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Former Christie Allies Get Prison in Bridgegate Scandal Draymond rips Raiders' move, supports Oakland (Yahoo Sports)

news Two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to short prison terms Wednesday for engineering lane closures at the George Washington Bridge as alleged retaliation against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse the governor. Bill Baroni, who served as deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will spend two years behind bars and must do 500 hours of community service. His conspirator Bridget Anne Kelly was sentenced to 18 months in prison, plus a year of probation.

Draymond Green (AP)

Draymond Green says Oakland fans should't go to any home games in 2017.


Spicer Tries to Mend Fences After Lashing Out at Reporter Team preview: Red Sox expectations' sky-high (Yahoo Sports)

news It wasn't quite an apology, but it was close. The White House Press Secretary's offered the first question to April Ryan on Wednesday.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan explains how Boston's talent is on a similar level to the Cubs — and how the expectations are equally high.


Christie's Battle Against Opioid Addiction Is Personal What is Gonzaga's secret recruiting weapon? (Yahoo Sports)

news Chris Christie, who heads the White House commission to combat drug addiction, knows what it's like to lose somebody to an overdose.

Gonzaga (AP)

The Zags practice an unorthodox method when it comes to pitching players, highlighting what they'll do while they aren't on the court.


Democrats Ask HHS Chief: Do You Plan to Sabotage Obamacare? Vin Scully isn't sure he'll watch Dodgers opener (Yahoo Sports)

news Democrats pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about whether the Trump administration will try to kill Obamacare.

Vin Scully might be too busy to watch the Dodgers opener

For the first time in 67 years, Scully won’t be working on opening day. So he might be doing something besides watching baseball.


Senate Intel Heads Vow to 'Get to the Bottom' of Alleged Russia Meddling Top team removes Joe Mixon from draft board (Yahoo Sports)

news Senators provide a new update into their committee's investigation into Russian interference in last year's election.

Joe Mixon (AP)

Following in Miami's footsteps, New England is reportedly no longer considering drafting Oklahoma star Joe Mixon.




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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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