Resignation and sequestration

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

February 27, 2013 1:24:50 PM PST
So put this in your pipe and ponder: The next fiscal cliff happening at the same time as the Pope resigning, and both involving sequestration. Hmmm. Coincidence? I think not.

Just sayin'. We'll have the latest tonight at 11, on both the $85 billion in spending cuts that are set to happen and on the Pope's last day in office tomorrow, after which he'll be called "Emeritus Pope."

By the way, Mayor Bloomberg, in Washington today for a gun control meeting at the White House, was skeptical about all the sky-is-falling predictions about cutting federal expenditures by about 2 percent. "Spare me," was the Mayor's retort. "There's a lot of posturing," he said, mocking the Obama Administration's warnings how folks are supposedly saying they're going to lay off workers or close hospitals or let prisoners loose. "Spare me. I live in that world. I mean, come on!"

And by living in the world he undoubtedly means all the times he presented a dire budget with billions of dollars in shortfall, and predicted that fire firefighters or cops or teachers would have to be laid off. He lives in that world indeed.

Also at 11, we have an exclusive report on exactly why you can't get those hot concert tickets that go on sale. Our Jim Dolan takes a closer look at how ticket brokers are able to quickly gobble up the majority of tickets, and then turn around and sell them at a handsome profit. Legal scalping, that's what many call it. So how to stop it? Can you stop it? Jim's revealing report is tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're remembering Van Cliburn, the magnificent classical pianist who died today at 78. His life was complicated, but his legacy was burnished in American history when he was 23, and won the first "Tchaikovsky Competition" in Moscow in 1958. It was during the cold war, and an American winning in the Soviet Union was hailed as a huge triumph. He was given a ticker tape parade in the canyon of heroes in Lower Manhattan, to the cheers of about 100,000 people. That was the first time, reportedly, that had ever been held for a classical musician.

Alas, his death will likely go unnoticed by far too many young people today. But Van Cliburn's contribution to history - aside from his brilliant piano skills and his huge hands, with each covering 12 keys! - was made when he was so very young. I'm just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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