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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.
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.Read more »
A couple of weeks ago, I turned on my television to tune into the Sunday morning news shows hoping to get a glimpse of Sarah Palin in order to learn more about her. I remember hearing from Bob Schieffer that McCain's campaign manager Rick DavisRead more »
The McCain machine has attacked Barack Obama again using the tired Republican myth of the "tax and spend liberal." BARACK OBAMA IS GOING TO GIVE 3 TIMES THE TAX CUTS AS JOHN MCCAIN TO 95% OF THE PEOPLE!!!... only the wealthiest Americans willRead more »
Maybe he was sick of the lack of media attentionamaybe he had enough of the late night talk show hosts poking fun at his ageamaybe he realized that belonging to a party that has been associated with rich, white men was not going to connect with votersRead more »
By Keith Wagstaff, The Week
The freshman senator is on a roll, taking on Wall Street at every opportunity.
lizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ran for the Senate as a populist hell-bent on reforming Wall Street. And after starting her tenure as something of a wallflower - much to the consternation of her fans - it appears she's ready to do just that.
Her most recent target was HSBC, which recently settled money laundering charges to the tune of $1.9 billion.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Blog
We're still legislating and regulating private morality, while at the same time ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.
In recent weeks Republican state legislators have decided to thwart the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in "Roe v. Wade," which gave women the right to have an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy.Read more »
The Facts About the Tar Sands Pipeline
The official State Department process to determine whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is in the “national interest” is grinding along and should wrap up later this year, but that didn’t stop the senators from trying to force the issue last week.Read more »
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North Dakota's Fetal Personhood Amendment
By Rep. Kathy Hawken, The Daily Beast
North Dakota's State House passed a fetal personhood amendment, which would effectively ban abortion. Rep. Kathy Hawken explains why she voted against it - even though she's pro-life.Read more »
WASHINGTON — An hour before her colleagues gathered for their first vote of a new Congress, Senator Kelly Ayotte slipped into an empty Senate chamber to savor the grandeur of her legislative home. As Ms. Ayotte, a freshman Republican from New Hampshire, sat down at the wooden desk where generations of lawmakers from her state had cast their votes, a doorman marched toward her with purpose.
The desks, he sternly told her, were for senators only.Read more »
By Robert Reich, Reich's Blog
Prominent Democrats - including the President and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi - are openly suggesting that Medicare be means-tested and Social Security payments be reduced by applying a lower adjustment for inflation.
This is even before they've started budget negotiations with Republicans - who still refuse to raise taxes on the rich, close tax loopholes the rich depend on (such as hedge-fund and private-equity managers' "carried interest"), increase capital gains taxes on the wealthy, cap their tax deductions, or tax financial transactions.Read more »
Some Questions to Think About (Before Going to War)...
1. How many body bags does the military expect to send home to America?
2. What is the cost of the war in billions of dollars? One advisor to the president estimates the war would cost up to $200 billion, but he was quickly replaced by a more conservative successor.
3. Are there estimates for how long American troops would have to stay there? Are they remotely realistic? A lot of knowledgeable people predict a very long and expensive haul.Read more »
The following fax was sent to E! Entertainment:
"Your recent story listing Barbra Streisand among artists who have embraced the studies of the Kabbalah is about four years out of date and, as Mark Twain once characterizeRead more »
Starting tomorrow for one week only, visit your neighborhood Starbucks with your WiFi-enabled laptop or mobile device to watch Barbra perform songs from her new album "What Matters Most" in the Entertainment Channel of the Starbucks Digital Network at starbucks.yahoo.com.
REMINDER! Tune into the Peabody and Emmy Award winning CBS Sunday Morning on August 21 at 9:00 am ET for a very special interview with Barbra. She'll be discussing her new album What Matters Most which will be available everywhere next week!
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
Barbra Streisand has long enjoyed the luxury of taking on only those projects that she's passionate about. But her latest album , she insists, is a particular "labor of love."
What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, out Tuesday, features 10 songs by the beloved husband-and-wife team, Streisand's longtime collaborators and friends. All were recorded by the singer for the first time — a notable detail, as Streisand, 69, had covered more than 50 of the duo's songs before.Read more »
Entertainment Tonight - Tonight (Thursday 18 August) - small feature on album including interview and performance footage from MusiCares Event in February this year.
CBS Sunday Morning - TV Interview - Sunday 21 August.
USA Today Feature - Tomorrow (Friday 19 August).
People Magazine - "Pick of the week".
Elle.com - Monday 22 August (PM).Read more »
In February 2011, Barbra performed an intimate concert at the MusiCares annual benefit gala including selections by Alan & Marilyn Bergman. Only a lucky few witnessed this historic event, and now you can too!
Visit a Starbucks store between August 23rd and 30th with your WiFi-enabled laptop computer, phone, or other mobile device and log on to the Starbucks Digital Network. From there, you'll be able to see Barbra perform some of her greatest hits plus two songs from What Matters Most which she's never before sung live... right from your own mobile device and only in Starbucks. Watch the trailer of the concert now!
By Allison J. Waldman.
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Express.co.uk - By Jane Clinton
THEY met her when she was an 18-year-old new kid on the block performing in a tiny club. Wearing an outfit of her own creation (a white blouse and a long herringbone skirt) she opened her mouth, began to sing and brought one woman in the audience to tears.
“I started to cry and I did not stop throughout this little gig in Greenwich Village,” says celebrated lyricist Marilyn Bergman who was with her husband and co-lyricist, Alan Bergman.Read more »
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 »
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+