A TALE OF TWO TRAVELING PRESIDENTS

“Bush, Bam go on tours to fix image”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 12, 2010  It’s Tour Week for two American presidents: George and Barack have taken their solo acts on the road. What a contrast these two men make. One has a book to sell. The other has an economy to save. Call it…

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POST ELECTION GRIDLOCK ALERT

“The biggest loser? Progress in D.C.”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, November 5, 2010  Barack Obama could hear the voters talking, and he had no trouble making out their words. “They want to change the tone here in Washington, where the two parties are coming together and focusing on the people’s business as opposed to scoring…

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PREDICTING THE 2010 MIDTERMS

“What we know about elections”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, October 29, 2010  So what will happen on Tuesday? Will Republicans sail across America on a wave of Tea Party passion and Obama fatigue? Or will Democrats mount a final weekend counteroffensive, reminding voters that economic frustration is no reason to revive failed policies of the…

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COMBATANT CANDIDATES MAKE IT INTERESTING

“In guv race, dumber, uglier talk “, Newsday, September 26, 2010 It happened at week’s end. Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino actually agreed on something. The two main candidates for governor cut through their mutual animosity long enough to back Gov. David Paterson’s state-worker layoff plan. Please, don’t get used to all this comity. The two…

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POLLS PUSH CUOMO TO POUNCE

“Andrew attacks”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, September 24, 2010  Nothing focuses a front-runner’s mind like a suddenly tightening poll. A day after Carl Paladino snuck within six points of Andrew Cuomo in the Quinnipiac survey of the governor’s race, the Democratic attorney general leapt immediately onto the attack. His first shot? A negative TV ad…

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TREES 3D: DAMAGING, DESTRUCTIVE, DEADLY

“Henican:Trees weapons of mass destruction?” , Newsday, September 19, 2010 The thunder and the lightning deliver all the drama. But it’s the trees that change peoples’ lives. We learned that again on Thursday as a freak storm blew across Queens and Long Island, leaving fallen trees everywhere. No, we’re never more than a downed tree away…

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THE IDIOCY OF THE ‘CRAZY CARL’ CANDIDACY

“The ‘Crazy Carl factor”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, September 17, 2010  The “degenerative idiot” is backing the “racist, homophobic…misogynist.” That’s what passes for bipartisanship in this year’s governor’s race. Party hardly matters anymore. Since Buffalo rich guy Carl Paladino came out to play, everybody’s been trashing everybody else. “Degenerative idiot” is the charming phrase former…

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REMEMBERING 9/11: WE CAN DO BETTER

“Anniversary now an insincere publicity circus”, Ellis Henican Column, amNewYork, September 10, 2010  I’ve begun to dread these 9/11 anniversaries. Do they really have to come every year? It isn’t just the innocence that was lost that day. That will never be recaptured. It isn’t even the lives that were lost. We have far better…

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EXAGGERATED EARL IS ANOTHER FALSE ALARM

“Hyping storms is really risky business” , Newsday, September 5, 2010 This danger, of course, is getting too complacent. No, not from the holiday. Complacency is what these three-day weekends are about — especially this one, heralding, as it does, the de-facto end of summer, even with all this rain. The danger comes from Exaggerated Earl,…

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LIRR FIRST COMMAND: DON’T CATCH FIRE

“LIRR’s command upgrade will make ‘rail’ difference” , Newsday, August 29, 2010  How ’bout this for Command No. 1 at the LIRR’s new state-of-the-art Command and Control Center? Don’t. Catch. Fire. Unplanned conflagrations like the one that knocked out a 1913 switching room at Jamaica station can be truly catastrophic. Nearly a week after Monday’s cable…

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