HILLARY BETTER SING A NEW TUNE

Hillary Clinton, who seems to have collected the stupidest circle of advisers in politics today (and that’s saying something), was actually planning to run her campaign with pledges of how much she supports Wall Street and how she’ll work with the Republicans to get things done (sort of like Obama did with the Omnibus bill and so many other train wrecks). Now, of course, she’s going to have to do a little re-orienting. Today’s Democratic Party is so right wing that the Republicans are signalling that they will run to the left of her in the 2016 election.

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JOSH MARSHALL GOES FULL NOT-PULLING-PUNCHES

If our already degraded and discredited right-wing Supreme Court majority invalidates Obamacare subsidies, Marshall affirms that would be a decision of “full corruption.”

I’ll bet you they go ahead and do it, since they’ve already seen Obama and his spokespeople hone the art of genteel whimpering and statements of their great disappointment as this SC majority does everything it can to  KO democracy and continue its judicial coup d’etat, begun with GW Bush’s selection by the court in 2000.

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PLANET AT THE BRINK

Jon Queally at Common Dreams reacts to two new studies showing how close humanity is to the edge. Why don’t the Democrats expulse the corporate consultants and start challenging the GOP and the “mainstream” media to respond to reality? The environment is a winning issue, as well as the most crucial one for all of us.

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BIG, UNDISTINGUISHED, AND INAPPROPRIATE

That would be the apartment tower I see rising on the site of St. Vincent’s Hospital, an indispensable civic institution destroyed due to the grotesquely imbalanced priorities of Bloomberg’s New York City.

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SPLENDOR IN BAVARIA

Ratmansky’s Paquita reconstruction in Munich looks absolutely gorgeous!

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AND AS WE ALL KNOW

It’s not only the stars who make the show, and it’s certainly not only the stars who get the show onstage.

In the new, Winter 2013-14 Ballet Review (fabulous photo of the Bolshoi in Don Q on the cover!) don’t miss my interview with Vida Brown, indispensable-to-Balanchine during the early years of New York City Ballet.

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AS THE CANE TURNS

New York City Ballet’s Faye Arthurs has a blog,”Thoughts From the Paint,” and she’s invited NYCB colleague Troy Schumacher to describe how he puts it all together prior to  going on stage to dance Candy Cane in The Nutcracker. . . And Schumacher receives a comment from The Source.

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LAURA WORKED HER TAIL OFF

Ms. Jacobs  interviewed around 30 New York City Ballet alum for her Vanity Fair piece on the 50th anniversary of the production’s 1964 premiere in NYCB’s spanking-new home at Lincoln Center. She’s probably got enough material now for a book on that heady moment in the company’s history.

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LET ME MAKE ONE THING PERFECTLY CLEAR

That 1.6 trillion-and-counting is, of course, in ADDITION to our annual one-trillion-plus military allotment.

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1.6 TRILLION AND COUNTING

That’s the United States’ military nut since 9/11.

Deirde Fulton at Commondreams tabulates.

I love when the politicians who vote for this boondoggle are called “fiscal hawks” by the so-called mainstream media when they go about shredding  social spending.

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