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As Trump tries to fix VA, GOP health care bill threatens coverage for millions of vets All-Star Game voting: Five races to watch (Yahoo Sports)

As Trump tries to fix VA, GOP health care bill threatens coverage for millions of vetsThe president signed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs while a health care bill he supports threatens the care of countless vets.

Marcell Ozuna (Getty Images)

Marcell Ozuna has passed Jason Heyward in the final MLB All-Star update before the rosters are announced. That's one of our five races to watch.

Pakistan Tanker Explosion: at Least 153 Killed Niemi finally getting bought out by Stars (Yahoo Sports)

Pakistan Tanker Explosion: at Least 153 KilledAn oil tanker truck crashed on a busy highway in Pakistan Sunday, killing at least 153 people when it exploded as crowds rushed to the scene to collect leaking fuel.

Antti Niemi

The Dallas Stars are finally bidding farewell to Antti Niemi, who will have the final year of his misbegotten contact bought out.

The Latest: Attorney forced to testify against Joe Arpaio Once-hopeful Giants now the hottest of messes (Yahoo Sports)

The Latest: Attorney forced to testify against Joe ArpaioPHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the trial of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (all times local):

San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Moore. (AP)

After a weekend sweep by the Mets and a new report about clubhouse chaos, San Francisco's problems are only getting worse.

New York City gay pride parade The Marlins' annual firesale has begun (Yahoo Sports)

New York City gay pride paradeTens of thousands of marchers paraded through New York streets Sunday in a huge Gay Pride parade, with many proudly carrying rainbow flags or waving virulently anti-Trump signs.

Adeiny Hechavarria

Adeiny Hechavarria fetches two minor-leaguers for the Marlins, who have become the first sellers in MLB's trade season.

Air Asia Pilots Asks Passengers ‘To Pray’ During Wild Flight Selanne, Kariya, headline Hockey Hall of Fame class (Yahoo Sports)

Air Asia Pilots Asks Passengers ‘To Pray’ During Wild FlightThe pilot twice asked passengers to pray on Air Asia flight D7237 from Australia to Malaysia as the plane shook like a "washing machine" for two hours, according to passengers.

Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya

Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya will be reunited in immortality.

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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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