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The Insiders: The ole’ after-breakfast budget briefing

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Nothing cleanses the palate after a hearty breakfast quite like a casual discussion of the federal budget. So polish off that box of Cap’N Crunch and head on over to join Congresswoman Annie Kuster for her “Washington Briefing for Business Leaders” this morning at 8 at the Grappone Conference Center. Not sure you’re a business leader? There’s a questionnaire at the door (Question No. 1: Are you a business leader?)

Kuster will tackle a list of fluffy, softball topics that include jobs and the economy, health care, immigration reform, gun control and the impact of sequestration. The event is expected to feature brief remarks by Kuster, followed by questions from the audience. And perhaps a rodeo clown. We’re actually now getting word that the rodeo clown was fabricated entirely by us. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the program kicking off at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Adrienne Rupp at 224-5388, ext. 114.

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The stroke of 8 a.m. might come a tad early if you’re still recovering from last night’s bacchanalia, so might we recommend taking in some Bachanalia? We’ll explain.

Sleep in before sauntering over to NHTI’s Sweeney Auditorium at noon for “Bachanalia! Bach’s Multiple Keyboard Concertos.” It’s part of the Wings of Knowledge series and features four harpsichords and a string quartet playing Bach’s keyboard concertos. This might also remind you of your blurry previous evening: there are three doubles, two triples and a quadruple.

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Finally, some corrections to the mistakes we made in last week’s columns. First, the emerald ash borer is an invasive beetle that is endangering New Hampshire’s ash trees, not this year’s hottest 55-year wedding anniversary gift, as we reported. Also, the winged prehistoric dinosaur we erroneously labeled the “terrordactyl” is actually called a “pterodactyl” (still equally scary). And, the
comedian who spoke at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner was Conan O’Brien, not Tilda Swinton, as we initially reported. We’ll try to do better this week.

(Email the Insiders at insiders@cmonitor.com.)

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