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Saturday, November 22, 2014

T.R. Witcher, Salon: When I first heard about Christopher Nolan's new sci-fi adventure, Interstellar, my immediate thought was only this: Here comes the latest filmmaker to take on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Though it was released more than 40 years ago, 2001 remains the benchmark for the "serious" science fiction film: technical excellence married to thematic ambition, and a pervading sense of historic self-importance. read more

Drinking excessively can cause serious health risks and is responsible for an average of 88,000 deaths every year. But the vast majority of such excessive drinkers are not alcoholics, according to new government data. Nine out of 10 excessive drinkers are actually not dependent on alcohol, revealed findings within a study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. read more

Sarah Palin said today that illegal immigrants from Mexico should be put on boats and sent back across the ocean to their home country. read more

Friday, November 21, 2014

Two presidents have acted unilaterally on immigration -- and both were Republican. Ronald Reagan and his successor George H.W. Bush extended amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986. Neither faced the political uproar widely anticipated if and when President Barack Obama uses his executive authority to protect millions of immigrants from deportation. read more

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The musician Billy Joel has received the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, honoring his life's work in songwriting. The prize, created by the Library of Congress in 2007, is named after songwriters George and Ira Gershwin. Joel, 65, was honored at a Washington, D.C., gala that included remarks by fellow New Yorker Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. "For more than five decades, Billy Joel has inspired new generations of performers, musicians and singer-songwriters," she said. read more


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