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GOD BLESS AMERICAN POLITICS

“Religion’s still at the center of politics”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 8, 2012 Things don’t change much in the battle for the American soul. One day, Roger Williams is debating John Winthrop, Puritan preacher against Puritan governor, over the proper distance between religion and government. The next — or 400 years later — Rick…

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REPUBLICAN RACE WAS FUN — FOR DEMOCRATS

“GOP prez race’s inevitable winner: Romney”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, April 1, 2012 That was fun. Too bad it’s over. Oh, I know. The race for the Republican presidential nomination isn’t officially settled yet. Rick Santorum could romp through Wisconsin on Tuesday, just like Newt Gingrich’s win-by-staying-home strategy could be just the Hail Mary pass…

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EAT THOSE WORDS – UNLESS IT’S “PINK SLIME”

“Even the words ‘pink slime’ hard to digest”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 25, 2012 Words are only words. Then again, you tell me: Which will you be asking for in the meat aisle at Waldbaum’s, King Kullen or Shop Rite? “Lean, finely textured beef” or meat that contains “pink slime”? Now that the icky…

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FORGET PRIVACY – YOU’RE BEING WATCHED

“Rutgers trial highlights demise of privacy”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 18, 2012 I’ll be watching you. And if I’m not, the store security monitor will. And the credit-card issuer and the Internet provider and the cellphone company and the ubiquitous traffic cams. And the watchers are only revving up: One Texas sheriff recently got…

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JUST LIKE NASSAU – SUFFOLK HAS NO-MO-RICHES

“Suffolk’s fiscal pain resembles Nassau’s”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 11, 2012 Is Suffolk the new Nassau? Whatever the differences in how they got here, the governments of Long Island’s two counties suddenly find themselves in the same excruciating predicament: No cash! From Brokehaven to No-mo-riches, from Poor Jeff Station to Dire Island, Suffolk exec…

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THE WEEK WE LOST OUR INNOCENCE—AND CYNICISM

“The loss of innocence, and cynicism”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 4, 2012 If the battle for America’s soul is a never-ending grudge match between innocence and cynicism, the arena just lost two of its purest archetypes. Who could have predicted that Davy Jones and Andrew Breitbart would ever meet at all? But here they…

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GAS IS UP – PAIN AND POLITICS AT THE PUMPS

“High gas costs spur debate, little else”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 26, 2012 It’s been an up couple of months. Stocks up, jobs up, confidence up — all the economic arrows have been pointing in the right direction, even if they aren’t quite soaring yet. All, that is, but one: gas prices. Nothing can…

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THE LIN STORY JOINS RANKS OF GREAT NARRATIVES

“Can’t help but repeat Jeremy Lin’s story”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 19, 2012 We may not care about narratives. But sure as Jeremy Lin is a red-hot, Harvard-educated, against-all-odds New York Knick, narratives care about all of us. Just ask Jeremy. “I didn’t think it was gonna happen like this,” the Greatest Sports Narrative…

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WAITING FOR MORE AFTER MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT

“$25B mortgage settlement is only a start”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 12, 2012 Go get ’em, Eric. After a ridiculously drawn-out negotiation, the nation’s top mortgage servicers have agreed to pay $25 billion in mea-culpa money for their assorted sins in the collapse of the housing market. Checks of up to $2,000 will eventually reach…

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RACISTS, RIGHT-WINGERS HAVE LOW IQS—REALLY?

“Study on prejudice, low IQ just plain dumb”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, January 29, 2012 Who’s prejudiced and who’s dumb? According to a study in the journal “Psychological Science”, children with lower intelligence are more likely to grow into racially prejudiced adults. So are those with conservative upbringings. “Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure…

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