The Importance of Hearings

The Mueller Report is not an invitation for the House to impeach and the Senate to convict Donald Trump. It is an instruction. “No man is above the law,” Mueller wrote, for a reason. But Democrats find themselves in an agonizing dilemma. A majority of Americans are against impeaching Trump….

Remembering Dick Lugar

On my first day in the Senate, I made a point of finding Indiana senator Richard Lugar on the Senate floor and telling him that he was a hero of mine. Dick, a moderate conservative, who served Indiana for six terms in the Senate, died yesterday at age 87, leaving a distinguished legacy of public service for Indiana, the United States, and the world.

Thank you

Yesterday, I posted to ask folks to donate books and money to fill the bookshelves of a new Indian school in northern MN. I admit that I was a little nervous sending out the request. I’m reentering the public square and didn’t quite know what the reaction would be. The…

Karen Diver

A Conversation with Karen Diver (Audio)

I spoke with Karen Diver, former Chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa and President Obama’s lead advisor on Indian Affairs. Karen speaks to our nation’s shameful treatment of America’s first people. And of the challenges facing them today. But, at the top, I tell the story of my First Pow Wow.


Claire Frances Franken

Franni and I were blessed yesterday with our fourth grandchild, Claire Frances Franken. Claire is named for my grandmother, Clara Franken, and for Franni and for Franni’s mom Frances Bryson. Clara Oppenheimer was a German immigrant who came to this country in the 1880’s. She married Otto Franken who died…


Pretty much everyone agrees that right after someone dies, it’s very bad form to say something bad about them. That’s why it’s admirable that Donald Trump waited a full seven months to say horrible things about John McCain. First of all, and I know most Americans feel this way, it’s…