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Commentary: Donald Trump’s casual destructiveness

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s casual destructiveness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If there were a symbol for President Donald Trump’s administration, it would be a wrecking ball. An out-of-control wrecking ball. In just the past few days, the president blithely has thrown the healthcare market – about one-fifth of America’s economy – into chaos. By signing an executive order ending […]

Commentary: Weinstein, Trump and selective outrage

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Commentary: Weinstein, Trump and selective outrage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Wrong is wrong. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s abominable conduct with women has – justly – unleashed an outpouring of condemnation. The revelations of his long and sordid history of harassing and even sexually assaulting what seems like every female with whom he came in contact has cost him his […]

Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

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Commentary: Guns and the conversation we just can’t have

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – I hate writing about guns. No other issue in American life divides people so much. No other debate pushes us so far into our bunkers. I’m on the air, talking with outspoken gun advocate Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, Indiana University Law School Prof. Jody Madeira and Marian University […]

Commentary: Hypocrisy knows no boundaries

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Commentary: Hypocrisy knows no boundaries

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  It’s hard to imagine two people more different in politics and temperament than Tim Murphy and Harvey Weinstein. Murphy, the Republican congressman from Western Pennsylvania, carved himself a niche as a conservative anti-abortion Christian. As a member of the pro-life coalition in Congress he has voted consistently to limit access to […]

Commentary: Pence leaves game — and dignity — behind

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Commentary: Pence leaves game — and dignity — behind

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Vice President Mike Pence’s expensive and unseemly departure from the Indianapolis Colts game demonstrates there is only one job for which he will be qualified when he leaves the White House. Ventriloquist’s dummy. Pence’s leave-taking was a shabby performance. It was a stunt, a prefabricated show of outrage that, […]

Commentary: If only it weren’t real

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Commentary: If only it weren’t real

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A lot has happened on the soap opera, “As the Nation Disintegrates,” since we last tuned in. Just for starters, the U.S. secretary of state apparently has called the president of the United States a “moron” in a Cabinet meeting. This came not long after the president said the […]

Commentary: Guns and common sense

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Commentary: Guns and common sense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The National Rifle Association and its foot soldiers don’t let a little thing like a mass outpouring of grief cloud their vision or divert them from their mission. That’s why, just hours after the gun-related carnage in Las Vegas, Nevada, in which at least 59 people died and another […]

Commentary: Gone to graveyards, everyone

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Commentary: Gone to graveyards, everyone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe we need a wall. That’s what I find myself thinking in these sad hours after the tragedy in Las Vegas, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, an act of carnage in which more than 50 people were killed and hundreds of others injured. I’m not talking about […]

Commentary: People kill people, but access to guns makes killing too easy

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Commentary: People kill people, but access to guns makes killing too easy

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  The National Rifle Association is absolutely right about one thing: Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. That gun sitting on a shelf, in a safe or in a case at your local gun shop isn’t any more dangerous than the baseball that sits in a corner at my home. Guns, […]

Commentary: Why Democrats get so little ink

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Commentary: Why Democrats get so little ink

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The writer had a complaint. “Why don’t you ever write about Democrats? Why are you always picking on Republicans?” a self-identified conservative Republican said in an email. Those are fair questions. There are a couple of answers. The first is that it’s hard to make a case that Democrats […]