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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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KAPOW! AFFLECK THE NEW CAPED CRUSADER!

“Affleck is Batman, and oh, the controversy”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 24, 2013 It’s more a casting dare than a casting call. Nerdy Ben Affleck really will play Batman in the next “Man of Steel” movie. Apparently, a broad chest and a somber demeanor are no longer required for the Caped Crusader role. What could…

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NYC MAYOR – SOMEONE HAS TO WIN

“It’s slim pickings in NYC mayoral race”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, August 20, 2013 Here’s the thing: One of them has to win. All four of the major candidates for New York mayor have now had their own polling bursts. The latest puts Bill de Blasio in the top tier. He’s the candidate who most resembles…

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THAT’S NO SLAVE, THAT’S AN INTERN

“Are internships educational or just free labor?”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, July 7 2013 Want to be my slave? How ’bout my intern? Sorry, I can’t pay you. Unpaid employment, by whatever name, has become the default way to launch a 21st century career. Just ask those dopey guys in “The Internship.” College students — and some…

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