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PALMER: Brian Palmer, CNN, New York.
PHILLIPS: And the beautiful and graceful Aesha Ash is joining us this morning. She’s in our New York bureau.
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PHILLIPS: Aesha Ash, we can’t wait to be looking for you. When we go to New York, we’ll be going to the New York City Ballet. Thanks for being with us.