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Commentary: Lies and the liars who tell them

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Commentary: Lies and the liars who tell them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One of the most disturbing things about the current political era is the ease with which partisans make excuses for lying. Not long ago, I wrote a column in which I said that perhaps it was appropriate that the Trumps and the Clintons would be linked in history, because, […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s big, ‘yuge’ brilliance

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s big, ‘yuge’ brilliance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man is a genius. The way President Donald Trump has handled the health-care deliberations in Congress has been nothing short of brilliant. Bigly, yugely brilliant. Really. I know, I know, that there are people out there who don’t understand how “beautiful” his approach has been. They carp and […]

Commentary: A place that smells like home

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Commentary: A place that smells like home

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Deborah Kennedy knows that often the best stories are found in small places. Kennedy and I talk over the air about her just-published first novel, “Tornado Weather,” which has earned rave reviews. That’s rare for a first book, but the plaudits are well-deserved. “Tornado Weather” tells the story of […]

Commentary: It isn’t about ‘deserve’

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Commentary: It isn’t about ‘deserve’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A few years ago, I received an unwelcome surprise. A medical check-up and blood test revealed that I had type 2 diabetes. The diagnosis meant I was at much, much greater risk for several other nasty health threats and ailments – heart attack, blindness, etc. – unless I managed […]

Commentary: Trump, Clinton and selective outrage

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Commentary: Trump, Clinton and selective outrage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – What if Chelsea Clinton had done it? What if the daughter of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton had met with someone representing a hostile foreign power who wanted to give her dirt on her mother’s political opponent? What if she had said, “I […]

Commentary: President Trump’s excellent adventure

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Commentary: President Trump’s excellent adventure

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the aftermath of the G20 meetings, President Donald Trump’s critics now can stop complaining that he hasn’t accomplished anything. He actually has done quite a bit. He’s managed to make German Chancellor Angela Merkel the new leader of the free world. He’s succeeded in making Russian leader Vladimir […]

Commentary: Luke Kenley walks away

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Commentary: Luke Kenley walks away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Luke Kenley used to have this trick. The longtime Republican state senator from Noblesville and powerful chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee – who is retiring from his legislative duties – knew what people saw when they looked at him. A sturdy man with a thick neck who moved […]

Commentary: A native postage stamp of soil where the truth bloomed

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Commentary: A native postage stamp of soil where the truth bloomed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  OXFORD, Mississippi – America’s truth tellers have a hard go of it. I stand on the front porch of Rowan Oak, the home of America’s greatest writer, William Faulkner. The air is thick, the clouds heavy in the sky. A storm is coming. Faulkner lived in this small college town for […]

Commentary: George Washington, America and debts owed

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Commentary: George Washington, America and debts owed

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – George Washington made strong men weep. We now think of the first president of the United States as an austere figure, a man of marble almost as cold and distant as the stone in the statues that honor him. But, in his lifetime, he inspired affection and respect among […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s addiction to meanness

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man just cannot help it. President Donald Trump’s escalation of his childish feud with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” demonstrates – once again – that the current leader of the free world has all the emotional maturity and discipline of a two-year-old […]

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