UP NEXT — MORE UGLY BUDGET BATTLES

“Ready for government’s next budget battle?”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,April 10, 2011 Now comes the hard part. What just happened in Washington might have seemed tough, Friday night’s screech-to-the-edge agreement to whack $38.5 billion from this year’s federal budget. But that number—even if it is “the biggest budget cut in history,” as self-congratulatory politicians on…

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LIBYA – LOTS OF QUESTIONS

“Learning lessons (hopefully) in Libya”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,April 2, 2011 Two weeks in, here are three lessons we’ve already learned in Libya: The ragtag rebels do very well with NATO air support — and very poorly without it. Gadhafi may be crazy, but crazy people can fight. And it’s a whole lot easier getting…

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LI LOOKS DIFFERENT FOR ALL THE SAME REASONS

“LI changing – but ‘why’ is still the same”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday,March 27, 2011 By now it’s clear. The numbers aren’t some statistical aberration. So-called minorities – careful using that term from here on out – are moving onto Long Island while whites are dying, having smaller families or simply moving out. And according…

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TIKI’S PLANS TO PLAY THE FIELD AGAIN

“Tiki Barber Wants to Return to the NFL, But Is This Just Another Fumble for the Ex-Running Back?”, Ellis Henican Opinion, FOX NEWS. COM, March 11, 2011 Tiki, Tiki, Tiki! What do you mean “playing the field” again? Tiki Barber, the charming New York Giants running back who retired in 2006 to work full-time on…

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NUCLEAR DANGER AT EPICENTER OF JAPAN QUAKE

Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 13, 2011 The damage that could be seen was bad enough. The many crumbling buildings, the massive walls of water, the terrible loss of life. But the real doomsday scenario in the Japanese earthquake, the spectre of an unthinkable catastrophe, was largely invisible: The threat to Japan’s network of nuclear power…

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LI SAYS HERE WE GO AGAIN TO GAS PRICES

“LI may take gas prices in stride again”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 6, 2011 Long Island gas prices shot up another 14 cents last week, sending the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded to $3.68. You do the crazy math: If prices keep rising like this, your gas costs could easily top your…

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COAST TO COAST CRAZY

Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, March 6, 2011 A sitcom character from the South once said: “We’re proud of our crazy people. We don’t hide them up in the attic. We bring ’em right down to the living room and show ’em off. No one in the South ever asked if you have crazy people in your…

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HEY WISCONSIN – LOOK AT NASSAU’S SWEET DEALS

 Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 27, 2011 All eyes are on Wisconsin this weekend. Will the nation’s gaze turn to Nassau County next? Whatever sweet deals unionized teachers have been receiving in Milwaukee and Madison, you can bet they get nothing half as sweet as this: A $338,000 handshake on the way out the door, like…

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SPARK OF FREEDOM MEETS ITS MATCH

http://www.newsday.com/columnists/ellis-henican/quest-for-freedom-meets-violent-match-1.2699418 The spark of freedom, once struck, is not easily extinguished. Isn’t that the lesson of the American Revolution, the French Revolution and about a hundred other revolutions since? Well, that spark has clearly been struck in Tahrir Square as Facebook social networkers and English-speaking college students quickly toppled Egypt’s autocratic Mubarak regime. So Bahrain…

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SLAMMING THE DOOR ON AN INEPT POLICE DRUG LAB

“Hard part is sorting Nassau lab errors”  Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, February 13, 2011 Well, it’s about time. After years of rumors, months of mounting evidence and weeks of irrefutable proof, Nassau County officials finally shut down what had become the most notoriously inept drug lab in America.  But that’s the easy part.  Now, prosecutors, defense…

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