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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: 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 […]

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VP’s sister-in-law on life since the election

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Since casting a vote to nominate her brother-in-law to become the Republican vice presidential candidate in July 2016, Denise Pence has been nothing but proud. “It was just a moment in time you never forget,” she said. Months before Vice President Mike Pence became part of the Trump team, […]

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 […]

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Trump showcases Hoosiers in tax reform speech

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump called for bipartisan support of his tax reform plan, and he showed Hoosiers how it would help them. A small business owner who wants lower corporation taxes so he can hire more people. “When he cuts taxes on corporations, my business will be better out because […]

Commentary: The president who crossed his fingers

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Commentary: The president who crossed his fingers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Donald Trump doesn’t want to be president. That much is evident. Don’t get me wrong. It’s clear the egomaniac in the Oval Office loves the pomp and pomposity accompanying this nation’s highest office. He revels in being the center of attention, of having millions of people wait in anticipation […]

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VP Pence calls on Sen. Donnelly to vote ‘yes’ to tax cut

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  ANDERSON, Ind. —With a desire to cut taxes by the end of the year, Vice President Mike Pence came back home again to Indiana Friday for his first of three expected trips in the next month — but this time he targeted Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. “Sen. Donnelly, we need your […]

Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

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Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  There is a powerful scene in episode seven of “The Crown,” the Netflix series about the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, where the young monarch confronts that aging lion of Great Britain, Winston Churchill. Churchill had had a debilitating stroke in the summer of 1953 and with […]