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Ever since FCC chief Newton Minow famously branded it a “vast wasteland” six decades ago, television has tried to polish its image. One way was with probing documentaries, pioneered by … more
I’ve been in and around politics for a long time, and not once, ever, have I encountered a candidate who said he or she might not accept the results of an election. Until now. Certainly, in … more
Putting a vice president into the Oval Office is like putting a new Supreme Court justice on the bench. You might think you know what you’re getting, but people who are given such power have an … more
INDIANAPOLIS – We all knew this election was going to be about HIM. So what happens to Indiana’s down ballot candidates if and when President Trump’s reelection bid … more

Two and a half centuries ago Confucius understood that clear and accurate language describing civic norms and behaviors is essential in promoting political and social order. The Analects of Confucius … more
Every state in the union has voting by mail as an option. That is absentee voting, a system that has been in place since the time of the Civil War. Absentee voting began when soldiers in encampments … more
Newspapers face another big election. It’s about them. While the United States is riveted by a most unusual presidential election, the newspaper industry is running to win the hearts, … more
The president of the United States — the leader of the free world, arguably the most powerful person on the planet — has contracted a dangerous virus, and I’m not sure how I should … more
In a year of fighting a global pandemic, historic protests for racial equality, and the rapidly approaching presidential election, America needs journalists to bring them critical reporting. The … more

INDIANAPOLIS — It stands to be a future framed picture in Vice President Mike Pence’s office: On Monday, he was climbing the U.S. Capitol steps with 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett of … more
“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president? Then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election.” Sounds like something President Donald Trump would … more
Autumn has arrived — and it couldn’t come soon enough. I love this time of year — the brilliant colors, the chilly air, the sweet yet tart taste of apple cider, and the smell of … more
I’m thinking of doing something different in the gubernatorial election. Some will say I would be wasting my vote. The same temptation teased me in the 2016 presidential election. Disgusted … more
“Don’t discuss religion and politics in polite company!” The lesson was drilled into us because such discussion would cause arguments. Now it is not possible to avoid discussion of … more

INDIANAPOLIS — Gathering for dinner in 2015 at the governor’s retreat, Brown County State Park’s Aynes House, Gov. Mike Pence and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats came to some career … more
The United States Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1. The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic complicated … more
It probably feels like the 2020 elections have been going on for years, and in a sense they have. Ever since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, the political world has been girding for this … more
  Complacent, entitled establishment’s hair on fire, Part 1: “We must replace Thurgood Marshall with another African American justice.” “Agreed. Meet Clarence … more
INDIANAPOLIS — An edgy America has been warned by its president that the coming election will be “rigged” and “fraudulent.” U.S. intelligence and congressional sources … more

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22. Since 2012, the fourth Tuesday of September has been celebrated as a holiday to alert voters to get ready for the upcoming November election. From its … more
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