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Commentary: Health care, on the rocks

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Commentary: Health care, on the rocks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As Republicans in the U.S. Senate lurch toward another destabilizing and self-destructive vote on health care, I find myself recalling a conversation with a couple of guys over drinks. One was Canadian. The other was English. It was back in the spring. We all were in Bermuda, on vacation […]

Commentary: Climate change and the conservative identity crisis

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Commentary: Climate change and the conservative identity crisis

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thank goodness climate change turned out to be just a liberal hoax. As the folks in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico now can attest, there is absolutely no evidence that weather patterns have become more volatile and that the storms that hit us have become more and […]

Hillary Clinton’s mea culpa

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Hillary Clinton’s mea culpa

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe it’s time to cut Hillary Rodham Clinton some slack. When “What Happened,” her new book about the 2016 presidential campaign, came out, so did the knives. Followers of Bernie Sanders and other progressives in the Democratic Party complained that she blamed Sanders for her defeat and contended that […]

Commentary: Bad melodrama, D.C. style

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Commentary: Bad melodrama, D.C. style

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Now, the round-the-clock soap opera that is our federal government at work is about to get interesting. Really interesting. Soap operas, as we all know, are about undisclosed agendas, seething resentments, crass manipulations and callous betrayals. It’s hard to top that as a description of life in the nation’s […]

Commentary: Steve Bannon’s fight with history

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Commentary: Steve Bannon’s fight with history

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Wow, former presidential advisor Steve Bannon really opened my eyes when he appeared on “60 Minutes.” Bannon – who until recently was President Donald Trump’s Darth Vaderish idea generator – showed me and so many other Americans that our lives are nothing but an illusion, a dream that cannot […]

Commentary: Khizr Khan and a patriot’s ‘love affair’

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Commentary: Khizr Khan and a patriot’s ‘love affair’

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Khizr Khan tells me about the moment that his “love affair with America” began. That moment occurred long before he and I sit together talking before an audience of more than 1,000 people in the sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Indianapolis’s far north side. It happened […]

Commentary: Furry medicine for whatever ails us

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Commentary: Furry medicine for whatever ails us

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Twain said it best. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog,” Twain wrote. Amen. I spend much of my time talking with and writing about politicians. Republicans or Democrats, most of them are likable enough people, even if they often treat the truth […]

Commentary: The Donald’s dream, picking a fight with children

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Commentary: The Donald’s dream, picking a fight with children

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Commentary: Putting truth in a cage

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Commentary: Putting truth in a cage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The mail I receive tells me an awful lot about what’s wrong with this country. Relatively few people send me a note or an email because they like something I’ve written. No, they write because they’re mad or because I’ve touched a nerve or because they want me to […]

Commentary: ‘On the Road,’ through a clear windshield

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Commentary: ‘On the Road,’ through a clear windshield

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Many, many years ago, the poet Allen Ginsberg taught me a lesson. He told me his fellow Beat Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” was misunderstood. It was in St. Louis in 1982. I was teaching a class on the Beats at Saint Louis University. Ginsberg had come to […]

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