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Jeff Flake Says He'll Oppose Trump Judicial Nominees Over Robert Mueller Protection Bill Bad to brilliant: Wilson keeps Seahawks' playoff hopes alive

Jeff Flake Says He'll Oppose Trump Judicial Nominees Over Robert Mueller Protection BillSen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said he will not vote to confirm any more of


Russell Wilson rebounds from rough first half and rallies the Seahawks past the Packers in a game they had to have.
Yahoo News Explains: Is the Vatican doing enough to address sexual abuse in the church? Rockets, Carmelo to part ways after 10 games

Yahoo News Explains: Is the Vatican doing enough to address sexual abuse in the church?The Vatican halted a plan by U.S. bishops to address the age-old sexual abuse issues plaguing the Roman Catholic Church.


Carmelo Anthony's brief stop with the Houston Rockets is over. Sources told ESPN the Rockets have no plans to waive him and will continue to allow his representatives to look for a landing spot.
Wisconsin company gives employees handguns for Christmas: 'The perfect gift' Less is more: Miles, LSU agree to $1.5M buyout

Wisconsin company gives employees handguns for Christmas: 'The perfect gift'A Wisconsin family-owned company decided to forgo traditional cash bonuses


Les Miles left $5M on the table with LSU, instead reaching a $1.5M buyout agreement. In addition, sources told ESPN that Miles has met with Kansas about their opening for 2019.
Animal survivors of the California fires Houston coach, star Oliver's quarrel gets heated

Animal survivors of the California firesThe wildfires that ripped through communities in Northern and Southern California this week have left heartbreaking images of eviscerated neighborhoods and coroners searching for human remains.


All-American defensive tackle Ed Oliver got into a heated discussion with Houston coach Major Applewhite just before halftime of the Cougars' game against Tulane on Thursday night.
Trevor Noah Provides 'Presidential Harassment' Training For House Democrats Nick Diaz to end 4-year UFC absence in March

Trevor Noah Provides 'Presidential Harassment' Training For House DemocratsWith Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Trevor Noah


Dana White says UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, whose last fight was a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015, will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas.


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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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