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Robert Mueller and the rule of law

I got a call recently from an old friend, Tim Weiner, who worked with me years ago at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Tim, who won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for his journalism, is one of the nation's leading experts on national security, intelligence operations and related agencies.

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In Memoriam: Dan Rooney—1932-2017

When I first moved to Pittsburgh 18 years ago, I was struck immediately by what a distinctive, almost unique community it was. And it wasn’t just the inimitable Pittsburgh landscape, with its rivers and hills and tightly built sloping neighborhoods. It wasn’t just the distinctive architecture and the unique Pittsburgh dialect. It was the character of the place.

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A Thank You For Good Government

We’re fresh from an off-year election in which only 25 percent of Allegheny County’s registered voters went to the polls, and we’re also weary from four months-plus of a bitterly partisan state budget stand-off.

But just when we’re convinced that citizens don’t care enough to get involved and that government will never be able to get its act together, along comes a shining example of the opposite.

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In Memoriam: Henry Hillman—1918-2017

Henry Hillman was adventurous as an entrepreneur and a genius in the development of his business interests and his philanthropy. But he kept a low-key, unpretentious profile – in the same mold as Dan Rooney and Fred Rogers – and often ceded the public spotlight to his wife, Elsie Hillman. The two of them (Elsie died in 2015) provided an extraordinary level of leadership for their community.

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Tough Love

If you want a prime example of how blind obedience to party ideology spoils opportunities to improve Pennsylvanians’ lives, look no further than the late, could-have-been-great “Protecting Excellent Teachers Act.”

Even the title of the bill follows the tired practice of both Republicans and Democrats naming legislation not to describe what it will accomplish, but more to promote a partisan political argument.

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Aylan, the pope and Pittsburgh

One of the most important images connected to Pope Francis’ trip to the United States last week actually happened, from my view, several weeks before his arrival. It was the profoundly tragic and heartwrenching picture of a lifeless 3-year-old boy, Aylan Kurdi, his tiny body dressed in a red T-shirt and long shorts washed up on a beach resort in northeastern Turkey.