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Charles McElwee joins Seth Barron to discuss the decline of the Catholic Church in the Rust Belt and the impact of immigration on a working-class community in Pennsylvania. The Catholic Church faces a crisis in an area that remains disproportionately Catholic. In 2018, a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed how clergy covered up the abuse of children by […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud the USA Today editorial writers for pointing out Medicare for All would rip more than 100 million Americans away from coverage they like and run up a cost that even government economists can’t figure out. They also slam Cory Booker for demanding a […]

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At the height of the American Revolution, a violent upsurge of populism set Pennsylvanians against each other. On October 4th, 1779, militia and agitators paraded down the streets of Philadelphia with four prominent conservatives in their custody. Their intent was force the men onto a ship bound for the British stronghold of New York – […]

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The Siege of Fort Loudoun, 1765

 

Friday marked the 253rd Anniversary of the Siege of Fort Loudoun, November 16–18, 1765.

This happened at Fort Loudoun, Pennsylvania. A company of frontier militia, known locally as “The Black Boys” for the distinctive way they blackened their faces with soot and grease, laid siege to the local fort, then manned by a detachment of British regulars. These troops, experienced soldiers of the 42nd Royal Scots Regiment of Foot, also known as “the Black Watch,” were pinned down for two full days by the continuous harassment and interdiction fire from the militiamen’s rifles. Despite holding what ought to have been a superior position given the prevailing infantry tactics of the time, the British commander surrendered the fort and retreated back to Fort Pitt. There were no deaths, but neither were the British ever able to employ maneuver to bring their smoothbore muskets or bayonets against the militia.

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I got to wondering the other day if Senator Bob Casey was up for re-election to the Senate. More

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America take on three heavy topics, starting with Colorado baker Jack Phillips now having a powerful case of discrimination against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission after the commission ruled Phillips had violated the rights of a transgender lawyer for not customizing a cake for their […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up three bad martinis today. They react to Kim Jong-Un’s pathetic attempt to get attention by threatening to cancel next month’s summit with the United States over military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea. They also discuss revelations that Democrats are “rigging” […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for blasting four cabinet secretaries on ethics matters ranging from travel to office decor. They also shake their heads a day in advance of the special congressional election in Pennsylvania, as the Republican appears to be […]

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Californication of America

 
Representative Tim Ryan, back left in tie, organized a bus tour through the Midwest with about a dozen venture capitalists. (via New York Times)

For cancer to survive, once it kills its host it must move on to another healthy body. Forty years of leftist rule ruined the once “Golden State.” You can’t walk through San Francisco without side-stepping human excrement or drive through Los Angeles without navigating countless miles of homeless camps. Meanwhile, California housing costs are unattainable by most everyone.

Now even the enlightened ones can’t cope with the expense and traffic they themselves created so they plan on moving elsewhere. Never learning the lessons of their failures they will, of course, bring along their bankrupt progressive values to rinse and repeat. Watch out Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania — they’re coming.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for hosting a dignified event on school shootings that included a wide variety of opinions from many anguished families. They also slam CNN for letting it’s town hall on guns turn into an endless onslaught against Marco Rubio, because he will […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy seeing Democrats get accused of caving in the shutdown standoff and seeing the avalanche of leftist criticism aimed at Chuck Schumer. They also shake their heads as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules that the current congressional map is unconstitutional gerrymandering and a new […]

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For many residents of Pennsylvania, and anyone interested in tax policies and how public schools are run, the result of a November 7th referendum vote on a PA Constitutional Amendment Question resulted in what I believe is good news. Pennsylvania is joining other states in trying to get a handle on escalating property taxes, with […]

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An Easy Layup in the Allegheny Forest, A Crash-Landing in Kecksburg December 9, 1965. Everything you read here is true. I was 12 years old. It was early evening. We were killing time in a game of 2-on-1 ’til dinner. Suddenly, I was looking at an easy layup and my friend’s Dad began shouting hysterically […]

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Baseball Mysteries The things I remember most about the game are the smell of leather, infield chatter, and the sweet taste of RED MAN chew. What I can’t remember is what happened after the pitcher released the ball – it just completely disappeared. I’d not see it again ’til it was bouncing in the outfield […]

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Trump’s Picks

 

donald-trump-cabinet-list-of-appointmentsEarly last week, Michael Barone published a piece analyzing the election returns in which he focused on the manner in which “the double-negatives” — those who thought highly neither of Donald Trump nor of Hillary Clinton — broke at the very end decisively for the former. Here is the way he put it:

One reason polling may have been misleading, or at least misled many of us in the psephology racket, is that this is the first presidential election since random sample polling began in 1935 in which most voters had negative feelings toward both major party candidates.

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I voted this morning in Delaware County (PA), county leans red, but goes blue during Presidential elections. I got their right after the polls had opened at 7am. I’ve never waited longer than 5 minutes to vote, today I waited 45 minutes. I’ve never seen a line like that. I was voter number 70 and […]

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Kane Goes to Jail, Dems Poised to Take Senate, Bullying for Not Voting PSA

 

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate at least one prominent Democrat facing justice as former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sentenced to jail. They also wince as the Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will win back the U.S. Senate. And we unload on a new PSA showing schoolkids berating a classmate because his dad didn’t vote.

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Trump and Economic Nostalgia: Pittsburgh Edition

 

Trump_PittsburghIn a Pittsburgh speech yesterday, Donald Trump illustrated what I call “nostalgia economics.” Trump, according to Politico, “vowed to bring back Pittsburgh’s once-thriving steel and coal industries at a rally here on Wednesday night.” Just as he has vowed to reverse decades of globalization and automation to “bring back” manufacturing jobs from Asia. But, as Politico’s Ben Shreckinger points out, Trump’s depiction of Pittsburgh might be outdated:

And his economic message may feel a bit anachronistic in a city that prides itself on its decades-long recovery from the collapse of the steel industry, which is no longer the major employer here. Pittsburgh’s dynamic mayor, William Peduto — a new-school Democrat who held a rally with Hillary Clinton here last week — has sought to make the city a laboratory for urban reinvention by luring tech companies and boosting its university-powered research sector. After years of decline, the economy has begun adding jobs again, albeit slowly, and unemployment rate is just under the national average.

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Throughout the Republican campaign, many conservatives (here and elsewhere) have been frustrated by Trump’s lack of specificity when it comes to his Presidential plans. What exactly does he mean when he says he wants to “Make America Great Again?” More

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The meandering morass of roads crisscrossing Pennsylvania is a tangle of coiling concrete arteries, gnarled turnpike exchanges and dog-legged country back roads. But that labyrinth is nothing compared to how we get our delegates for the GOP convention. More

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