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Efforts to Prevent a Shutdown Hit a Snag Over Health Care Plans Before the boos, Goodell deserves cheers for this (Yahoo Sports)

news The renewed momentum for a GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is now threatening to complicate efforts to avoid a government shutdown.

Roger Goodell got at least one thing right as commish in his transformation of NFL draft

Commissioner Roger Goodell has turned the NFL draft into something special, a traveling circus that is more spectacular than could have ever been imagined.


Pentagon Investigating Michael Flynn for Foreign Payments Why Bulls coach bailed on postgame presser (Yahoo Sports)

news Documents released Thursday reveal Flynn was specifically warned in 2014 not to take money from foreign governments without advance permission and is now under investigation by the Pentagon for possibly violating the law. A second letter released by Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings shows the Inspector General of the Department of Defense is investigating whether Flynn received proper permission to take the funds. 'The Pentagon's warning to Gen. Flynn was bold, italicized and could not have been clearer,' Cummings told reporters.

Fred Hoiberg

After his team lost a pivotal Game 5, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was in no mood to revisit his comments on Isaiah Thomas carrying the ball.


Seven Takeaways From the White House's 'Massive' Tax Plan Philly sports fans get ready for NFL draft day (Yahoo Sports)

news The White House unveiled its principles for tax reform on Wednesday. Here are seven takeaways

Super Bowl champion Tony “Goose” Siragusa visited Philadelphia sports bar Chickie’s and Pete’s prior to the NFL draft.


'It's On Us': Joe Biden's Strong Words on Sexual Assault Why Myles Garrett is the NFL draft's top prospect (Yahoo Sports)

news Former Vice President Joe Biden gave blunt admonishment to male college students Wednesday on how they can end sexual assault by respecting consent, and challenged them to fight the culture of silence and victim blaming.

Myles Garrett (AP)

The Texas A&M star led college football in sacks over a three-year period, and Garrett has a chance to be a Julius Peppers-type defender.


Richard Engel on Trump's 100 Days as Seen From Abroad Gift becomes first African-born MLB player (Yahoo Sports)

news The reviews from around the world of President Trump's first 100 days in office are in, and they're not good.

Gift Ngoepe

The Pirates called up Gift Ngoepe to the big leagues on Wednesday, making him the first African-born major leaguer.




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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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