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No Deal on Health Care After Conservative Meeting With Trump Dillon Brooks is the fire that fuels Oregon (Yahoo Sports)

news On the morning of a scheduled vote on the GOP health care bill, Republican leadership is still working to secure the 215 votes needed to pass it.

Dillon Brooks (AP)

Junior forward Dillon Brooks has at times been criticized for losing his temper or showboating, but it's that same endless energy that makes him a star.

Utah Man Among the Dead in London Attack Mock draft 2.0: Devil of a decision for NBA teams (Yahoo Sports)

news Utah man Kurt Cochran, who was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, Melissa, in London, was among those killed in Wednesday's attack outside the U.K. Parliament, his family and church said.

Jayson Tatum (AP)

Duke's Jayson Tatum, who just announced he's turning pro, is among four elite freshmen in the 2017 draft.

A Visual Guide to Republicans Opposing the GOP Health Care Bill JT III out as Georgetown coach after 13 seasons (Yahoo Sports)

news Here's what we know about these House members and the areas they represent.

John Thompson III (AP)

John Thompson III has parted ways with Georgetown after 13 years as the university’s head men’s basketball coach, according to multiple reports.

Democrat: Nunes Apologized for Surprise White House Visit Westbrook's triple-double was basically perfect (Yahoo Sports)

news House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes apologized to committee members after sharing info with White House before them.

Russell Westbrook (AP)

Russell Westbrook made NBA history on Wednesday night, as he's done many times already this season.

McCain: 'Bizarre' Behavior by House Intel Committee Leaders Freddie Roach: McGregor is not that good (Yahoo Sports)

news Republican Sen. John McCain said partisan fighting had cost Congress its credibility to investigate Russian interference the election.

Conor McGregor

The Hall of Fame boxer gave his opinion on the possibility of UFC star Conor McGregor stepping into the boxing ring with Floyd Mayweather.

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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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