Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. Capitol with the tagline, “See America: L…
As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this.
It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating.
Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. Then comes the reaction: a shocked public, an administration on the defensive, and grandstanding members of Congress. Finally, major reform bills get …
It’s depressing to read poll after poll highlighting Americans’ utter disdain for Congress. But my encounters with ordinary citizens at public meetings or in casual conversation really bring me up short. In angry diatribes or in resigned comments, people make clear their dwindling confidence…
I felt a brief surge of hope a few weeks ago about Congress. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure. B…
These are hard times for Congress. Our democracy’s keystone political institution is widely derided as ineffective, unproductive, irrelevant, and sadly out of touch.
Two events this week show Northwest Indiana isn't satisfied with the status quo. It's moving forward, and everyone should get on board with these two movements.
HOBART | Former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton will be the keynote speaker at this year's Ethics in Government breakfast next month.
Statehood Day is a day we relish with genuine Hoosier pride. On Dec. 11, 1816, Indiana, once part of the vast Northwest Territory, was officially recognized as a burgeoning new state comprised of great resources and the promise of a better future.
Senator Dan Coats was a person who has this legendary status that certain government leaders from Indiana just seemed to acquire. The iconic people you hear about from the Hoosier state like Congressmen Dan Burton (30 years), Lee Hamilton (34 years), Senator Birch Bayh (18 years), Otis Bowen…
The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?
Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton is a director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University.
LAPORTE | To help celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday, coming in 2016, LaPorte County Parks received a present.
I find Ron Henson's Feb. 13 letter regarding the character of former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana (1965-1999) very offensive.
WASHINGTON | Richard Lugar takes a seat at a well-worn circular conference table. In an office filled with shiny, new fixtures, it's a notable relic from his 36-year career in the Senate.
INDIANAPOLIS | The commission organizing events and celebrations marking the state's 200th anniversary has named First Lady Karen Pence Indiana's Bicentennial Ambassador.
Look at the Feb. 5 picture of Lee Hamilton. Does this look like a civil man? I think not. What business does he have out touring the banquet circuit and lecturing us on civility?
VALPARAISO | Political leaders and others will need to practice civility if America is to keep moving forward, former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton said Monday.
VALPARAISO – Porter County residents are invited to attend a special program event on February 4 presented by the Porter County Community Foundation and Indiana Humanities entitled “Civility Matters: Civility in Politics, Media and Business.” The program will feature a keynote by former Cong…
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