Donald Trump’s presidency has been a horror show that is ending with a pandemic that is out of control, an economic recession and deepening political polarisation. Mr. Trump is the author of this disastrous denouement. He is also the political leader least equipped to deal with it. Democracy in the United States has been damaged by Mr. Trump’s first term. It may not survive four more years.

On Oct. 16, Armenia launched a Scud ballistic missile at Ganja, Azerbaijan's second-largest city, from the territory of the Republic of Armenia, destroying 20 residential buildings and killing at least 12 civilians.

As I write this, Indiana is experiencing a record surge in COVID-19 cases. We currently sit at a hospitalization rate that is the highest since we were still partially locked down in May. Right now, 17 percent of Hoosiers who have been hospitalized have died. This isn't fear-mongering; these are the facts.

A new Pope Francis documentary, "Francesco," has certainly commanded some attention. Longtime pope followers like me know to take the hubbub with a grain of salt. The press attention to Francis' papacy has been so often guided by ideology. The progressive left, so to speak has held onto hope that he is their way to a church they are more comfortable with, one conformed to the values of the times rather than age-old tenets. That's not to absolve people on the right, of course, some of whom miss the best of Francis because of the politicized lens through which everything is seen these days.

In 1973, a United States Air Force officer, Major Harold Hering, asked a question that the Air Force did not want asked. Hering, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was then in training to become a Minuteman-missile crewman. The question he asked one of his instructors was this: “How can I know that an order I receive to launch my missiles came from a sane president?”

Many years ago, my sisters agreed to come to watch our 2-year old son as we took a short trip. While we were gone, there was a tornado warning issued for our town. We had no basement. My sisters took our son into the bathroom and kept him calm by feeding him Popsicles. Whatever it takes, right?

"Dude, I want you to punch Donald Trump in the face." uring Amy Coney Barrett's hearing, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker quoted a man who approached him at a town hall. "Dude, that's a felony," is how Booker described his response.

Nearly six full months later, Washington – not just Congress – apparently didn’t get serious enough about helping Americans and the “must relief” turned into a universal “we can’t believe nothing has passed.”

Hourly paid workers hear this: Rep. Jackie Walorski is not out for your best interests.

Episcopal bishops in the 1980s were already used to urgent calls from journalists seeking comments on issues ranging from gay priests to gun control, from female bishops to immigration laws, from gender-free liturgies to abortion rights.

USDA has been funding pre-assembled food boxes that we have been receiving to distribute through all of our programs for three months.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s accession to the Supreme Court barreled forward in a cloud of partisanship and pestilence Monday. Introduced as President Trump’s nominee on the brink of his coronavirus-haunted re-election bid in what turned out to be a super-spreading event, Barrett appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee hobbled by the contagion, its convalescing and quarantining members a testament to the farcically precipitous process.

I was excited to learn Singapore is robustly funding cultured-meat research. For readers who don't know, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. Singapore's government, which represents five million people, plans to invest $100 million into the development of cultured meat, microbial protein and urban agriculture. Congress should make a proportional investment in cultured-meat research.

Trump's recklessness, incompetence, compulsive lying, and skulduggery spread the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., which he called a hoax; and now we know he is “commander-of-unpatriotism.”

During a normal White House race, the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner allows the candidates to don formal attire, fire off snappy one-liners and make subtle appeals to Catholic voters.

"Staggering friendliness." That's how one reporter described his encounter with People of Praise, the apostolic community that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and her family belong to. I've always heard wonderful things about Barrett, knowing more than a few people who teach or have studied at the University of Notre Dame, where Barrett attended school.

The COVID pandemic continues to affect commerce and government in what is clearly the worst year for the economy since the Great Depression. We don’t yet know how deep this will be, but there is growing evidence of an increasingly delayed recovery.

Michael J. Hicks, PhD, is the director of the Center for Business and Economic Research and the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. Hicks earned doctoral and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Virginia Military Institute. He has authored two books and more than 60 scholarly works focusing on state and local public policy, including tax and expenditure policy and the impact of Wal-Mart on local economies.

The work and operations of Lutheran Health Network matter for the communities we serve throughout northeastern Indiana in the best of times, but the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of hospitals and strong healthcare systems. Throughout the pandemic response, we have worked collaboratively with other healthcare providers, civic leaders, local, regional and federal leaders to serve our patients, each other and our community – and this is ongoing.

John Quincy Adams was the sixth president of the United States and served one term from 1825 to 1829.

Early in the coronavirus crisis, and in this summer's wave of chaos in American streets, Rachel Bulman began paying close attention to the faces in news reports.

There wasn't much to say about the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Walking the streets of lower Manhattan for the first time in a long time, I was talking with a friend a few days ago. 

A background to the coming election will be the growing rural-urban divide in America, and how it affects political prospects on the coming decades. Some of the handwringing will be overwrought, but there are a few critical points to consider in the years ahead. Let me try to address some of the issues that will certainly influence economic policy towards city and rural communities in the decades ahead. I begin by dispelling some myths.

If Sens. Mike Braun and Todd Young care about animal welfare, they should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For those who don't know, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering non-humans. It has the potential to save billions and billions of creatures every year who are killed for food.

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy you have not protected the United States as Commander-in-Chief.

When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has hardly been transparent or truthful. On numerous occasions, top officials, and President Donald Trump himself, have withheld, underestimated, downplayed and outright lied.

This great nation finds itself conflicted over how to govern all that we have received.

We have a chance to elect a new congressperson who will represent us in the Second District and bring dignity and justice to the fore. Pat Hackett, an attorney, teacher and small business owner, deserves our support.

This year, Monday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 9 is Pediatric Nurses Week. Within the stuttering community, parents’ fear that a child is beginning to stutter is well known — and very real.

In the midst of a deadly coronavirus pandemic, economic distress and racial turmoil, American voters deserved a serious exploration of the nation's problems and the range of solutions. Instead, they got a chaotic insult fest that was like one of those awful 90-minute movies that leave the audience dumber than when it went into the theater.

You can get lost in the Auschwitz Memorial Twitter feed. When I visited that infamous German World War II concentration camp during the summer before our last presidential election, I had the overwhelming feeling that we were forgetting its terrible example -- that we could fall into such evil again. With the recent violence in the streets, in homes, on television and even in human hearts, that's become a familiar feeling.

Congress and the United States Department of the Treasury need to clarify the CARES Act guidelines so states can freely use the funding for rural broadband. The flexibility granted from the federal level should empower our governor to act and fund for broadband improvements.

From time to time it is helpful to think hard about Indiana’s manufacturing economy—what’s been happening to it, where it is going and what the future may hold. This is an election year, which brings with it a series of sordid untruths that need to be rectified. Moreover, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic holds a long-term prognosis for factory production and employment in Indiana.

Voters in Indiana’s Second Congressional District are fortunate to have the opportunity to vote for Pat Hackett for our representative in Congress in the upcoming general election.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg deprives the Supreme Court and the nation of a towering figure in the campaign to ensure equal justice under law. Her passing also creates an opportunity for President Trump, who already has appointed two justices, to name a replacement in the waning months of his term.