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House Oversight Leaders: Flynn May Have Broken Law Lawyer: Hernandez didn't have gay prison lover (Yahoo Sports)

news The White House declined to give Congress documents about former NSA Michael Flynn's payments from foreign governments, including Russia.

Aaron Hernandez suicide: Lawyer denies gay rumors, formally asks for conviction dismissal

As lawyers fight to vacate ex-NFL star's murder conviction, they're also disputing a report about his alleged relationship with another inmate.


Ivanka Trump's Role Leaves Women Scratching Their Heads in Germany Watch this 101-year-old woman run 100 meters (Yahoo Sports)

news Ivanka Trump is in Germany as a member of her father's presidential team. In doing so, the first daughter stepped into a land that prides itself on meritocracy.

101-YEAR-OLD RUNNER

OK, OK, so she didn't run against anyone. But do you know any centenarians who could do this?


Meet the Small Businessman Who Took on Trump — and Won Could Derrick Rose run with the Bulls again? (Yahoo Sports)

news An appeals court says Trump's company must pay more than $300,000 over an unpaid bill.

Derrick Rose (Getty)

Rose will be an unrestricted free agent and it will be interesting to see which teams are interested in his services.


She's Back: Hillary Clinton's Last 100 Days LeBron's big shot shouldn't have counted (Yahoo Sports)

news The former Secretary of State and Democratic nominee's last hundred days — her first truly retired days in decades — aren't completely a mystery.

NBA rules LeBron James' series-clinching 3-pointer shouldn't have counted

On LeBron James' pivotal go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining, the NBA determined "James moves his pivot foot at the start of his dribble."


Tougher Law Enforcement Marks Trump's First 100 Days Draft profile: Thomas a game-changing talent (Yahoo Sports)

news The Trump administration's tougher enforcement of illegal immigration laws is an example of a big change in priorities during its first 100 days

Solomon Thomas

Solomon Thomas could be an exceptional defensive tackle or edge rusher, depending on what his NFL team needs.




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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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