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Obama should have confronted Russians on hacking, Democratic House intel leader says MLB Power Rankings: A tale of two cities (Yahoo Sports)

Obama should have confronted Russians on hacking, Democratic House intel leader saysAdam Schiff’s surprisingly sharp critique of the Obama administration came during a breakfast meeting with reporters in which he signaled that the House committee — like its Senate counterpart — plans to subpoena documents from Michael Flynn and his businesses. The former Trump White House national security adviser has refused requests for the documents, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Texas Rangers

In Arlington, the Rangers were able to rescue their season after a sluggish start while in New York the Mets have continued to spiral downward.

Sessions Failed to Disclose Russian Meetings Gronk's dreams come to life in funny music video (Yahoo Sports)

Sessions Failed to Disclose Russian MeetingsRachel Maddow reports the latest in a string of failures by Donald Trump staffers failing to disclose meetings with Russians, in this case Jeff Sessions leaving off his meetings from his security clearance form.

You must watch Rob Gronkowski's ridiculous new music video

Check out Rob Gronkowski's stunning, transcendent performance in a new music video. You will be inspired.

Landslide Buries Stretch of Famous Hwy. 1 at California’s Big Sur KD: A title 'wouldn’t mean my life was complete' (Yahoo Sports)

Landslide Buries Stretch of Famous Hwy. 1 at California’s Big SurPart of California’s Highway 1 remains buried under a mountain of rock and dirt that stretches a quarter-mile wide.

Kevin Durant on what a title would mean: 'It wouldn’t mean my life was complete'

In an exclusive sitdown with The Vertical, Warriors star Kevin Durant describes his first year with Golden State and the chase for his elusive first NBA championship.

Overturned tanker causes massive fire in California Nutt may sue Ole Miss over 'smear campaign' (Yahoo Sports)

Overturned tanker causes massive fire in CaliforniaA tanker truck driver was killed when his truck ran off Highway 99, overturned and exploded into flames in Atwater, California, authorities said.

Houston Nutt

Former Rebels head coach Houston Nutt is mulling legal action after the school's response to an NCAA Notice of Allegations seemingly painted him in a poor light.

DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discrimination Cruz's damning sabotage claim against Giants (Yahoo Sports)

DeVos grilled by Democrats on public school cuts, private school discriminationDemocratic legislators pressed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in her first public testimony since a contentious confirmation process. DeVos was answering questions on the White House budget proposal in front of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. The budget proposal has been criticized by some for making deep cuts to public education to fund school choice voucher programs such as those that DeVos promoted in her home state of Michigan.

Victor Cruz makes damning sabotage claim against Giants. (AP)

The former Pro Bowl wide receiver says New York purposely froze him out of the offense in order to pay him less and make him easier to cut.

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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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