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Commentary: Santa Claus gets lost on the road

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Commentary: Santa Claus gets lost on the road

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Only Nixon could go to China. Or so the saying goes. Because Richard Nixon had spent so many years burnishing his anti-communist credentials, he was positioned to open the United States to the world’s largest communist nation. After he’d spent a quarter-century red-baiting anyone who disagreed with him, it […]

Commentary: The man can’t help himself

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Commentary: The man can’t help himself

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Why? Why does he have to do this? As Americans headed into the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, President-elect Donald Trump chose to berate by Twitter civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. Lewis said that he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20 because he […]

Commentary: This train wreck was a long time coming

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Commentary: This train wreck was a long time coming

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe we Americans deserve Donald Trump. As I watched his train wreck of a press conference a few days ago, it occurred to me that this disaster has been a long time coming. For years, decades, generations, we Americans have played a dangerous game. Left, right and center, we […]

Commentary: ‘You say goodbye and I say hello’

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Commentary: ‘You say goodbye and I say hello’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One speech said hello. The other said goodbye – sort of. As I watched new Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s inaugural address and outgoing President Barack Obama’s farewell address, I was struck by their similarities. Even though the governor and the president are very different who belong to different parties […]

Commentary: Dick Lugar becomes a verb

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Commentary: Dick Lugar becomes a verb

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Elder statesman status seems to agree with Richard Lugar. As he shows me around the cluttered offices of the Lugar Center here in the nation’s capital, the former six-term Republican U.S. senator from Indiana steps slower than the rat-a-tat-tat quick-step he walked with during his first years in […]

Commentary: The man who holds the reins

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Commentary: The man who holds the reins

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s a hidden hand guiding affairs in the nation’s capital and that hand comes from Indiana. It belongs to Mike Pence, currently the Hoosier state governor and soon to be vice president of the United States. While I have been out here working on an independent reporting project […]

Commentary: His truth is marching on

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Commentary: His truth is marching on

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s a short walk from the Trump International Hotel to the White House – five minutes if you stride, 10 minutes if you saunter. The cultural distance is much greater. The White House was designed as a temple of republican virtue, conceived and built back when early Americans […]

Commentary: The big lesson for schools

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Commentary: The big lesson for schools

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One of the Indiana General Assembly’s top challenges this year, we’re told, will involve funding and launching a larger pre-kindergarten program for Hoosier schools. Getting young children started in school earlier is a good thing. The research shows that those early years are a period when young minds are […]

Commentary: What lies ahead

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Commentary: What lies ahead

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In the spirit of the season, here are a few predictions. One: Controlling the White House, both houses of Congress, soon the U.S. Supreme Court and most state governments – including Indiana’s – may prove to be a mixed blessing for Republicans. We are now in what has become […]

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Commentary: Who sings for the poets?

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  NEW YORK – Once upon a time, the bards of America walked through these doors. This building, 597 Fifth Avenue, between 49th Street and 48th Street, was the place where many of America’s greatest and best-loved books found their way into print and into readers’ hands. It was both sanctuary and […]

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