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  • **FILE** Tom Ridge (Associated Press/Fox News Sunday)

    Tom Ridge quits Bloomberg's gun control group

    Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has resigned from Michael I. Bloomberg's new gun control group, delivering a setback for the former New York City Mayor soon after he announced that he plans to spend $50 million on efforts associated with the group and this year's midterm elections.

  • Mercyhurst U in Erie names program after Tom Ridge

    Mercyhurst University is naming its intelligence studies program after Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. homeland security secretary.

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    Former Pennsylvania governor and U.S. homeland security chief Tom Ridge will speak at Bethany College's spring commencement.

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  • **FILE** Former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (Associated Press)

    Top Democrat's speeches for terrorist group probed

    The Treasury Department's counterterrorism arm is investigating speaking fees paid to a longtime Democratic Party leader who is among the most vocal advocates for Iranian dissidents designated as a terrorist group by the State Department.

  • **FILE** Tom Ridge (Associated Press/Fox News Sunday)

    Security plans idle for chemical plants

    The Department of Homeland Security began work in 2007 on a program to secure the nation's chemical plants from terrorist attack. But 4½ years and nearly a half-billion dollars later, there is little to show for it.

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    GOP veteran Ridge says Bachmann not ready

    Former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge said Tuesday that fellow Republican Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who has been surging in the 2012 GOP presidential sweepstakes in recent weeks, was unelectable and unqualified to be commander in chief.

  • A fracking operation in Washington, Pa., has brought a demand for workers from across the country, and has suddenly transformed a sleepy Pittsburgh suburb into a boomtown.  (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

    Shale motherlode brings world of change

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  • **FILE** Tom Ridge (Associated Press/Fox News Sunday)

    EDITORIAL: Bin Laden dies, Islamism thrives

    The death of Osama bin Laden is an epochal moment in counterterrorism. In the greater struggle of the civilized world against the jihadist movement, however, it is just one of many milestones along the road.

  • "If we had embedded a covert agent into al Qaeda close to [Osama] bin Laden, 9/11 might never have happened," says former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. (The Washington Times)

    Ridge mulls challenges of targeting terrorists

    The first director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, said this week that terrorist groups can be targeted best with agents and informers — but such missions are fraught with prohibitive dangers and ethical dilemmas.

  • BOOKS: "The Test for Our Times"

    Tom Ridge's nuanced view is for the most part anathema in today's Washington, where Taliban-like radicals have captured leadership roles of both parties.

  • Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge campaign Tuesday in York, Pa. Mr. McCain called Mr. Ridge "one of the great leaders. (Getty Images)

    McCain hints at pro-choice running mate

    Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that he would not rule out naming a pro-choice vice-presidential nominee, saying the abortion issue amounts to "a disagreement" and that he thinks conservatives would accept former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who is pro-choice, as a potential running mate.

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  • "If we had embedded a covert agent into al Qaeda close to [Osama] bin Laden, 9/11 might never have happened," says former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

  • Mr. Ridge said that represents the ultimate dilemma.

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