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U.S. intelligence chief Coats sidesteps questions on Trump, Russians and Israel Sorry, Mike Glennon, 2017 won’t be your year (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. intelligence chief Coats sidesteps questions on Trump, Russians and IsraelDirector of National Intelligence Dan Coats declined to confirm or deny news reports that President Trump reached out directly to him in an effort to undermine an FBI investigation.

Why Glennon is probably wrong about his Bears future. (AP)

It's clear the veteran QB thinks he'll be the starter this season, but recent history suggests that Mitchell Trubisky will take his job sooner rather than later.

Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims Remembered New deal gives Gronk shot at massive payday (Yahoo Sports)

Manchester in Mourning: Bombing Victims RememberedAn 8-year-old and a college student are among the 22 people who were killed in the terror attack at Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.

New deal gives Gronk a shot at massive payday. (AP)

Thanks to a restructured contract, the Patriots tight end could become the highest-paid player at his position, assuming he ends a recent troubling trend.

Gingrich disproves the whole Trump-Russia thing, based on an unsolved murder on a Washington street Woj sources: Hawks plan to hire Warriors exec (Yahoo Sports)

Gingrich disproves the whole Trump-Russia thing, based on an unsolved murder on a Washington streetThe District of Columbia police say Rich, who was shot in the back at 4 a.m. near his home in northwest Washington, was the victim of a botched robbery.

Hawks GM

Barring any unforeseen snags, a deal could be completed as soon Wednesday for the team's next general manager.

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coast After partial HB2 repeal, Charlotte to host ASG (Yahoo Sports)

Killer whales charge toward blue whale off California coastA pod of killer whales appears to charge at blue whale off the coast of Monterey, California, in a rare encounter captured by a drone camera on May 18.

Adam Silver

The NBA announced on Wednesday that Charlotte will host the 2019 All-Star Game following the state's partial repeal of the so-called "bathroom bill."

Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: Cops No star treatment for Sid: Sens abuse Pens' Crosby (Yahoo Sports)

Suicidal Man 'Unintentionally' Kills Girlfriend With Bullet That First Went Through His Own Head: CopsVictor Sibson survived the suicide attempt and was charged with second degree murder on Friday.

Sidney Crosby abused by Senators, including water bottle shower

Sidney Crosby suffered a cavalcade of abuse from the Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

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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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