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Special election signals shifting national politics

Special election signals shifting national politics

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

March 12, 2018

Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, a slice of pro-President Donald Trump territory located just south of Pittsburgh, is poised to flip from Republican to Democratic in today’s special election. Democrat Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old former Marine, may snag the seat from Republican Rick Sacco...

Don’t pin blame on violent games

Don’t pin blame on violent games

By Thomas Wick | Columnist

February 28, 2018

Imagine being able to punch a ninja through the chest, rip out their heart and then squeeze it to drink the remaining blood left for nourishment. All it takes is two fatal words — “finish him” — to violently kill an opponent this way while playing “Mortal Kombat.” In fact, the violence in t...

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2018

The Supreme Court released a new Pennsylvania Congressional District map Monday, redrawn to correct the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn version of the map, which the Supreme Court ruled as being an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” Democrats feel encouraged by the new map, while Republicans are understandably concerned this new congressional map...

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

Editorial: Military parade an exercise in wastefuleness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 8, 2018

Though he was democratically elected, President Donald Trump seems to relish every opportunity to look like an autocrat. His first year in office has seen everything from attacks on the free press to a resilient personality cult — soon, he’ll even get a military parade. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis confirmed at a pre...

State of the Union guests are people, not props

State of the Union guests are people, not props

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

February 5, 2018

From war veterans to heroic police officers to victims of gang violence, President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address last week provided the kind of emotions and theatrics one would expect from a reality TV showman of his caliber. He introduced a lineup of tragic and inspiring stories from American ...

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

Editorial: Trump calls for unity, shows none

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 31, 2018

President Donald Trump took a brief hiatus from Twitter Tuesday night to deliver his first State of the Union address, touting high hopes for unity across his audience — which seemed divided and stiff with discomfort. It took no more than a wide pan of the camera around the room for Nancy Pelosi...

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

Editorial: Trump, Conway misstate facts on feminism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 28, 2018

In an era of women’s marches, the #MeToo trend and fourth-wave feminism, it’s astonishing how frequently the movement for women’s rights is still widely misunderstood. And President Donald Trump took the opportunity this weekend to exemplify the intellectual disconnect. After an interview Saturday with the preside...

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

Op-Ed: A conservative reflects on Trump’s first year

By Marlo Safi | Op-Ed Contributor

January 22, 2018

During my tenure as assistant opinions editor for The Pitt News in 2016, I wrote a scathing column about Milo Yiannopoulos’ visit to Pitt after the College Republicans hosted him. I was on the verge of apoplexy in this tirade — I was livid that this loud-mouthed charlatan who resembled Liberace in his bo...

As Trump announces ‘Fake News Awards,’ GOP senators assail his attacks on the press as anti-democratic

By Noah Bierman | Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS)

January 17, 2018

On a day President Donald Trump promised to deliver "Fake News Awards," two Republican senators as well as several Democrats warned Wednesday that his unceasing attacks on a free press are undermining a fundamental tenet of democracy and emboldening despots abroad. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who...

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

Editorial: Nuclear scare proves unpreparedness

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2018

In less time than it takes to log into a two-factor authenticated Pitt email account, an employee of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency caused pandemonium in the state with the click of a mouse. During a routine checkup of the state’s nuclear response system Saturday, a worker responsible f...

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