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Trump to Sessions: ‘You’re kind of fired! (Maybe.)’ McGregor impersonator pranks LA (Yahoo Sports)

Trump to Sessions: ‘You’re kind of fired! (Maybe.)’The lesson of President Trump's breach with AG Jeff Sessions: The guy who held himself out on TV as the world's toughest CEO is surprisingly ineffectual.


McGregor impersonator invades Venice Beach

A street workout athlete dressed up as Conor McGregor and pranked fans in Venice Beach.


New Developments in Murder-at-sea Case USC won't welcome Simpson upon release (Yahoo Sports)

New Developments in Murder-at-sea CaseA man has been taken into federal custody for allegedly killing his wife after other passengers heard screams coming from their room.


O.J. Simpson (Reuters)

It's not surprising in the slightest that the Trojans won't be embracing O.J. Simpson with open arms after his release from prison.


‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the title The surprising 8-bit legacy of Tim Raines (Yahoo Sports)

‘What Happened’: Hillary’s new book isn’t out yet, but Twitter is already making fun of the titleThe book is weeks away, but the title and cover of the candidate’s campaign memoir have already been found wanting by detractors.


The surprising 8-bit legacy of Tim Raines. (AP)

When the retired outfielder is inducted into Cooperstown this weekend, his plaque surely won't mention his dominance in Nintendo's classic "RBI Baseball."


Popular Ride Shut Down After Deadly Fair Accident Lakers GM thinks team has Taylor Swift potential (Yahoo Sports)

Popular Ride Shut Down After Deadly Fair AccidentThe Ohio State Fair reopened the day after the tragic accident took the life of an 18-year-old man who had just enlisted in the Marines; state fairs across the country shut down the same ride and others like it.


Pelinka: Lakers similar to Taylor Swift

In Rob Pelinka’s short tenure as general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, he has shown a proclivity for some interesting comparisons.


The Latest: Man slain at protest in western Venezuela Lawler-Cerrone will be best fight at UFC 214 (Yahoo Sports)

The Latest: Man slain at protest in western VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on Venezuela, where a two-day national strike has been called beginning Wednesday to protest President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the country's constitution (all times local):


Robbie Lawler vs. Donal Cerrone

Fans tuning in for Jones-Cormier won't be disappointed, but shouldn't expect the main event to be as entertaining as Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone.




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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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