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Commentary: Donald Trump and his forgotten oath

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Commentary: Donald Trump and his forgotten oath

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump has come up with a novel defense against charges that Russia may have interfered with the 2016 presidential election to help get him elected. We weren’t criminals, the president seems to be saying. We’re just incredibly gullible nitwits. Trump’s response to the now undeniable proof that […]

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: A camel’s back and a world’s worth of straw

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Commentary: A camel’s back and a world’s worth of straw

By Michael Leppert www.contrariana.com The idiom “the straw that breaks the camel’s back” is often defined as the final terrible thing that makes a situation unbearable. Other sources describe the “last straw” as an otherwise minor or routine event that taken in collection with all the others, make the cumulative effect unacceptable. America’s patience, and […]

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: 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: 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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Commentary: Richard Lugar and homework as a line of defense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the window just over the right shoulder of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, the Washington Monument stands, straight as truth itself. Lugar and I talk in a meeting room at the Lugar Center, which is housed in the Willard Hotel, home to much U.S. history. Ghosts […]

Commentary: Trump’s America, year one

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Commentary: Trump’s America, year one

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Somehow, it’s appropriate that President Donald Trump marked his first anniversary in the Oval Office by presiding, enraged and ineffectual, over the collapse of government. The same turbulent forces that fueled Trump’s rise made the shutdown of the federal government inevitable. The divisions and distrust that he discerned and […]

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