By BRIAN A. HOWEY, in Indianapolis

1. Biden frames the Tulsa 'massacre'

The subtlety of the Tulsa story is that until about two years ago, it had evaded the history books, despite the deaths of 300 Americans, the destruction of 1,200 homes, and the only aerial bombing of an American city in history. I never heard about it, and I majored in history at Indiana University. So did a number of national pundits. Joe Biden became the first American president to go to Tulsa and he said, “For much too long, the history of what took place here was told in silence. While darkness can hide much, it erases nothing. My fellow Americans, this was not a riot. This was a massacre.”

One of the most poignant stories emerging came from one of the survivors. Her mother had washed doll clothes and hung them up on a backyard clothes line. The memory of what had been a child: The mob descended on this backyard, and she watched them burn the doll clothes.

President Biden: “We do ourselves no favors by pretending none of this ever happened. We should know the good, the bad, everything. That’s what great nations do: They come to terms with their dark sides.”

2. The Jan. 6 Commission

This is why an independent, bipartisan Jan. 6 commission is needed. As a nation, we just went through one of our "dark sides" as a mob descended on the U.S. Capitol in what has been widely described (by Sen. Mitt Romney and President Bush43) as an "insurrection." Until we a presented with all the gathered facts, and come to conclusions and remedies, Jan. 6 will remain a deep, dividing stain on America. This is a story that is not going to just go away.

3. IU modifies vaccine policy

Out-going Indiana University President Michael McRobbie modified the university's COVID-19 vaccine requirement, making it "optional" for students, faculty and staff to provide proof they were vaccinated. It came after General Assembly Republicans asked Gov. Holcomb to intervene. Holcomb didn't, but kept up a dialogue with the university. “Requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for IU students, faculty and staff with appropriate exemptions continues the university’s comprehensive science and public health-driven approach to managing and mitigating the pandemic on our campuses,” McRobbie said in a statement. “Throughout the pandemic our paramount concern has been ensuring the health and safety of the IU community. This requirement will make a ‘return to normal’ a reality for the fall semester.”

4. Delegation advocates Grissom

The Indiana congressional delegation has made a pitch to the Air Force to consider Grissom Air Reserve Base for a fleet in new refueling planes that will replace the venerable KC-135 Stratotankers. If the Air Force sites the KC-46A Pegasus at Grissom, it would be the first active duty units stationed there since 1994. “What sets Grissom apart is its impressive history of operations and maintenance excellence, which allows it to excel in its strategic mission,” the letter says. “... Grissom boasts one of the highest mission completion rates in the country."

5. Flynn recants coup comments


Former national security adviser Michael Flynn tried to walk back weekend talk where he appeared to back a Myanmar-style coup d'etat for the United States. On his Parler account, Flynn posted: "Let me be VERY CLEAR - There is NO reason whatsoever for any coup in America, and I do not and have not at any time called for any action of that sort." This is not the only Trump world nuttiness going on. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted on Tuesday that former president "Trump has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August (no that isn’t how it works but simply sharing the information). It isn’t happening in a vacuum. It is happening as he faced the possibility of an indictment from the Manhattan DA. But he is not putting out statements about the ‘audits’ in states just for the sake of it. He’s been laser focused on them, according to several people who’ve spoken with him (as well as WaPo reporting a few weeks ago).”

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