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Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump

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Pardon me while I blow my own horn a bit:

Three years to the day after the death of David Bowie, two eminences of American music will come together in Los Angeles to pay tribute. John Adams is set to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the premiere of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 12, “Lodger,” at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday. The work is inspired by Bowie’s 1979 collaboration with Brian Eno and the producer Tony Visconti, the final album in what’s usually called their Berlin trilogy, which also includes “Low” and “Heroes,” both from 1977. Mr. Glass’s First Symphony, back in 1992, was based on “Low”; his Fourth (1996), on “Heroes.”

I first encountered both Phil and John -- musically and personally -- in San Francisco, during my years (1977-81) as music critic on the Examiner. When I moved to New York to work at Time Magazine, I wanted to champion their cause of a new kind of tonal music that deliberately stuck its thumb in the eye of the then-prevailing Darmstadt School of 12-tone music.

ADAMS The thing I remember most vividly is a tour of the ensemble doing excerpts from “Einstein on the Beach,” which I heard in San Francisco sometime in the 1970s. Then I actually conducted quite a bit of his music — a little piece, “Facades,” and then I think we did the very first performance of parts of “Akhnaten” in L.A. on a Phil program, 50 minutes’ worth. I did the Ninth Symphony, again with L.A., and then this.

I came of age during what we now call the bad old days, when the world said you had a choice between European modernism and its American version, or Cagean aesthetics. Hearing Philip’s music and Steve [Reich’s] music was this wonderful, new possibility of a language that embraced both tonality and sort of living with a pulse, new, original and fresh.

GLASS I’m astonished at the size of audiences I’m getting now. I never thought that this music would be accepted in the way it’s being accepted. I had my first performance with the New York Philharmonic when I was 80 years old. I mean, come on!

Two great American composers. All success to them.

By the way, this was BuzzFeed's in-yo-face response to conservatives who were skeptical of their reporting earlier today:

How embarrassing for them.

They really should have stuck to listicles.

Here's BuzzFeed crow-eating, egg-on-face correction:

Always wait 24-36 hours before you take any devastating deep-state "bombshells" seriously. And after that, be very skeptical.

The president just gleefully retweeted these tweets:

Well, that scoop didn't last long:

7:50 p.m.

The special counsel’s office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of a news report saying that President Donald Trump told his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

The statement by Robert Mueller’s office on Friday night doesn’t cite any specific errors.

Spokesman Peter Carr says, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”

Let's see all your shocked faces that once again Buzzfeed -- the irresponsible "news" outlet that first published the Steele dossier -- is once again full of crap.

This should be interesting:

President Donald Trump said he will make a "major" announcement on Saturday about the border and ongoing government shutdown. The president did not provide any further details on what he would be discussing on what is set to be the 28th day of the partial government shutdown.

The shutdown is the result of Congress's inability to pass a short-term funding bill for the government that Trump would be willing to sign. The president has insisted that such a bill contain more than $5 billion in funding to build a border wall. Democrats have refused to agree with that demand.