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Ellis Henican

Trump's America: The man who coulda tamed Donald

Breslin’s gone.Beautiful.Now he and McAlary can hate each other again.It wasn’t only the swagger or the feuds with fellow columnists. It wasn’t only the short, punchy paragraphs. It was the climb-the-stairs reporting and the unapologetic point of view that set Jimmy Breslin apart and proves once...

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 4:22pm

Trump's America: We’re all so easily conned

Television is packed this season with con-man shows. There are five—count ’em, five—crowding the airwaves. And that’s not even counting the con-man show that’s on all the news channels 24 hours a day.That one has different titles on different networks.CNN: “Puttin’s Puppet Who Stole the Election:...

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 3:29pm

Trump's America: It’s a mad, mad world

Is Donald mad—or mad?Mad as in angry…or mad as in deeply disconnected from the here and now? Not halfway through his first 100 days, there is screaming evidence for both diagnoses.No doubt the new president is angry. On Friday, just before flying to Mar-a-Lago, a fuming Trump summoned his top aides...

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 1:56pm

Trump's America: The fear factor

The tweeting president keeps trolling the "fake" news media. White House staffers keep leaking to the very same outlets the president derides as "phony," even as government lawyers confiscate the aides' personal iPhones. And almost all of it is rooted in exaggerated fear.Fear of Muslim immigrants....

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 6:38pm

Trump's America: I am an enemy of the people

You got me, Donald. I confess. I am an enemy of the people—some of the people, that is.I’m an enemy of the ones who think that facts are made of Silly Putty, that insults are a way to make friends, that immigrants make our country weaker, that judges are only “so-called,” that Sweden’s the latest...

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 5:23pm

Trump's America: If at first you don't succeed

In government as in golf, it’s never too soon for a mulligan.I can’t report how many do-overs Donald Trump took on the links in Palm Beach with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Mar-a-Lago security men taped black plastic over the windows to block the news media’s view. But this much is clear for...

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 2:57am

Trump's America: Hey, Donald! Vet this!

It’s not a Muslim ban. It’s just a ban on Muslims.Got it?Now go explain that to the Lady in New York Harbor, who needs to dim her lamp now and edit the Emma Lazarus poem at her feet. “Beat it, you huddled masses yearning to breathe free!”Thousands more anti-Trump demonstrators made that point quite...

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:00am

In Trump's America, size matters

It’s Trump’s America now. We just live here.Sorting out the facts from the “alternative facts.” Checking random Twitter glances inside the new president’s head. Coming to grips with the urgent, national issue that America’s new leader has chosen to launch his presidency on.Crowd size.Facts may not...

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 5:00am