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Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military service Reports: 6 teams make offers for Irving (Yahoo Sports)

Sens. McCain and Ernst, both veterans, oppose Trump’s ban on transgender military serviceSens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members.


Reports: 6 teams make offers for Kyrie Irving, who 'very badly wants' to join Knicks

The reported market for the services of Kyrie Irving is hot, one week after news of his trade request shook the NBA.


Fatal Ride Malfunction McGregor impersonator pranks LA (Yahoo Sports)

Fatal Ride MalfunctionAt least one person was killed and five critically injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.


McGregor impersonator invades Venice Beach

A street workout athlete dressed up as Conor McGregor and pranked fans in Venice Beach.


The Latest: Husband in cruise ship death appears in court USC won't welcome Simpson upon release (Yahoo Sports)

The Latest: Husband in cruise ship death appears in courtANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a woman's death in what authorities called a domestic dispute on a cruise ship off the coast of Alaska (all times local):


O.J. Simpson (Reuters)

It's not surprising in the slightest that the Trojans won't be embracing O.J. Simpson with open arms after his release from prison.


Bipartisan Group of Governors Blast Republican-Led 'Skinny Repeal' of Obamacare The surprising 8-bit legacy of Tim Raines (Yahoo Sports)

Bipartisan Group of Governors Blast Republican-Led 'Skinny Repeal' of ObamacareThey urged the Senate leaders to bring their parties together to compromise


The surprising 8-bit legacy of Tim Raines. (AP)

When the retired outfielder is inducted into Cooperstown this weekend, his plaque surely won't mention his dominance in Nintendo's classic "RBI Baseball."


Russia seizes American property in Moscow and cuts US diplomatic staff in retaliation to fresh sanctions Lakers GM thinks team has Taylor Swift potential (Yahoo Sports)

Russia seizes American property in Moscow and cuts US diplomatic staff in retaliation to fresh sanctionsRussia has ordered America to cut the number of diplomatic staff it has in the country and has seized a dacha compound and warehouse used by US officials in retaliation for new sanctions against Moscow. Embassy staff must leave the country by 1 September, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, in a move triggered by the US Senate’s near unanimous vote to slap new sanctions on Russia, further hurting its fragile economy. The move puts Donald Trump in a tough position by forcing him to take a hard line on Moscow or block the legislation and anger his own Republican Party.


Pelinka: Lakers similar to Taylor Swift

In Rob Pelinka’s short tenure as general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, he has shown a proclivity for some interesting comparisons.




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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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