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Ukraine presidential candidates finally agree debate Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty

Ukraine presidential candidates finally agree debateComedian Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday finally agreed to a debate to close a presidential campaign that has at times descended into farce. Poroshenko originally called the event for last Sunday but Zelensky was a no-show, leading the incumbent to hold a one-man debate next to an empty podium at a Kiev stadium. With Zelensky scoring 72 percent support to Poroshenko's 25, according to the most recent opinion poll, this could be the last chance the incumbent has to boost his flagging campaign.


Over the past 20 years, Gregg Popovich has sliced an exclusive culinary trail across America -- all for a singular purpose. This is the story of his legendary team dinners, and how they have served as a pillar of the Spurs' decades-long dynasty.
Suspect in attack on boy at Mall of America held on $2M bail QB Rosen: Uncertainty with Cardinals 'annoying'

Suspect in attack on boy at Mall of America held on $2M bailMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man accused of throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America said little Tuesday during his first court appearance but appeared lucid and followed the court's directions.


As the NFL draft looms, with the expectation that the Cardinals will take Kyler Murray with the No. 1 pick, current Arizona QB Josh Rosen says the uncertainty is "annoying" but he understands that "football's a business."
Barr: White House Hasn’t Seen Unredacted Report, Didn’t Suggest Redactions Sources: A's slugger Davis gets $33.5M extension

Barr: White House Hasn’t Seen Unredacted Report, Didn’t Suggest RedactionsAttorney General William Barr said Thursday that President Trump and his lawyers offered no input on any of the redactions in the version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report that will be released to Congress."Because the White House voluntarily cooperated with the special counsel's investigation, significant portions of the report contain material over which the President could have asserted privilege. And he would have been well within his rights to do so.""The president confirmed that, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure to the American people, he would not assert privilege over the special counsel's report," Barr said at a press conference at the Justice Department hours before the redacted report is to be released to Congress. "No material has been redacted based on executive privilege. The president's personal lawyers were not permitted to make, and did not request, any redactions."The president's personal lawyers were granted a request to read the redacted version of the report earlier this week, which is allowed under the Ethics in Government Act, Barr said, but they have not seen the unredacted version.Barr submitted a four-page summary of the nearly 400-page report to Congress in March stating that Mueller had found no collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin, but had left open the question of whether the president had obstructed justice during the investigation.Democrats have called on the attorney general to testify to Congress over what they believe is his "partisan handling" of the report.Barr identified four categories of information that will be redacted in the version of the report released to Congress: grand-jury information, classified information, material that would compromise ongoing prosecutions, and material that affects peripheral third parties. A more-complete version, with only grand-jury information redacted, will be made available to a limited group of lawmakers, Barr said."Given the limited nature of the redactions, I believe that the publicly released report will allow every American to understand the results of the special counsel's investigation," the attorney general said. "Nevertheless, in an effort to accommodate congressional requests, we will make available to a bipartisan group of leaders from several congressional committees a version of the report with all redactions removed except those relating to grand-jury information. Thus, these members of Congress will be able to see all of the redacted material for themselves -- with the limited exception of that which, by law, cannot be shared."


A's slugger Khris Davis, who leads the majors with 10 home runs this season, has signed a two-year extension through 2021.
McDonald's pulls Signature Crafted burgers, doubles down on Quarter Pounders Tech's Culver, Big 12's top player, entering draft

McDonald's pulls Signature Crafted burgers, doubles down on Quarter PoundersMcDonald's Corp said it would remove costlier, premium burgers from its menus in favor of its more popular Quarter Pounders, shifting its focus to simpler and quickly-served burgers. The company said its new deluxe and bacon Quarter Pounders received good feedback and it would continue to focus on such items. "It (the removal) probably has more to do about the process of cooking the burger in McDonald's than it does what the consumer is saying about the food," said Howard Penney, a managing director at Hedgeye Risk Management.


Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver has declared for the NBA draft after helping lead his hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders to the two deepest NCAA tournament runs in school history.
New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind bars Mistaken ID leads Ige to give blood to stranger

New York man accused of threatening Rep. Ilhan Omar remains behind barsTwo Rochester-area men charged with threats against Muslims remained behind bars after detention hearings were postponed Wednesday.


Dan Ige, who as an active UFC athlete is subject to random drug tests by USADA, gave a blood sample to a stranger who came to his home, only to find out later that the collector was looking for someone named John.


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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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