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Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh Amid Attempted Sexual Assault Allegation NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Rams are new No. 1 ... and chaos below

Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh Amid Attempted Sexual Assault AllegationPresident Donald Trump on Monday defended his Supreme Court nominee Brett


There's turnover at the top of the Power Rankings, with new teams cracking the top three. Plus: Why every team can be optimistic.
George W. Bush: Standing up for tolerance after 9/11 Hall of Famers seek insurance, pay from NFL

George W. Bush: Standing up for tolerance after 9/11Peter Baker, author of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" spoke to Yahoo News about the younger Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: standing up to anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination after the attacks on Sept. 11. 2001.


Many high-profile Pro Football Hall of Famers said in a letter that they would not attend the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony until Hall of Famers receive health insurance and an annual salary that includes a share of league revenue.
Rivers Rise, Rescues Continue As Florence Rain Pounds North Carolina Iowa St. golf champ found slain at Ames course

Rivers Rise, Rescues Continue As Florence Rain Pounds North CarolinaLUMBERTON, N.C. -- The roar of a fan boat echoed through a flooded


Former Iowa State golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena, 22, was found dead at an Ames golf course and a suspect has been charged with first-degree murder.
Hong Kong, southern China clean up after super typhoon Jackson: Buccaneers can't take Fitzpatrick out

Hong Kong, southern China clean up after super typhoonThe financial hub of Hong Kong began clearing up on Monday after being battered by one of the strongest typhoons in recent years, with financial markets and offices operating as normal. Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), had barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 50 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.


Jameis Winston's suspension will be over after the Buccaneers play the Steelers on Monday night, but wide receiver DeSean Jackson says Tampa Bay needs to keep riding Ryan Fitzpatrick's hot hand at quarterback.
Rare triple whale breach close to boat stuns onlookers Not standing pat: Patriots get Browns WR Gordon

Rare triple whale breach close to boat stuns onlookersWhale watchers squeal with delight as three surfacing humpbacks leap out of the water almost simultaneously in rare triple breach right next to their boat.


The Patriots have acquired wide receiver Josh Gordon in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.


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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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