Last night, Barbra played the opening night of her European Tour at the O2 Arena in London, England.

For those of you who couldn't be there - here are some great shots from the evening.

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THE SHOW:

Here’s how the LA Times described your show:
The evening’s talky rhythm (the show had more asides than a Shakespeare tragedy) put the audience immediately under the spell of her folksy grandiosity. Streisand … isn’t just a star — she’s a world view, a style of being, an entire cosmology, with the highest possible thread-count sheets. You don’t just come for the music; you come for the whole church service. The sermon, broken up into bits, is inseparable from the songs.
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Cites Pride in her Connection to the Hebrew University.

Jerusalem, May 20, 2013 — Legendary American actress, director, singer, producer, composer, philanthropist and activist Barbra Streisand will receive an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The ceremony will take place on Monday, June 17, during the 76th Hebrew University International Board of Governors Meeting.Read more »

By Barbra Streisand.

Remember Whitewater and the “travel office” non-scandals of the 1990s? The Republicans and certain media outlets wasted the nation’s time and millions of dollars in pursuit of alleged wrongdoing by First Lady Hillary Clinton. It was all sound and fury signifying nothing. Two decades later, the same script is being revisited about the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which the President and Secretary Clinton clearly labeled a “terrorist act”.Read more »

On Monday, April 22, 2013, Barbra Streisand was honored at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala. She was introduced by President Bill Clinton, who presented her with the award. Here are her complete remarks as delivered on stage at Avery Fisher Hall.

Mr. President, my dear Mr President. Thank you for taking the time to be here with us tonight. It means so much to me, especially given how busy you are, doing important things for people all around the world. You’re a wonder, an inspiration and a very loyal friend, thank you.Read more »

By THE NEW YORK TIMES

At a gala on Monday night Barbra Streisand will receive the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award for lifetime achievement. The society cited in particular her work on “Yentl,” the first movie to credit a woman as director, writer, producer and star, along with other big-screen turns behind the camera (“Prince of Tides” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces”) and in front of it (“Funny Girl” and “For Pete’s Sake”).

Before the gala Ms. Streisand answered readers’ questions, and hundreds took to the ArtsBeat blog to declare their affection and post their queries.Read more »

Last week, the Republicans took a big gamble and lost by lining up on the wrong side of history with their battle against health care reform. After the bill passed in Congress, all we heard from Republicans on the 24 hour news channels was, how can Congress pass a bill without even one Republican vote? The answer is…the same way President Clinton passed his Budget Reconciliation Act in 1993. He had to rely solely on Democrats to win passage after not one Republican voted for either his stimulus plan or his budget.Read more »

1992 was called “the year of the woman” so in 1993 before presenting the award for best director I said, “Tonight the Academy honors women and the movies but I look forward to the time when tributes like this will no longer be necessary because women will be honored without regard to gender but simply for the excellence of their work.”

Well the time has come, it’s 2010 – 17 years later and it was with great pleasure that I presented the award for Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow.

“Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said yesterday that there are limits to American military power and it's time for the State Department and other agencies to step up efforts abroad. "US foreign policy is still too dominated by the military, too dependent upon the generals and admirals who lead our major overseas commands and not enough on the State Department," he said.”

---From the Center for American Progress, Progress Report

By Barbra Streisand.

Last January, Barack Obama was sworn into office after being elected by an overwhelming majority of the country. His historic victory was a mandate for change. With new energy occupying the White House, and a re-invigorated progressive leadership at the helm in Congress, Americans believed that positive change was finally going to rattle the “business as usual” status quo that had plagued Washington D.C. for the past eight years.Read more »

I felt like I was in suspended animation as I read the Supreme Court decision which, essentially enables a corporate coup d’état of America’s Democracy.

Our country’s Founding Fathers never intended for monarchs or the business establishment to rule our nation. No, the Founders of our country began the Constitution with the words, "We the People of the United States…"

That sentiment was again expressed when President Lincoln in his famous Gettysburg Address said it simply but powerfully, that our government was of the people, by the people and for the people.Read more »

Ted Kennedy was America's Senator for so long and he inspired so many millions of us with his wisdom and compassion. He is gone but he leaves us with his vision of America to guide us and his clear voice that will reverberate forever. He was always a fighter for justice, working to help those left behind. He will be terribly missed.

Health Insurance Reform Reality Check

8 ways reform provides security and stability to those with or without coverage

Ends Discrimination for Pre-Existing Conditions: Insurance companies will be prohibited from refusing you coverage because of your medical history.

Ends Exorbitant Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Deductibles or Co-Pays: Insurance companies will have to abide by yearly caps on how much they can charge for out-of-pocket expenses.Read more »

There has been a lot of conversation lately about how the ability to identify with another person's circumstance makes one unqualified to wear the judicial robe. Since President Obama's nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the word empathyRead more »

Please join me in donating to People For's work to defend constitutional values and confirm Eric Holder.

Then take a moment, if you've not yet done so, to sign the petition to the Senate.

I'm writing to you now to let you know about my friend and President Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Eric Holder. Read more »

Last weekend, I was in Washington DC to accept the Kennedy Center Honors, and I noticed that the kiss between me and the "soon to be former" President Bush created quite a stir. Read more »

November 5thawhat a daya a new daya.finally Dr. King's words ring true that one day we will live in a nation where people "will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.&rdquRead more »

John McCain has declared from swing state to swing state, "I am a Teddy Roosevelt Republicana" Read more »

NARAHA, Japan — “Out of work? Nowhere to live? Nowhere to go? Nothing to eat?” the online ad reads. “Come to Fukushima.”

That grim posting targeting the destitute, by a company seeking laborers for the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, is one of the starkest indications yet of an increasingly troubled search for workers willing to carry out the hazardous decommissioning at the site.Read more »

By Justin Gillis

Early in his career, a scientist named Mario J. Molina was pulled into seemingly obscure research about strange chemicals being spewed into the atmosphere. Within a year, he had helped discover a global environmental emergency, work that would ultimately win a Nobel Prize.

Now, at 70, Dr. Molina is trying to awaken the public to an even bigger risk. He is spearheading a committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, which will release a stark report Tuesday on global warming.Read more »

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Four years ago, some of us watched with a mixture of incredulity and horror as elite discussion of economic policy went completely off the rails. Over the course of just a few months, influential people all over the Western world convinced themselves and each other that budget deficits were an existential threat, trumping any and all concern about mass unemployment. The result was a turn to fiscal austerity that deepened and prolonged the economic crisis, inflicting immense suffering.Read more »

The U.S. Supreme Court should hold that owners of for-profit companies cannot assert religious objections to deny their employees insurance coverage of contraceptive services and supplies in employer-sponsored health plans, argues a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Guttmacher Institute and Professor Sara Rosenbaum (a member of the Guttmacher board of directors and professor at The George Washington University). The brief’s legal team was led by former Acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and Indiana University Professor (and Guttmacher board member) Dawn Johnsen.Read more »

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Most people, if pressed on the subject, would probably agree that extreme income inequality is a bad thing, although a fair number of conservatives believe that the whole subject of income distribution should be banned from public discourse. (Rick Santorum, the former senator and presidential candidate, wants to ban the term “middle class,” which he says is “class-envy, leftist language.” Who knew?) But what can be done about it?Read more »

By Toru Hanai and Elaine Lies

KORIYAMA, Japan (Reuters) - Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives.
Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and ingrained habit mean many children still stay inside.Read more »

By Ruth Rosen, Open Democracy

“Everything that explains the world has in fact explained a world that does not exist, a world in which men are at the center of the human enterprise and women are at the margin "helping" them. Such a world does not exist -- never has”
(Gerda Lerner )

A side from the Republican’s relentless War on Women, let me offer you another reason why even one token month is still necessary to America’s political culture.Read more »

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK

American Legislative Exchange Council forms new initiative

Offshoot will target 'villages, towns, cities and counties'

The rightwing group Alec is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities.Read more »

By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

Reproductive rights advocates denounce 'injustice' to women as Bill 2 forces more clinics to close

Two more reproductive healthcare clinics in Texas that provided abortion closed this week, an 'injustice' critics say has been brought on by legislation that robs women of their rights and 'endangers the lives of the state's most vulnerable women.'

The two clinics were part of the Whole Women's Health network-one in McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley, and the other in Beaumont, in eastern Texas.Read more »

By Judith D. Schwartz

The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture and other development has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. But new research shows how effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change.

In the 19th century, as land-hungry pioneers steered their wagon trains westward across the United States, they encountered a vast landscape of towering grasses that nurtured deep, fertile soils.Read more »

By Associated Press

Some members of US Congress demanding closer scrutiny of pipes following serious spills in Arkansas and North Dakota.

A freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas is a premier midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer’s delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.Read more »

Scientists say lack of government supported research forcing them to use volunteers, predictive models

- Lauren McCauley, staff writer

An image from a model of the progression of a radioactive plume coming across the Pacific following the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. (via BBC News)
This post was updated Tuesday, February 26.Read more »

A Vanity Fair April, 2002 article reported that Barbra Streisand has a "contract rider demanding rose pedals be strewn in backstage toilet." Read more »

TRUTH

This was the latest of over a half dozen tabloid articles predicated on the strange supposition that Barbra Streisand wished to oversee the expected wedding of actress Minnie Driver and Ms. Streisand's stepson, Josh Brolin, and that this in some way aRead more »
"Barbra Streisand wants us to believe that her latest tour will be her last, but that doesn't necessarily mean she won't be performing anymore. Barbra's in secret talks with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to become a regular headliner. If she agrees to thRead more »
Dear Liz,
I would never challenge any journalist's review of an artists work. A review is an opinion. But the last paragraph of your commentary on Barbra today states several generalities about her in a very categorical manner..Read more »
That Barbra Streisand and James Brolin have initiated plans to adopt a baby. (This story originated in US tabloids and has been repeated in the general print press and even some leading electronic media both here and abroad, our strong denials notwithstanRead more »
After Barbra Streisand and James Brolin's plans to build a new home next to their present Malibu residence were resoundingly approved by the Malibu Planning Commission and all other regulatory agencies, a sole neighbor appealed to stop the construction,Read more »
"Barbra Streisand at the MGM Grand for New Year's. Much hilarity as she was making one of her golf-cart assisted treks through the corridors. Security ordered, 'No one is to look at Barbra Streisand!' Pedestrians turned their faces to the wall. ARead more »

Just prior to the recent Christie's auctions of antiques and artifacts owned by Barbra Streisand, Tom McPherson, director of the Craftsman Farms Foundation which exhibits the Arts and Crafts furniture of Gustav Stickley, injected into the wide prRead more »

Barbra Streisand doesn't mind paying for jokes -- but, as in all things, she wants a bargain. Read more »

The last time she went on tour, the deal-diva asked star gag-writer Bruce Vilanch to work up some stage banter. But when it came to tal

"Don't fret if you can't afford to spend $2,500 for a ticket to attend Barbra Streisand's millennium concert. If Barbra gets her way, you'll be able to watch it from the comfort of your own home for $99.99! Although she's earning $13 million for theRead more »

MYTH

Janet Charlton, Star, August 10, 1999
"Here's proof that politics makes strange bedfellows. Hillary Clinton has a secret weapon in her upcoming campaign for senator -- Barbra Streisand. The women have never been close,Read more »

"The many fans of Barbra Streisand may have to start passing the hat. On June 23, I reported that the diva's self-managed stock portfolio had sunk by 15 percent since she was written up as an investment maven by Fortune magazine. Well, things have gotteRead more »

Barbra's brand new album RELEASE ME is on sale for only $5 at Amazon MP3 all this week. Click here to download today and take advantage of this limited time offer!

Barbra's new album of previously unheard recordings from her private vault is available everywhere now! Click here to get yours today!

♫ You'll simply have to come walking with me one day into that wonderland shining behind your eyes... ♫

Listen to the bossa nova gem "Lost In Wonderland," recorded in 1968, from RELEASE ME right here!

Here is a first look at the Poster and Video Teaser from Barbra's new movie "The Guilt Trip" coming Christmas Day! The trailer will debut on Yahoo! Movies (http://movies.yahoo.com/) tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 9AM PT.

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Click here to read more of Allison Waldman's glowing review of RELEASE ME for examiner.com.

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.

Click here to read more of The Huffington Post's glowing review of Barbra's new album RELEASE ME.

Here's a brand new photo and quote from Barbra's liner notes of her new album Release Me, a collection of previously unreleased songs spanning her entire career from 1963 through today!

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