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Kushner speaks after meeting Senate investigators: ‘I did not collude with Russia’ Brock Lesnar willing to take on Jon Jones (Yahoo Sports)

Kushner speaks after meeting Senate investigators: ‘I did not collude with Russia’In rare public remarks, President Trump’s son-in-law and top White House adviser emerged from a closed door meeting with Senate investigators, saying he did nothing wrong.


Brock Lesnar

Jones expressed interest in fighting Lesnar in a UFC superfight, and Lesnar is more than happy to face the challenge.


Truck Driver Accused of Smuggling Immigrants Could Face the Death Penalty The irony of the Cowboys cutting Whitehead (Yahoo Sports)

Truck Driver Accused of Smuggling Immigrants Could Face the Death PenaltyAt least 10 people in the truck have died


The Cowboys and Jason Garrett look like fools in the Lucky Whitehead saga. (AP)

Dallas has been notorious for putting up with bad behavior. Now, when it decides to get tough, it punishes an innocent man.


Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of execution Latest CTE study not as daunting as it seems (Yahoo Sports)

Condemned killer arrives at death house ahead of executionCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.


NFL

While today's reports about the deadly brain disease drew sensational headlines, it's worth taking a deeper look into what they mean.


Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest NBA commish: Seattle on list for for expansion (Yahoo Sports)

Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protestBy Andrew Cawthorne and Anggy Polanco CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition plastered election centers with slogans and rallied in honor of dead protesters on Monday in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress. The unpopular leftist leader is pressing ahead with the vote for a Constitutional Assembly on Sunday despite the opposition of most Venezuelans, a crescendo of international criticism, and some dissent within his ruling Socialist Party. Critics say the assembly, whose election rules appear designed to ensure a majority for Maduro, is intended to institutionalize dictatorship in the South American nation, a member of OPEC.


Sonics

The city lost the Sonics in 2008, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says it's on a short list of a potential for a new team soon.


Snooty dead: World's oldest known manatee dies aged 69 in 'heartbreaking accident' Will Carmelo create another West superteam? (Yahoo Sports)

Snooty dead: World's oldest known manatee dies aged 69 in 'heartbreaking accident'The world’s oldest manatee has died in a “heartbreaking” accident at his Florida home a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. According to the South Florida Museum, a panel door leading out of the underwater tank which is normally bolted shut had been knocked loose.


Would a Carmelo Anthony trade threaten the Warriors' dominance of the West?

If Carmelo Anthony joins the Rockets, Thunder or Blazers, would any of those teams be a threat to the Warriors?




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The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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