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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 […]

Commentary: JFK, as he was

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Commentary: JFK, as he was

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, John F. Kennedy’s family had a wish. They wanted Americans to commemorate JFK’s birth rather than his death. It was an understandable desire. For them, John Kennedy wasn’t a statue or a figure in a museum. He was a husband, a father, a brother, an uncle. […]

Commentary: DeVos shows us what vouchers are

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Commentary: DeVos shows us what vouchers are

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just rendered a valuable public service. She lifted the curtain on school vouchers and made clear exactly what this system of using taxpayer funds to pay for private and religious schools is. It’s a way for some parents, particularly bigots, to get taxpayers to […]

Commentary: Terrorism at its roots

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Commentary: Terrorism at its roots

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Children. They attacked children. They murdered children. The suicide bomber who killed at least 22 people at Manchester Arena in Great Britain apparently targeted an Ariana Grande concert because there would be lots of young people there. The goal was to slaughter children. And that shows how far things […]

Commentary: Pence at Notre Dame, the way it’s supposed to work

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Commentary: Pence at Notre Dame, the way it’s supposed to work

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Pence is a big boy. The current vice president of the United States and former governor of Indiana must be smart enough – and mature enough – to understand that things he has done and said have upset some people. This was true when he was governor and […]

Commentary: Trump and the coming storm

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Commentary: Trump and the coming storm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A jagged streak of lightning cuts across the night sky, followed by the sound of a thunder clap. I’m out in my back yard in the wee hours of the morning with my dog. The dog hates to do his business in the pouring rain and always wakes me […]

Commentary: Trump and an unfunny joke

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Commentary: Trump and an unfunny joke

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – During last year’s endless and dispiriting presidential campaign, former President George W. Bush made a rueful joke. He said that he might end up being the last Republican president in America’s history. At the time, it appeared Donald Trump was going to lose the election. During the primaries, he […]

Commentary: An American voice, echoing through time

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Commentary: An American voice, echoing through time

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The book sits on a shelf in my study. Its cover is a dark, aged green. The lettering on the spine reads, in a kind of dull gold, “Leaves of Grass, Complete, 1892.” Below that, also in the same dull gold, is a facsimile of Walt Whitman’s signature. It’s […]

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Commentary: Todd Young on independent counsels and a senator’s duty

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Sen Todd Young, R-Indiana, says he hasn’t ruled out calling for a special prosecutor to investigate possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Young and I are talking by phone Friday morning, just three days after Trump fired off FBI Director James Comey. The […]