Gerow: To the new graduates, remember to take the time to look around, talk with each other | PennLive

Around the commonwealth and across the country proud parents are gathering to see their kids walk down the aisle in cap and gown to receive their diploma and walk into the next phase of their life.

Last week voters of both major parties nominated their candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, Congress and the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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Gerow: Pardon me? What's all the fuss over Trump's pardons? | PennLive

Since the birth of the nation, presidents have used their constitutionally granted power to issue pardons to Americans convicted of federal crimes.

George Washington began the long list of presidential pardons when he granted two to citizens convicted of treason in the Whiskey Rebellion, largely played out here in the commonwealth. It's grown exponentially from there, including the most recent, Donald Trump's pardon of Dinesh D'Souza earlier this week.

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