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MOVING BACK IN—ALL GROWN UP WITH NO PLACE TO GO

“More college grads living with parents as student loan debt rises”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 13, 2011 Two recent reports from the government weren’t connected but ought to be: According to the Census Bureau, more and more 20- and 30-somethings are still living with Mom and Dad on Long Island. And student-loan debt keeps rising…

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COACH OR CARDINAL – THE STORY IS THE SAME

    The priest-sex parallels are getting harder and harder to ignore. A revered figure is suspected of abusing children. As the victims pile up and the evidence mounts, the institution responds abysmally. Instead of protecting the vulnerable and calling the cops, people in power shield themselves and look the other way. Only years later,…

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IT’S HURRI-CAIN HERMAN SEASON

“Hurricane Herman’s gusts still full force”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 6, 2011 He’s Hurri-Cain Herman! Some people come and go lightly. Others have a way of leaving upheaval in their path. And then there is Herman Cain. Roaring to the front of the Republican field. Blowing away far more experienced candidates. Throwing off little tornadoes…

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SNITCHING ON THE LIRR TRAIN ROBBERS

 “No sympathy for the LIRR’s phony disabled”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 30, 2011 Calling all snitches. You know any LIRR retirees who went out on disability pensions they didn’t deserve? Federal prosecutors say there could be hundreds of these scammers out running around, their phony on-the-job injuries costing train riders and taxpayers $1 billion…

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RIDDING LIBYA OF GADHAFI WAS A BARGAIN

“Gadhafi’s death didn’t cost American lives”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 23, 2011 Eight months, $1.1 billion and zero Americans lives. That’s what it cost the United States in its effort to help rid Libya and the world of Moammar Gadhafi, pocket change by Pentagon standards. By contrast, we’ve already burned through 10 years, $500…

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THE THEME FROM WALL STREET

“Can’t dismiss Wall Street protesters”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 16, 2011 Three weeks ago, it was easy to dismiss Occupy Wall Street. A couple hundred scruffy protesters in a downtown park — no clear leaders, no clear agenda, no clear strategy and no clear plan. Now look. The hundreds have grown to thousands. The…

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AN OCCUPY WALL STREET—TEA PARTY MOVEMENT?

“Hey, Tea Partiers, Go Join Occupy Wall Street”, Ellis Henican, Fox News Opinion, October 13, 2011 What’s the hold-up? Tea Party supporters should add their passionate voices to the growing protests on Wall Street. Get down there immediately! A movement is being born! Why should the granola crowd get all the credit and have all the…

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PARENTS’ STRUGGLE WITH TERROR

“A mind hijacked by radicalism”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 9, 2011 They tried. It wasn’t enough. Probably nothing would have been. But Zafar and Sarah Khan did everything they could think of to pull their son Samir back from the cliff of violent jihadist radicalism.  They talked and they pleaded. They enlisted the help of…

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AL-QAEDA DEATHS NOT ENOUGH TO STOP TERROR

“True victory is to change jihadists’ minds”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 2, 2011 He was al-Qaeda’s chief televangelist for the internet age, the English-speaking inspiration for a whole new generation of would-be suicide jihadists. The death of Anwar al-Awlaki by drone strike in Yemen is worth celebrating for sure. As much as anyone, he defined…

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PASS THIS BUDGET OR WE KILL THE DOG

“Screeching to the Government Shutdown Line—Here We Go Again”, Ellis Henican, Fox News Opinion, September 26, 2011   Pass the budget cuts we’re demanding, House Republicans are saying now – or the victims of floods, tornados and hurricanes can kiss their FEMA help goodbye. It’s like that old National Lampoon cover from the 1970s with a worried-looking…

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