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Pence Isn’t Really a Hick; He Just Plays One On TV

I love it when holders of high office who are arrogant, vain and disdainful suddenly decide that they need to stress one other quality to the voters: their humility. If Mike Pence were an act, nobody could play him better than Mike Pence.

July 22, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) wave to the crowd before addressing the crowd during a campaign stop at the Grand Park Events Center in Westfield, Indiana, July 12, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

9 Things You Should Know About Mike Pence

The inclusion of Pence on a presidential ticket would have been much more alarming news in any other election cycle, without Trump’s authoritarian shadow soaking up the spotlight.

July 14, 2016
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Trump Picks Indiana Governor Pence For Running Mate: Media

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is to announce his choice on Friday at 11 a.m. in Manhattan. The choice of Pence was first reported by Roll Call and the New York Times and CBS also said this was his pick.

July 14, 2016

Could ‘Jihadi Rehab’ Work Better Than Incarceration?

Ideological rehabilitation could be a better antidote to extremist propaganda than incarceration, as U.S. prisons have often served as places that nurture terrorism. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is said to have been a studious, quiet young man until the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and he landed in jail at Camp Bucca a couples years after.

June 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama receives a hug after speaking about the economy during a visit to Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama Previews Role In Presidential Campaign As Attacker Of Trump’s Proposals

Obama called Trump’s proposals on illegal immigration “a fantasy,” and said that although Trump’s prescriptions would do little to help economic anxiety. “When I hear working families thinking about voting for [Trump’s] plans,” Obama said, “then I want to have an intervention. I want you to take a look at what they’re talking about here.

June 1, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Governor John Kasich celebrates in front of his wife Karen (L) and daughter Reese (2nd L) after winning the Ohio primary Republican presidential election at a campaign rally in Berea, Ohio March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Kasich To Bow Out Of 2016 Race

Donald Trump is now the lone Republican in the 2016 race. It seems the Party of Lincoln is finally united, but this is hardly the sort of union that Lincoln imagined.

May 4, 2016
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign event at Lakeside Plastics in Oshkosh, Wisconsin March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

Ted Cruz Suspends Presidential Campaign After Indiana Loss

Trump walked away with most, if not all, of Indiana’s 57 delegates, the biggest trove until the June 7 primaries, where New Jersey and California will go to the polls.

May 4, 2016
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Clinton, Sanders Fight On In Indiana

On the eve of Indiana’s primary, Hillary Clinton is looking to add the state to her list of electoral victories over Bernie Sanders. But even if Sanders were to somehow win the state, Clinton will likely still capture the party’s nomination.

May 2, 2016
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) afternoon general session in Washington March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Kasich And Cruz’s Coordination May Be Too Late To Stop Trump

Republican presidential candidates John Kasich and Ted Cruz announced today that their campaigns would coordinate to keep party frontrunner Donald Trump from securing the necessary votes to win the nomination. A look at the agreement’s fine print indicates there is more than meets the eye.

April 25, 2016
Steve Sands takes pictures of the rising waters in the Mississippi River as flood waters approach their crest in Greenbelt Park in Memphis, Tennessee January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht

Doesn’t Mississippi Have More Pressing Concerns?

After all, Mississippi just passed a law that 80 percent of its eighth-graders would struggle to read.

April 10, 2016
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Women Tell Indiana Governor About Their Periods To Protest Restrictive Abortion Bill

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country, women in the state didn’t just get mad. They got to social media.

April 4, 2016
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Republicans’ Anti-LGBT Laws Have Been Months In The Making

Socially conservative Republicans are at an advantage on the state level: the party holds 31 governorships across the country and 68 of 98 state legislatures. In 23 states, Republicans control both the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers.

March 28, 2016
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The Killing Of Three African Men In Indiana Reopens Old Wounds For American Muslims

The murders, which have been described as “mysterious,” are part of a wave of Islamophobic attacks around the country.

February 29, 2016

GOP Victory On Obamacare Could Hurt Party In 2016, Report Suggests

If Republicans get their way at the Supreme Court this month and wipe out Obamacare premium subsidies for millions of Americans, the ensuing damage to their party in 2016 swing states could be significant.

June 4, 2015

Companies’ Pro-Equality Rhetoric Belied By Their Campaign Donations

Many of the companies speaking out against religious freedom bills have donated cash to politicians who very publicly led the fight against LGBT rights.

April 10, 2015

‘The Culture War’ — A Battle The GOP Can’t Win

The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don’t know it yet.

April 8, 2015
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59 Years Ago, Discrimination Law And Sports Intersected

Recent controversy over sports and discriminatory laws in Indiana, find a parallel in Louisiana circa 1956.

April 7, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Jon Stewart’s Endorsement

Jon Stewart says that Trevor Noah will earn your trust — or not — just like Jon himself earned your trust — or didn’t.

April 7, 2015

Good People Sometimes Back Bad Laws

Religious freedom legislation is widening the rift between liberals and social conservatives. Is it possible to reach out to the other side, and move forward?

April 7, 2015

Top Reads For News Junkies: ‘Hoosiers’

It has not been a great week for Indiana. The state and its leaders came under fire for the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a particularly insidious piece of legislation that many saw as an umbrella protecting and empowering anyone who wanted to discriminate against LGBT citizens under the pretext of invoking Christian faith. Among […]

April 5, 2015

Toxic Law: How Corporate Power And ‘Religious Freedom’ Threaten Democracy

Corporations are valuable and useful vehicles for creating wealth. But they are not and never should be political and religious actors.

April 4, 2015
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Indiana’s Fix To ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Draws Critics On Both Sides

“Critics of the law immediately said the changes do not go far enough in protecting against discrimination, while proponents said that Indianans’ religious liberties are still threatened.”

April 2, 2015
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Indiana Drafts Amended Religious Law To Protect Gays Against Discrimination

Hoosier lawmakers draft legislation to protect gays against discrimination in response to national furor.

April 2, 2015

Late Night Roundup: David Letterman For Senate?

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) made a suggestion to his old friend David Letterman, to deal with the controversies back in Indiana.

April 2, 2015