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Indiana has history of Senate lions; Banks is a House hyena

Brian Howey Column: Last week all seven of Indiana’s congressional Republicans voted for an insurrectionist to become Speaker of the House and second in the presidential line of succession. On Wednesday, they elected U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, who Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling “MAGA Mike.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio was defeated on each of three ballots, his opposition within the GOP caucus growing with each ballot. That came three weeks after Speaker Kevin McCarthy was jettisoned by eight fringe Republicans, leaving a gaping hole in the United States government as the Hamas crisis engulfed Israel and the Middle East, while Ukraine continues to try and thwart genocidal Russia.

Next month, the U.S. government will shut down unless speaker and work with Democrats on a funding plan.

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