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Commentary: Nah, it couldn’t be that

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Commentary: Nah, it couldn’t be that

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Thank goodness race isn’t the issue. Perhaps the fact that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and major league baseball’s all-time hits leaders Pete Rose have wandered into the national spotlight at the same time is further proof that history is a great teacher. Kaepernick is struggling to […]

Commentary: Donald Trump and the price of poker

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Commentary: Donald Trump and the price of poker

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Boy, it would be fun to play poker with Donald Trump. Probably profitable, too. Judging from the way he’s handled the investigation into his campaign’s – and now, apparently, his administration’s and his family’s – ties with Russia, the president of the United States doesn’t know how to bluff. […]

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Commentary: An hour’s chat with Gov. Holcomb

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Eric Holcomb says he likes being Indiana’s governor. And it shows. Holcomb and I talk in a radio studio. During the hour we chat, the governor seems, by turns, relaxed and contemplative, comfortable and secure in both his office and himself. Maybe that shouldn’t be surprising. A former advisor, […]

Commentary: When Senate candidates miss their nap times

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Commentary: When Senate candidates miss their nap times

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If the race for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat on the ballot next year were a day care, both U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, already would be in time out. Messer and Rokita are the two leading candidates to square off against the incumbent, […]

Commentary: Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

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Commentary: Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – New White House Chief of Staff John Kelly may have the toughest job around. Somehow, Kelly must instill professionalism and discipline into a president and his staff who believe those qualities are for sissies. This will be no easy task. But it’s clearly necessary. Even Karl Rove – the […]

Commentary:  A third-rate reality TV show

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Commentary: A third-rate reality TV show

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, this is what a demolition derby without cars looks like. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is running the executive branch of the world’s oldest and most powerful republic as if it were a third-tier reality TV show. Senior administration officials – Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, […]

Commentary: Where the grapes of wrath are stored

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Commentary: Where the grapes of wrath are stored

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  NASHVILLE, Tennessee – A cold civil war, he called it. That’s what Watergate muckraker Carl Bernstein said is going on in America right now. It’s an apt description. We Americans may not be shooting at each other – at least not in formal battles – but in many other ways we’re […]

Commentary: A servant, not a ruler

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Commentary: A servant, not a ruler

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – In the United States, we elect presidents. Not kings. This is what Donald Trump does not understand – or at least that he pretends not to understand. In this country, the people and the laws of the nation are not subordinate to the chief executive. He is subordinate to […]

Commentary: Lies and the liars who tell them

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Commentary: Lies and the liars who tell them

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – One of the most disturbing things about the current political era is the ease with which partisans make excuses for lying. Not long ago, I wrote a column in which I said that perhaps it was appropriate that the Trumps and the Clintons would be linked in history, because, […]

Commentary: Donald Trump’s big, ‘yuge’ brilliance

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Commentary: Donald Trump’s big, ‘yuge’ brilliance

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The man is a genius. The way President Donald Trump has handled the health-care deliberations in Congress has been nothing short of brilliant. Bigly, yugely brilliant. Really. I know, I know, that there are people out there who don’t understand how “beautiful” his approach has been. They carp and […]