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And now a quick break from politics…

There is a magical scene unfolding today outside the windows here at the Bashir team offices at Rockefeller Plaza. 

The Bashir brain trust is housed 100 feet above the Rockefeller skating rink– and today we got a special reminder that the holiday season is here. Our team of producers watched as a giant crane hoisted the 550 pound Swarovski Star atop the world’s most famous Christmas tree.

Today’s test of the star’s electronic system was simply brillant with 25,000 crystals gleaming off of one million skillfully, crafted facets.

The official tree-lighting ceremony is next week, bringing with it throngs of tourists which will begin to drown out some of the holiday cheer for New Yorkers trying to navigate Midtown.  But until then– Let There Be Peace.

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