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White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result Knicks won draft night by keeping Kristaps (Yahoo Sports)

White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the resultThe White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race.


Kristaps Porzingis

Knicks fans were nervous about Kristaps Porzingis possibly getting traded, but now that he's still around, where does this game go?


FCC Regulators Are Now Imposing Record Fines for Robocalls The big baller needs to be the son, not the father (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.


LaVar and Lonzo Ball (Getty)

The elder Ball attracted all the attention leading up to the NBA draft, but now he needs to back off and let Lonzo's play do the talking.


Alexandria shooter carried list of 6 members of Congress, FBI confirms Jeter's bid for Marlins may come up short (Yahoo Sports)

Alexandria shooter carried list of 6 members of Congress, FBI confirmsOn James T. Hodgkinson, investigators found a piece of paper with the names of six members of Congress. The FBI did not disclose the names of those lawmakers.


Derek Jeter reportedly doesn't have the money to buy Marlins ... yet

Derek Jeter's group reportedly needs more time to gather up the cash necessary to buy the team.


Anti-Trump Resistance Falling Flat? Some Democrats Deflated After Georgia Loss President Trump drives golf cart onto green (Yahoo Sports)

Anti-Trump Resistance Falling Flat? Some Democrats Deflated After Georgia Loss“Democrats would do much better” if they would work more with Republicans, Pres. Trump tweeted after Republican Karen Handel’s win in the high-profile Georgia congressional special election.


President Trump

The president drove his golf cart right onto a green. He owns the green and the course around it, but still.


Dashcam video of fatal shooting of Philando Castile released Breaking down every pick in the first round (Yahoo Sports)

Dashcam video of fatal shooting of Philando Castile releasedMinnesota authorities released the dashcam video that shows the fatal shooting of Philando Castile. Castile was pulled over for a broken brake light by former officer Jeronimo Yanez. After Castile told the officer that he had a firearm in his possession, the video shows Yanez shouting “don’t pull it out” and then he fired seven shots into the car.


NBA draft analysis

A breakdown of every player taken in the first 30 picks of Thursday's NBA draft.




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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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