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first_imgOn the final night of this past weekend’s Wanee Festival at the beautiful Spirit of Suwanee Music Park, Bob Weir and the Campfire Band returned to the Peach Stage for a headlining performance–their second of the weekend. At his Campfire Band shows, Weir has made a habit of starting the show with a solo acoustic segment before inviting the band to join him for the rest of the performance. For his festival-closing set, Weir welcomed a very special second guest guitarist for the show’s acoustic portion–Phish frontman Trey Anastasio, who had just finished his own set with Trey Anastasio Band on the same stage.The surprise collaboration sent the Wanee crowd–and, in turn, social media–into a frenzy. From the Grateful Dead‘s Fare Thee Well shows to Weir’s precedent-shattering sit-in with Phish in Nashville last Fall, when the worlds of Phish and the Dead collide, the fervent fans of both bands reliably respond with resounding enthusiasm. However, while the performance alone was enough to stoke the fires of excitement for fans, the main story of the acoustic duo set centered on an unlikely song choice: For the final song of the segment, the two jam band titans chose perform a cover “Million Reasons,” the worldwide hit 2016 single by pop mega-star Lady Gaga. You watch HD video of the re-worked cover below, courtesy of YouTube user Suwannee HD Streams:While the worlds of Phish/The Grateful Dead and the world of contemporary pop music don’t often collide, word of the surprising cover made its way back to Gaga, who took to Twitter to profess her gratitude: “LEGENDS coverin #MillionReasons wow! Trey & Bob I’m so honored this made my day such a dream come true!” read the grateful post. Lady Gaga has identified as a Deadhead before, as she explained on the Howard Stern show, which can be listened to below courtesy of ShaunAKABear.While we don’t know whether or not Lady Gaga is a fan of Phish as well, she’s clearly familiar enough to know that either of the two guitarists covering her song–let alone them covering it together–is an enormous honor. Props to Gaga for giving love where love is due. You can listen to the original song below, via Lady Gaga VEVO:To check out a complete setlist of the acoustic duo performance, and watch HD videos of each song, head here.[h/t – Relix]last_img read more


first_img Kaymer’s 66 was the lowest round of a cold, damp day, while Iwata birdied two of the last three holes for a 68 in his first appearance in a WGC event. Watson had been McDowell’s closest challenger when he birdied the second and third and then almost holed his approach to the 603-yard eighth hole for an albatross, but missed the eagle putt from five feet and had to settle for a birdie. The left-hander then made a costly mistake on the 10th when his simple approach to the green plugged in a bunker, from where he could only blast out to 40 feet and three-putt for a double bogey. But after dropping another shot on the 12th, Watson birdied four of the last five holes, marred only by a three-putt bogey on the 17th. ” I played reasonably solid today,” said McDowell, who has yet to win a WGC title. “I thought conditions were a little bit more difficult, colder, obviously a little bit of overnight rain made the golf course play a little bit longer. “I didn’t quite score as well as I did the last couple days but really gave myself some confidence from a ball-striking point of view that I can get the job done tomorrow. ” And let’s be honest. Yes, I had a three-shot lead overnight and it’s only one now, but I’ll take this position any week that you offer it to me, a one-shot lead going into the last round on a golf course that I enjoy. “I am excited about the challenge tomorrow and really looking forward to it. Press Association “It would be huge to win but I can accept whatever happens. I feel like I am turning the corner from a lot of points of view, mentally, physically and in my personal life a lot of good things are going on. “I am excited about another opportunity to win a golf tournament. If it happens I will be very happy, if not things are moving in the right direction.” McDowell admitted had never heard of nearest challenger Iwata before this week, but the world number 127 revealed he is quite well known in his native Japan. “I’m kind of relatively short tempered, so I always focus not to get too angry at myself,” Iwata said. “I believe I’m doing pretty good at that at the moment, so I just want to keep that going.” Asked if he usually got angry quickly, Iwata added: “I ‘m pretty famous for that in Japan.” US Open champion Kaymer could be McDowell’s biggest threat given his record at the venue, the German shot a closing 63 on his way to victory three years ago and also holds the course record of 62. “Finally I could make some putts today, that was nice,” the 29-year-old said. “The first two days I played really well but the putter was a little cold. “Today I make a couple mid-distance putts, only one bogey so I think I put myself in a good position. ” Obviously you need a little help from Graeme in order to win, but I’m playing really well and that’s all I can do.” World number 10 Rickie Fowler and South African Tim Clark are three off the lead on eight under par, with last year’s runner-up Ian Poulter and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen another shot back. Poulter had been in second place at halfway but could only manage a third round of 72. Graeme McDowell insisted he was relishing the challenge after his domination of the WGC-HSBC Champions came under serious threat in Shanghai. Two ahead after the opening round and three in front at halfway following a second successive 67, McDowell was four shots clear of a star-studded field late in the third round at Sheshan International on Saturday. However, the former US Open champion then bogeyed the 17th in a round of 71 to finish 11 under par, one ahead of Japan’s Hiroshi Iwata and two ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer and Masters champion Bubba Watson. last_img read more


first_img“If they are endorsing a project as a good expenditure for federal money, they have an obligation to tell their constituents, `This is what I’m supporting. This is what I think we should be spending our tax dollars on,”‘ Ellis said. The stealth politicians include members of both parties. And some of them have blasted their opponents for failing to be transparent enough when it comes to earmarks. Just last week, Republican Reps. Elton Gallegly of Thousand Oaks, Howard “Buck” McKeon of Santa Clarita, Gary Miller of Brea and Jerry Lewis of Redlands signed a petition demanding Democrats do more to publicize the authors of earmarks in authorization and tax bills. While none of the lawmakers would speak about their decision to keep mum about their own earmarks, aides to Gallegly, Miller and Lewis noted the petition called for public disclosure of projects approved for funding, not those still under consideration. A McKeon spokeswoman said the congressman’s policy is to release information about projects after the House approves the funding. Similarly, a number of Democrats who banged the drum of public disclosure during the 2006 election refused to reveal now what projects they feel deserve federal dollars. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, for example, last year criticized a Republican measure that demands lawmakers put their names on pet projects, saying it didn’t go far enough. Now a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Schiff released a statement saying, “I strongly believe that all projects funded by Congress should be disclosed.” Asked to explain why he won’t reveal his own projects, a spokesman said the written statement “is all we have to say.” Similarly, a spokeswoman for Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, said the congresswoman has a policy to release earmarks only after they are funded. “We are confident that we are releasing all the information that needs to be released,” Solis spokeswoman Sonia Melendez said. Also refusing to disclose was Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, who released a statement saying she is happy to discuss funded projects but did not explain her reasons for keeping requests secret. And Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, did not respond to several requests for an explanation. Privately, aides acknowledged that lawmakers typically don’t like to reveal requests because they don’t want to offend an organization or municipality that wasn’t on the list – or whose members think the lawmaker should be seeking more money for a given project. Moreover, they don’t want to be publicly criticized if they fail to obtain funding. But advocates of public disclosure criticized that reasoning. “They want to be able to preserve the right to talk out of both sides of their mouths,” Ellis said. “They want to be able to be everything to everybody, and withholding information makes that possible.” Those who did release their lists said they haven’t suffered any drawbacks. Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, for example, issued a press release in June listing his requests, which include: $2.3 million for equipment at Arcadia Methodist Hospital; $7 million to construct sound walls along Interstate 210; and $5million for a Rancho Cuca- monga company developing a triage medical monitor. Dreier said he knows he won’t get all the money he is seeking, but said, “I’ve been proud of the requests that I’ve made.” Besides, he said, as the author of major lobbying and earmark reform when his party was in power, Dreier said, “I felt it was important to set an example.” Other lawmakers who disclosed their earmark requests were: Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach/Long Beach; Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks; Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys; and Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles. Rep. Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, released his list of requests, but not the dollar amounts. Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Long Beach, who won a special election for her seat in August, entered Congress after the period for taking funding requests had already closed. But watchdogs said that despite continued objections from a number of lawmakers, transparency has begun to spread through the halls of Congress. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, but there’s definitely more transparency in the 110th Congress than we ever have had before,” said Bill Allison, an investigator with the Sunlight Foundation in Washington, D.C. Has it lead to less spending in Washington? Said Allison, “Too soon to tell.” [email protected] (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Link: Earmark Requests Congress’ Golden State members are among the growing chorus calling for more transparency in the federal budget process – but some insist on keeping their own requests for pet projects shrouded in secrecy. Eight of Southern California’s 15 lawmakers refused a request last week to supply their list of earmark requests and explain how they hope to spend federal tax dollars in the coming year. “It shows at least some level of contempt for their constituents,” said Steve Ellis, spokesman for the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. last_img

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