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Commentary: Elvis, just before he left the building

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Commentary: Elvis, just before he left the building

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – He was still Elvis. And I saw him. Forty years ago, on June 26, 1977, I attended Elvis Presley’s last concert. It was at the now-demolished Market Square Arena in downtown Indianapolis. I was a teenager then. I’d skipped school to buy the tickets, getting myself into a fair […]

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: Sessions helps Trump out of the frying pan and into….

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Commentary: Sessions helps Trump out of the frying pan and into….

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – If the Trump administration truly has nothing to hide regarding Russia, then the president and his team are handling the various investigations into their ties with that country in the stupidest way possible. That much became clear during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee […]

Commentary: Make gentle the life of this world

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Commentary: Make gentle the life of this world

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – When the news broke that a disturbed man with a gun opened fire in Northern Virginia on Republican members of Congress who were practicing for a charity baseball game, I found myself remembering Robert F. Kennedy’s words on the night Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. And I found […]

Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

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Commentary: Guns, prejudices and inconvenient realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Bet you didn’t know guns were a cure for cancer. Or that they solve math problems faster than computers and calculators. Or that they are even better than a mother’s love. You would know – or at least believe – these things if you lived in the same part […]

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 […]

Commentary: At home with the Hemingways

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Commentary: At home with the Hemingways

  By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com    OAK PARK, Illinois – The house where Ernest Hemingway was born radiates peacefulness.   A handsome, substantial structure, it sits on a quiet street in this Chicago suburb. Not far away children play in a park. The houses on the streets around the Hemingway home, some of them designed […]

Commentary: From Paris with ignorance

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Commentary: From Paris with ignorance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord provoked strong reactions. Environmental activists said the president’s act was dangerous and could do lasting harm to the earth our children will inherit. Business leaders said Trump’s decision was ill-considered and could close some […]

Commentary: A race to the bottom

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Commentary: A race to the bottom

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Murder isn’t a joke. That’s why I didn’t laugh when comedienne – I use the term loosely – Kathy Griffin posted an image of her holding the bloody severed head of President Donald Trump. Nor I did I ever chuckle when right-wing and alt-right activists showed up at rallies […]

Commentary: A day it rained

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Commentary: A day it rained

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It rained the day we wed. Twenty years ago, we planned to exchange our vows outside in a park. But the skies opened and an early summer rain fell, like a blessing, so we moved the ceremony to the tent where we had planned to have the reception. The […]

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