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Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans It wasn't pretty, but the Browns are still in the playoff hunt for at least one more night

Warren seeks to solidify backing of African AmericansWASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity.


At 6-7-1, Cleveland needs help to reach the postseason. The Browns still have a chance after winning four of their past five.
CBS Pledges $20M From Les Moonves' Severance To Combat Sexual Harassment Sources: Smith exits hospital; NFL return unclear

CBS Pledges $20M From Les Moonves' Severance To Combat Sexual HarassmentScandal-ridden CBS is shelling out $20 million to more than a dozen


After spending days in the hospital and enduring multiple surgeries on his broken leg, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith has been released, and there is some optimism that he will be able to resume his NFL career, league sources told ESPN.
White House says probe of inauguration funding has 'nothing to do with the president' Alvarez drops Fielding four times in dominant win

White House says probe of inauguration funding has 'nothing to do with the president'The White House is brushing off reports that federal prosecutors are investigating the over $100 million that was raised from donors for President Trump’s inauguration last year.


Canelo Alvarez knocked down an overmatched Rocky Fielding four times and rolled to a third-round TKO win to capture a secondary super middleweight belt Saturday night.
EU's Tusk says no more Brexit negotiations Twin triple-dubs 'pretty special' for LeBron, Zo

EU's Tusk says no more Brexit negotiationsBy Gabriela Baczynska and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he had no mandate to reopen Brexit negotiations with Britain, while the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he "admired" Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk and Juncker were speaking at a news conference after two days of talks at an EU summit that were dominated by the issue of Brexit and saw the other 27 national leaders of the bloc offer May only vague assurances over their Brexit deal. "I have no mandate to organize any further negotiations. ...


LeBron James and Lonzo Ball became the first pair of Lakers to record triple-doubles in the same game since Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pulled off the feat on Jan. 22, 1982.
Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgiveness Lance's air guitar riff hits sour note with refs

Obama-era rule leads to $150M in student loan forgivenessThe U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block.


Lakers guard Lance Stephenson has always been creative in finding ways to taunt opponents. On Saturday night, he got a T for strumming an air guitar in Miles Bridges' direction after hitting a 3 late in the Lakers' 128-100 win over the Hornets.


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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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