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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 PAUL KRUGMAN
Those of us who have spent years arguing against premature fiscal austerity have just had a good two weeks. Academic studies that supposedly justified austerity have lost credibility; hard-liners in the European Commission and elsewhere have softened their rhetoric. The tone of the conversation has definitely changed.
My sense, however, is that many people still don’t understand what this is all about. So this seems like a good time to offer a sort of refresher on the nature of our economic woes, and why this remains a very bad time for spending cuts.Read more »
By Ashley Curtin
While pesticide residue is continuously detected in conventional-grown produce, the Environmental Working Group recently revealed The Clean Fifteen for 2013. The study determined 15 fruits and vegetables that were the “least likely to test positive for pesticide residue,” according to the EWG’s website, to help consumers confidently purchase healthier food.Read more »
SENATORS say they fear the N.R.A. and the gun lobby. But I think that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets. The fear that those children who survived the massacre must feel every time they remember their teachers stacking them into closets and bathrooms, whispering that they loved them, so that love would be the last thing the students heard if the gunman found them.Read more »
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
For 45 senators, the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a forgotten tragedy. The toll of 270 Americans who are shot every day is not a problem requiring action. The easy access to guns on the Internet, and the inevitability of the next massacre, is not worth preventing.Read more »
By David Biello, Scientific American
The Keystone XL Pipeline would move enough tar sands oil to result in another 181 million metric tons of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere yearly. A new report prepared by environmental group Oil Change International (OCI) analyzes what the climate change impacts of the proposed pipeline might be.Read more »
By Joseph E. Stiglitz, The New York Times
LEONA HELMSLEY, the hotel chain executive who was convicted of federal tax evasion in 1989, was notorious for, among other things, reportedly having said that "only the little people pay taxes."
As a statement of principle, the quotation may well have earned Mrs. Helmsley, who died in 2007, the title Queen of Mean. But as a prediction about the fairness of American tax policy, Mrs. Helmsley's remark might actually have been prescient.Read more »
As the world burns, a new movement to reverse climate change is emerging - fiercely, loudly and right next door
by BILL MCKIBBEN
It got so hot in Australia in January that the weather service had to add two new colors to its charts. A few weeks later, at the other end of the planet, new data from the CryoSat-2 satellite showed 80 percent of Arctic sea ice has disappeared. We're not breaking records anymore; we're breaking the planet. In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis. They'll just ask, "So the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?"Read more »
By Harvey Wasserman
The bitter battle over two stricken southern California reactors has
taken a shocking seismic hit.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ignored critical questions from
two powerful members of Congress just as the Government Accountability
Office has seriously questioned emergency planning at the San Onofre
At a cost of some $770 million, Southern California Edison and its
partners installed faulty steam generators at San Onofre Units 2 and 3
that have failed and leaked.Read more »
By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News
My brother David has always had the special spark in our family.
Like our two older brothers, David served in the military. When he got out, he started a small business - and when that one didn't work out, he started another one. He couldn't imagine an America where he wasn't living by his wits every single day.
Year after year, my brother paid into Social Security. He never questioned it. He figured he was paying so that he - and a lot of other people - could have a secure retirement.Read more »
By Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone
New study reveals voting rights are in even worse trouble than you thought
So you think the American electoral system is broken? New research out of MIT lays bare just how bad it really is. Here are the five most outrageous facts from "Waiting to Vote," a forthcoming paper by Charles Stewart III for the Journal of Law and Politics, on long lines in the 2012 election.
1. African-American voters wait in line nearly twice as long as white voters.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 »
Barbra's never-before-seen MusiCares performance is now live exclusively at Starbucks across the US! Here are some tips if you're at a Starbucks now and trying to watch "Barbra Streisand: A Happening at Starbucks":Read more »
Barbra Streisand's brand-new album, What Matters Most: Barbra Streisand Sings the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, is available in stores and online today.
Barbra rarely performs live, so when she does, it's a true event. In February, Barbra was honored as MusicCares Person of the Year, and she delivered an incredible 30-minute set at the annual gala. Our Nancy O'Dell sat down with Barbra to talk about the honor and ask why she performs so infrequently.Read more »
By William J. Mann - Advocate.com
With the release of her 64th album, What Matters Most, the legendary entertainer who redefined all the rules is still doing things her way. The author of the upcoming biography Hello Gorgeous considers why, after a career that spans six decades, Streisand remains one of our most relatable icons.Read more »
I have it in my hand, the gorgeous deluxe edition of Barbra Streisand’s “What Matters Most” album. This is her self-produced tribute to her old friends, the great lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman. If the Bergmans didn’t quite “invent” Barbra, in the manner of John Kander and Fred Ebb, a la Liza Minnelli, they are responsible for so many of Streisand’s signature tunes—including the score for “Yentl”—that they have become vital to Barbra’s enduring legend. The Bergmans know her voice, her personality, her heart.Read 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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