Lee Hamilton

The Indiana Civic Health Index uses data from the census and the U.S. Elections Project to measure how much Hoosiers engage with their government and their community.

For example, one of the questions from the U.S. Elections Project – do you eat dinner with a family member frequently? Nearly 93 percent of Hoosiers said yes in 2016, ranking third in the country.

Hoosiers are more likely to attend public meetings, volunteer in community organizations and interact with their neighbors than in years past.

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Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton says the country should be alarmed by reports President Trump shared classified information about an ISIS plot with Russian officials.

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President Barack Obama awarded two Hoosiers the nation’s top civilian honor Tuesday night.

Lee Hamilton and William Ruckelshaus were recognized in the White House East Room Tuesday night, along with Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Willie Mays, to name a few others.

Hamilton served in Congress for more than three decades before becoming vice chair of the 9/11 commission.

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 Hoosiers Lee Hamilton and William Ruckelshaus are among the 17 Americans receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year, the White House announced on Monday.

Hamilton served in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 40 years and served as Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission. He now leads the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

Ruckelshaus, originally from Indianapolis, served in the Indiana House of Representatives and as the first administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, says he is “profoundly skeptical” of the nuclear agreement announced Tuesday between Iran and a group of nations led by the U.S.

Sen. Coats, who serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, says he will carefully review the details of the deal before rendering a final opinion.

He says the Iran agreement reminds him of a deal President Clinton made with North Korea, which ultimately resulted in that country obtaining nuclear weapons.

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Indiana is gearing up for a celebration of its 200-year history -- and former Congressman Lee Hamilton says the upcoming bicentennial party can’t just be about the state’s past, but also about its future. 

Hamilton – who co-chairs the Indiana Bicentennial Commission – says he wants the state’s Bicentennial Celebration to be about trying to make Indiana’s future a better one. 

Syrian Refugees Find New Homes In Indiana

May 6, 2015
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The U.S. government estimates it will allow 2,000 Syrian refugees into the country this fiscal year and about the same number next year.

So far, three of those families have moved to Indianapolis.

While resettling refugees is never easy, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports the ongoing civil war in Syria combined with the threat of ISIS is creating a particularly difficult situation.

Read more here.

Hamilton, Coats Call For Clearer Anti-ISIS Language

Aug 28, 2014
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The rise of the radical group calling itself The Islamic State is sparking calls for a clearer strategy to keep the violence in Iraq from reaching U.S. shores.

Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton, who co-chaired the 9/11 Commission, says with so many extremist groups in the Middle East, it‘s understandable intelligence agencies didn‘t see ISIS coming.

9/11 Commission Reconvenes, Warns Of Cyber Threats

Jul 23, 2014
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The authors of the original report that detailed the events surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks say the next big threat is cyber-terrorism. The group has reconvened to assess the threats to the nation, ten years after their report.

They’ve updated recommendations the committee made ten years ago, and reconsidered whether those recommendations have been adopted as policy or made into law.