By Barbra Streisand.

As we now enter the third week of the unnecessary government shutdown, Americans should remember the words of GOP Representative Martin Stutzman, "We're not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is." This statement reflects a cultural resentment in the land over a changing America. Maybe if the President calls and says he respects the Congressman and the Speaker, the country could move forward.Read more »

The Minneapolis-based retailer Target just gave over $150,000 to buy ads supporting Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer, a far-right Republican candidate for governor. This makes Target one of the very first companies to take advantage of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate cash in elections.

Target must think customers won't care. They're wrong: We do care, and we need to let them know that we want Target -- and all corporations -- out of our elections. Can you join me in sending a message to Target's CEO at the link below?Read more »

This is in response to Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to deem California's Proposition 8, banning gay marriage, unconstitutional.

"With this judge's decision, we are closer to the day that all people will have access to the same fundamental rights. Hopefully, this remaining civil rights violation will soon be a part of our past and we can look to a future where all people will be treated equally under the law."

--Barbra Streisand

by Barbra Streisand.

It’s now well over a month since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded off the Gulf of Mexico and created the largest environmental catastrophe in American history. The question haunting everyone is: how was this allowed to happen? From the devastated fishermen and business owners in the Gulf Coast to environmental activists across the country— we all have been watching, horrified, as millions of gallons of oil continue to pour into the ocean, destroying people’s livelihoods, poisoning marine life and destroying coastlines and eco-systems for decades to come.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 »

By PAUL KRUGMAN

On Sunday Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary and a lifelong Republican, had an Op-Ed article about climate policy in The New York Times. In the article, he declared that man-made climate change is “the challenge of our time,” and called for a national tax on carbon emissions to encourage conservation and the adoption of green technologies. Considering the prevalence of climate denial within today’s G.O.P., and the absolute opposition to any kind of tax increase, this was a brave stand to take.Read more »

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By CHARLES M. BLOW

The situation in Iraq is truly worrisome, as militants threaten to tear the country asunder and disrupt the fragile, short-lived period absent all-out war there.

We have strategic interests in preventing Iraq from unraveling, not least of which is that we don’t need the country to become a haven for terrorists, particularly those who might see America as a target.Read more »

By Al Gore, Rolling Stone

It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon futureRead more »

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

June 16, 2014

MIAMI — With the midterm elections only months away, efforts to carry out some of the country’s strictest photo ID requirements and shorten early voting in several politically pivotal states have been thrown into limbo by a series of court decisions concluding that the measures infringe on the right to vote.Read more »

By Juliet Eilperin, The Washington Post

President Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials.

The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Several times in recent weeks I’ve found myself in conversations with liberals who shake their heads sadly and express their disappointment with President Obama. Why? I suspect that they’re being influenced, often without realizing it, by the prevailing media narrative.Read more »

TEXARKANA, Tex. — On a hazy, hot evening here, Janice Marks ate a dinner of turkey and stuffing at a homeless shelter filled with plastic cots before crossing a few blocks to the Arkansas side of town to start her night shift restocking the dairy cases at Walmart.

The next day, David Tramel and Janice McFall had a free meal of hot dogs and doughnut holes at a Salvation Army center in Arkansas before heading back to their tent, hidden in a field by the highway in Texas.Read more »

By Charles Pierce, Esquire.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Maybe it’s me, but the predictable right-wing cries of outrage over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules on carbon seem oddly muted and unfocused. I mean, these are the people who managed to create national outrage over nonexistent death panels. Now the Obama administration is doing something that really will impose at least some pain on some people. Where are the eye-catching fake horror stories?Read more »

By Kathy Chen and Stian Reklev, Reuters

China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signalling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks.

Progress in global climate negotiations has often been held back by a deep split between rich and poor nations, led by the United States and China, respectively, over who should step up their game to reduce emissions.Read more »

OP-ED COLUMNIST

By PAUL KRUGMAN

A while back I published an article titled “The Rich, the Right, and the Facts,” in which I described politically motivated efforts to deny the obvious — the sharp rise in U.S. inequality, especially at the very top of the income scale. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that I found a lot of statistical malpractice in high places.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 »

Meet Barbra Streisand and Receive 2 Tickets to the Premiere of The Guilt Trip Including Hotel in LA.

Meet the incomparable Barbra Streisand when you and a guest attend the premiere of her newest film, The Guilt Trip in Los Angeles. You will also be treated to a one night at The Sofitel Hotel.

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On February 11, 2011, Barbra Streisand was honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year.

At a gala event in Los Angeles, Barbra and an all-star cast of guests performed many of the songs she made famous throughout her illustrious career.

Features guests Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Faith Hill, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Leann Rimes, Seal, Stevie Wonder, and others, as well as two songs performed by Streisand herself. Read more »

The voters came through! Renewing my faith in American politics. They stood for the importance of one voice, one vote counting.

BARBRA STREISAND'S "RELEASE ME" HITS THE CHARTS AT #7, HER 32ND TOP TEN ALBUM BOLSTERING HER POSITION AS THE THIRD HIGHEST ACHIEVING ARTIST EVER IN THAT MAJOR STAT. LAST HALF DOZEN NEW STREISAND ALBUMS HAVE CHARTED IN TOP TEN.

Barbra Streisand's new Columbia Records album, "Release Me," debuted at #7 this week. It becomes her 32nd album and sixth in a row to rank in the top ten. The only artists with more in that category are The Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra.Read more »

Meet the incomparable Barbra Streisand with 2 top level house seat tickets to one of her forthcoming US shows! These amazing tickets are not available through Ticketmaster.

The shows that are included in these rare auctions are:

Las Vegas. MGM Grand. November 2nd.
San Jose. HP Pavilion. November 5th.
Los Angeles. Hollywood Bowl. November 9th.
Los Angeles. Hollywood Bowl. November 11th.Read more »

Official Back To Brooklyn Tour merchandise is on sale now online! Shop these Ts and so much more at the Barbra Streisand Store.

In preparation for the debut of her album Release Me, Barbra sat down to discuss her memories of recording each track and why she's included it on this new compilation. Scroll through all 11 tracks below and don't miss the music video for "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" at the end!

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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!

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