Neil Simon: master comic craftsman and a Broadway titan for four decades

From his early years working for Sid Caesar, the gifted, prolific New Yorker became a Broadway institution The last of Neil Simons 30 plays or musicals to open in Americas main theatre district was called 45 Seconds from Broadway (2001). It was a suitable climactic title. For the preceding four…

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‘You didn’t get our message’: key Trump aide Stephen Miller condemned by childhood rabbi

Neil Comess-Daniels denounces Miller as a purveyor of violence, malice and brutality for zero-tolerance immigration policies The childhood rabbi to Stephen Miller, special adviser to Donald Trump and a key architect of his zero-tolerance immigration policies, criticized his former charge on Monday as a purveyor of negativity, violence, malice and…

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Steven Tyler orders Donald Trump to stop playing Aerosmith music at rallies

After Livin on the Edge was played at a West Virginia rally this week, Tylers lawyers have sent another cease-and-desist letter to Trumps office Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, has ordered Donald Trump to stop playing August 22, 2018 This is not the first time Tyler has ordered…

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‘I’m a popularist’: Trump struggles with Bannon’s coaching in Woodward book

Jared Kushner claims boss lacks cash and Melania Trump refuses to defend her husband in a tale of infighting and confusion Before Donald Trump ran for president, he needed to build his political vocabulary. And so it was in an early meeting with Steve Bannon in 2010, when Trump was…

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Wing Ding ding-dong: Michael Avenatti in Iowa spat with 2020 Democratic hopeful

If Stormy Daniels lawyer and a Maryland congressman argue about coverage of their 2020 ambitions, do they make a sound? The first public spat of the 2020 Iowa caucus bubbled up on Saturday, as one declared candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination complained about not getting any national coverage and…

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We like to mock Trump, but Britains Russia stance iseven worse | Jonathan Freedland

When it comes to evidence of Russian intervention in the 2016 referendum, Theresa May is unaccountably relaxed, says Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland There are not many laughs to be had from international diplomacy, but US foreign policy in the age of Donald Trump provides a grim kind of comedy all…

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Porochista Khakpour, author of Sick: Its more convenient to treat patients as crazy

When the US-Iranian writer was struck down with Lyme disease, Americas shameful health service made everything worse. The ordeal inspired her memoir, Sick. Dont expect a wellness fantasy, she warns Porochista Khakpour has views about what she refers to as The Book I Sold as distinct from Khakpour describes years…

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The story of a recovery: how hurricane Maria boosted small farms

Puerto Ricos small farms aided by outside groups such as #chefsforpuertorico have seized a post-disaster opportunity to challenge the islands import-reliant food economy Nestled between a chemical factory and sparkling blue ocean sits a wonderland filled with rowdy goats, sturdy passionfruit plants and tiny chive blossom flowers that when bitten,…

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Donald Trump to almost entirely avoid London during UK visit

Meetings with Theresa May and the Queen to be held away from protests in capital Donald Trump will almost entirely avoid London during his four-day visit to the UK next week, Downing Street has said, unveiling an itinerary that is likely to prompt accusations he is trying to avoid planned…

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Trump hails ‘tremendous victory’ after supreme court upholds travel ban

White House says court upheld authority after justices rule 5-4 ban was within presidents power to craft national security policy The US supreme court has upheld Donald Trumps travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, in a significant victory for the administration and a blow to anti-discrimination advocates. In a 5-4…

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No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits

No one knows when meeting about it will be held either, contrary to Trumps promise after Singapore summit The US defence secretary, James Mattis, has said he is unaware of any steps taken by North Korea towards dismantling its nuclear weapons programme since the Singapore summit and does not expect…

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Jogger accidentally crosses US border from Canada and is held for two weeks

Cedella Roman was visiting mother and studying English but evening run along beach led to two-week detention nightmare It started as a leisurely jog along a Canadian beach on a cool spring evening. But it turned into a two-week nightmare after Cedella Roman accidentally veered across the US border and…

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Dear America, we can teach you a few things about cruelty to refugees. Love, Australia | Brigid Delaney

We are a small nation, but on this issue we really punch above our weight Every time there is mass gun violence in America, Australians can be counted on to give Americans an earnest lecture on how we do it better. We got rid of guns after Port Arthur in…

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