PRIVATE JETS FOR TOM PRICE &

ravaged health care for Americans.

That’s the Dr. Price formula, as he violates protocol and precedent by chartering planes to fly him to meetings with insurance company executives to game out the Trump Care abomination.

At Politico, Dan Diamond and Rachanna Pradhan study the manifests.

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO NYC

In Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, Sharon Zukin describes what happened to a diverse, affordable New York City, noting “a determined, concentrated process of destruction, beginning in the 1980s and speeding up since then.”

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TRUMP SPRAYS VENOM AND STUPIDITY

all over the General Assembly.

Where will he launch a new war first?

Iran or No. Korea?

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OBAMA’S POST-WHITE HOUSE CAREER IS A DISGRACE

He can’t be bothered to say much against Trump, but he’s scarfing up $400,000 PER for massaging Wall Street with feel-good peroration.

I’m afraid that this, not the cheerleaders’ idealistic idealization, is the true Obama.

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IT’S ALWAYS FUN

when actors apply their highly-honed skills toward depicting the less polished delivery of amateur enthusiasts.

Fun, so long as amateurs, or, by extension, the general non-professional public, doesn’t feel needlessly ribbed.

The trick is to be beguiled into laughing at ourselves. (Not specifically me, because while I enjoy speaking in front of an audience, I don’t feel a yen for the sock and buskin routine.)

1935 saw two of the most delicious examples of the genre hit the big screen

–the entirety of “Doubting Thomas,”

–a scene between Pauline Lord, Basil Rathbone and Louis Hayward in “A Feather in Her Hat”

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BALANCHINE’S BACK

Balanchine’s back reads from the cover of the current, Summer 2017 Ballet Review.

Appropriate, since so much of ballet involves physical projection from every angle–dorsal orientation most definitely included.

Our cover projects really well from an elevated–like second balcony–perch at Casa Magazines, my local news stand (really one of the last left in NYC) on Eighth Avenue and West 12th Street.

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THE LATEST GOP ATTACK ON U.S. HEALTH CARE

Were the Dems played yet again?

Their debt ceiling deal freed up the calendar for the GOP to resurrect ACA repeal.

As they continue negotiate ACA fixes with some Repubs, GOP bill to obliterate health care advances in the Senate.

Two words for the GOP:

Treasonous.

Genocidal.

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BEWARE THE GENERALS

Last week I called Rep. Guttierez’s office to thank him for his denunciation of General Kelly’s betrayal of the Dreamers. The staffer said how much she appreciated my call “after the onslaught of hate calls we’ve gotten.” This, of course, is a hallmark of Fascism: the belief that the military is infallible, that it is an unpatriotic act ever to question the honesty, integrity, accuracy of a military official.

And so here we are:  Trump’s selection of incompetent freaks to run our government has allowed the generals to look reassuring by comparison.

That is a big, big mistake.

At Common Dreams, Stephen Kinzer describes “America’s Slow-Motion Military Coup.”

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CORRECTING TRUMP’S & THE GOP’S LIES ABOUT TAXES

Robert Reich refutes their nonsense:

“The United States has the 4th lowest taxes of any major economy. (Only South Korea, Chile, and Mexico ranking lower.)

“The wealthiest 1 percent in the U.S. pay the lowest taxes as a percent of their income and total wealth of the top 1 percent in any major country – and far lower than they paid in the U.S. during the first three decades after World War II.”

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HOW DEMS SUPPORT FOR ENDLESS WAR

helped to cost Hillary the election.

Not a topic the “mainstream” media seems to want to address,

but Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept does.

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