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Nunes Backs Down From Explosive Claim Trump Was Monitored Best bets for Friday's Sweet 16 matchups (Yahoo Sports)

news Officials say it's possible Trump or his aides were picked up "incidentally," and may only have been mentioned in conversations between foreigners.

Yahoo Sports' Brad Evans provides his picks against the spread for Florida vs. Wisconsin, Baylor vs. South Carolina, Kentucky vs. UCLA and UNC vs. Butler.

Russia Probe: Manafort to Voluntarily Go Before House Intel Committee Sens owner calls Pens' Sidney Crosby a ‘whiner’ (Yahoo Sports)

news Paul Manafort will voluntarily go before the House Intel committee in its Russia probe as the committee's heads continued their back-and-forth Friday

Sidney Crosby (AP)

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was not best pleased when Sidney Crosby caused serious finger damage to one of his players.

Republicans Look to Go Big or Go Home in Health Care Showdown Can Bryce Harper rediscover his MVP form? (Yahoo Sports)

news After a difficult day for Republicans hoping to pass their health care bill, the House is back at it Friday — with a directive that it's now or never.

The Nationals outfielder lived up to the hype in 2015, winning the NL MVP. But his other four years in the Majors? They're good, but not great.

A Visual Guide to Republicans Opposing GOP Health Care Bill James Harden's role in a key Rockets trade (Yahoo Sports)

news Here's what we know about these House members and the areas they represent.

James Harden's role in a key Rockets trade. (AP)

When Lou Williams got a call from the All-Star asking if he was interested in playing together, he didn't expect it to actually happen.

As Trump Approves Pipeline, Most Americans Now Oppose Drilling on Federal Lands NCAA issues N.C. a 'bathroom bill' deadline (Yahoo Sports)

news More than half of the population now oppose drilling — though this likely has more to do with cheap gas prices than the environment.

NCAA gives North Carolina deadline to repeal HB2.

The state receives an ultimatum to revise or repeal controversial House Bill 2 by April 18 or not host any NCAA events between now and 2022.

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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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