Now those are lead paragraphs!

President Trump famously declared that in his administration the nation would become tired of all the winning. So on Friday he tried a little losing. After the longest government shutdown in history, Mr. Trump surrendered with nothing concrete (or steel) to show for the battle, taking essentially the same deal that was on the table …

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Not a good look, McConnell

For the third time in two weeks, today Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) blocked legislation to open part of the Federal government. The Senate GOP leader didn’t explain his objection from the Senate floor but he has warned for weeks that he will not bring up a government funding bill unless it’s the product of …

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Batteries not required

Just for fun, here are Peter Paul and Mary singing the most playful of songs, one about a toy. But not just any toy! Nope, this one is a Marvelous toy! Tom Paxton composed the song in the 1950s. When legendary producer Milt Okun heard him play it Okun made Paxton the first writer signed …

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Three ships, possibly Irish

Violinist Lindsey Stirling plays a rousing version of “I Saw Three Ships” Thanksgiving Week of 2017. She and her colleagues do a goodly bit of Irish step dancing during the performance. All the while she continues to play her violin. It’s quite a show. The song itself has been around since the 17th century. The …

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My Namesake’s Day

Sung by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble, here is the story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the Second Day of Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle …

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