In a new book, End This Depression Now!, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman says the current economic problems can be fixed both more easily and more quickly than anyone imagines. But politicians’ desire to slash spending is deeply destructive, and he details why austerity is so appealing even to Very Serious People – and why it’s such a bad idea.
In the scary months that followed the fall of Lehman Brothers, just about all major governments agreed that the sudden … Read more »
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill banning abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from receiving money through the state, her office said in a statement.
The Republican-backed Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act cuts off funding for family planning and health services delivered by Planned Parenthood clinics and other organizations offering abortions.
“By signing this measure into law I stand with the majority of Americans who oppose the use of taxpayer funds … Read more »
More than a year after the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the Japanese government, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) present similar assurances of the site’s current state: challenges remain but everything is under control. The worst is over.
But nuclear waste experts say the Japanese are literally playing with fire in the way nuclear spent fuel continues to be stored onsite, especially in reactor 4, which … Read more »
The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years.
When our country was formed, women were not just second-class citizens. They were third- or fourth-class citizens. Women couldn’t vote or play a significant role in the political life of the … Read more »
By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein, Published: April 27
Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, was recently captured on video asserting that there are “78 to 81” Democrats in Congress who are members of the Communist Party. Of course, it’s not unusual for some renegade lawmaker from either side of the aisle to say something outrageous. What made West’s comment — right out of the McCarthyite playbook of the 1950s — so striking was the almost complete lack … Read more »
A bumblebee flies around the blossoms on an azalea. (photo: AP)
Monsanto, the massive biotechnology company being blamed for contributing to the dwindling bee population, has bought up one of the leading bee collapse research organizations. Recently banned from Poland with one of the primary reasons being that the company’s genetically modified corn may be devastating the dying bee population, it is evident that Monsanto is under serious fire for their role in the downfall of … Read more »
Taxes are never popular, especially in April of an election year. But the Republicans’ latest effort to tilt the tax code in favor of the wealthy, and starve the government of needed revenue, is particularly cynical.
This week, the House Republican leadership is expected to bring up the “Small Business Tax Cut Act,” a bill to let most business owners deduct up to 20 percent of their business income in 2012 – a … Read more »
Capture the magic of Barbra’s stunning performance of “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” from her new album RELEASE ME in this new video recreating the poetry of Randy Newman’s lyrics and the studio recording experience.… Read more »
Visit playbill.com today for an exclusive premiere or Barbra’s performance of “How Are Things In Glocca Morra?/Heather On The Hill” from her upcoming album Release Me, coming October 9.
Barbra recorded the song for her Back To Broadway album, but it didn’t make the final cut. The song sounds so great now neither Barbra (nor we!) know why it’s remained in the vault until today. Have a listen and let us know what you think of it!
To celebrate her new album RELEASE ME, Barbra sat down to discuss the songs and what went into making each. Here is her interview about “Try To Win A Friend,” one of her favorites to practice on the guitar while filming A Star Is Born.… Read more »
A rare interview with Barbra Streisand. Her epic career in music, on stage and in films has spanned six decades. A quadruple threat having won Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and a Tony, she’s truly in a class of her own. And now she’s got a new role, promoting awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of women in America.
The interview will air on Tuesday 25 September at 3pm on ABC – check local listings.… Read more »
For Barbra’s most loyal fans first, here’s the world premiere of “Try To Win A Friend” from her new album Release Me, available everywhere on vinyl September 25 and on CD October 9. The song was one of Barbra’s favorites to play as she practiced her new guitar skills for the filming of A Star Is Born; however, the scenes she was practicing for unfortunately didn’t make the final film.