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Republicans Cancel Thursday Health Care Vote NFL making big change to official review process (Yahoo Sports)

news House Republican leaders abruptly canceled a planned vote on the GOP health care bill Thursday afternoon as they struggled to find sufficient support to pass it. A House GOP leadership aid confirmed to NBC News there would be no vote today. The move comes after House conservatives said there was no deal struck on the bill after a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday. Tune in to MSNBC for continuing coverage and analysis.

NFL making big change to official review process. (AP)

Following other professional sports leagues, referees will confer with the league office in New York on challenged plays.


CBO: New Health Bill Would Leave Millions Uninsured, Save Less Fantasy players rising after hot spring trainings (Yahoo Sports)

news After a series of revisions, the House Republican health care bill would still leave 24 million more people without insurance.

Players grabbing attention behind hot springs

With drafts still ahead for many, the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball crew offers up the guys they're especially giddy about.


U.S. Man Killed in London Attack Was Celebrating Anniversary Buyer beware for these potential free agents (Yahoo Sports)

news Utah man Kurt Cochran, who was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife, Melissa, in London, was among those killed in Wednesday's attack outside the U.K. Parliament, his family and church said.

Derrick Rose

It's buyer beware for this team of players who could be free agents yet come with varying degrees of risk.


Khalid Masood Identified as London Parliament Attacker Follow live: Oregon, Michigan neck-and-neck (Yahoo Sports)

news Khalid Masood, 52, was identified by British authorities on Thursday. He was born in Kent and was known to law enforcement as 'a peripheral figure.'

Follow live: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. (AP)

The Ducks and Wolverines have played it close all the way through so far in the Midwest Region semifinal.


Should Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Own a Shipping Firm? NBA's most difficult free agent contracts in 2017 (Yahoo Sports)

news The billionaire has a major stake in a fleet that flies a Chinese flag and visits Iran and Russia.

The Vertical’s Chris Mannix and Bobby Marks discus which player’s upcoming free agency contracts will be hardest to gauge.




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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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