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Trump Unsure If Defense Chief Jim Mattis Will Step Down: 'He's Sort Of A Democrat' Seahawks, Blazers owner Paul Allen dies at 65

Trump Unsure If Defense Chief Jim Mattis Will Step Down: 'He's Sort Of A Democrat'President Donald Trump suggested to CBS' "60 Minutes" that Secretary of


Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, has died at the age of 65.
Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast Violence Ex-Hernandez teammates describe odd behavior

Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast ViolenceFor one weekend, a violent misogynistic and homophobic street gang of proto-


Interviews by The Boston Globe of former Patriots teammates of Aaron Hernandez illustrate an erratic and troubling player in his last season with the team.
Best Bites: Brie and cheddar apple beer soup Sources: Turner, Pacers reach 4-year, $72M deal

Best Bites: Brie and cheddar apple beer soupWelcome to Best Bites, a twice-weekly video series that aims to satisfy your


Center Myles Turner has agreed to a four-year, $72 million extension with the Pacers that could be worth as much as $80 million with incentive clauses, league sources told ESPN.
Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain's remoteness Source: Bell not expected to report this week

Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain's remotenessKATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn't been scaled in eight years.


Running back Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report to the Steelers this week, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, though Bell previously said he'd make his return.
Pope canonises murdered Salvadoran Archbishop and Pope who enshrined Church opposition to contraception Players call for Burfict suspension after hit on AB

Pope canonises murdered Salvadoran Archbishop and Pope who enshrined Church opposition to contraceptionPope Francis has canonised Pope Paul VI and Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, two of the most contested figures of the Catholic Church in the 20th century, who both had a powerful influence over his papacy.   In a ceremony on Sunday that drew more than 70,000 people to St Peter’s Square, Francis also presided over the canonisation of five other, including the German founder of a religious congregation, the Spanish founder of another order, two Italian priests and a teen-ager.   “All these saints, in different contexts, put today’s word into practice in their lives, without lukewarmness, without calculation, with the passion to risk everything and to leave it all behind,” Pope Francis said in his homily.   A Latin American icon, Archbishop Romero vocally opposed military oppression of El Salvador's right-wing government and was gunned down during Mass in a hospital chapel in March 1980.  He was remembered by Francis in his homily as a man who “left the security of the world, even his own safety, in order to give his life according to the Gospel, close to the poor and to his people, with a heart drawn to Jesus and his brothers and sisters.” Romero was shot dead by gunmen linked to right-wing death squads, a day after telling an army made up largely of peasants that they were killing their own people.  Paul VI guided the Church trough one of its most turbulent modern periods and was the first Pope who travelled abroad, starting a new tradition for his successors.  Faced with the issue of whether to change the Church’s longstanding opposition to artificial birth control, Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, delivering a strong “no” to change and reaffirming the Church’s position on contraception.


Antonio Brown's teammates have rallied behind the Steeler after he took a hit from Vontaze Burfict, calling for the Bengals linebacker's suspension and decrying the play as "pathetic."


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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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