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For more than two centuries, Hoosiers have participated in democracy by going to their local polling place to vote. In normal times they chat with their neighbors as they wait in line.

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Hoosiers are facing their greatest physical and economic threat since the Great Depression and on the most crucial aspect of this crisis – the availability of coronavirus testing that would allow health and policy executives to learn of the extent of the spread and contact trace those in a c…

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Think about where the 2020 presidential race was a month ago: President Trump was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial and his approval approached the 50 percent mark that had eluded him for most of his first term. His reelection chances were greatly enhanced. With Joe Biden’s apparent …

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Arguably, one of the biggest changes to the rural landscape and family life in the U.S. occurred when electricity was extended through the countryside. The first feasibility studies were conducted in 1923 in Minnesota, where they reached the conclusion that rural electrification was feasible…

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Arguably, one of the biggest changes to the rural landscape and family life in the U.S. occurred when electricity was extended through the countryside. The first feasibility studies were conducted in 1923 in Minnesota, where they reached the conclusion that rural electrification was feasible…

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Back in 1980, while working for the Elkhart Truth, I covered a rising star congressman named David Stockman, who represented a southern Michigan district.

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When the Indiana Democratic Party convened its 2012 convention in Fort Wayne, party leaders like gubernatorial nominee John Gregg warned of an “extreme” and “radical” Republican party. But tucked away at the Democratic Party’s AFL-CIO luncheon was the keynoter, Democratic socialist U.S. Sen.…

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The Indiana Supreme Court faces a “political” decision that will be known in the next three weeks: What to do about Attorney General Curtis Hill?

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Before Sen. Bernie Sanders’ narrow New Hampshire primary victory Tuesday night over Pete Buttigieg, Notre Dame professor Robert Schmuhl questioned the viability of the two major political parties in his recently published book, “The Glory and the Burden: The American Presidency from FDR to Trump.“

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When you factor in where Pete Buttigieg was a year ago – poised as a potential Dennis Kucinich or Alan Keyes of presidential politics – and where he is today, poised as a top-tier candidate after what appears to be a virtual tie in the Iowa caucuses (Buttigieg had a 26.2 percent to 26.1 perc…

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The next time you hear someone – likely a politician or spokesperson for a medical special interest group – argue that America’s health insurance arrangements are fine because they offer lots of choice for patients, don’t take them seriously.

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With closing arguments completed and Senate jurors in Q&A mode in President Trump’s impeachment trial, we find this a cleaved nation, with the We Ask America Poll in Indiana perfectly framing the situation: 47.4 percent of Hoosiers approve of the president, 47.7 percent disapprove. A Fox…

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President Trump doesn’t look to be in much danger of losing his office this winter. But if history teaches us anything from past 20th century impeachment efforts, his reelection is on thin ice next November and his Trumpublicans may face harrowing losses, particularly outside of Indiana.

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One of the ways to help bring in a little more income on a farm is to use the equipment you own to help others with tasks on their farms. Known as custom work, this is a good way to help pay for equipment or labor that might be underutilized.

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At a recent training, Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension’s forage specialist, warned Extension Educators from around Indiana that the 2019 spring harvested forage crops are lower than normal in quality and, without proper supplements, there could be serious consequences to animal health.

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A young friend of ours who worked for Hillary Clinton in 2016 waved a big caution flag recently about the fall elections. The same complacency that doomed Clinton is starting to afflict Democrats again, she warns. Too many party operatives are convinced that a “blue wave” will sweep the Demo…

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Question: What are things I can do to help improve the chances that a trip to the grocery store will go well when I have to take my kids?

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When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean - free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths.

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I know with the ongoing news about E. coli and romaine lettuce that you aren’t going to go out and buy romaine lettuce and make salads. I am not either – I’m just eating other dark green leafy veggies. There are so many other possibilities when it comes to greens for salads and that may be a…

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As parents, caring adults and community leaders, we must create the conditions for healthy kids to thrive. This means recognizing and addressing the dangers children face when they live in unhealthy environments, reducing health-harming behaviors like smoking and substance use by children an…

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Among the recent garbled effusions from today’s temporary president – cheer up; they are all temporary – was one that concerned something about which he might not have thought as deeply as the subject merits. During an episode of government of, by and for “Fox & Friends,” he said: He won…

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It’s funny how plants can bring out the best and the worst in people. Want to make your wife, mother or grandma happy? Give her a spring bouquet or a nice hanging basket out of the blue! However, let some dandelions grow in the yard, or weeds grow on the neighbor’s side of the fence, and you…

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Another spring, another catastrophic wildfire season in the high plains. This year it was Oklahoma, where wind-driven flames consumed more than 350,000 acres of pasture, killing thousands of cows and destroying barns, homes and fences. New York Times reporter Mitch Smith described the scene …

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At the height of the excitement last week over the real possibility of transformation on the Korean peninsula, a colleague of mine – a man well-informed but inflamed with dislike for Donald Trump – murmured to me, almost in anguish:

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Most Hoosiers don’t yet realize it, but much of the state is in the midst of a quiet revolution. Many elected leaders now recognize that the economic development efforts of the past half century have failed to deliver prosperity to their cities and towns. Sadly, in far too many communities, …

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Salmonella is in the news and I have received phone calls and emails from some of you asking questions. It was also suggested that I use this subject for my column.

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There’s been much talk about the “pink wave” in this year’s elections with the emergence of 11 female candidates running for Congress in Indiana and more than 50 running for the General Assembly. But there is also a “green wave,” represented by rich candidates who are mostly self-funding the…

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We’ve heard relatively little from Washington in recent months about the Affordable Care Act, but that doesn’t mean our elected officials have forgotten about it or that its future is certain. Republican lawmakers still say the plan forces Americans to buy health insurance they may not want …

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WASHINGTON — Of all the tributes to Barbara Bush, the encomium that touched this American heart the deepest was from historian Jon Meacham:

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As the museum of human nature, aka the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, marks its 25th anniversary, it continues to receive artifacts, such as a letter handwritten on a yellow scrap of paper. It was donated to the museum by Frank Grunwald, 85, who lives in Indianapolis.

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Courage isn’t required to condemn the Syracuse University chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity for simulating a sexual assault on a disabled student.

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The weather was gloriously sunny here on Monday and Tuesday, as if to celebrate the release of tension over the possibility that Saturday’s U.S. missile strike in Syria would lead to U.S.-Russia fighting. Perhaps the most significant lesson of the strike is that the military de-confliction c…

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As I write this there are spring flowers blooming and it is warm. I know tomorrow it is supposed to be cold again, but the warmth means there is hope that spring really will get here soon! This wonderful spring weather means more of you are grilling and also eating outside so this is a good …

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INDIANAPOLIS – Vice President Mike Pence returns to Indianapolis on April 26 to tout President Trump and the Republican tax reforms. But this visit comes as his boss heads into what will likely be one of the most turbulent periods of his life.

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Donald J. Trump is a jerk. I feel as if I have a right to say that. I voted for him. He may be a jerk, but he’s my jerk.

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NOTRE DAME — The Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday, April 17, heard oral arguments in a case that will determine whether online retailers can be required by states to collect sales taxes on purchases by their residents, and a University of Notre Dame tax expert calls the case “on…

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Coming soon to a cinema near you – you can make this happen; read on – is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains and a history-making struggle over ... the Constitution’s Takings Clause. Next Feb. 24, “Little Pink House” will win the Oscar for best picture if Hollyw…

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It is the Democratic party’s most fevered hope that dawn on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7 will reveal acres of smoking rubble that was once the national Republican party and its majorities in the Congress.

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Last month, the United Nations hosted a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) conference in Bonn, Germany. Despite hopes that limiting population growth would be the UN’s centerpiece topic, concerned attendees came away disappointed, with the impression that political correctness ruled the day…

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WASHINGTON — The scene is the Cabinet Room. The event is a war council. There is so much brass the TV lights catching all the metal project blinding flashes of light.

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