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Putin to Iran, Turkey: We should not tolerate militants in Syria's Idlib The Kaepernick-Reid NFL settlement: How we got here, and what's next

Putin to Iran, Turkey: We should not tolerate militants in Syria's IdlibSOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told his Turkish and Iranian counterparts that the presence of what he called terrorist groups in Syria's Idlib region should not be tolerated. Putin was speaking at a summit he is hosting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the future of Syria with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Moscow has complained that Islamist militants who used to belong to the Nusra Front group are now in control of much of Idlib and wants military action to drive them out. ...


Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled their joint collusion-grievance filing with the NFL. Here's what we know, and what we don't.
Jerome Corsi Sues Roger Stone for Defamation Kuzma wins Rising Stars MVP, credits bonus

Jerome Corsi Sues Roger Stone for DefamationThe suit follows Corsi’s request this week for the judge overseeing Stone’s case to issue an order barring Stone from talking to the news media. Corsi says in his complaint that Stone’s campaign of defamation began in the weeks leading up to his arrest on Jan. 25, when the self-proclaimed political dirty trickster appeared on several videos produced by InfoWars, a website known for promoting conspiracy theories.


Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma took home the Rising Stars MVP on Friday. Kuzma's 35 points in Team USA's 161-144 victory broke Kobe Bryant's record for the most points ever by a Lakers player in the Rising Stars Challenge.
IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi brides Kaepernick, Reid settle grievances against NFL

IS teen's wish to return stirs UK debate over jihadi bridesA pregnant London schoolgirl's wish to return home after joining the Islamic State group in Syria splintered Britain on Friday as reports emerged of more UK women fleeing the war zone. Shamima Begum's fate has prompted soul searching in Britain since she and two friends created international headlines by running away to join the terror network in 2015. Home Secretary Sajid Javid told The Times newspaper that people like Begum "were full of hate for our country".


The NFL and Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid issued a joint statement Friday saying they had resolved the collusion grievances filed by the players.
The Republican hypocrisy over Ilhan Omar's comment: Today's talker Kuchar apologizes to caddie, pays him full $50K

The Republican hypocrisy over Ilhan Omar's comment: Today's talkerDoes a guy who enables Donald Trump have the right to condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar for making a rude comment? Asks columnist EJ Montini.


Matt Kuchar planned to call caddie David Giral Ortiz later Friday to apologize. He also has paid Ortiz the $50,000 he requested, and pledged a donation to the Mayakoba Classic charities.
At least five dead, six officers injured as gunman opens fire at Aurora, Ill., plant Lakers no longer favored to make playoffs

At least five dead, six officers injured as gunman opens fire at Aurora, Ill., plantHeavily armed police swarm to industrial valve company in southwest Chicago suburb of Aurora.


The Lakers opened the season as overwhelming -600 favorites to make the postseason at The SuperBook. Now, LeBron's team has equal odds to make and miss the playoffs.


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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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