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Ellis Henican

Trump’s America: A desperate defense? It’s as easy as 1-2-3

First, blame the people who came before you. Then, swear you don’t recall. And if all else fails, just pretend that everything is fine. There we have it: the 1-2-3 punch of weak Washington defenses, which Team Trump gets to a T. From the Watergate break-in to the Russian-hacking probe,...

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Lawyer up, lawyer down

Donald Trump says he is under investigation. Donald Trump’s lawyer says, no, he isn’t. Oh, great! This early in the Russian-hacking probe, we’ve already hit the moment where the president starts twisting the meaning of “is” and “isn’t.” Back in the...

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 5:00am

Trump’s America: More torture sessions for Jeff

Jeff Sessions had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. At least that’s finally over. But wait! Now, it appears that this week could be even worse. As with little Alexander in one of the greatest children’s books of all time, nothing’s been going right for Donald Trump...

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump’s America: Comey swears to tell the truth

Washington is on pins and needles. The TV networks are expecting boffo ratings, and outraged Democrats are licking their chops. But a crucial question still lingers as James Comey prepares for his very big Thursday on Capitol Hill: How much more damage will the ousted FBI director do to Donald...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 1:48pm

Trump's America: Plugging the leaky ship of Donald

Donald Trump hates leaks, really hates ’em, and I’ll tell you how I know. He keeps saying so on the Twitter, which is the closest thing we have to a window on the leak-hating president's leak-hating soul. He hates leaks almost as much as he hates anonymous sources and fake news....

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 5:06am

Trump's America: What a fine religion you people have

Look who’s pals with the Muslims now! After famously snarling that “Islam hates us” and campaigning for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States, Donald Trump stood before the world’s Muslim leaders and sounded almost like a normal American president. The fight...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 5:03am

Trump's America: When Donald says, 'You're hired!'

“Who Wants to Be FBI Director?” On TV’s newest reality show, host Donald Trump has divided the contestants into two teams and has begun parading them in for interviews. Experienced law enforcement officials who could actually do the job: Interim FBI Director Andrew McCabe, ex-...

Monday, May 15, 2017 - 5:03am

Vet’s dog was only solace after ravages of war

Metro columnist and political commentator Ellis Henican’s new book, "Tuesday's Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives" tells the story of an Iraq war veteran, Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván, who coped with PTSD through the aid of a golden retriever...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:36am

Trump's America: Does Jesus love Donald, too?

Does Jesus love Donald Trump? That’s a trick question. Of course he does. The son of God loves everyone. But that doesn’t mean Jesus is a Republican. Or a Democrat. Or that he wanted us all to vote last November to Make America Great Again. That’s not how the Prince of Peace...

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 8:56pm

Trump's America: When the joke's on you

Why get roasted when you can get hugged? You saw where Donald Trump was on Saturday night. He skipped the traditional jocular ribbing of the black-tie White House Correspondents' Dinner at the Washington Hilton. Instead, he chose the deep adulation of a ball-caps-and-work-boots crowd at the...

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 6:42pm

Trump's America: 97, 98, 99….Ducking '100 DAYS'

Can you count to 100? On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t even try. Donald Trump has already taken to Twitter to pooh-pooh the “ridiculous standard” of even asking what a new president has accomplished in his first 100 days. That particular tweet was a bit confusing. On the...

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 4:10pm

Trump's America: White House Family Feud

Wild-Eyed Steve hates Swamp-Creature Reince. Swamp-Creature Reince hates Wild-Eyed Steve. And both of them positively loathe the Know-It-All Son-in-Law. Didn’t he used to be a Democrat…or maybe still is? Yes, it’s Family Feud time at the White House. I hope you weren’t...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 12:37pm

Trump's America: Tweet this... It's complicated

Donald Trump loves his Twitter. Everybody knows that. He’s been adamantly tweeting his gut reactions, 140 frantic characters at a time. But with his first 100 days quickly winding down, our Twitter-happy president is suddenly finding refuge — on Facebook this time. It’s...

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 2:39pm

Trump's America: Grand larceny, court seat

If someone robbed your house, would you drive the thief to the pawn shop?So why should Democrats help deliver Neil Gorsuch onto the U.S. Supreme Court? That seat is stolen property, too.That, when all the lesser arguments are stripped away, is the best argument Democrats have as Senate Republicans...

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 5:16pm

Trump's America: Donald's Delusional Dictionary

So much has changed now. New president. Busy new agenda. New fiascos every day. In Trump’s America, even familiar words and phrases have had their meaning turned upside down.Take “Republican unity.” It used to be that GOPers in Washington found easy agreement: Hillary was awful. Obama was worse....

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:18am

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