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Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interference Pacers erase 17-point deficit, put Cavs in 2-1 series hole

Ex-sanctions czar bashes Obama administration's 'weak' response to Russian interferenceDan Fried, the former State Department diplomat who oversaw sanctions policy, told the "Skullduggery" podcast that he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.


The Pacers held the Cavaliers to just 33 second-half points, ending Cleveland's perfect record this season when leading entering the fourth quarter.
2 Florida Deputies Shot Dead While Eating At Chinese Restaurant Bogdanovic hits 30, gets raves for D on LeBron

2 Florida Deputies Shot Dead While Eating At Chinese RestaurantTwo deputies were killed when a man shot at them through a window while they


Bojan Bogdanovic caught fire with 30 points and earned kudos from his Pacers teammates for hounding Cavs star LeBron James on defense in Friday night's Game 3 victory.
Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20 'Chippy' Raptors-Wizards affair produces 5 techs

Photos of the week: 4/13 - 4/20The matriarch of the Bush family Barbara Bush died this week at the age of 92.


Wizards forward Markieff Morris said he tried to "set the tone for how we need to play the whole series" when he got into a first-quarter altercation with the Raptors' OG Anunoby, part of a physical Game 3 that resulted in five technical fouls.
Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurant Rodgers purchases minority stake in Bucks

Two Florida sheriff's deputies ambushed at restaurantAuthorities in Florida are looking for answers after two sheriff's deputies were shot through the window of a restaurant. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.


Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was announced Friday as a limited partner in the Bucks ownership group during the team's playoff game against the Celtics.
Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events' Fore! Cespedes thinks golf will help fix swing

Natalie Portman Backs Out Of Israel Award Over 'Recent Events'Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in


Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who is hitting .208 through 19 games, thinks playing golf will help fix his baseball swing and end his slump.


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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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