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White House officials defend Trump, say athletes 'can do free speech on their own time' FBI uncovers massive NCAA corruption scandal (Yahoo Sports)

White House officials defend Trump, say athletes 'can do free speech on their own time'Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended Trump’s call for NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to be suspended or fired. “It’s not about free speech,” Mnucin said Sunday. “They can do free speech on their own time.”

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Federal prosecutors have announced charges of fraud and corruption against 10 people, including assistant hoops coaches at Arizona, Auburn, OK State and USC.

Suspected Church Shooter Was Known To Police Before Deadly Attack NBA appears ready to unite against Trump (Yahoo Sports)

Suspected Church Shooter Was Known To Police Before Deadly AttackAuthorities are searching for a motive behind Sunday morning’s deadly shooting spree at a Tennessee church as new details about the suspected gunman’s past surface.


Star players and coaches alike — with the support of the league — are thinking about a cause bigger than themselves.

GOP Health Care Bill Doomed After Sen. Collins Announces She’s a ‘No’ Trump continues Twitter rant on NFL protests (Yahoo Sports)

GOP Health Care Bill Doomed After Sen. Collins Announces She’s a ‘No’The latest version of the GOP health care bill is likely doomed as Sen. Susan Collins says she will not vote for the bill as it is, becoming the crucial third Republican to oppose it.

Trump weighs in on NFL protests, yet again: 'Great anger'

Tuesday morning brought three more NFL-related tweets, in which President Trump seized on TV ratings and the Cowboys’ decision to take a knee before the anthem.

Mayor Describes 'Near-Death Conditions' In Puerto Rico's San Juan Why Villanueva has nothing to be sorry about (Yahoo Sports)

Mayor Describes 'Near-Death Conditions' In Puerto Rico's San JuanTales of devastation continue to flow out of Puerto Rico, one of the islands tragically struck by Hurricane Maria.

Alejandro Villanueva

Alejandro Villanueva apologized for standing apart from his Steelers teammates during the national anthem. But maybe no one is doing anything wrong here.

Soldier saves lifeless puppy with CPR in tear-worthy viral video LeBron tries to deflect talk of 2018 free agency (Yahoo Sports)

Soldier saves lifeless puppy with CPR in tear-worthy viral videoAn emotional video making its way around the internet shows a Thai soldier giving CPR to a tiny lifeless puppy and eventually bringing him back to life.

LeBron James 'hasn't changed' mind on Cleveland, still leaves open an exit

LeBron James said he hasn't changed his mind about finishing his career in Cleveland, but he also left the door open to leave next summer.

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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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