Gleek Party with Darren Criss & Matthew Morrison at Hedwig

first_img View Comments Star Files Calling all Glee fans: Mr. Schue and Blaine are hanging out in NYC! Matthew Morrison and Darren Criss are both currently on Broadway in Finding Neverland and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, respectively, and on June 28, Morrison stopped by to see Criss all glammed up as the transgender East German rock goddess. Once Upon a Time star and Glee associate producer Jennifer Morrison (no relation to Matthew!) was also on hand to hang out backstage with the Glee guys. Check out these Hot Shots of the stars in Criss’ pink dressing room at the Belasco Theatre, then catch Criss in Hedwig and Morrison in Finding Neverland on Broadway! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Darren Criss Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Showslast_img read more

Nuclear Talks With Iran Have Long Island’s Congressional Delegation Crossing Party Lines

first_imgNow that Israel has re-elected its hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, the focus of America’s rancorous foreign policy debate returns to the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran about whether sanctions against it should be lifted if Tehran essentially agrees to have only a peaceful energy program instead of pursuing a bomb.Having a nuclear armed neighbor in the region has made Israel and its supporters here in the United States very concerned about where these negotiations are headed, considering a preliminary agreement is supposed to be reached by Tuesday, March 31. That worry is echoed by members of Long Island’s Congressional delegation. They all joined a bipartisan coalition of 367 House of Representatives members in signing a letter dated March 20 that was sent to President Obama spelling out their opposition to any deal that doesn’t “completely eliminate the path to a nuclear weapon,” including an “aggressive inspection and verification regime.”Complicating the issue earlier this month has been the role of 47 Republican U.S. Senators who, under the penmanship of freshman U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), signed a letter addressed “to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” that purported to offer the mullahs a civics lesson in how the U.S. Constitution functions, warning them that any deal would not necessarily be binding because it could be modified by Congress and entirely discarded by the next president.Secretary of State John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and former presidential candidate who has been intimately involved in the talks in Switzerland, called the letter “unprecedented,” “directly calculated to interfere” and an “unconstitutional, un-thought-out action” that caused him to react with “utter disbelief.” Vice President Joe Biden said Cotton’s letter “ignores two centuries of precedent and threatens to undermine the ability of any future American President, whether Democrat or Republican, to negotiate with other nations on behalf of the United States.”Usually pretty sympathetic to the GOP, especially with regard to Israel, New York’s “hometown paper,” the Daily News, dubbed the 47 Republican Senate signatories “traitors” on its front page.Seven Republican Senators didn’t sign Cotton’s correspondence. Among them was Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, who told The Arizona Republic that he “just didn’t think it was appropriate.” One of the signers, though, was his fellow Arizonan, Sen. John McCain, the state’s senior senator and chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, who later admitted, “I think we probably should have had more discussion about it, given the blowback that there is.”The Empire State’s Senators were both on the same page regarding their Republican colleagues’ letter. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called it “ill-advised” because it put Israel’s traditional bipartisan support in Congress at risk. Junior Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who called the letter signed by the Republican Senators “unprecedented and unhelpful,”  said in a statement to the Press, “It is in the national security interests of the United States and Israel for the negotiation process to result in a strong and verifiable deal that does not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. There are legitimate questions as to whether a good deal can be reached and I have communicated my concerns directly to the White House.”Long Island’s senior Congressman, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), said, “I don’t think I would’ve done it if I was in the Senate.” He said he “agreed with everything” in Cotton’s letter, and he disagrees with the president. But, King added, “he is the commander in chief, and you shouldn’t have the Senate negotiating with a foreign government.”King’s younger Republican colleague from the Island, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who happens to be the only Jewish Republican Representative on Capitol Hill, said in a statement, “Substantively, I agree with the passion, tone and points made in the [Cotton] letter. A bad deal is worse than no deal at all, and unfortunately the President looks like he is willing to cut a deal just to cut a deal in order to meet arbitrary deadlines. A bad deal triggers a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. It is unacceptable for Iran to enrich uranium, maintain thousands of centrifuges, and make temporary concessions in exchange for permanent concessions on our side.”Expressing some sympathy with the Republicans’ position was Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills). “I have always been a staunch hawk on pro-Israel issues, and I have been skeptical of a deal with Iran from the beginning,” he said in a statement. “But this game of injecting politics into the U.S.-Israel relationship is dangerous, and I refuse to take part.”The newest member of the Island’s Congressional delegation, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), took a more nuanced stand than her Democratic colleague.“I completely disagree with the Senators’ decision to send that letter to the leaders of Iran,” said Rice in a statement to the Press. “It was a serious breach of protocol, it was disrespectful not only to President Obama but to the office of the presidency, and most importantly it does nothing to help advance what should be a bipartisan effort to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.“The letter my colleagues and I sent to President Obama,” Rice continued, “makes it clear that the vast majority of House Members – 367 Members from both parties – want to work with the President to reach a diplomatic solution that eliminates Iran’s path to a bomb. If the Iranians aren’t willing to agree to such a deal, then we’re prepared to maintain aggressive sanctions, as I’m sure the President is as well.”Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens), whose gerrymandered district includes parts of Nassau County, explained that he signed the House’s bipartisan letter to underscore “the need for the administration to consult closely with Congress as negotiations continue.” He added that in the past several days, “I have been briefed several times by the administration in a manner that reflects a commitment to keeping Congress informed.“We all agree that no deal is better than a bad deal,” Meeks said, “and a nuclear armed Iran is in no way an acceptable option. Sanctions alone have not been enough to prevent Iran from building thousands of centrifuges.” Skeptics of the talks worry that Iran could easily use those centrifuges to refine nuclear fuel for a bomb.Nevertheless, Meeks, like his Democratic colleagues, found fault with Cotton’s “partisan letter addressed to our adversaries in Iran with a total and stunning disregard and disrespect for our own government and the crucial and delicate nature of the diplomatic process.“The reality is that without engaging in negotiations, we would never know what kind of deal is possible,” Meeks said. “Attempting to weaken the hand of our negotiators is working in direct and diametrical opposition to American security interests.”Meanwhile in Tehran, Iran’s leadership cursorily dismissed the Republican Senators’ letter as a “propaganda” stunt designed for domestic consumption and vowed to press forward with the talks in Switzerland. “No one in Iran is against the resolution of the nuclear issue through negotiations,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reportedly in a speech last Saturday commemorating Iran’s New Year’s Day. “What the Iranian nation does not want to agree with is the impositions and bullying of the Americans.” View image | Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Gophers win Border Battle in overtime thriller

first_imgUW forward Marcus Landry led the Badgers with 18 points in their loss to Minnesota.[/media-credit]For nearly 36 minutes last Thursday, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team looked like it would get its second win against a ranked opponent.Not so fast.On the coldest night so far this year in Madison, the No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers got hot and came back from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Wisconsin 78-74 in an overtime thriller at the Kohl Center.Minnesota guard Lawrence Westbrook owned the night, scoring 29 points on 10-for-16 shooting. More importantly, though, he hit the game-tying three-pointer with two seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.After Westbrook’s three-pointer, the Badgers still had a chance to win the game, but Landry, who received the inbound pass with two seconds left, was unable to get a potential game-winning shot off in time.“We told them to make Minnesota put it on the floor,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “That we did not do. The big theory is to force the guy with the ball to have to attack into two-point range, and we did not do that. Some of Minnesota’s guys have such quick releases.”The Badgers struggled from the field, shooting only 38.3 percent from the game and 20.8 percent from three-point range. Making matters worse, Wisconsin had an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers, six of which were committed by junior point guard Trevon Hughes.“What really hurt us were the points they gained on the turnovers, because then you are spread out, your offense goes to defense quickly,” Ryan said. “They were much more athletic than us with, from one through five with who they had on the floor, and we were not quick enough to transition back defensively we turned it over.”Wisconsin controlled the game in the first half, shooting 50 percent from the field and building a lead as big as 14 points. While the team did struggle late in the second half, senior forward Marcus Landry and junior guard Jason Bohannon combined for 23 points in the first half, complementing the strong Badger defense.The Badgers’ fall came when Minnesota began running a full court pressure system, forcing several UW turnovers and giving the Gophers easy layups to get back in the game.After only allowing 22 points in the first half, Minnesota came back to score 56 points in the second half and overtime, capitalizing on Wisconsin turnovers and poor decision-making.“We just made some poor decisions as a team collectively,” Bohannon said. “I had some, Trevon had some, everyone had some. We have to correct that. It was tough to handle. They did a good job pressuring, but we should have been able to break it and make smarter decisions.”For Minnesota — a bottom-feeder team in the Big Ten two years ago — the win was particularly important to second-year coach Tubby Smith, who has brought the program to a No. 17 ranking.With their first win on Wisconsin’s home court since 1995, Smith and the Gophers were especially proud about the way their team played.“It was certainly a hard-fought game,” Smith said. “To get a win against the Badgers is a tremendous accomplishment for our team and our program.“This is pretty big,” he continued. “We want to play with that kind of toughness and passion every time we go on the court. … This was a big time win for us.”A big win for Minnesota, but a night some Badgers, particularly Landry, hope to forget as soon as possible.“A loss like this always hurts,” Landry said. “You come in and you’re up 10 with about four minutes to go and you end up losing the game. These are the games that hurt. These are the games that stick with you. These are the games that you never want to happen again in the future.”last_img read more