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Why The GOP Is Winning The Statehouse War

In an increasing number of states, one party controls both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office. While both parties have contributed to the trend, the Republicans have had a lot more success with it. Reporter Nicholas Confessore credits the foresight of GOP strategists.

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Music Reviews

The Soul Singer Who Never Quite Made It

There was a time when people in the know in Memphis described James Govan as Otis Redding's natural successor. A new compilation collects some of his unreleased recordings.

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If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real

Jerrod Carmichael says that the complicated family debates on his NBC comedy series are inspired by real life. "I grew up in a household that's very argumentative ... in a very healthy way," he says.

If 'Carmichael Show' Topics Feel Uncomfortable, That's Because They're Real
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Book Reviews

Mother And Daughter Come Together At The Card Table In 'The Bridge Ladies'

Betsy Lerner writes about joining her 83-year-old mother's weekly bridge club in her new book, which critic Maureen Corrigan calls a "smart and colorful memoir."

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Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'

The 85-year-old saxophonist's new album features live recordings made between 1979 and 2012. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead calls Holding The Stage a "mixed bag" with a few "real gems."

Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Revisits Past Performances With 'Holding The Stage'
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Questlove On Prince, Doo-Wop And The Food Equivalent Of The 'Mona Lisa'

In his new book, somethingtofoodabout, The Roots' drummer discusses the artistry involved in creating a great meal. "I'm more obsessed with the journey ... than the destination," Questlove says.

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Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'

"No matter what we've done there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here?' " Hanks says. He plays an American businessman working in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert in his new film.

Tom Hanks Says Self-Doubt Is 'A High-Wire Act That We All Walk'
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Sturgill Simpson Moves Into Uncharted Waters In 'A Sailor's Guide to Earth'

Rock critic Ken Tucker says Simpson deepens his range and reconnects country to R&B on his new record, a concept album about becoming a father.

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