TRUMP WANTS TREASON TO MEAN “EXPRESSING POLITICAL OPINIONS”

As part of the battle without quarter that Trump is waging on American democracy, he slams the Peter Strozk-Lisa Page email exchange as treasonous.

Was what Strozk said about Chelsea Clinton treasonous as well, Herr President?

This is Trump’s America, and if we don’t fight with might and main it will be the America of the future.

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SEEMA VERMA CAN’T TELL APPLES FROM ORANGES

She is shameless and shoddy in coming up with bogus metrics and rationale for her attack on Medicaid recipients.

At TalkingPointsMemo, Alice Ollstein counts the ways that the CMS administrator scam artist and her accomplices in Trumpland is preying on the American poor.

btw, get this: “The administration is citing data from a country with universal health care to justify the rule” that Medicaid recipients, most of whom do work, find a job–even if they’re disabled.

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THE GOP’S MORAL BANRUPTCY

Michael Lindon, Roosevelt Institute:

“There is perhaps no better example of the moral rot at the core of the Republican Party than imposing so-called ‘work requirements’ on sick Medicaid recipients just weeks after passing a massive tax cut for rich heirs who literally did no work at all to inherit their wealth.”

Jake Johnson at Common Dreams surveys the outrage over Trump and Seema Verma’s sadistic attack on the American poor.

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TRUTH AND JUSTICE IS YOUR OPPONENT, BUD

So Trump’s calling Hillary his “opponent,” and lying about every topic he belches out words concerning, from Hillary’s FBI interview to the capacity of alternative energy.

The man is trapped in some sort of dementia feedback loop; the tape plays over and over, increasingly divorced from reality by the day.

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TRUMP INCRIMINATES HIMSELF ON TWITTER

Today’s installment in his active obstruction of justice:

He demands that the “Republicans should finally take control” of the investigation.

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ILLUMINATING

Marvelous series of photos of Ashton rehearsing Illuminations at NYCB in 1967 as well as the performance on stage —

by Martha Swope, posted in the Library for the Performing Arts Digital Collections.

Here’s Mimi Paul w/Ashton. John Prinz and Sara Leland are dancing the roles created in 1950 by Nicholas Magallanes and Melissa Hayden.

Use the arrows at the bottom right of the screen to scroll through.

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DICKENS ON SEN. GRASSLEY

In Martin Chuzzlewit, Dickens, of course, gives Grassley the pseudonym of Pecksniff, and writes: “It was a special quality, among the many admirable qualities possessed by Mr Pecksniff, that the more he was found out, the more hypocrisy he practiced.”

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SEN. CORNYN UNDERSTANDS LEGAL JEOPARDY

What with Sen. Grassley and Graham now guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and treason, Sen. Cornyn suddenly rediscovers democracy and patriotism, assuring us that he supports Sen. Feinstein’s release of Simpson’s interview.

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MIMI PAUL ON ILLUMINATIONS

On Feb. 5, Alastair Macaulay’s speaking at the Library for the Performing Arts via the Center for Ballet and the Arts about Balanchine and Ashton. On his Instagram he’s posted photos of different casts in Ashton’s wonderful Illuminations, created for NYCB in 1950–an unusual confluence for the two choreographers.

I talked to Mimi Paul about dancing Le Clercq’s original role of Sacred Love when NYCB revived Illuminations in 1967. John Taras put the revival together and then Ashton himself came from London and rehearsed it. Mimi’s one solo rehearsal with Ashton was unforgettable. She’d read the Rimbaud poetry in the original French and was prepared to explore images. The ballet intrigued her: “It was so far removed from what I had been doing. The fact that it had kind some kind of message was interesting.

“He was very verbal,” she recalled about Ashton. “He spoke beautifully. He told you what this step might mean. I wasn’t used to that but I really enjoyed it. Ashton spoke about things that nobody ever spoke about. It was food for me. He didn’t always let you take over, and I enjoyed that kind of dialogue as much as I also enjoyed Balanchine letting me do what I felt I wanted to do.”

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WHICH HATE MAESTRO WILL THE MERCERS NEXT INSTALL?

Now that Bannon’s out, the Mercer family needs a new slugging arm at Brietbart to incite apocalyptic societal and environmental dissolution.

Jen Hayden at Daily Kos ponders.

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