Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

CUTTING EDGE [Derived Headline]

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The Bergdahl brouhaha

The local Two Political Junkies blog offers this take on the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner trade under the headline, "Tracking the Crazy": "From infowars . 'Libertarian pundit and and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano has called for the impeachment of the president over the Taliban prisoner release, stating that he has aided the release of the worst terrorists in the world.'

"Never mind that, according to this interview at Foxnews, John Berger, former adviser to President George W. Bush (who, let's remember, used signing statements to get away with an actual impeachable offense - torture), says:

" 'I'm not saying this is clearly an easy choice, but frankly I think a Republican, a president of either party, Republican or Democratic, confronted with this opportunity to get back Sgt. Bergdahl, who is apparently in failing health, would have taken this opportunity to do this. I think we would have made the same decision in the Bush administration.' "

Don't do it, Pittsburgh

The Allegheny Institute: "Say it isn't so. The city says it will be $7 million short of the revenue needed for next year's budget and is being advised by the Act 47 team to look at a tax hike, specifically a property tax boost. This is the same Act 47 team that last year told the city and the governor it was time to end their oversight. Too bad the same players are back after blowing that call and recommending more foolishness. .

"[Among other things], the city should be looking aggressively at outsourcing more of its work and downsizing its costs. The mayor should adopt the advice we gave last December. Institute an absolute hiring freeze in which no one gets hired without the express written consent of the Mayor.

"Tax hike? Nonsense. In a nearly $500 million budget, there have to be plenty of places to cut spending by $7 million without doing harm to service delivery."

Spying then, spying now

James Surowiecki in The New Yorker writes about the economic espionage charges brought in Pittsburgh against members of the Chinese military. Attorney General Eric Holder, he notes, said stealing trade secrets from U.S. companies enabled China to "illegally sabotage" foreign competitors and propel its own companies to "success in the international marketplace. …

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