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THE TEA PARTY EFFECT

“Tea party is poison pill for GOP”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, November 3 2013 The Republican’s ahead in the big, industrial, northern state. The Democrat’s leading down South. And in New York City, where the last two mayors were elected as Republicans, Democrat Bill de Blasio is so far ahead, the R beside Republican Joe Lhota’s…

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HEALTHCARE.GOV—WHAT IF WE TRIED REBOOTING?

“Health care rollout woes? About what we expected”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 27 2013 Has anyone thought about switching the computer on and off? I swear, that cures a good 75 percent of the problems I have with my creaky PC. Isn’t a quick reboot at least worth a try at healthcare.gov? The Obama administration had…

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TERROR LIVES NEXT DOOR

“In war on terror, enemy may be one of ours”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 20 2013 It was a whole lot more understandable when the terrorists came from Over There. Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan: God only knows what crazy notions were being stuffed in their heads at some radical madrasah halfway around the world! Now how should…

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CONGRESS—THEY’LL BE BACK

“Those in Congress are likely to be re-elected”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 13, 2013 We can do something about this, you know. But we  won’t. Almost certainly we won’t — not if history is any guide. You saw the latest Associated Press/GfK poll. Congress’ approval rating has slid into the deer-ticks-and-poison-ivy zone. At this point, just…

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SHUTDOWN’S SAME OLD WAR OF WORDS

“Warring GOP, Dems have worn out their clichés”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, October 6, 2013 Partisanship? Check. Intransigence? Check. Bad blood? Without bad blood, there’d be no blood in Washington at all. But why do the bitterly warring parties keep zinging each other with the same tired sound bites, over and over again? Less than one…

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GOV’T OFFICIALS WHO CAN’T STAND GOV’T

 “Washington held hostage by tea partiers”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 29, 2013 People who hate cooking shouldn’t work in restaurant kitchens. Atheists by and large don’t become priests. So why is Washington being held hostage by congressmen and senators who abhor the very idea of government? Shut it down! they say. Ignore its obligations! Scuttle…

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POPE POINTS CHURCH IN NEW DIRECTION

“Pope Francis’ answers are like fresh winds”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 22, 2013 What a pope! In an interview now shaking the Roman Catholic world, Pope Francis says his church has become obsessed with condemning gay rights, contraception and abortion. Where’s the compassion? he asks. Where’s the mercy? Enough with the “small-minded rules.” “We have…

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PUTIN’S PROPOSAL ISN’T SO SUPER

 “No longer easy to boss around a pesky ally”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 15, 2013   Mr. Assad, tear down your chemical weapons! Mr. Putin, tear down these murderous allies of yours! The old tear-down plea worked pretty well for Ronald Reagan, back when he was beseeching the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev to pressure his pesky…

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ALREADY MISSING MAYOR MIKE?

  “NYC mayoral race to get its first haircut”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 8, 2013 Let the Bloomberg nostalgia begin! You know it’s coming, right? Nassau Democrats and Suffolk Republicans aren’t the only ones with a busy Tuesday planned. New York City voters will narrow the D and R mayoral fields, putting a worthy mob of…

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SEEKING ALLIES ON BOTH SIDES OF POND

 “U.S. seeks allies on Syria, finds mistrust”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 1, 2013 So Britain’s taking a pass on Syria. Nice to have allies, huh? Now it’s up to a fractured Congress to strengthen the president’s hand. With friends like these, in London and Washington, who needs frenemies? It’s the Coalition of Let Me Get Back…

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