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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Commentary: It isn’t about ‘deserve’

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Commentary: It isn’t about ‘deserve’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few years ago, I received an unwelcome surprise. A medical check-up and blood test revealed that I had type 2 diabetes. The diagnosis meant I was at much, much greater risk for several other nasty health threats and ailments – heart attack, blindness, etc. – unless I managed […]

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Commentary: Trump, Clinton and selective outrage

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Commentary: Trump, Clinton and selective outrage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – What if Chelsea Clinton had done it? What if the daughter of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton had met with someone representing a hostile foreign power who wanted to give her dirt on her mother’s political opponent? What if she had said, “I […]

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Commentary: President Trump’s excellent adventure

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Commentary: President Trump’s excellent adventure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of the G20 meetings, President Donald Trump’s critics now can stop complaining that he hasn’t accomplished anything. He actually has done quite a bit. He’s managed to make German Chancellor Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world. He’s succeeded in making Russian leader Vladimir […]

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Commentary: Luke Kenley walks away

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Commentary: Luke Kenley walks away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Luke Kenley used to have this trick. The longtime Republican state senator from Noblesville and powerful chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee – who is retiring from his legislative duties – knew what people saw when they looked at him. A sturdy man with a thick neck who moved […]

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Commentary: Let’s talk taxes and fees

Commentary: Let’s talk taxes and fees

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  When I drove to Chicago over the long holiday weekend with my brother, we were worried about how much the increase in the state gas tax was going to cost us.  He drove, and I paid for gas, so I carefully monitored how much gas we put in the car for […]

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Commentary: A native postage stamp of soil where the truth bloomed

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Commentary: A native postage stamp of soil where the truth bloomed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  OXFORD, Mississippi – America’s truth tellers have a hard go of it. I stand on the front porch of Rowan Oak, the home of America’s greatest writer, William Faulkner. The air is thick, the clouds heavy in the sky. A storm is coming. Faulkner lived in this small college town for […]

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