One of the most famous (albeit mildly sick) quotes in politics was popularized in the early 1980s by Louisiana's legendary scoundrel and four-time governor, Edwin Edwards. During one of his many political comebacks, Edwards boasted: "The only way I can lose this election is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy." He wasn't, and Edwards, a Democrat, indeed won. These days, you have to wonder if either of those things would even matter.
In the wake of another deadly accident involving a Ride the Ducks tourist vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board's promise to investigate these amphibious antiques is welcome.
The connections between Philadelphia and Italy run deeper than great cuisine, including influences on colonial architecture and politics. Andrea Canepari, Italy's consul general in the city, rightly wants to strengthen them with Ciao Philadelphia, the second annual monthlong celebration of Italo-Philadelphian...
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan claim Pope Francis' views on capitalism and free-market economics are wrong ("Francis is the pope, but he's no economic expert," Sunday). His familiarity with economics "is predicated on fallacy and fantasy," Davies...
As with most practitioners of the dark arts of legislative leadership, John Boehner's particular charisma eludes much of the public. Polls show that only about a quarter of Americans have a favorable impression of the outgoing House speaker. To the rest, the Ohioan's appeal is as mysterious as his everlasting...
ISSUE | PA. BUDGET
Stymied by the GOP
The Republican stopgap budget is yet another gimmick that shortchanges the people of Pennsylvania. Republicans in Harrisburg have become too comfortable with politics as usual, and the stopgap they passed embraces a failed status quo that is preventing Pennsylvania...
In the letter "Keep fossil fuels in the ground" (Sept. 24), Katie Plowright, who represents an environmental group, cites "a new study" that calculates the effects of burning all fossil-fuel reserves.
For vintage Pennsylvania liquor law lunacy, 2015 has been a very good year.
Whether the Malvern attorney and oenophile Arthur Goldman amassed his vast wine collection for fun, profit, or both, his now-infamous illicit cellar was a direct consequence of the Prohibition-era laws that compel citizens to...
In Philadelphia's long history, there's not been an event that so captivated a national and global audience of millions as the awe-inspiring visit of Pope Francis.
ISSUE | SYRIA
Good, bad bombs
With Russia's entry into Syria's war, it didn't take long for the old Cold War claims of immoral equivalence between our two countries to emerge.
What's the difference between a town and a golf course? To start, the latter has more sand traps, fewer bus stops, and funnier pants.
ISSUE | SYRIA
White House press secretary Josh Earnest recently said that Russia "imposing a military solution" in Syria would not work. He cited the Russian attempt in Afghanistan during the Jimmy Carter years and the American attempt in Iraq.
Philadelphia's general election season opened with a soft thud, not just because the city was consumed with the papal visit, but also because much of the outcome seems all but certain. That doesn't mean voters can't play an important role, though.