All The Tea in China

Thursday Review’s Michael Bush, author and writer, recounts a family road trip in China into Sichuan Province, where, hiking into the mountains along a treacherous path, he enters the land where tea is grown and harvested.  Read the full article at Thursday Review here.

Republicans Debate in Miami in Insult-Free Forum

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Image courtesy of CNN

Republicans gathered in Miami to debate with only days to go before primaries in Ohio and Florida; in a forum remarkably free of insults and mud-slinging, the four candidates talked policy; immigration, jobs, trade, ISIS and Mexico. Read the full article by Alan Clanton here.

George Martin, Beatles Producer, Dead at 90

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Image courtesy of Apple Records/EMI

George Martin, the dapper, classically-trained music producer who helped to guide the Beatles from obscurity to being the most influential rock band of all time, died recently in his sleep at the age of 90; Martin also collaborated with performers as diverse as Jeff Beck and Cheap Trick. Read the full article about George Martin here.

Top Wounded Warrior Project Execs Fired by Board

 

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Photo by Thursday Review staff

The two top executives with Wounded Warrior Project have been fired by the organization’s board, with word that the non-profit’s founding member may return to take over management soon; Wounded Warrior Project raised millions for veterans, but spent lavishly and on an epic scale: parties, events, travel, posh hotels, high-end training, expensive publications, food and alcohol. Read the full story by Earl Perkins here.

Congresswoman Under the Investigative Glare, Again

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Image courtesy U.S. House of Representatives

By Earl Perkins, Thursday Review features editor

The director of an organization with close ties to U.S. Representative Corrine Brown has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, according to CBS47-Fox 30, The Florida Times-Union, and other media outlets. Earl Perkins examines how this scandal may return to haunt the U.S. Representative. Read the full article here.

The Giant: Weight Gain, Weight Loss in China

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Thursday Review writer Michael Bush shares with readers his experiences as an ex-pat living in China, and especially what is was like to be overweight in a world of tiny people; this is the story of how he came to terms with his weight, and what he did to lose 100 lbs. Read Michael’s entertaining article on our Features Page, or click here.

Bridge of Spies: Best Film of the Year

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Image courtesy 21st Century Fox/Dream Works/Amblin

Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton looks at the Steven Spielberg film, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance.  It tells the remarkable true story of attorney James B. Donovan, who represents a Russian spy, and later negotiates a complex trade between the Superpowers, bringing home an American pilot. Read the movie review on our Film & TV Page.

A New Record for Time in Space

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Photo courtesy NASA

Thursday Review celebrates the achievements of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently broke Mike Fincke’s record of 382 cumulative days spent in space by a U.S. astronaut; Kelly will soon break another record: the most continuous time spent in space. Read our complete article about Kelly’s mission aboard the International Space Station.

The Agent Who Saved a President

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Photo Ron Edmunds/Associated Press

Thursday Review looks at the life of U.S. Secret Service agent Jerry Parr, one of the men who saved President Ronald Reagan’s life on March 30, 1981 in Washington, D.C. when John Hinckley opened fire with a .22 handgun.  As a kid, Parr dreamed of becoming an agent.  Read the full story on our Front Page.

The Martian: Ridley Scott Scores Big

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Image 21st Century Fox/Scott-Free Films

Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton examines the new mega movie The Martian, an epic adventure about an American astronaut stranded and left for dead on the surface of Mars; a story of survival and human ingenuity, with a strong thread for good science. Read the full review on our Film & TV Page.

Seattle’s Dig: Bertha is Still Stuck, for Now

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Seattle’s massive tunnel project, featuring as its star the boring machine Bertha, is at a standstill while engineers complete repairs. With the project two years behind schedule, is it possible for this mega project to be completed within its budget?  Read the full Thursday Review article here.

After Walker: Will the GOP Reclaim its Core Message?

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R. Alan Clanton, Thursday Review editor, looks into the recent casualties of the crowded, noisy Republican contest for President for 2016; will Scott Walker’s exit be a harbinger of a more orderly process? Read the full article by going to our Politics Page, or by clicking here.

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The Long Corridor: How An American Adjusts to China

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Photo by Michael Bush

Thursday Review’s Michael Bush shares with us the experiences of his family while living in China. Bush explains that the culture shock is real, and powerful; but it’s still worth it to make the adjustment. Read Michael’s full Features Page article by clicking here.

Is There A Gipper in the House?: The CNN Debate

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Image courtesy of CNN

Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton examines the CNN Republican Debate–raucous, freewheeling, out-of-control.  Is this any way to choose a political candidate?  And what happens to Donald Trump when everyone starts talking policy?  Read the complete Politics Page article by clicking here.

The Beatles at Shea Stadium

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Photo by Marc Weinstein

Thursday Review‘s Kevin Robbie tells the story of how The Beatles played at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965, overnight changing the way rock and roll fans would see live music, and in the process putting on the most famous outdoor concert ever held. Read the full Music Page article by clicking here.

Why Joe Biden’s Stock Keeps Rising

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Image courtesy of Draft Biden 2016

Thursday Review examines why so many Democrats want Vice-President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 race for President; part of it can be explained by Hillary Clinton’s troubles, but is there more to it, and does Biden gain support even in a year when voters are anti-Washington? Read the full article on our Politics Page.

Twin Cities USA: ISIS Recruiting Center

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Image courtesy of Google

Thursday Review‘s Alan Clanton looks at Minneapolis-Saint Paul’s ongoing problem of ISIS recruiting and jihadist growth; why are the Twin Cities the U.S. capital for young people seeking to join ISIS, al Qaeda, and other terror groups?  What has Minnesota done to push back against the problem?  Read the full article by clicking here.

Lawrence Lessig Announces Presidential Bid 2016

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Author and Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig managed to raise more than $1 million by the date of his own deadline of Labor Day; now Lessig says he is running full bore for President of the United States. What does Lessig offer to voters that the others (Clinton, Sanders, O’Malley) do not? Read the full article on our Thursday Review Politics Page.

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee

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Thursday Review’s Karen Franklin examines Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman, the prequel/sequel to her classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Franklin explains why the themes of the two novels make it difficult to call the new work a prequel to its famous predecessor. Read the article by clicking here!