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On Obamacare, a partywide failure

There’s stumbling out of the gate, and then there’s what Republicans just did on health care. They came up with a substantively indefensible bill,...

Contrasting our Statehouse to Capitol Hill

Years ago my late journalist colleague Harrison J. Ullmann of NUVO Newsweekly used to chide the Indiana General Assembly by frequently calling it “America’s...

We don’t listen to each other. We’re afraid of each other.

Whenever possible on a given first day of the week, I watch CBS Sunday Morning’s first 20 minutes before heading out to church. Yesterday,...

Hyperpartisanship is hurting the country

Hyperpartisanship is destroying American politics. The announcement this week that Democrats will filibuster Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch -- who is eminently qualified...

We’re against emotionalism, except when we’re not

Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch’s calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have...

Whatever replaces Obamacare will look a lot like Obamacare

“Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)...

Reading test only a piece of student’s capacity

The Indiana State Board of Education’s policy to hold back any third-grader who can’t read seems, at first glance, like a good idea. After...

A 140-character flaw

The Trump administration is in the throes of one of the greatest self-inflicted distractions of the modern presidency. The latest chapter comes from James Comey...

The real world of Obamacare repeal

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage...