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July 31, 2017 2:17 PM

Trump’s team isn’t the big problem

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 master of the political dark arts who helped elect Republican George W. Bush president – has been lamenting the dysfunction in President Donald Trump’s White House.…

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July 28, 2017 7:54 AM

Holy hell

Sen. Lindsey Graham promised there would be “holy hell to pay” if Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That was unusually strong language for Washington (though it paled in comparison to the blue comments by the incoming White House communications director), uttered in defense of Graham’s former Senate colleague, a racist liar who conveniently forgot about his meetings with Russians. Yet Graham saw fit to vote, once again, to repeal the Affordable Care Act.…

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July 25, 2017 3:42 PM

The Hoosier Connection game isn’t fun anymore

A longstanding observation in our household is that, when there’s news, some Hoosier must be connected to it. Not just when Purdue grads go up in space either. It’s sort of a game to note, for example, that the killer whale’s victim at SeaWorld grew up in Cedar Lake; a woman who carried an embryonic twin in her brain was an Indiana University doctoral student; and George Donner, who led an expedition west that ended…

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July 25, 2017 10:05 AM

Scouts dishonor

We keep being reminded, and keep refusing to fully accept, that the enemy we have met over the past two years is not Trump, or at least not only Trump; it is us. In the torrent of condemnation of the president’s vicious, rambling, egocentric, lewd, outrageously political “speech” to the Boy Scouts the other day, insufficient note was paid to the fact he was pretty much a hit. The flower of America’s patriotic youth and…

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July 21, 2017 10:45 AM

How Does This End?

We have now had six months to observe the Trump Administration, and there are a few things we know at this point. First, as far as we know publicly, President Trump has not broken the law, but a special counsel is looking into any possible illegalities.  The president has clearly broken with long-standing norms established by many presidents of both parties in his first half-year in office, but there has been no proof offered Mr.…

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July 2, 2017 11:10 PM

The President & The Disliked Media

I last made my living as a journalist in July of 1983.  There were many reasons I chose to leave that profession, but one had to do with the nature of the job.  Nearly everyone disliked you. Even the radio station where I worked looked at me and my colleagues as “overhead” and expendable.  Their view was – If it wasn’t for that darned Federal Communications Commission, maybe we wouldn’t have to hire journalists at…

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June 30, 2017 11:23 AM

Trump: Twitter or tennis?

Some thoughts about Donald Trump’s ridiculous attack on newscaster Mika Brzezinski: One, the insults were fairly par for Trump’s pricy course, nothing we haven’t heard him say before. And though his remarks were vicious in that way he reserves for women, the umbrage taken by Brzezinki’s media colleagues misses the point. Trump’s barrage of criticism of the news media and the judiciary, as well as his gleeful lying and flagrant rejection of scientific fact, undermine…

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June 14, 2017 7:27 PM

Why can’t we get along?

It is so touching to hear denunciations of violence and calls for unity from men who owe their positions of power to gun trafficking, militarism, sabotage of environmental and personal health and religious, racial and national divisiveness. Perhaps now they’ll examine whether there might be room within their broad definition of the Second Amendment for keeping combat-grade weapons away from people who have no beneficial use for them. Perhaps they’ll look first to their own…

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May 30, 2017 9:20 PM

Body Slamming a Reporter

My work as a journalist isn’t always easy, because the job is to ask questions people don’t want to face. Sometimes people you want to talk with avoid you at all costs because of the questions you are likely to ask. Many people I’ve questioned look at me with that expression on their face of rage.  Some appeared to have a thought of rearing back and slugging me.  Fortunately for me, no one ever physically…

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April 28, 2017 2:50 PM

Trump, tax cuts and a jolly old elf

If President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut package demonstrates anything, it is that our long national fantasy that business people are animated by the same motivations as Santa Claus continues. Trump’s plan at this stage is about as detailed as a stick figure drawing, but it appears that it offers the wealthiest Americans 50 percent of the tax cuts and devotes only about 7 percent of the trims to the middle class – and those…

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