YOU LOOK SO FAMILIAR DID YOU RUN BEFORE?

“Don’t I know You?” Ellis Henican Column, am/New York, September 11, 2009 Oh, them again! There’s certainly no shortage of candidates on Tuesday’s New York City primary ballot — veteran officeholders, perennial job-seekers, ambitious trader-uppers, even a hopeful retread or two. The only thing missing from this year’s contests for mayor, comptroller and public advocate?…

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SILLY SEASON SERENADE LEVI, JACKO, JON & US

“Kiss This One Goodbye,” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 6, 2009 Come Tuesday, things will all be different. Come Tuesday, the unofficial end of summer, sanity will again prevail. But for one last weekend, the silly season will still be with us. For one last, glorious weekend, summer will proudly reign. Michael Jackson will refuse…

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LOCK UP THE KIDDIES! OBAMA SCHOOL DAZE

“Obama Schools ‘Em,” Ellis Henican Column, am/New York, September 4, 2009 How polarized is the political debate this beautiful holiday weekend? So polarized that some Barack Obama critics are even bashing his back-to-school address. On Tuesday, the president is planning a special message for the children of America, emphasizing the “importance of education” and “persisting…

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IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR LOVING THE KENNEDYS

“The Kennedy’s Had Issues: And Your Family Doesn’t?” Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 30, 2009 You won’t find this in the Declaration of Independence. The concept is nowhere laid out in the Articles of Confederation or the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Ayn Rand be damned. The individual is not the basic unit of American society.…

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BLOOMBERG’S SOLO RUN THE ME-ME-ME PARTY

“Opponents? What Opponents?” Ellis Henican Column, am/New York, August 29, 2009 He’s the candidate of the Ego Party now. Mike Bloomberg took a moment to cast his gaze upon the field of dreamers running to replace him at City Hall. And what exactly caught the mayor’s eye? A whole lot of nothin’. “I’m not running…

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BLOW, BILLY, BLOW…. FAR, FAR AWAY

“Small Taste of Hurricane Bill Is Enough,” Ellis Henican Sunday Column, Newsday, August 22, 2009, page 2 It was the prudent thing to do. Hurricane Bill was roaring northward. Who felt like being stubborn now? Swimmers would be ordered out of the water. Long Island’s beaches would have to be closed. Waves were already pounding…

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LET HEALTH-CARE DEBATE …BEGIN

“Fact-Free Health-Care Debate,” Ellis Henican Sunday Column, Newsday, August 16, 2009 Do facts really matter anymore? Not so much in politics. We’ve just had a spirited week of political debate over health care reform. Which sounds OK. Only hardly any of it had much to do with how we might reform health care. The discussion,…

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Cashless Clunkers Where’s My Money?

“Clunkers for Cash,” Ellis Henican Sunday Column, Newsday, August 9, 2999, page 2 You can’t say Cash for Clunkers didn’t motivate. Americans have already agreed to trade a huge number of old cars for new ones. And the feds have burned through a billion dollars the way a fully loaded ’98 Ford Expedition burns though…

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¡Adios, Latinos! Republicans And Sonya

“Sotomayor and the Republicans,” Ellis Henican Column, am/New York, August 7, 2009 ¡Adios, Latinos! Republican senators have just driven another huge wedge between their party and the fastest-growing voting bloc in America, resoundingly dissing the first Hispanic nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Leave for another day the debate, if you can call it a…

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ORGANIC: HEALTH FOOD …OR TRENDY RIP-OFF

Is Organic Any Healthier?” Ellis Henican Sunday Column, Newsday, August 2, 2009 Are shoppers demanding refunds at the greenmarket? Not yet. But wait. Over the past 15 years, the organic grocery business has gone from quirky outlier to “Do you love your family or not?” Across the country and around the world, millions pay extra…

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