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Columnist John Homan applauds the diversity in his Elkhart neighborhood.


Posted at 3:06 p.m.
 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Thursday Oct. 23, 2014, during a fundraiser for the Texas Victory 2014 at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center in Midland.

Letting the federal government deprive Americans of their nationality is something that should give pause to anyone acquainted with the Constitution or history.


Posted at 11:51 a.m.
 President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Washington.

Barack Obama reflexively insists on playing the shocked outsider when something goes wrong within his own administration.


Posted at 11:04 a.m.
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Posted on Oct. 23, 2014 at 3:44 p.m.

Get stranded in Elkhart. Live like a visitor and take the time to enjoy the amenities that are welcoming tourists every day.

 In this Feb. 26, 2014, photo Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence embraces a preschool student at the Shepherd Community Center in Indianapolis. Pence decided not to seek a federal grant that could provide up to $80 million for preschool programs serving low-income students, according to an internal email obtained Oct. 16 by The Indianapolis Star.
Posted on Oct. 23, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

The decision, which the governor characterized as based on federal “intrusion” into education matters, reopens a classic case of taking an ideological stance on spending, even if it hurts the state.

 In this July 25, 2014 file photo, a black bear in captivity waits for visitors to throw food into his pen at the the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine.  Money is pouring into Maine to support — and oppose — a referendum to ban three methods of bear hunting. Both sides have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to win the November ballot question.
Posted on Oct. 22, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.

Oh, be still thy twitching trigger finger. This isn't an anti-hunting column; it's a pro-humanity column. Ours.

 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn participates in a rally before casting a ballot in early voting at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Fulton County on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Atlanta.  Nunn is running against Republican David Perdue.
Posted on Oct. 22, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

Nunn's comfort in her own skin is in sharp contrast to other Democrats on the ballot, who are making awkward maneuvers to distance themselves from Obama and much of the Democratic Party.

 Protesters carry crosses with the names of black men who have been killed during a march to the Ferguson, Mo., police station, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in August and a second police shooting in St. Louis this month.
Posted on Oct. 21, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.

The number of young men of color shot by police needs to come down. It's in the best interests of police to step out from behind the "blue shield" and commit to lowering them.

 Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, right, addresses the media as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Donamire Farm in Lexington, Ky. Romney was in Kentucky to attend a fundraiser for McConnell, and to endorse his re-election bid to the senate.
Posted on Oct. 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Republican midterm victories are the anomaly, distracting attention from trends that are gradually condemning the Republican Party to regional appeal and national irrelevance.

 A payday loan business in Phoenix.
Posted on Oct. 20, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

Crusaders against such loans often make the interest rate charged seem even higher by quoting these interest rates in annual terms, even when the loan is actually repayable in a matter of weeks.

 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn, center right, with daughter Elizabeth, high-fives a voter as she participates in early voting at Fulton County's Adamsville Recreation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta.  Nunn is running against Republican David Perdue.
Posted on Oct. 20, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

Democrats can't win without a sufficient share of the white working-class vote.

 In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko conduct prescreening measures on a passenger, right, who arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Officials recommend against travel to the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the epidemic.
Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

If we dare, it makes exceptionally good sense to treat travelers from infected countries with exceptional scrutiny on this end of the trip.

 Democratic candidates James Lee Witt, left, and Mike Ross, right, watch former President Bill Clinton speak to the crowd during a rally at the train depot in his hometown of Hope, Ark., Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014. Clinton praised all of the democratic candidates up for election and touched on topics such as the Ebola and health care.
Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Time has a way of erasing memories and softening differences.


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 Michelle Singletary

Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
 The leaves change colors on Sunset Boulevard north of Bristol in this Elkhart Truth file photo.

Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.
 Dr. Francis Collins, a scientist who helped unravel the human genetic code, talks about his role as the newly-confirmed director of the National Institutes of Health. on his first day at work at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Md., Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.

Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
 President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in San Dimas, Calif. Obama designated the nearly 350,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles a national monument. Supporters say the move will provide recreational opportunities for millions of people — minorities and children in particular — who live in Los Angeles County, one of the most disadvantaged areas in terms of access to open space. Local officials worry about potential use restrictions.

Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
 Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf meets with audience members during a rally Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at the Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in Philadelphia.

Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.
 In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before being flown to the National Institutes of Health outside Washington. Pham is shown in the video — posted online by the hospital's parent company — smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of the first patient.

Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
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