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Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House one Power Rankings: Rockies climbing higher (Yahoo Sports)

Senate GOP health care bill looks a lot like ‘mean’ House oneAfter weeks of secret negotiations, Senate Republicans on Thursday released their much-anticipated proposal to repeal Obamacare, unveiling a plan that would cut Medicaid and reduce penalties for not buying insurance. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the House plan would result in 23 million fewer people covered than under current law. “From what I understand their bill tracks in many ways along the lines of the House bill,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.


MLB Power Rankings

A few fellow ball writers and I have taken to celebrating draft day by recalling our favorite old scouting descriptors, some of which are real, some made up but close enough to sound sort of legit.


Otto Warmbier Laid to Rest in His Ohio Hometown Thursday LaVar Ball Q&A: Lakers will make the playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Otto Warmbier Laid to Rest in His Ohio Hometown ThursdayFamily and friends said a final goodbye to the young man whose five-day trip to North Korea resulted in a 17-month imprisonment that ended in heartbreak.


LaVar Ball

The famous father of Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball offers his predictions for how Lonzo will impact the Lakers in his rookie season.


Trump fumes on Twitter after ex-Homeland Security chief testifies about Russian cyberattacks What does Suh have to do with Carr's contract? (Yahoo Sports)

Trump fumes on Twitter after ex-Homeland Security chief testifies about Russian cyberattacksFormer U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testifies about Russian meddling in the 2016 election before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill June 21, 2017. President Trump fired off a barrage of tweets Thursday morning, hammering away at the “big Dem scam” and “big Dem HOAX!” in the aftermath of former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony the day before about Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. In particular, Trump seized upon Johnson’s comment that the Democratic National Committee was among those who rebuffed his department’s offer for assistance during the Russian attack.


Derek Carr, Ndamukong Suh (Getty Images)

At some point in the not-too-distant future an NFL quarterback will make $30 million a year — and he'll have Ndamukong Suh to thank for it.


Thousands Attend Funeral for Muslim Teen Who Was Murdered in Virginia Biggest winners and losers of the NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Thousands Attend Funeral for Muslim Teen Who Was Murdered in VirginiaAs many as 5,000 people attended the funeral to remember Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old girl who was beaten to death early Sunday as she walked home after an all-night prayer session at a mosque.


2017 NBA Draft winners and losers

The Timberwolves made the biggest splash with their draft night trade for Jimmy Butler, but the Hornets and Suns were also winners.


'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prison Bulls send star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota (Yahoo Sports)

'Pizzagate' gunman in DC sentenced to 4 years in prisonWASHINGTON (AP) — An online conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" ended Thursday with real-world consequences when a North Carolina man was sentenced to prison for arming himself with an assault rifle, traveling to the nation's capital and firing his weapon inside a neighborhood pizza restaurant.


Jimmy Butler

Minnesota sends the No. 7 overall pick, Zach LaVine, and Kris Dunn to Chicago for the All-Star guard.




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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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