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In 1939 Johnny Burke (1908-1964) composed the music and Bob Haggard (1914-1998) wrote the lyrics for the hit song "What's New?" whose first line serves as the title of this blog.  To listen to Linda Ronstadt (born 1946) perform "What's New?" with Nelson Riddle (1921-1985) and his orchestra (Asylum, 1983), click here.  A new window will open, allowing the music to play in the background.

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Table of Contents for the Third Quarter of 2018

Protests in Poland    6 July 2018

Tens of thousands protested in Warsaw against the Polish government’s efforts to force the retirement of judges, and one judge has defied the new law.  Lech Wałęsa, who played an important role in the fall of the Communist party in Poland and was once the country’s president, has joined the protests.  On several occasions, Wałęsa has warned that the policies of the Law and Justice party, which has a monopoly on power in Poland, could lead to a civil war.  See https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/top-polish-judge-defies-purge-walesa-joins-protests-doc-17513p6.