The circumstance of climate change and the circumstances of California's drought being clear, the four lawns (of the six on Barbra Streisand's and James Brolin's property) that the couple have allowed to desiccate and brown represent the kind of sacrifice everyone has to make. One of the two lawns maintained even with their drastic cutback in water usage continues to be among the most aerial-photographed on the planet.Read more »

For those of you who didn't see it the first time around, don't miss the re-airing of Barbra's 2014 appearance on 'The Tonight Show' - her first late night T.V. appearance in over 50 years! Barbra talks and performs songs from her Grammy-nominated, Platinum-selling album 'PARTNERS', including a fun medley with host Jimmy Fallon that helped skyrocket the album to #1. Airs 8/28 on NBC. Check local listings.

I was very saddened to hear of Arnold Scaasi's passing. Arnold was a wonderful designer who knew how to combine fantasy and craftsmanship. He made many fabulous outfits for me over the years and unfortunately, only one of them stole the headlines. I had no idea when I wore it to receive the Academy Award that the outfit would become see-through under the lights! I was embarrassed but it sure was original at the time.

--Barbra.

Photo by Larry Schiller.

Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, WHA Scientific Advisor, Letter to the Editor

Why Science Needs Female Mice (editorial, July 19) is a slam-dunk, drawing much-needed attention to the lack of female subjects in disease research.Read more »

Thank those heavens for the H20. All living plants need rainwater with nitrogen.

July 9th, Parched grass:

July 20th... after two days of rain. Green grass:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Unveils Its Academy Collection Highlights Salute to Barbra Streisand.

See rare Barbra Streisand photos, videos, personal notes and more in our Academy Collection Highlights: www.oscars.org/BarbraStreisand

Omar was my first leading man in the movies. He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people's eyes, the idea of casting him in 'Funny Girl' was considered controversial. Yet somehow, under the direction of William Wyler, the romantic chemistry between Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice transcended stereotypes and prejudice. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar, and I'm profoundly sad to hear of his passing.

--Barbra.
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Throughout the years, Kirk Kerkorian was a man of extraordinary generosity. He rarely sought attention or acknowledgement for his contributions.

In 1969 I opened Mr. Kerkorian's International Hotel in Las Vegas. Not until New Year’s Eve 1993 did I return for the opening of his magnificent MGM Grand Hotel. At that time, because of his generous contribution to my foundation, I was able to give support to the fight against AIDS and the fight for Women’s & Children’s Rights and the Environment.

Then again in 2013 he joined me in the fight against Women's Heart Disease.Read more »

I would like to join with the Humane Society International in its effort to draw world attention to the barbarity of an annual festival in China celebrating... yes, celebrating... the human consumption of dogs. Dogs became domesticated, became in every true sense our best friends, very early in the evolution of our species. Part of human civility is that we don't condone the slaughter of our best friends.Read more »

The decision of the Supreme Court to recognize that same sex Americans should enjoy the right to any state sanctioned marriage is a cause for celebration.

This is a triumph for love and commitment. I salute the tireless work of the activists who worked to make this day happen.

Associated Press recently requested the changes Barbra Streisand and James Brolin have initiated to conserve water at their home. Here are the five specifics they provided:

1. We’re working with a company that specializes in water reuse technology, to devise the best program for water conservation.

2. We have turned off the water for more than 70% of our lawns, allowing them to turn completely brown.Read more »

I was very saddened to hear of Arnold Scaasi's passing. Arnold was a wonderful designer who knew how to combine fantasy and craftsmanship. He made many fabulous outfits for me over the years and unfortunately, only one of them stole the headlines. I had no idea when I wore it to receive the Academy Award that the outfit would become see-through under the lights! I was embarrassed but it sure was original at the time.

--Barbra.

Photo by Larry Schiller.

Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, WHA Scientific Advisor, Letter to the Editor

Why Science Needs Female Mice (editorial, July 19) is a slam-dunk, drawing much-needed attention to the lack of female subjects in disease research.Read more »

Thank those heavens for the H20. All living plants need rainwater with nitrogen.

July 9th, Parched grass:

July 20th... after two days of rain. Green grass:

Omar was my first leading man in the movies. He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people's eyes, the idea of casting him in 'Funny Girl' was considered controversial. Yet somehow, under the direction of William Wyler, the romantic chemistry between Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice transcended stereotypes and prejudice. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar, and I'm profoundly sad to hear of his passing.

--Barbra.
Read more »

Throughout the years, Kirk Kerkorian was a man of extraordinary generosity. He rarely sought attention or acknowledgement for his contributions.

In 1969 I opened Mr. Kerkorian's International Hotel in Las Vegas. Not until New Year’s Eve 1993 did I return for the opening of his magnificent MGM Grand Hotel. At that time, because of his generous contribution to my foundation, I was able to give support to the fight against AIDS and the fight for Women’s & Children’s Rights and the Environment.

Then again in 2013 he joined me in the fight against Women's Heart Disease.Read more »

I would like to join with the Humane Society International in its effort to draw world attention to the barbarity of an annual festival in China celebrating... yes, celebrating... the human consumption of dogs. Dogs became domesticated, became in every true sense our best friends, very early in the evolution of our species. Part of human civility is that we don't condone the slaughter of our best friends.Read more »

The decision of the Supreme Court to recognize that same sex Americans should enjoy the right to any state sanctioned marriage is a cause for celebration.

This is a triumph for love and commitment. I salute the tireless work of the activists who worked to make this day happen.

Associated Press recently requested the changes Barbra Streisand and James Brolin have initiated to conserve water at their home. Here are the five specifics they provided:

1. We’re working with a company that specializes in water reuse technology, to devise the best program for water conservation.

2. We have turned off the water for more than 70% of our lawns, allowing them to turn completely brown.Read more »

By Barbra Streisand for The Washington Post.

Barbra Streisand is co-founder of the Women’s Heart Alliance.

My eyes were opened to gender inequality when I was 26.Read more »

By Barbra Streisand

In the wake of the financial crisis, President Obama took the helm of a sinking economic ship and help to right it. The unemployment rate is now once again at pre-recession levels -- the lowest in seven years (5.5%).Read more »

"I wonder how many times you have to be hit on the head before you find out who's hitting you? It's about time that the people of America realized what the Republicans have been doing to them."

Sixty-six years later, I ask the same question.

By Barbra Streisand, Reader Supported News

American women, the country needs to hear from you! Do you know how powerful your one voice can be? How powerful your one vote can be?

Remember, it only takes a few votes to make all the difference. In the presidential election of 2000, 104 million people voted and only 537 votes in Florida triggered events that changed the world. Would we have become involved in the unnecessary war in Iraq if Al Gore became President? Would America be falling so far behind on tackling climate change?Read more »

New York Times.

When Donald Trump’s security escorted the Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference on Tuesday, I decided that I was officially done.

Maybe I should have been long before that.

Maybe I should have been done the one and only time I ever met Trump and his first words to me were a soliloquy about how black people loved him, and he was the most popular white man among black people.

Maybe I should have been done when Trump demanded to see the president’s birth certificate.Read more »

The slaying of two journalists Wednesday as they broadcast live to a television audience in Virginia is still seared on our screens and our minds, but it’s a moment not only to mourn but also to learn lessons.

The horror isn’t just one macabre double-murder, but the unrelenting toll of gun violence that claims one life every 16 minutes on average in the United States. Three quick data points:

■ More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.Read more »

By Paul Krugman

Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why.Read more »

Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times

EXETER, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton had planned to spend her campaign stop at a high school here on Monday focusing mainly on her plan to make college more affordable. But, like most candidates for president, she also had to take questions about the latest headline-grabbing comments from Donald J. Trump.

For Mrs. Clinton, it was Mr. Trump’s suggestion that the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” when she questioned him during his party’s debate on Thursday.Read more »

Op-ed.

This was, according to many commentators, going to be the election cycle Republicans got to show off their “deep bench.” The race for the nomination would include experienced governors like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, fresh thinkers like Rand Paul, and attractive new players like Marco Rubio. Instead, however, Donald Trump leads the field by a wide margin. What happened?Read more »

By Jon Herskovitz

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court struck down a Texas law on Wednesday requiring voters to show authorized identification before casting ballots, saying the measure violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act through its "discriminatory effects."

The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit pertained to one of a series of laws enacted in Republican-governed states requiring potential voters to show identification that Democrats saw as intended to disenfranchise minorities who typically support their party.Read more »

The numbers are stunning: From 2007 to 2014, women made up only 30.2 percent of all speaking or named characters in the 100 top-grossing fictional films released in the United States. That’s bad enough to repeat: For every 2.3 male characters who say “Dude,” there is just one woman saying “Hello?!”Read more »

Planned Parenthood Is Defended as Senate Democrats Block Bill to End Funding

WASHINGTON — As president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards tries to keep perspective while the group faces one of its biggest political crises. After all, she said on Monday, the founder, Margaret Sanger, was arrested 99 years ago for pamphleteering about birth control.

“There hasn’t been a moment in our history, when we were pushing forward on reproductive health care rights and access for women, that someone wasn’t after us,” Ms. Richards said in an interview.Read more »

In 2006, the National Cancer Institute took the rare step of issuing a “clinical announcement,” a special alert it holds in reserve for advances so important that they should change medical practice.

In this case, the subject was ovarian cancer. A major study had just proved that pumping chemotherapy directly into the abdomen, along with the usual intravenous method, could add 16 months or more to women’s lives. Cancer experts agreed that medical practice should change — immediately.Read more »

By CORAL DAVENPORT

President Obama on Monday unveiled the final version of his Clean Power Plan, a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that, if implemented, would represent the strongest action ever taken by the United States to combat climate change.

How can the president take this action without Congress’s approval?Read more »

By Elizabeth Warren, Elizabeth Warren's Blog

Hello again,

Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood for 5:30pm today.

Remember, that’s a vote to defund cancer screenings, birth control, HIV testing, STD treatments, and basic health care services for 2.7 million people a year. There are no federal dollars that go to help the 3% of Planned Parenthood patients who need access to compassionate and safe abortion services. This defunding is all about politics and denying women access to basic health care.Read more »

That's what the GOP senator who'll be taking control of the environment committee told me several years ago.

By David Corn - MotherJones.com

The recent news on the front page of the New York Times was stark. As thousands of diplomats were gathering in Lima, Peru, to work on an agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, scientists and climate policy experts were warningRead more »

Larry Kramer does not need me to publicize his beautiful play. It stands on its own. For the last time – I will answer his complaints, which rewrite history.

When I saw the play in 1985 I was very moved and immediately contacted Larry to acquire the rights. After going through several drafts with Larry, I hired another writer to develop a screenplay that was faithful to Larry’s play -- but adapting it to make it more cinematic. It was finished in 1995. Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh were interested in doing the version that I oversaw.Read more »

2cents.....

Haahaa.... If my sweet wife and I can ever get out of bed
(somedays it's noon)... I have long planned to paper our vintage barn's
outhouse walls, with these excremental egested rag articles that are
void of even a sniff of truth. Of course, she has held me back with
her gift for perfect decor. But I still say my idea is more
authentic,... Haahaa. Right?

Hillary and Bill Clinton have been friends now since I first
met them 16 years ago.... and without any interruptions... birthdaysRead more »

“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements”

---Thomas Jefferson

Boy, Barbra must sell a lot of papers.  That tabloid keeps re-telling the same lies.

I asked my wife if I could borrow her Truth Alert to respond to the latest tabloid nonsense, an outrageous story that I oppose her doing "Gypsy." These scandal sheet guys only print stuff that is the exact opposite of the truth. I'm already lined up to buy the first ticket for that film. Her youthful beauty will perfectly complement her singing and performance. But the point here is that tabloids only traffic in bad news, bad news that they have to maliciously make up in Barbra's case.Read more »

I was just made aware of a ridiculous story in one of those weekly rags. This is just to say that the story is untrue in every respect, just unmitigated, sloppy, and malicious invention.  The madness of the constant inaccuracy of these publications is evidenced by the fact that in this recent story the main photo they use of "Jason" is not even Jason!

One of the tabloids is recycling a fabricated story which we truth-alerted as false in 2004.

It's ridiculous to dredge up a 7 year old story about having a polyp removed. It must be a slow news day.

I’ve endured Larry Kramer’s outbursts in the past, not wishing to dignify them with a response. But at a time when we are all pulling together to achieve such giant steps toward gay equality, it is anguishing to me to have my devotion to this cause so distorted. I think my efforts for the gay community and my immersion in securing its constitutional entitlement and other equitable rights is quite evident and a matter of record.Read more »

I was happy to hear recently that the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York will be undergoing renovations for a reopening in 2014 . It was one of those beautiful old movie palaces of the past. I was 13 years old when I first started spending many a wonderful afternoon there, partly because it had double features, air conditioning and great ice cream cones.Read more »

To clarify the ridiculous assertions relating to Barbra Streisand's participation in the new "We Are The World," the recording of which I attended with her, Barbra hit it on her first take, but then asked Patti Austin, who was producing the vocal session, if she could do a few more to see what else she might come up with. Patti thought the first take was perfect, and she thought the fourth one was more perfect. They stopped at "more perfect."

---Jay Landers / SVP A&R Columbia Records.

I discovered in a recent book of rather serious intent, and in which I was otherwise fairly treated, that the author chose to print some of the silliest fabricated tales about me even after acknowledging that they were “perhaps more apocryphal than true.” I was surprised that this author would not even bother to check his facts. I don’t care if someone doesn’t like my work or tells a story that is unflattering…as long as it’s the truth.Read more »


One of the most breathtaking tracks on the album is her virtual duet with Elvis Presley to his 1956 ballad “Love Me Tender.” -- Lindsay Lowe, Parade Magazine

What a terrible loss for us all. First Robin who was a genius and now Lauren. It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her. And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed. - Barbra.

Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” album, to debut on September 16th, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists.Read more »

Barbra and Michael collaborate on "It Had to Be You." Watch a clip of them in the recording studio together here.

Like what you hear? Pre-order Partners now at Amazon and iTunes.

Barbra has officially joined Instagram! Follow her at instagram.com/barbrastreisand!

Barbra was in Washington on Wednesday to raise awareness for Women's Heart Disease - the #1 killer of Women. Here are some tweets that came out of Washington:

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From TheHill.com:

SPOTTED: Singing legend Barbra Streisand, meeting with lawmakers including Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Wednesday to talk about women’s heart disease.

The “Funny Girl” star, who founded the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles in 2012, made the trip to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to expand existing women’s heart health initiatives and to push for additional research funding.Read more »

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