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Thursday, April 08, 2021
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It started as one of those ridiculous controversies of the Trump era. In May and June 2017, then-President Donald Trump blocked a few Twitter trolls who were criticizing his tweets. The next month, those trolls, backed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, sued the presi…

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Thirty years ago, I made indelible memories from what turned out to be a several-month, surprise stay in Saudi Arabia, compliments of Uncle Sam.

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It started as one of those ridiculous controversies of the Trump era. In May and June 2017, then-President Donald Trump blocked a few Twitter trolls who were criticizing his tweets. The next month, those trolls, backed by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, sued the presi…

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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One day a colleague, whose intellect I had admired up to that point, confessed that she had some conservative instincts when it came to politics.

Tuesday, March 09, 2021
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We’re about to have our first weekly bridge game after a year-long hiatus, and I admit to some trepidation.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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There are many dangers ahead for that great survivor of American politics, Joe Biden. There is a deadly virus that is rampaging across the land even as it is mutating, economic challenges, a wealth and privilege gap that is widening, potential troubles with Iran, allies wary of America’s com…

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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I noticed in a couple of recent news reports that Indiana has been made safe again for the bald eagle, which is a simple piece of good news worth celebrating in this era riven by an angry partisan divide and political revenge disguised as a plea for unity.

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Indiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the country on most any measure. It ranks among the states with the highest prevalence of lung and other cancers, obesity, diabetes, and most chronic diseases. Our state’s infant mortality rate is eighth highest, and our 13.5 percent maternal smok…

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President Trump is now former President Trump. With Joe Biden now President Biden, Democrats control the White House, the House and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump – the…

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After Republicans lost the White House and both chambers of Congress last November, you might think they’d be asking themselves: How can we attract more voters in the next election?

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. There’s no doubt there needs to be an extensive investigation of the events surrounding the riot. But what is striking is that, even as Pelosi calls for an in…

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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My most memorable New Year’s Day took place five years ago on a cold, clear morning in another life. We awoke to find a 30-acre lake where there had been pasture the night before. The Arkansas River had been rising ominously for days, and when it got high enough, it always backed up the bayo…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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Time magazine, demonstrating the legacy media’s continued decline into irrelevance, has deemed 2020 “the worst year ever.”

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Indiana state lawmakers recently kicked off the 2021 legislative session at the Statehouse, and I am eager to get to work serving our community in the General Assembly. This session, I am co-authoring legislation that would support many health care workers in underserved areas through a heal…

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Here in the capital of indecision – where even before the polling stations closed Nov. 3 it seemed possible, even likely, that agitation would mix with litigation – the way forward for America is, as it is everywhere else, muddled. Only here it is more so.

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As a physician and former state public health official, I’m troubled. I never imagined that political pressure would ever drastically influence the decisions of the Federal Food and Drug Administration or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These agencies are traditionally very i…

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The COVID recession played havoc with America’s labor markets as well as the official statistics that we use to describe them. This generated plenty of misunderstanding about the state of the economy. With the passage of time and supplemental surveys of workers, a clearer explanation is now …

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Every day, some new poll is published showing Democratic challenger Joe Biden with a big lead over President Donald Trump. Some Trump supporters ignore the news because some of the polls were wrong in 2016. They shouldn’t. The polls are real, and there is no doubt Trump is facing a serious c…

Thursday, October 08, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
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By Saturday, we’ll know who President Trump wants to be the next Supreme Court justice, according to recent announcements. Republicans will praise her qualifications, her intellect, her judicial temperament. Democrats will oppose. There will be an opportunity for a real debate: Should the pr…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Thursday, August 13, 2020
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Donald Trump’s almost erotic relationship with the Whirlpool Corp. continued last week when he traveled to Whirlpool’s factory in Clyde, Ohio, where he boasted to workers that he re-imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum. Why this pleased them is mysterious.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
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As the country struggles to vanquish coronavirus, Americans are witnessing a bizarre phenomenon in which some authorities tolerate and even praise highly politicized mass gatherings while at the same time suppress small activities – like taking children to a playground – that are important t…

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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WASHINGTON -- "White power!" shouted the elderly man, raising his fist as he drove his golf cart past a group of demonstrators advocating racial justice.  President Trump offered an amen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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“To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.” – From the nine principles set out in Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel…

Thursday, June 18, 2020
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The email message had one statement and one question, “So you won’t be having a high school graduation this year. How do you feel about that?” In the spring courses I taught online, there were 16 high school students taking them as credits in escrow. I aimed the email at just that one focus …

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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Watching Boss Trump’s authoritarian street theater in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., I had three related thoughts: first, that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.

Friday, May 15, 2020
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The 15-judge Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States has circulated to all federal judges “for review and comment” a draft opinion that, although seemingly evenhanded, is disturbing and perhaps cynical. To reasonable readers, the draft seems tailored to …

Friday, March 27, 2020
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As a retired physician I have been following the developments of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with interest. I think there will continue to be great disruptions to our economy for the short term. We are all becoming familiar with the obvious disruptions to our “old normal” routi…

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Give Joe Biden some credit. On Jan. 27, he published an op-ed in USA Today recognizing that the coronavirus outbreak could become a big problem. But he devoted nearly the entire piece to bashing President Trump – who was then fighting off impeachment from Biden’s old Democratic colleagues on…

Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Some years ago, life as I knew it was put on a sudden and dramatic hiatus in the form of an inattentive driver who attempted to cross U.S. 30 near Plymouth in the path of our car.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Many Democrats, along with some in the press and a few Republicans, have expressed outrage at President Trump’s commutation of political operative Roger Stone’s jail sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering. GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, the only senator ever to vote to remove a presiden…

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A new furor has erupted over Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s decision to give some members of Congress written updates on foreign election interference instead of in-person briefings. In the past, some Hill Democrats have spun and leaked information from the old oral brief…

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Hoosiers are, unfortunately, used to politicians who say one thing here and then become someone quite different out of town. They leave their three-piece suits in the condo when they visit home, donning jeans and plaid shirts while chatting with the common folk from the cabs of their shiny p…

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The recession that began formally in February continues to weaken the economy. While the early burst of lay-offs has passed, a more permanent loss of jobs and businesses is settling into a record pace. The call-back of those temporary lay-offs is welcomed, but it masks the fact that continui…

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The Trump-Russia investigation effectively ended on July 24, 2019, the day special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill. Mueller’s halting presentation of his 400-plus-page report troubled both Republicans and Democrats. But of greater concern was this fact: After two years of in…

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Last fall, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a member of the National Security Council staff, was a star witness against President Trump at House impeachment hearings. Since then, he has left public view, left the White House and left the Army. Now, with an election approaching, he is launching wh…

Thursday, January 30, 2020
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For six months, some of President Trump’s most implacable foes have invested great hope in two Republicans – former Rep. Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld – who are challenging the president for the GOP nomination. Could they do some damage to Trump’s re-election prospects?

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Everyone is made in the image and likeness of God. Every person has a purpose on this Earth. Do we believe this?

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The Democrats who impeached President Trump knew they did not have a prayer of removing him from office. But they also knew impeachment might have another effect – to weaken the president and reduce his chances of winning reelection in November.