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Commentary: Once they see the squirrel….

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Commentary: Once they see the squirrel….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – They had to bleep Robert DeNiro. Not once, but twice. There he was at the Tony Awards on network television and he dropped the f bomb. Not once, but twice. He said it about President Donald Trump. DeNiro has the same regard for the president that a dog does […]

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Commentary: What happened to liberty and justice for all?

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Commentary: What happened to liberty and justice for all?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – These days, as I read the news, I find the words to an old Bob Dylan song running through my head: I can’t see my reflection in the mirror I can’t speak the sounds that show no pain I can’t hear the echo of my footsteps I can’t remember […]

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Commentary: This is how it happens

Commentary: This is how it happens

By Diana Hadley TheStatehouseFile.com When I was in my early 20s, I visited Germany for the first time and was amazed to discover warmth and hospitality in all of the Germans I met. Why was I amazed? I asked myself what fostered this previously unrealized negativity. I concluded that growing up in the 1950s provided […]

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Commentary: Father’s Day, golf and ‘when I see men taking care of kids”

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Commentary: Father’s Day, golf and ‘when I see men taking care of kids”

By Michael Leppert www.michaelleppert.com My first Father’s Day, as a father, was on June 18, 1995.  We were at my sister’s house in Virginia for some reason that none of us can now recall, and Corey Pavin won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. The Open is back at […]

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Commentary: Strong at the broken places

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Commentary: Strong at the broken places

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The note on the front window of the Kate Spade store was unassuming. It said that the founder of the company had passed and that the thoughts of all employees were with her and her loved ones. There was no mention of Spade’s suicide, no discussion of why she […]

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the Republican disappearing act

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the Republican disappearing act

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – What Gertrude Stein said of her hometown of Oakland now applies to the Donald Trump-era Republican Party. “There is no there there,” Stein said. This much became clear in the aftermath of President Trump’s wrecking-ball interactions with other leaders at the G-7 meetings over the weekend. In the space […]

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Commentary: Clinton and Trump have something in common

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Commentary: Clinton and Trump have something in common

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A while back, I wrote a column that seemed to anger almost everyone. In it, I said it was fitting Bill Clinton and Donald Trump would be linked in history, because their conduct was more similar than partisans of either man would like to acknowledge. The response was swift […]

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Commentary: Cakes, pro football and the First Amendment

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Commentary: Cakes, pro football and the First Amendment

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The First Amendment sure seems to confuse a lot of people. Two episodes in recent days demonstrate that. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to prepare a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The court issued its ruling on […]

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Commentary: Dinesh D’Souza and the truth as victim

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Commentary: Dinesh D’Souza and the truth as victim

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, I debated Dinesh D’Souza. This was long before President Donald Trump issued a presidential pardon for the conservative filmmaker, pundit and provocateur. In fact, it was much earlier than D’Souza’s conviction for election fraud or his forced departure as president of the Christian liberal arts college The […]

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Commentary: School’s out, hunger’s in

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Commentary: School’s out, hunger’s in

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The number startles. Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, tells me 279,000 Hoosier children struggle to be fed during these coming months. Bryant and I, along with the Indiana Department of Education’s Adam Baker and Tina Skinner, talk over the air about summer food insecurity, particularly […]

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