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The former high-school soccer star stepped onto a lush green field at his alma mater, ready to go one on one with a reporter. It was a chilly spring Friday afternoon in the tony northside Indianapolis suburb of Carmel. Wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt, shorts, and a pair of white-and-black Nikes, Republican Sen. Todd Young still resembled the Naval Academy soccer player he was in the 1990s. In another life, he has said, he might have gone pro. Instead, he became a Washington dealmaker, not quite a Trumpist, but definitely not a moderate, a Midwestern senator who seems to take quiet pleasure in wrong-footing the rest of the DC Beltway. He’s one of the few members of the GOP to score an invite to the Joe Biden White House, a retweet from the Democratic president’s national security advisor, and private meetings with the “shadow” secretary of State, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons.

That Friday, Young warmed up by standing in front of the goal and taking lofted passes from the corner of the field. I duffed my first cross, sending him a worm burner. 

“You can delete that one,” I said to one of his aides, who filmed our on-the-field interview from the sidelines. 

“It depends on how balanced your reporting is intended to be,” Young said, a wry grin spreading across his face. 

We’ve come to the Hoosier senator’s old Carmel High School stomping grounds. He won a state soccer championship here in 1989. Now 48, Young wakes up every morning and does Insanity and P90X workouts. On a recent day in the Capitol, a reporter saw him sprinting as if he sprung from starting blocks from the Senate subway to a destination unknown in his black Cole Haan dress sneakers. Another journalist once described Young as looking like a “more …read more

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