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“For the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie”

“For the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie”

The words in the headline were spoken by Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler's chief propagandist. I know comparing the lies of the Nazis to the systemic lying in the political culture of America today is certainly not fresh. But every time it seems the leaders of the...

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Indiana’s surplus is as useful as a stuffed mattress

Indiana’s surplus is as useful as a stuffed mattress

If you had $100 and were forced to invest it, what types of investments would you consider? Celebrity space programs might be a market ready to explode, or maybe another GameStop will come along. But here's a wacky thought: let's pool several billion dollars together...

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A movie just in time for another summer of soul

A movie just in time for another summer of soul

It started with a text message containing the trailer of the new documentary, Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised). A couple of days later, a group of friends streamed the entire movie on a projector screen in a neighborhood backyard. The...

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Gerrymandering is a squeeze on the moderate voter

Gerrymandering is a squeeze on the moderate voter

"Gerrymandering" is one of those awkward, made-up, and uniquely American words that has forever scarred the English language. What does it mean? It means strategically drawing legislative districts to benefit the political party in charge, immediately following the...

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It’s hard to say what’s obscene or simply free speech

It’s hard to say what’s obscene or simply free speech

"I know it when I see it," U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote in 1964 when trying to describe his definition of obscenity in the 1964 decision in Jacobellis v. Ohio. I have thought about that quote plenty over the years. Admittedly, I am a vulgar...

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America’s old friends are friends with us again

America’s old friends are friends with us again

I have written it several times over the years: America needs to do what it can to be hated less around the world. I know, I know, that sounds too simple to be useful, but it's not. Our friends at Pew Research Center have been tracking America's image for at least the...

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