Good morning from a soggy and still news-lite Pittsburgh this third week of August.
1. Prices are down, but production of Marcellus Shale natural gas is at its all-time high, with production in Pa doubling its rate a year ago. Which gets us to the Rob Rogers cartoon above and to the next story . . .
2. The U.S. in 2011 became a net exporter of fuel for the first time in two decades, according to a Financial Times analysis, driven by an expansion in natural gas and oil exploration -- and a doubling in petroleum and coal exports.
3. Jim O'Toole profiles GOP mayoral candidate Josh Wander, who admits to being a prepper (but says the Doomsday stuff is over-hyped).
4. In case you missed it a state judge made it official that the challenged Pa voter ID requirements will not be enforced in the Nov. 5 municipal election. Probably more interesting for those keeping close track of the case, Comm Court Judge Bernard McGinley also barred election workers from saying ID will be required in future elections. " . . . [T]his Court has witnessed two prior injunctions where [that] information, in effect, misled qualified electors," he wrote.
5. A conservative GOP drive to defund Obamacare -- embodied in a national Heritage/Ted Cruz tour coming to Station Square next week -- is running out of momentum with fellow conservatives, the National Journal writes.