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Commentary:  A third-rate reality TV show

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Commentary: A third-rate reality TV show

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, this is what a demolition derby without cars looks like. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is running the executive branch of the world’s oldest and most powerful republic as if it were a third-tier reality TV show. Senior administration officials – Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, […]

Commentary: John McCain: Hero, maverick, hypocrite?

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Commentary: John McCain: Hero, maverick, hypocrite?

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com  John McCain is perhaps the most confounding politician of our day. Hero, crook, maverick, sycophant, straight-shooter, hypocrite — all apt descriptions of the Republican senator from Arizona who battles an aggressive form of brain cancer. What will the final legacy be? Will he go down as the maverick who called […]

Commentary: Here’s how you raise the minimum wage

Commentary: Here’s how you raise the minimum wage

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  I’m in Seattle this week taking some time off from the daily grind. Unfortunately for us news guys, the news never lets you get too far off the grid. Here in Seattle, there’s been a debate over an increase in the minimum wage. For the past few years, the city has […]

Commentary: Where the grapes of wrath are stored

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Commentary: Where the grapes of wrath are stored

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  NASHVILLE, Tennessee – A cold civil war, he called it. That’s what Watergate muckraker Carl Bernstein said is going on in America right now. It’s an apt description. We Americans may not be shooting at each other – at least not in formal battles – but in many other ways we’re […]

Commentary: Is Poland’s departure from the European Union inevitable?

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Commentary: Is Poland’s departure from the European Union inevitable?

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com Don’t cheer for President Andrzej Duda’s unexpected two vetoes of his party’s bills that had threatened democracy in Poland by giving his upstart Law and Justice Party (PiS in Polish) control of all court systems. The likelihood is that Duda–the protégée or stooge, depending on your viewpoint, of Poland’s most powerful […]

Commentary: A servant, not a ruler

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Commentary: A servant, not a ruler

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the United States, we elect presidents. Not kings. This is what Donald Trump does not understand – or at least that he pretends not to understand. In this country, the people and the laws of the nation are not subordinate to the chief executive. He is subordinate to […]

Commentary: Lies and the liars who tell them

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Commentary: Lies and the liars who tell them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One of the most disturbing things about the current political era is the ease with which partisans make excuses for lying. Not long ago, I wrote a column in which I said that perhaps it was appropriate that the Trumps and the Clintons would be linked in history, because, […]

Commentary: Trump fiddled while democracy burned in Poland

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Commentary: Trump fiddled while democracy burned in Poland

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com During his visit to Poland earlier this month, President Donald Trump courted Polish political leaders despite their clear and stated intention to transform the nation into a virtual dictatorship run by a single ruling party. When the president took the microphone, I hoped he would chide his hosts, stating that while […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s big, ‘yuge’ brilliance

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s big, ‘yuge’ brilliance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man is a genius. The way President Donald Trump has handled the health-care deliberations in Congress has been nothing short of brilliant. Bigly, yugely brilliant. Really. I know, I know, that there are people out there who don’t understand how “beautiful” his approach has been. They carp and […]

Commentary: A place that smells like home

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Commentary: A place that smells like home

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Deborah Kennedy knows that often the best stories are found in small places. Kennedy and I talk over the air about her just-published first novel, “Tornado Weather,” which has earned rave reviews. That’s rare for a first book, but the plaudits are well-deserved. “Tornado Weather” tells the story of […]