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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

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Commentary: Donald Trump, firing blanks

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, a guy who had experienced success in business but had been drawn into politics told me about the difference between those two worlds. In business, when you’re negotiating, he said, and you have a gun you can use, you just have to set it on the […]

Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

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Commentary: Messages from a forgotten America

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The calls keep coming. The writer Thomas Frank and I are talking over the air about his most recent book, “Listen, Liberal” – an unsparing critique of the ways the Democratic Party has lost its way by losing its connection with the working class, the dispossessed and the disinherited. […]

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: Chuck Berry’s rockin’ history of the U.S.A.

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Commentary: Chuck Berry’s rockin’ history of the U.S.A.

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chuck Berry could be a pain. I remember attending one of his concerts, maybe 30 years ago. Early in the show, he spotted a woman video-recording him. He stopped playing, set his guitar down on the stage and yelled at her. She stopped recording. That wasn’t good enough for […]

Commentary: A war on knowledge

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Commentary: A war on knowledge

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – This is where ignorance leads. The new health care plan conceived by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and the budget proposed by President Donald Trump have been called many things. Assaults on the poor, the old and the sick. A betrayal of the rural Americans who voted Trump […]

Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

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Commentary: Missing the boat, and the water, on health care

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, it turns out that solving America’s health coverage problem isn’t easy, after all. For nearly a decade, Republicans across the country have descried former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and vowed they would “repeal and replace” it as soon as possible. Again and again, they asserted that […]

Commentary: Our long national Knightmare

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Commentary: Our long national Knightmare

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, Bob Knight was a hero of mine. When I was in high school in the mid-1970s, my friends and I planned large swathes of our lives around Indiana University basketball. When star Scott May, who apparently dated a girl from our high school for a […]

Commentary: All we really need to know we learned in kindergarten

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Commentary: All we really need to know we learned in kindergarten

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Former Indiana Rep. David Orentlicher, D-Indianapolis, has a bold idea about how we can remove much of the vitriol and dysfunction from our political culture. He says having two presidents, one from each political party, would serve us better. Orentlicher and I talk over the air about this idea, […]

Commentary: Just another American story

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Commentary: Just another American story

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In my den at home sits a moving crate that’s more than 100 years old. It was the kind used by the waves of immigrants who came to the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The lettering on one end offers just a name and a […]

Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

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Commentary: The most obvious lie in politics

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – People sometimes ask me how I know when a politician is lying. Sometimes, the signs are specific to the individual. One elected official I know who, in all other circumstances, is a look-them-straight-in-the-eyes guy always averts his gaze when he’s about to fib. Another starts to stammer when it’s […]

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