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Commentary: Health care, on the rocks

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Commentary: Health care, on the rocks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As Republicans in the U.S. Senate lurch toward another destabilizing and self-destructive vote on health care, I find myself recalling a conversation with a couple of guys over drinks. One was Canadian. The other was English. It was back in the spring. We all were in Bermuda, on vacation […]

Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

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Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  There is a powerful scene in episode seven of “The Crown,” the Netflix series about the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, where the young monarch confronts that aging lion of Great Britain, Winston Churchill. Churchill had had a debilitating stroke in the summer of 1953 and with […]

Commentary: Climate change and the conservative identity crisis

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Commentary: Climate change and the conservative identity crisis

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thank goodness climate change turned out to be just a liberal hoax. As the folks in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico now can attest, there is absolutely no evidence that weather patterns have become more volatile and that the storms that hit us have become more and […]

Commentary: Hazing, the weed in the Garden of Eden that suffocates us all

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Commentary: Hazing, the weed in the Garden of Eden that suffocates us all

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com   While colleges across the country are finding creative ways to celebrate National Hazing Prevention Week Sept. 18-22, I’ve managed considerable progress on my goal to create a database of every hazing incident reported in the media from colonial days to the present.   The present database has come a long way from […]

Commentary: Bad melodrama, D.C. style

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Commentary: Bad melodrama, D.C. style

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now, the round-the-clock soap opera that is our federal government at work is about to get interesting. Really interesting. Soap operas, as we all know, are about undisclosed agendas, seething resentments, crass manipulations and callous betrayals. It’s hard to top that as a description of life in the nation’s […]

Commentary: We need government — and not just when disaster strikes

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Commentary: We need government — and not just when disaster strikes

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com For more than three decades we have lived with the mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” Those lines came from President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address in 1981 and since then it has been fashionable to bash government, no matter where you […]

Commentary: Penn State’s Tim Bream: Betrayed by the brotherhood

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Commentary: Penn State’s Tim Bream: Betrayed by the brotherhood

By Hank Nuwer TheStatehouseFile.com   You may recall that Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi adviser Tim Bream was serving as a volunteer live-in adviser and was asleep in his room when pledge Timothy Piazza perished after enduring gross alcohol hazing. As an intoxicated Piazza lay dying, Betas callously refrained from phoning 911.  I carefully have considered […]

Commentary: Steve Bannon’s fight with history

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Commentary: Steve Bannon’s fight with history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Wow, former presidential advisor Steve Bannon really opened my eyes when he appeared on “60 Minutes.” Bannon – who until recently was President Donald Trump’s Darth Vaderish idea generator – showed me and so many other Americans that our lives are nothing but an illusion, a dream that cannot […]

Commentary: Khizr Khan and a patriot’s ‘love affair’

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Commentary: Khizr Khan and a patriot’s ‘love affair’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Khizr Khan tells me about the moment that his “love affair with America” began. That moment occurred long before he and I sit together talking before an audience of more than 1,000 people in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Indianapolis’s far north side. It happened […]

Commentary: Furry medicine for whatever ails us

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Commentary: Furry medicine for whatever ails us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Twain said it best. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog,” Twain wrote. Amen. I spend much of my time talking with and writing about politicians. Republicans or Democrats, most of them are likable enough people, even if they often treat the truth […]

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