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By GAIL COLLINS - New York Times.

It’s the weekend. The air is brisk, the leaves are tumbling, so it’s time for — yes! — another Republican debate!

Who knew there were going to be more of these things than football games?

The Republicans meet again Saturday night in South Carolina, where the whole nation will get to see the effects of the long-awaited Newt Gingrich Surge.Read more »

By Jeffrey D. Sachs, The New York Times

Occupy Wall Street and its allied movements around the country are more than a walk in the park. They are most likely the start of a new era in America. Historians have noted that American politics moves in long swings. We are at the end of the 30-year Reagan era, a period that has culminated in soaring income for the top 1 percent and crushing unemployment or income stagnation for much of the rest. The overarching challenge of the coming years is to restore prosperity and power for the 99 percent.Read more »

By CHARLES M. BLOW - New York Times.

Government is not the enemy. Not always. Don’t believe that right-wing malarkey.

In fact, for millions of Americans down on their luck and at the end of their rope, they can quickly find that government is their last friend left. Governmental assistance can prevent the certainty of a hungry night and a homeless tomorrow. It can mean the difference between the comfort of stability and the ravages of poverty.

This function is now more important than ever, even as it is under more pressure than ever.Read more »

By Al Franken, Reader Supported News

This week, the free and open Internet millions of Americans have come to depend on is under attack.Read more »

By Mary Wisniewski, Reuters

Controversial ballot measures aimed at banning abortion in Mississippi and reducing public sector union power in Ohio were soundly defeated on Tuesday in local elections that cheered President Barack Obama's Democratic party.

Democrats and Republicans split the two races for governor on the ballot, with Kentucky Democratic governor Steve Beshear handily winning re-election and Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant victorious in Mississippi.Read more »

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

The biggest question in America these days is how to revive the economy.

The biggest question among activists now occupying Wall Street and dozens of other cities is how to strike back against the nation's almost unprecedented concentration of income, wealth, and political power in the top 1 percent.Read more »

By PAUL KRUGMAN - New York Times

Inequality is back in the news, largely thanks to Occupy Wall Street, but with an assist from the Congressional Budget Office. And you know what that means: It’s time to roll out the obfuscators!Read more »

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By PAUL KRUGMAN - New York Times.

For decades the story of technology has been dominated, in the popular mind and to a large extent in reality, by computing and the things you can do with it. Moore’s Law — in which the price of computing power falls roughly 50 percent every 18 months — has powered an ever-expanding range of applications, from faxes to Facebook.

Our mastery of the material world, on the other hand, has advanced much more slowly. The sources of energy, the way we move stuff around, are much the same as they were a generation ago.Read more »

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog

Wall Street is still out of control, and why Obama should call for Glass-Steagall and a breakup of big banks.

Next week President Obama travels to Wall Street where he'll demand - in light of the Street's continuing antics since the bailout, as well as its role in watering-down the Volcker rule - that the Glass-Steagall Act be resurrected and big banks be broken up.

I'm kidding. But it would be a smart move - politically and economically.Read more »

By ThinkProgress War Room

When Voting Against Job Creation Just Isn’t Enough

As we’ve been documenting, Republicans keep voting against millions of American jobs. But it doesn’t stop there! The bills they’ve managed to get enacted — namely spending cuts through taking the entire government hostage and threatening to shut it down — have actually killed 370,000 jobs according to a new report from Scott Lilly, a longtime Capitol Hill staffer and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Here’s the rundown, via ThinkProgress’ Travis Waldron:Read more »

By PAUL KRUGMAN - New York Times.

A few years back Representative Barney Frank coined an apt phrase for many of his colleagues: weaponized Keynesians, defined as those who believe “that the government does not create jobs when it funds the building of bridges or important research or retrains workers, but when it builds airplanes that are never going to be used in combat, that is of course economic salvation.”

Right now the weaponized Keynesians are out in full force — which makes this a good time to see what’s really going on in debates over economic policy.Read more »

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Talk about the ultimate engagement gift. When young Brooklynite Alan Bergman wanted to mark his upcoming marriage to fiancé Marilyn Katz, he wrote a song for her called "That Face," and arranged for Fred Astaire to record it.

The Bergmans, now three-time Academy Award winners for their song lyrics, have been married for 54 years. And for many of them, there has been another woman in their life — the singer they call their "muse" and close collaborator, Barbra Streisand.Read more »

By Pat Cerasaro -

Only once in a lifetime does a talent like hers arise and only one in a billion of us ascends to this level of legendary as far as history is concerned - yet, here with an anomalous, unique new album to go with the seventy that have come before it is the voice of a generation, Barbra Streisand. The new album, WHAT MATTERS MOST: Barbra Streisand Sings The Lyrics Of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Read more »

Did you know that Alan Bergman wrote "That Face" to propose to his wife Marilyn? Watch this new video on to hear the full story behind the song from Alan and Marilyn and listen to Barbra's completely new recording of it now! "That Face" is just one of the tracks included on her new album What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman, in stores August 23!

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On August 23, Columbia Music will debut Barbra Streisand's new album "What Matters Most," in which she performs only songs with lyrics by noted award-winning (Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Cable-Ace) lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. They write below:

To hear Barbra Streisand sing a song we've written is to know why we chose to become writers.Read more »

Streisand dialed down the diva 'tude for 2009's Love Is the Answer, a relatively restrained collaboration with jazz star Diana Krall that led to the legend's first club date in decades. Here Babs goes bigger, singing the natural-fiber stuffing out of 10 dramatic tearjerkers by her old pals Alan and Marilyn Bergman (''The Way We Were,'' ''You Don't Bring Me Flowers''). On ''So Many Stars,'' she even does a few bars in Portuguese, just because she can. B+ exclusively premiered the new What Matters Most Trailer online today with new interviews of Barbra and the Bergmans. The video tells the stories behind several of the album's tracks, features footage from the studio recordings with Barbra, and previews new clips of "Solitary Moon," "Alone in the World," "The Same Hello The Same Goodbye," and "What Matters Most."Read more »

Just announced: another exciting sweepstakes opportunity from The Official Barbra Streisand Music Store! Pre-order any configuration of Barbra's new album, What Matters Most, and you'll automatically be entered to win:

- 2 tickets to the premiere of "My Mother's Curse" in Spring 2012
- 2 roundtrip airfare tickets
- 2 nights' hotel accommodations

For complete sweepstakes details, official rules and to enter to win, click here.Read more »

Barbra has long desired to release an album with lyrics only by her longtime collaborators and dear friends, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. That dream will finally be realized with her latest release What Matters Most - Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, coming August 23.

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Close to 40% away from reaching our final goal of $250,000 in donations, we would like to thank all those who have donated to Barbra’s campaign in advancing research in Women’s Heart Disease. If you haven’t donated just yet, there is still time to help support the cause. Read more »

Barbra would like to clarify some facts about her involvement with The Normal Heart, in response to some comments that Larry Kramer has made to Entertainment Weekly.
The auction winner and one (1) guest will visit the set of the upcoming comedy MY MOTHER’S CURSE, starring Barbra Streisand and have the rare opportunity to meet the one and only Ms. Barbra Streisand. MY MOTHER’S CURSE is about a mother (Barbra Streisand) who travels with her inventor son (Seth Rogen) across the country as he peddles his latest product. Throughout the trip, the two come to have a deeper more meaningful appreciation of each other.Read more »

Barbra sets the record straight on recent inaccuracies in the press:

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