Karma, precedent and the nuclear option

For euphemism, dissimulation and outright hypocrisy, there is nothing quite as entertaining as the periodic Senate dust-ups over Supreme Court appointments and the filibuster....

Gauging Trump’s grip on the presidency

How is President Donald Trump doing at this early point? While his national approval has consistently hovered between 35 and 42 percent, Trump’s base is...

To die for Estonia?

So what if, in his speech last week to NATO, Donald Trump didn’t explicitly reaffirm the provision that an attack on one is an...

Checking out some economics of food deserts

The bankruptcy and closure of Marsh Supermarkets has rekindled the discussion of food deserts in several Indiana towns. For those of you not familiar...

The looming Republican disgrace

The ascension of Donald Trump was supposed to change everything in the GOP. As it happens, perhaps one very important thing hasn’t: The Republicans...

Mothball the Confederate monuments

Robert E. Lee wasn’t a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying...

Kris Kobach and the struggles of column-writing

It is neither paranoid nor alarmist to begin asking if the Trump administration plans to rationalize blocking a large number of voters who oppose...

Johnny Carson > Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel deserves credit for frankness, if nothing else. In an interview over the weekend, the ABC late-night host said he doesn’t care about...

Lt. Gov. Crouch and Indiana’s glass ceiling

High above Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch in the Statehouse south atrium where they announced their 2018 legislative priorities this week...

When is making a cake constitutionally protected speech?

The conversation about a cake lasted less than a minute but will long reverberate in constitutional law. Today, the Supreme Court is scheduled to...