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Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The following is a column by Ernie Pyle, a native of Dana who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the best-known American war correspondent, with his work being published in as many as 400 daily newspapers across the country, entering as …

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Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2019. There are 221 days left in the year.

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I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with young people — students — who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy, and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to pursue a life in the public realm.

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Socialism seems to be garnering renewed interest in media and political circles. A millionaire socialist currently leads in some polling for the Democratic Party nomination in 2020, and the most outspoken new members of Congress unabashedly proclaim themselves democratic socialists.

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Every two years the Indiana General Assembly writes a new state budget. This year the legislature set spending for fiscal year 2020, which starts in a couple of months on July 1, and for fiscal year 2021, which starts in mid-2020. Of course, to budget for the future legislators need a reason…

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There are a lot of reasons why Congress finds itself hamstrung in Washington and discounted by the people it serves at home. These include long-term trends over which it has little control: the political polarization of the country; the oceans of money that get dumped into the political proc…

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Since the Great Recession, most of the nation’s rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people. The story is markedly different in the nation’s largest urban communities.

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The national economy grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter. I had forecast a 2.9-percent growth rate, but worried the obvious slowing of the U.S. economy would weigh heavily on growth. What might be happening and what it means for the future are worth thinking a bit more…

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A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a group of students and decided to start with a point-blank question: Is Congress doing a good job? There were perhaps 100 people in the room, and not a single one raised his or her hand.

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Over spring break, I read a Bryan Caplan’s very popular book, "The Case Against Higher Education." Many readers of this column might suppose I’d like this book. I tend to support smaller government, and am a frequent critic of higher education. Recall that I’m the professor who thinks tenure…

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I became active in politics in the late 1950s, got elected to Congress in 1964, and have remained engaged in one way or another every year since then. I’ve had a ringside seat for a long time. So I suppose I should not be surprised that I get asked a lot these days how American politics have…

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