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Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

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Commentary: With the grownups, away from Washington

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Let’s check the scorecard right now in the world of politics. The president of the United States now is on the edge of war with the nation’s judicial branch. His angry tweets about a federal judge and now an entire federal appellate court have prompted widespread criticism from, among […]

Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

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Commentary: Pence, DeVos and alternate realities

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Billionaire Betsy DeVos, the new U.S. secretary of education, just gave Vice President Mike Pence his Gloria Swanson/“Sunset Boulevard” moment: “America, I’m ready for my close-up.” Pence, a former governor and congressman from Indiana, cast the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate to confirm DeVos. Pence’s vote was the […]

Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

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Commentary: Freedom hurts if you’re thin-skinned

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s a question: Why is it that the people who rant and rave the most about “political correctness” are the ones most upset when others criticize their positions? We have seen this curious dynamic play itself out in the past few days. The University of California at Berkeley had […]

Commentary: A bulwark slips away

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Commentary: A bulwark slips away

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Years ago, I haunted the U.S. Senate. I was in Washington, D.C., working on a long profile of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, and other stories about Indiana’s congressional delegation. It was 1992, a different era. This was well before the terrors of 9/11. Security in the nation’s capital […]

Commentary: A few words could say a lot right now

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Commentary: A few words could say a lot right now

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The messages conveyed the same thing. Fear. I was on the radio, talking about how people were feeling in these anxious first days of a new presidency. A woman named Sarah called in. British by birth, she married an American man. They came here to help family members deal […]

Commentary: Hard times and opportunity

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Commentary: Hard times and opportunity

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – My grandfather, a lifelong Republican, offered some good advice. “It is when things are hard that you have the opportunity to show that you have character,” he told me when I was a boy. I’ve been thinking about Grandpa’s words an awful lot over these past few days. We […]

Commentary: Trump, Messer and the question of legitimacy

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Commentary: Trump, Messer and the question of legitimacy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – No one can match the zeal of a late-in-life convert to a cause. Or the hypocrisy. Republicans and conservatives now are up in arms that people are trying to “delegitimatize” the presidency of Donald Trump. This is wrong, wrong, wrong, they say – ignoring the fact that we Americans […]

Commentary: It’s all about respect

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Commentary: It’s all about respect

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Soon, my daughter will lace up her basketball shoes for the last time and play her final high school game. My wife and I will be there, cheering for her and her teammates. When she walks off the floor for the last time, all three of us – mother, […]

Commentary: An ‘alternative’  to the American approach

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Commentary: An ‘alternative’ to the American approach

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Already the phrase “alternative facts” has become the subject of a million jabs and jibes. When Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, uttered those words in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press,” she touched off a national discussion that often looked like open-mic night […]

Commentary: Trump’s inaugural, echoes of an unquiet past

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Commentary: Trump’s inaugural, echoes of an unquiet past

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, voices from the stormy American past spoke with his tongue. When the new president talked about “elites” who have ruled too long and benefited themselves while the people have suffered, he echoed Huey Long, the firebrand who ruled Louisiana as governor […]