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RUSTHOVEN: Lawsuit could rein in Obama overreach

July 19, 2014
Speaker John Boehner’s plans to have the House file a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s refusals to enforce federal laws has elicited predictable derision in liberal and media circles (which overlap on a Venn diagram).

RUSTHOVEN: Things you don’t know about Hobby Lobby

July 5, 2014
From reaction on the left to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, you’d think it ruled that corporations have First Amendment “free exercise of religion” rights, allowing them to refuse contraceptive coverage for women employees despite the Affordable Care Act’s statutory command. You’d be wrong. Literally none of this is true.

RUSTHOVEN: Tea Party, Chocola never seem to learn

June 7, 2014
On June 3, Mississippi Republicans took a step down the path traveled two years ago by their Indiana counterparts. Ordinarily, Hoosiers might think Mississippians would do well to follow our lead. Not this time.

RUSTHOVEN: Pence pushes plan to national stature

May 24, 2014
A while back, we wrote about Gov. Pence’s efforts to use federal health care dollars for our state’s successful Healthy Indiana Plan, rather than expanding the failure that is Medicaid.

RUSTHOVEN: The union vote proved toothless

May 10, 2014
Two races on my 2014 watch list were challenges to GOP state representatives Bob Behning of Indianapolis and Jerry Torr of Carmel. The issues differed, but each race showed continued erosion of union political power.

RUSTHOVEN: High court opted for common sense

April 26, 2014
In Plessy vs. Ferguson, decided in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court held it constitutional for states to discriminate on the basis of race, pronouncing the now-discredited notion that “separate but equal” comported with the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of “equal protection of the laws.”

RUSTHOVEN: Glad Kentucky went down in the finals

April 12, 2014
In sports, I typically root for my team to win, not for another team to lose. Exceptions are the New England Patriots (Colts loyalists need no explanation) and the New York Yankees, justly despised by all us Boston Red Sox fans and other real Americans.

RUSTHOVEN: Why Pence is winning at the Legislature

March 29, 2014
The Indianapolis Star is developing a pattern in covering Gov. Mike Pence and his dealings with the Legislature.

RUSTHOVEN: Donnelly wisely bucks his president

March 15, 2014
On March 5, Joe Donnelly joined six other Senate Democrats and all Republicans, including Dan Coats, in rejecting President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Hoosier senators did the right thing.

RUSTHOVEN: Pence isn’t playing politics with Sebelius

March 1, 2014
The Post spins this as surreptitious grabbing for Obamacare dollars.

RUSTHOVEN: Obama’s shifting sands of definitions

February 15, 2014
When this column first talked about Obamacare, a reader called the term disrespectful. The president disagreed—well, he did in 2012—saying he was "fond of this term" and "actually like[s] the name, because I do care—that's why we fought so hard to make it happen."

RUSTHOVEN: Christie's ego goes beyond healthy

January 18, 2014
Commentary on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s current troubles, after aides snarled traffic to punish a mayor who didn’t endorse him, has focused on the impact on his presidential aspirations.

RUSTHOVEN: The media misunderstands tax cuts

December 21, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence just “outlined an aggressive agenda to bolster education and job initiatives along with a proposal to eliminate the business personal property tax.” The words are from Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger, longtime journalist and longtime friend.

The pope and capitalism

December 7, 2013
American Catholics, including this convert, see much to admire in our new pope. But Catholic conservatives find it frustrating when church pronouncements on political and economic issues embrace leftist rhetoric and ignore reality.

RUSTHOVEN: An Indiana Obamacare snapshot

November 23, 2013
Obamacare’s calamitous launch, including the widening gap between promise and reality, continues to consume political discourse. Here’s a quick summary of Indiana’s status:

RUSTHOVEN: Donnelly needs to step up

November 9, 2013
Prominently featured on Sen. Joe Donnelly’s website is a column by The Indianapolis Star’s Matt Tully, titled “Donnelly Hits It Down The Middle.” Tully lavishes praise on Donnelly, contrasting him with “partisan warriors such as Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.”

RUSTHOVEN: Coats is GOP voice of sanity

October 26, 2013
In 1957, then-Sen. John Kennedy published “Profiles in Courage,” chronicling stories of senators who (in Kennedy’s rendition) risked careers to do the right thing in the face of political pressure. Eleanor Roosevelt, who thought JFK more a show horse than a work horse, remarked that Kennedy himself needed “less profile and more courage.”

RUSTHOVEN: This buck stops with Obama

October 12, 2013
It’s possible that when this is published, President Obama and House Speaker Boehner will have worked out an end to the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises. I’m betting no. For now, the president doesn’t want to, because he thinks it’s hurting the GOP.

RUSTHOVEN: FitzGibbon was friend and hero departed too soon

September 28, 2013
Our state and city lost an extraordinary citizen last week, when my friend and partner Dan FitzGibbon passed at age 71.

RUSTHOVEN: A president out of his league

September 14, 2013
The president’s handling of the Syria situation is a model of undermining U.S. credibility and influence. Three headlines from last week: 1. “Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad”; “Amateur Hour in the White House”; “Dazed and Confused.”

RUSTHOVEN: Rappin' away the Dream

August 31, 2013
Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Few speeches merit recall a week later. King’s will be remembered as long as America lives.

RUSTHOVEN: Taking issue with Kennedy

August 17, 2013
I don’t comment on columns by my liberal “Taking Issue” counterpart Sheila Kennedy. This week is an exception, prompted by reader requests to respond to her Aug. 12 “Detroit reflects our moral bankruptcy” column for impugning the motives of those who don’t share her views.

RUSTHOVEN: The fish in this barrel reek

August 3, 2013
It’s nice when a fellow Hoosier hits the big time. Latest is Princeton’s Sydney Leathers, who exposed Anthony Weiner, ex-congressman and now New York City mayoral candidate, for continuing the “sexting” behavior that forced his House resignation.

RUSTHOVEN: A responsibility to 'censor' Zinn

July 20, 2013
Using the headline “Daniels looked to censor opponents,” the Associated Press reported last week that former Gov. Mitch Daniels “pledged to promote academic freedom when he became president of Purdue University in January, but newly released emails show he attempted to eliminate what he considered liberal ‘propaganda’ at Indiana’s public universities while governor.”

RUSTHOVEN: This is post-racial America?

July 6, 2013
The final days of June made me wonder if we're ever going to get past race.

RUSTHOVEN: Welcome back, Indiana Pacers

June 8, 2013
Other than the disappointing, anticlimactic Game 7 with the Miami Heat, this was a terrific year and fabulous playoff run by the Pacers. We owe the players and team officials a huge vote of thanks.

RUSTHOVEN: Obama's Teflon starting to wear

May 25, 2013
The president’s had a bad fortnight. Worse lies ahead.

RUSTHOVEN: Bowen lived, governed with character

May 11, 2013
Early this month saw the passing of Otis Bowen, among the most admired, respected governors in Indiana history. Tributes following his death have been gratifying and well-deserved.
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