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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

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Commentary: Bill O’Reilly might be gone, but equality for women is a long way off

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  I don’t know of any woman who hasn’t been subjected to some form of sexual harassment or discrimination. Maybe she was accosted by a gaggle of middle-aged men at a swimming pool, grabbed by the crotch in the kitchen where she had her first job, or propositioned at the police station […]

Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, I found myself seated next to then-U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, at a dinner. It was just a few weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush had declared “war” on terrorism. Our march toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq had […]

Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

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Commentary: Doing Putin’s work for him

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If Russian leader Vladimir Putin saw meddling in our election as an investment, he must be happy with the way it paid off. Because we Americans are so focused on the ping pong game that is partisan politics, we tend to look at the Russian intervention in the 2016 […]

Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]

Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

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Commentary: Politicians, how low can you go?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even though I’ve been covering politics for decades, the stupidity and short-sightedness of most politicians continues to astound me. Consider the slow-motion train wreck that was the joint appearance by FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Michael Rogers before the Intelligence Committee – irony alert – […]

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Trump talks healthcare to Hoosiers

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  LOUISVILLE — For 33-year-old Nathan Lewis, a short trip down I-65 from Campbellsburg, Indiana to Louisville was a breeze if it meant being just feet away from President Donald Trump. Lewis and several of his Hoosier relatives made the short trek to the Kentucky Exposition Center Monday to hear Trump talk […]

Commentary: A war on knowledge

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Commentary: A war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This is where ignorance leads. The new health care plan conceived by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and the budget proposed by President Donald Trump have been called many things. Assaults on the poor, the old and the sick. A betrayal of the rural Americans who voted Trump […]

Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

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Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, it turns out that solving America’s health coverage problem isn’t easy, after all. For nearly a decade, Republicans across the country have descried former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and vowed they would “repeal and replace” it as soon as possible. Again and again, they asserted that […]

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Bomb threat sends Indiana mom seeking help from Ivanka Trump

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Less than 48 hours is all it took for a mother-to-mother letter to gain nationwide attention. Concerned with the safety of her two-year-old son, Indianapolis mother Lindsay Hadley took to a pen and paper. In a one-page letter addressed to Theodore’s mom, best known as Ivanka Trump, daughter of […]

Commentary: What goes around…..

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Commentary: What goes around…..

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a joke bouncing through political circles these days that goes like this: “A Democrat says to a Republican, ‘You warned me that if I voted for Hillary Clinton we’d have a president in office with questionable ties to foreign governments, a political culture consumed by one scandal after […]

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