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Commentary: Guns and our nightmare that won’t end

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Commentary: Guns and our nightmare that won’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Words fail. The sights and stories from Parkland, Florida, have a sad familiarity. We Americans now have seen so many pictures of families and communities battered by horror and grief. We had heard so many tales of terrified young people bearing more than children should be asked – no, […]

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Commentary: David Long’s closed-door legacy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When David Long announced his retirement as president pro tempore of the Indiana Senate, most tributes focused on his part in the battles and public policy decisions that have made the state a laboratory for conservative governance. In his retirement announcement, the Fort Wayne Republican touted his role in […]

Commentary: Battered women, battered honor

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Commentary: Battered women, battered honor

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – No battered woman I ever interviewed has been happy, much less, eager to tell her story. I’ve talked with quite a few. I’ve reported on domestic violence for more than 30 years. No woman I’ve talked with about the abuse she suffered ever did so with glee. That’s because […]

Commentary: Lee Hamilton’s America

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Commentary: Lee Hamilton’s America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Lee Hamilton has some things to say about the state of the country. The former longtime Democratic congressman from Southern Indiana and I talk in a studio just a few doors down from his office here on Indiana University’s campus. He serves here as senior advisor to the […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, Barack Obama and ‘treason’

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Commentary: Donald Trump, Barack Obama and ‘treason’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Enough. This nonsense about questioning others’ love of country has gone too far. A few days ago, President Donald Trump said at a rally that Democrats in Congress who didn’t applaud during his State of the Union Address were “un-American” and “treasonous.” Afterward, Trump’s poor, beleaguered press secretary, Sarah […]

Commentary: Presidents’ lives matter

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Commentary: Presidents’ lives matter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe Donald Trump just should have knelt during the National Anthem. That probably would have been more effective than releasing classified information in a strange and sloppily written congressional memo. Because the president’s complaint isn’t that different from those of the NFL players and Black Lives Matter activists he […]

Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

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Commentary: Indiana’s lawmakers (yawn) do their work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The relative silence and sleepiness with which this session of the Indiana General Assembly has proceeded demonstrate a couple of things. The first is that, after more than a decade of controlling state government, there isn’t all that much left on the Indiana Republican Party’s wish list. The GOP […]

Commentary: Donald Trump speaks to the season

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Commentary: Donald Trump speaks to the season

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If there was one overarching takeaway from President Donald Trump’s first official State of the Union address, it was this. It’s an election year. In the days before the speech, the president’s staffers had said it would serve to pull together a deeply divided America. They hinted the address […]

Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

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Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sam Nunn tells me a story. The story the former Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia tells is about how a partnership grew into a friendship. It’s about how that friendship changed history and likely saved tens of thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands, of lives. In the end, […]

Commentary: Stories, theories and the Trump shrug

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Commentary: Stories, theories and the Trump shrug

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Everyone talks. Everyone has a theory. No one knows where this is heading. No one knows how the ride ends. I arrived in the nation’s capital as Congress voted to end an embarrassing federal government shutdown and every participant in the sorry episode scrambled to claim victory. At […]

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