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Commentary: Of vulgarities, and what makes America great

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Commentary: Of vulgarities, and what makes America great

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The late Bill Hudnut, a four-term Republican mayor of Indianapolis, had a marvelous saying. “You don’t make yourself taller,” Hudnut used to say, “by cutting someone else down.” I’ve been thinking about Hudnut’s words in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s reported dismissal of other nations as “s***holes.” As […]

Commentary: A cipher in a pit of vipers

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Commentary: A cipher in a pit of vipers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The book isn’t a bombshell. For all the furor it produced across the country and the panic it provoked in the Oval Office, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” doesn’t contain many revelations for those who have paid attention. The book tells the story of […]

Commentary: Donald, Steve and the end of the bromance

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Commentary: Donald, Steve and the end of the bromance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Steve Bannon may not be much of a human being, but at least he seems to have taught President Donald Trump something. White nationalists aren’t such fine people, after all. The tiff the president is having with his former chief strategist, campaign guru and deputy chief of staff would […]

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Commentary: Happy new year, Mr. President

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The easy part is over. What follows now is going to be hard – brutally hard. This, of course, is not what President Donald Trump seems to think, but this president works hard to keep facts or thoughtful analysis from intruding into his elaborately constructed fantasy world. Denial, it […]

Commentary: This shouldn’t be about the politicians

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Commentary: This shouldn’t be about the politicians

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Not long before Congress voted on the tax reform, I talked, over the air, with two former Rexnord employees. Rexnord, you may recall, had a plant in Indiana that made metal bearings. The company closed the plant in June, costing 300 Hoosiers their jobs. Most of those jobs moved […]

Commentary: The don’t-think-just-vote tax plan

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Commentary: The don’t-think-just-vote tax plan

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – They own this now. The hidden, hasty, chaotic and stumbling way President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress rammed through their grab-bag tax reform package means they will have no one to blame if their rosy promises for its successes aren’t fulfilled. The sloppiness of the effort […]

Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

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Commentary: One more casualty in the war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – That whirring sound you hear is the founding fathers spinning in their graves. The news that sent Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Ben Franklin and George Washington all awhirl came from President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services. The Washington Post reports that HHS doesn’t want […]

Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

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Commentary: Stars fell on Alabama

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When Doug Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore down in Alabama, Democrats picked up a seat in the U.S. Senate and Republicans dodged a bullet. Because the cheers from most Democrats and progressives were so loud, they drowned out the sighs of relief many Republicans and conservatives exhaled when Moore […]

Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

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Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two kinds of pressure prompted U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, to do the right thing and resign. The first, not surprisingly, was political. Democrats now have pushed two powerful and prominent members of their own party – Franken and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan – to resign their offices […]

Commentary: Flynn and the force Trump can’t resist

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Commentary: Flynn and the force Trump can’t resist

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This is how a dam crumbles. A crack widens to a hole, which then becomes a break and then the accumulating pressure brings the whole thing down. This seems to be what’s happening within President Donald Trump’s White House now. The steady, unrelenting pressure brought by Special Counsel Robert […]