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It would be easy to consign Mike Braun’s epic, not-even-close upset of U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly to a Democratic blunder on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Donnelly, along with U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill all vot

A dozen years after Ernie Pyle died beside a road on a tiny Japanese island, his legacy altered the course of a Hoosier teenager's life.Keith Hamilton was an 18-year-old, freshly graduated from Anderson High School, northeast of Indianapolis. Some of

We are blessed with a beautiful forest behind our new home. The problem is that the trees need a bit of trimming, and that means I need to get out the chainsaw, a device I am only familiar with because of R-rated movies.

NASHVILLE, Ind. - Through all the Mexico Joe and China Mike antics, the food fights, splittin’ firewood, through the blur of tens of millions of dollars worth of TV ads, the Indiana U.S. Senate race is in its final days.


Matt Tully died Monday night.

The Indianapolis Star columnist lost a hard battle with stomach cancer. His passing prompted an outpouring of tributes regarding his work and his contributions to this community, all of them deserved.

I just read on AOL that coffee first thing in the morning is bad for you. Hard to believe, isn’t it? No, not the coffee part, the fact that I still have AOL.

Growing up, my parents and my teachers in Michigan City and Peru taught me about our great presidents. The first one, George Washington, would never tell a lie. Perhaps the greatest, Abraham Lincoln, urged his war torn nation to bind up its wounds wi


We live in Donald Trump’s America.

He makes that clear, every day and every night. When someone questions him or challenges something he’s said, he often responds by saying, “I’m the president and you’re not.”

While I was visiting family on the East Coast, my sister took me to a bagel shop knowing that the treats in this classic tiny New York City fixture would soon be throwing a party for my mouth (to quote the great Mel Brooks).


By coincidence, just a few hours after the president of the United States showered praise at a rally on a congressman who assaulted a reporter, I spoke before a gathering of high school journalists.

Grammarians appalled by President Donald Trump’s mangling of the English language in his tweets got a jolt even they didn’t expect.

INDIANAPOLIS – One of the biggest controversies in the country seems to involve the ancestry of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.For years, Warren has claimed Native American ancestry. Born in Oklahoma to a working-class family, she says s


Sitting in a Terre Haute restaurant one morning last week, I overheard a snippet of yet another dividing line in America — age.A handful of over-40 folks grumbled about the work ethic, or lack thereof, of young people, specifically citing millennials

When Vice President Mike Pence strides into the J.W. Marriott Friday night for the Republican Fall Dinner, and then the Saturday GOP “Right Track Barnstorm Tour” kickoff, he finds himself at the apex of Trump World.Unemployment is the lowest in 50 ye

From the auto assembly lines in Fort Wayne and Kokomo, to the RV belt in Elkhart and Goshen, to the rows of soybeans across the Hoosier state, there’s been much organizational angst over President Trump’s trade strategy and tariffs.


She is the daughter of one president and the step-daughter of another.

But when a man – her domestic partner – beat Josina Z. Machel almost to death and blinded her in one eye, even she had difficulty getting people to listen to her.

To believe her.

I believe Dr. Ford. I am skeptical of Judge Kavanaugh’s denial. It is clear he refuses to admit to things that are fairly obvious about his youth. He painted himself at that age and later in college in a manner that does not sound “right.” What I am stuck on is why.

This column is being written during the explosive Senate Judiciary testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the topic unfolding below is my initial forecasting for Indiana General Assembly races.


Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, came back to Indiana the other day.

While here, he stopped to talk with TV reporters and declined to endorse a candidate in the race for the Senate seat Lugar once held.

While opening boxes after our move to our new home, I found several stacks of old news articles, many sent by friends, plus some cut out by me and saved. I am always looking for ideas for my TV segment and newspaper columns. I found one clipping that bears repeating, about how much time people spend kissing.

In past U.S. Senate races in Indiana, the emphasis in the campaign homestretch is mostly concentrated on domestic or foreign policy. We’ve watched the debate in races going back to 2010 center on issues like deficits and debt, Obamacare, our alliance with Israel, military strength, or tax reform.

“What’s in here?” I asked Mary Ellen as I started to open still another carton the movers had deposited in the lower level of our new home.


The late Andy Jacobs Jr. had a problem with a certain kind of campaign rhetoric.

“Why do so many candidates have to say, ‘I will fight for you?’” he said to me once when we were shooting the breeze. “Why can’t they say, ‘I will work for you?’ Or, better yet, ‘I will work with you?’”


Long ago, when he was readying himself to run for president, John F. Kennedy authored a book, “Profiles in Courage.” But it has long called for a companion volume, a bookend of sorts that could be called “Profiles in Cowardice.”

The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called "the leakage of reality from American life."


Afternoon sun poured through a street-side window over Michael Tingley’s shoulder. Yet, it was a powerful memory that set his face aglow.Looking upward into the distance, Tingley smiled, a tear on his cheek.

NASHVILLE, Ind. – If you envision a career in Congress, there are several aspects of the job you have to accept: You work 15- to 20-hour days and weekends, you have to raise big bucks, and, once upon a time, you had to meet with your constituents.


For all the furor it has created, Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” just might serve as an exhibit in the president’s defense.

My sister has just returned from a vacation in Iceland. She hit some popular night clubs and talked with several women about the singles scene in that exotic land.