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Killer Turned Peacemaker Leaves Divided Legacy The shot that saved Florida's season (Yahoo Sports)

news Do you judge a man by what he was or what he becomes? The death of former IRA commander Martin McGuinness sparked a debate.

Chris Chiozza

Bench player Chris Chiozza delivered the moment of the tournament so far when with his Sweet 16-winning shot against Wisconsin.

How The Dealmaker Failed On Health Care Barkley says MJ once bet $300K on a single putt (Yahoo Sports)

news Health care was the first test of Donald Trump's business skills. It didn't go well.

Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan (Getty)

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan are legendary, all-time-great basketball players, and Barkley told an interesting story on "The Dan Patrick Show."

House Dems Hit GOP With First Attack Ads On Health Care Sources: NBA suspends Joakim Noah 20 games (Yahoo Sports)

news Republicans may still have to pay for their Obamacare repeal bill, even after pulling it Friday.

Sources: NBA suspends Knicks center Joakim Noah 20 games for violating anti-drug program

The Knicks center tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that violated the league's anti-drug policy.

Nunes Backs Down From Explosive Claim Trump Was Monitored Florida beats Wisconsin on incredible shot (Yahoo Sports)

news Officials say it's possible Trump or his aides were picked up "incidentally," and may only have been mentioned in conversations between foreigners.

Follow live: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. (AP)

Florida gave up a big lead to Wisconsin up to end up in overtime, but they prevailed thanks to a wacky, running 3-pointer at the horn.

Desperation Buzzer-Beater in OT Sends Florida to Elite Eight Resurgent USMNT wins World Cup qualifier (Yahoo Sports)

news Chris Chiozza hit a buzzer-beating three as No. 4 Florida defeated No. 8 Wisconsin 84-83 in OT to earn the final spot in the Elite Eight.


The U.S. looked like its old self, completely running over Honduras in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

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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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