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‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’ How Lonzo clinched his dream of playing for L.A. (Yahoo Sports)

‘American democracy is under attack’: Sanders urges vigilance against Trump’s ‘authoritarianism’Bernie Sanders delivered his scathing critique of the Trump administration in a speech discussing the threat of authoritarianism in the U.S. and elsewhere.


The inside story of how Lonzo Ball became a Laker

In a four-hour-plus experience with Lakers brass, former UCLA star Lonzo Ball cemented the franchise's direction.


Mosul’s 800-year-old Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed as Iraqi troops close in on ISIS Billboard outside MSG has clear message on KP (Yahoo Sports)

Mosul’s 800-year-old Great Mosque of al-Nuri destroyed as Iraqi troops close in on ISISThe Great Mosque of al-Nuri, a revered symbol of Islamic history, is destroyed, a victim of clashes between the Iraqi Army and an increasingly embattled ISIS.


Kristaps Porzingis

A lot of Knicks fans hated the idea of trading Kristaps Porzingis. Only one of them bought a billboard outside Madison Square Garden.


'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison Emotions run high as David Ortiz's jersey retired (Yahoo Sports)

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prisonWASHINGTON (AP) — An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.


David Ortiz

Ortiz is the 11th player to have his number retired by the Boston Red Sox, and he felt the impact of such an honor on Friday.


FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for Robocalls Butler says goodbye to Chicago, Bulls franchise (Yahoo Sports)

FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for RobocallsA Miami man is facing a record $120 million fine for what the FCC calls a massive spoofing operation. He allegedly made 96 million robocalls over a three month period.


Butler says goodbye to Chicago, Bulls franchise

A mostly successful six-year run in the Windy City came to an end for Jimmy Butler on Thursday, and he let the city know how he felt.


China’s border with North Korea Sonnen needs to back up trash talk with win (Yahoo Sports)

China’s border with North KoreaChina has long been North Korea’s main ally and trading partner, but relations are increasingly strained by continued missile testing and provocations by the regime of Kim Jong Un. At least three-quarters of trade between the two nations flows through points along its 880-mile-long shared border, a divide that reveals stark contrasts in development.


Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen still has a gift for gab, but he's lost credibility in the Octagon in recent years. If he loses to Wanderlei Silva, he may be done.




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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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