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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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What has surprised me most in the tales from my friends who have ventured down to Cuba since the Obama “thaw” in relations has been their descriptions of the pictures and memorials to the late Che Guevara. The exaggerated tributes everywhere on the island are reverent – it is he, not the Cas…

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On Tuesday morning, President Trump reacted to the news that the FBI searched the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, by tweeting “Attorney–client privilege is dead!” On Monday night, he called the search “an attack on our country.” Nothing could be further from the truth. While …

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, and some say good riddance to bad rubbish while others of us say the rubbish resides in the critics. He is one of the best things to happen to Washington in years, this Wisconsin Republican who has been pragmatic, principled, prudent, caring, honest, know…

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Indiana is reveling in a flurry of national rankings that report a low tax climate. It is natural that Hoosiers should be proud of the work the legislature has done to limit spending and fund pensions. Taxes and expectations about future tax rates matter to households and businesses; influen…

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The scene from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is one we have seen far too often: terrified students fleeing a school, parents frantically searching for their children, law enforcement swarming a campus. While our immediate concern is for those directly involved in …

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There’s so much that’s rewarding about working with Indiana’s Feeding America affiliate food banks and I am privileged to have the chance to help Hoosiers struggling to get by. It’s comforting to know that when people in our communities face hardship, they have somewhere to turn.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The breaking news around 7 p.m. April 4, 1968 hit our home like a stab. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., had been gunned down on a Memphis hotel balcony. The civil rights leader and pioneer was dead.

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After two years of stonewalling about its theft of Gerardo Serrano’s 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck, the government suddenly returned it. It sparkled from having been washed and detailed, bumper to bumper, and it had four new tires and a new battery. The government probably hoped that, mollifi…

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Martin Luther King Jr. died 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968, but he is not dead to me, not in what he did, not in what he achieved. While he hardly made it go away, he took the dread of American racism, and, out of his Christian love, his patriotism, his inspired leadership, he helped change …

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When the country’s second-largest lumber producer tries to take the U.S. Justice Department to the Supreme Court over a forest fire that started under the distracted gaze of a watchtower forester – who at the time was reportedly peeing on his own bare feet – you can expect a few sparks to fly.

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President Dwight Eisenhower once said that farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a cornfield. That quote leapt to mind when I read recent articles featuring sharp criticism of this year’s General Assembly. In defense of all 150 members of the l…

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“They taught me what it really means to be a human person, to love and let the barriers down,” director Randall Wright explains about his experience making “Summer in the Forest,” his new documentary. If there’s someone who has watched this movie about a community of disabled people near Par…

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Can you name a nutrient that you do not get enough of? This nutrient is important and most of you never get enough of it- water. A shortage of body water results in dehydration and severe dehydration can be lead to a critical condition. When you are thirsty, your body is telling you that you…

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