has no pangs of conscience […]

Dan Simpson: Martin Luther King Jr. was a true American prophet

New attention to Martin Luther King Jr. this year has brought to the fore points in his message that should disturb Americans in 2015. His themes included poverty in America, its militarism, its racism and the need to assert voting rights. It was with shame that we acknowledged in 1965 during the height of his […]

Patriots owner says he expects team to be cleared of under-inflated football charge

  CHANDLER, Ariz. — The New England Patriots came out swinging upon their arrival at the Super Bowl. Not star quarterback Tom Brady or All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Not coach Bill Belichick, either. Robert Kraft. The team owner on Monday night demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not […]

Patriots’ Blount says he did not orchestrate getting cut by Steelers

PHOENIX — LeGarrette Blount could not reach his seat at the Super Bowl media event before he was confronted by two former Steelers teammates. Unlike his rough and sudden exit from the Steelers in November, Blount, now with the New England Patriots, was greeted by warm handshakes and hugs from Brett Keisel and Ike Taylor. […]

Pens activate Patric Hornqvist from injured reserve

January 27, 2015 4:20 PM Share with others: Related Media: Gene Collier: Kris Letang’s stellar play a sight for sore Penguins The Penguins activated right winger Patric Hornqvist from injured reserve. He has been sidelined 11 games due to a suspected foot injury. Hornqvist suffered the injury after being hit by a puck during a […]