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How cruel and twisted is that Trump budget proposal? So cruel and twisted that Stephen Colbert — not the current Late Show host, but his retired right-wing alter ego — has returned to endorse it on television. The old Colbert elbowed the new one off the stage, sweeping in gloriously with a sword and Captain America shield.

Yes, that Colbert understands why Steve Bannon might want to eliminate funding to clear the Great Lakes of sea lampreys, those blood-sucking, ocean-going horrors that have clearly served as an inspiration to him. And that Colbert can explain why cutting Meals on Wheels funding for services to elderly, shut-in seniors is actually “the most compassionate thing we can do,” as Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney insisted.

Why feed poor, hungry children in school, if you can’t show that the food is improving their reading scores yet? And why waste money on “food-addicted seniors” who aren’t fighting the Islamic State, when the government could spend those funds on still more weapons systems?

You get the idea.

 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."