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Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

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Commentary: Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar and the dog that didn’t bark

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sam Nunn tells me a story. The story the former Democratic U.S. senator from Georgia tells is about how a partnership grew into a friendship. It’s about how that friendship changed history and likely saved tens of thousands, and maybe hundreds of thousands, of lives. In the end, […]

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and homework as a line of defense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the window just over the right shoulder of former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, the Washington Monument stands, straight as truth itself. Lugar and I talk in a meeting room at the Lugar Center, which is housed in the Willard Hotel, home to much U.S. history. Ghosts […]

Commentary: This issue should reside in a trash heap

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Commentary: This issue should reside in a trash heap

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s long march into idiocy continues. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, has decided that raising the issue of the residency of U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, will give him an edge in the mud-wrestling match the two have going on to become the next GOP candidate for Indiana’s U.S. […]

Commentary: When leaders stay close to home

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Commentary: When leaders stay close to home

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The other day, while I was driving my son to baseball practice, I saw the mayor of Indianapolis walk out to check his mailbox. It was a pleasant day, so Joe Hogsett was dressed in a T-shirt and shorts. Maybe he’d been mowing the lawn before he grabbed the […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

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Commentary: Richard Lugar and hunger as a WMD

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Chauffeured in a golf cart, former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, rolls through and past mountains of food stacked on shelves. I stride along behind, beside and sometimes ahead of Lugar, 85, as he takes a tour of Gleaners, a huge food bank on the southwest side of Indianapolis. […]

Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

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Commentary: Foreign policy by spasm

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Some years ago, I found myself seated next to then-U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, at a dinner. It was just a few weeks after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. President George W. Bush had declared “war” on terrorism. Our march toward war in Afghanistan and Iraq 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: Dick Lugar becomes a verb

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Commentary: Dick Lugar becomes a verb

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Elder statesman status seems to agree with Richard Lugar. As he shows me around the cluttered offices of the Lugar Center here in the nation’s capital, the former six-term Republican U.S. senator from Indiana steps slower than the rat-a-tat-tat quick-step he walked with during his first years in […]

Commentary: Richard Lugar, as usual, talking sense

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Commentary: Richard Lugar, as usual, talking sense

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com FRANKLIN, Indiana – Minutes after Richard Lugar finished his lecture here at Franklin College, someone in the audience asked him a question. Is it too late to get you to run for president? Lugar, 84, chuckled as laughter and applause danced across the room. “In a word, yes,” the former six-term […]

Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

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Commentary: An end to a real-life Hunger Games

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Just before President Barack Obama and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivered the State of the Union and the State of the State speeches, four former leaders in Congress floated an intriguing idea. Among them was former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana. The others were Lugar’s old colleagues in the […]

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