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House committee subpoenas acting intelligence director Brees (hand) exits; Bridgewater finishes game

House committee subpoenas acting intelligence directorThe chairman of the House intelligence committee has issued a subpoena to the acting Director of National Intelligence, saying Joseph Maguire is withholding a whistleblower complaint from Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said in a statement Friday evening that the committee will require that Maguire testify Thursday unless he complies with the subpoena.


Drew Brees exited in the first quarter after his throwing hand was hit by Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. He is questionable to return.
Virginia Attorney General Concludes Race Information Is Not Necessary for Marriage Licenses Bears' Pineiro boots 53-yard FG to beat Broncos

Virginia Attorney General Concludes Race Information Is Not Necessary for Marriage LicensesThe state has new forms, which let applicants “Declined to Answer” about race


Kicker Eddy Pineiro's 53-yard FG as time expired lifted the Bears to a 16-14 win over the Broncos on Sunday. Pineiro was 3-for-3 on his field goal attempts vs. Denver.
Expert: Iran Can't Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier in a War (For Now) Murray 2nd to throw for 300 yards in first 2 games

Expert: Iran Can't Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier in a War (For Now)But the future is unclear.


Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray became the second player in NFL history after Cam Newton to throw for 300 yards in his first two games.
Scores of tigers rescued from infamous Thai temple have died: media Bills' Allen after beating Jets, Giants: 1 NY team

Scores of tigers rescued from infamous Thai temple have died: mediaMore than half of the tigers that Thai authorities confiscated in 2016 from an infamous Tiger Temple tourist attraction have died from a viral disease because their immune systems were weakened by inbreeding, media reported. The Buddhist temple west of Bangkok was a tourist destination where visitors took selfies with tigers and bottle-fed cubs until authorities removed its nearly 150 tigers in 2016 in response to global pressure over wildlife trafficking.


After beating the Jets and Giants in back-to-back weeks, Bills quarterback Josh Allen joked that there's only one team in New York.
Trump confirms death of Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin Laden Rodgers, LaFleur downplay 'animated' exchange

Trump confirms death of Al-Qaeda heir Hamza bin LadenUS President Donald Trump on Saturday confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, the son and designated heir of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. US media reported more than a month ago, citing intelligence officials, that the younger Bin Laden had been killed sometime in the last two years in an operation that involved the United States. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said last month that it was "his understanding" that Bin Laden, who was thought to be about 30, was dead.


Both Packers coach Matt LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers downplayed their animated sideline interaction on Sunday, with LaFleur characterizing the exchange as "just two competitive guys" in the "heat of the moment."


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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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