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Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender people Aaron Judge chips his tooth during celebration (Yahoo Sports)

Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender peopleAfter President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people would be barred from serving in the military, the Canadian Armed Forces took a different tack. In an apparent jab at its southern neighbor, the Canadian military invited individuals “of all sexual orientations and gender identities” to join the ranks. Join us! #DiversityIsOurStrength #ForcesJobs,” a tweet sent from the official Canadian Armed Forces handle read.


Aaron Judge

The Yankees star rookie took a helmet to the mouth during a post-win celebration, but he will still be cleared to play again tomorrow.


New Developments in Murder-at-sea Case Winners and losers for USMNT at the Gold Cup (Yahoo Sports)

New Developments in Murder-at-sea CaseA man has been taken into federal custody for allegedly killing his wife after other passengers heard screams coming from their room.


Winners and losers for USMNT at the Gold Cup

The Americans won their sixth continental crown on Wednesday, but not everyone gave a good account of themselves in the process.


Texas execution of murderer delayed as court hears appeal Fournette docked for being overweight (Yahoo Sports)

Texas execution of murderer delayed as court hears appealA planned execution in Texas on Thursday of a man convicted of murdering a woman in her San Antonio home in 2004 was delayed as the U.S. Supreme Court heard a last-minute appeal from lawyers for the death row inmate to spare his life. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 543rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Lawyers for Preyor launched the appeal at the court on Thursday, arguing that prior counsel was incompetent and included a lawyer who lost his license two decades earlier and another attorney with no death penalty experience who used Wikipedia to navigate the Texas death penalty system.


Leonard Fournette

The highly touted rookie running back is already running into trouble for showing up to camp a few pounds too heavy.


Portugal battles raging wildfires Biles shares humorous post-surgery video (Yahoo Sports)

Portugal battles raging wildfiresMore than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem.  Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. “The intensity of the wind is diabolical,” said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)


Biles shares humorous post-surgery video

Star Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was dazed and confused after her wisdom teeth were taken out, and she let her fans know it.


Bipartisan Group of Governors Blast Republican-Led 'Skinny Repeal' of Obamacare Will Irving be better off without LeBron? (Yahoo Sports)

Bipartisan Group of Governors Blast Republican-Led 'Skinny Repeal' of ObamacareThey urged the Senate leaders to bring their parties together to compromise


Will Irving be better off without LeBron?

Will Kyrie Irving will be a true superstar with his own team out of LeBron James' shadow? That's the big question surrounding the ordeal.




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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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