Kennedy Center Honors: D.C.’s Powerful Gather For A Brief Respite From Impeachment Drama

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Kennedy Center Honors: D.C.’s Powerful Gather For A Brief Respite From Impeachment Drama
Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Tilson Thomas and Sesame Street were honored Sunday night at the Kennedy Center Honors, but what was all the more apparent was the tone of the show: A holiday season respite at one of D.C.’s most polarized moments. As the impeachment of President Donald Trump moves forward, among those attending were some of its most visible figures, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose decision to open an inquiry led to this moment, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is among the administration figures defying congressional subpoenas. Also present: Chief Justice John Roberts, who would preside over a Senate trial.

A couple of times during the ceremony, host LL Cool J made oblique references to political divisions. He told the crowd of lawmakers, Trump administration cabinet secretaries, Hollywood figures and D.C. lobbyists that the honorees use their artistic talents
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