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‘He colluded or obstructed’: Trump turns Russia suspicions against Obama Westbrook now faces a huge contract decision (Yahoo Sports)

‘He colluded or obstructed’: Trump turns Russia suspicions against ObamaContinuing a theme he has pushed lately, the president took issue with his predecessor’s lack of response to Russian interference in the election.


Russell Westbrook's impending contract decision looms large in Oklahoma City

Russell Westbrook can either accept a super-max extension to remain in Oklahoma City or all hell will break loose.


Medicaid: How Senate Health Care Bill Could Hurt Nursing Home Patients Preview: Can new Rams coach fix Jared Goff? (Yahoo Sports)

Medicaid: How Senate Health Care Bill Could Hurt Nursing Home PatientsSupporters of the Senate bill say the long-term cuts to Medicaid are necessary to save the program, but some health care providers say the cuts could be devastating for 1.4 million Americans in nursing homes.


Jared Goff (AP)

Los Angeles hired Sean McVay to improve the worst offense in the NFL. That starts with the development of last year's No. 1 pick.


North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attack Fantasy: Time to order the Shark Sandwich? (Yahoo Sports)

North Carolina man gets life in prison for plotting Islamic State attackJustin Sullivan, 21, of Morganton, was sentenced in federal court in Asheville on one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, the Justice Department said in a statement. Sullivan had pleaded guilty in November 2016, and the agreement with prosecutors called for the life sentence. Prosecutors said Sullivan conspired with Junaid Hussain, a British hacker who was an online recruiter of people to carry out attacks on behalf of the militant group Islamic State.


Closing Time: Should we order the Shark Sandwich?

Jeff Samardzija has impressive peripherals but hasn't been producing for his team or fantasy owners. Is that likely to change?


Rare spate of bear attacks leaves two dead in Alaska Expansion of sports gambling facing long odds (Yahoo Sports)

Rare spate of bear attacks leaves two dead in AlaskaA warning sign in Anchorage, Alaska, after a 16-year-old runner was recently killed by a black bear. There have only been six fatal bear attacks in the state in 130 years. Alaska is experiencing a spate of bear attacks, with four people attacked in less than a week, resulting in two fatalities.


Las Vegas sports book (Getty Images)

Rules on sports wagering need to change, and Tuesday's news that the Supreme Court is listening to the argument is promising, but don't bet on a speedy decision.


Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luck It sounds like Vince Young hates Jeff Fisher (Yahoo Sports)

Chinese passenger chucks coins into plane's engine for luckA superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.


Vince Young, Jeff Fisher

Vince Young takes out his frustrations on Jeff Fisher, his former Tennessee coach.




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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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