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Commentary: Donald Trump and the price of poker

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the price of poker

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, it would be fun to play poker with Donald Trump. Probably profitable, too. Judging from the way he’s handled the investigation into his campaign’s – and now, apparently, his administration’s and his family’s – ties with Russia, the president of the United States doesn’t know how to bluff. […]

Commentary: In a trap of their own making

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Commentary: In a trap of their own making

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Even when they’re winning, Republicans can’t seem to win. In the same week that GOP stalwarts celebrated two special election congressional victories in South Carolina and Georgia, they quickly found themselves on the defensive for two reasons. The first was the unveiling of the health-care plan devised in secret […]

Commentary: Mike Pence lawyers up

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Commentary: Mike Pence lawyers up

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When he was running for president, Donald Trump pledged, again and again, to put Americans back to work. Who knew that he meant only the nation’s lawyers? As the various investigations into possible ties Trump, the Trump campaign and the Trump administration might have with Russia, almost everyone who […]

Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

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Commentary: Comey testimony, a Rorschach Test for the nation

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Remember when you were a kid and plotted with your friends or siblings to do something you know your mom or dad would never approve of? You didn’t want the grownups in the room as you hatched your scheme, whatever it was. That’s what I thought of listening to the former […]

Commentary: Trump and Comey, a beginning, not an end

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Commentary: Trump and Comey, a beginning, not an end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The trouble is serious. Context matters. And the trouble isn’t going to go away anytime soon. Those were three primary takeaways from former FBI Director James Comey’s public testimony before the U.S. Senate Thursday. Minutes after Comey finished his open testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, I talked, over […]

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Commentary: Todd Young on independent counsels and a senator’s duty

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen Todd Young, R-Indiana, says he hasn’t ruled out calling for a special prosecutor to investigate possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Young and I are talking by phone Friday morning, just three days after Trump fired off FBI Director James Comey. The […]

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Indiana Democrats question Trump’s decision to fire Comey

By Kayla Walker TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — With President Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, Indiana Democrats are questioning the president’s motives. “There are serious questions about the president’s decision to dismiss Director Comey while he was at the center of one of the most important FBI investigations in recent memory,” U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly […]

Commentary: Trump, Comey and a call to conservatives

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Commentary: Trump, Comey and a call to conservatives

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, it is time to stop calling President Donald Trump and those who stand with him conservatives. Conservatives respect institutions and the rule of law. Conservatives honor traditions. Conservatives revere limited government because they abhor arbitrary exercises of power […]

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 – […]

Commentary: When a surprise isn’t a surprise

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Commentary: When a surprise isn’t a surprise

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Critics are calling FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress hinting at a fresh investigation of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email correspondence as secretary of state an “October surprise.” They’re wrong. A surprise is supposed to be unexpected. Comey’s unorthodox act is, unfortunately, part of a distressing pattern […]