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UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy - Tweet Sources: Rockets shop Capela, Gordon for space

UPDATE 2-Iran says U.S. sanctions on Khamenei mean end of diplomacy - TweetIran said on Tuesday that U.S. sanctions imposed on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top officials in the country permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Monday, taking a dramatic and unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran's downing of an American drone last week. Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif later this week.


The Rockets are shopping Clint Capela, Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker to create cap space to make a deal for Jimmy Butler, sources told ESPN.
Susan Collins of Maine is the last New England Republican in Congress. But for how long? Yankees' Stanton back to IL with knee injury

Susan Collins of Maine is the last New England Republican in Congress. But for how long?Collins has served in the Senate for 22 years, but her opponents hope one vote can pull her down: the one she cast for Brett Kavanaugh.


Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is heading back to the injured list after hurting his knee Tuesday night.
Fatal Hawaii skydiving plane crash renews NTSB's call for stricter rules: 'Accidents continue to happen' Sources: Durant declines $31.5M player option

Fatal Hawaii skydiving plane crash renews NTSB's call for stricter rules: 'Accidents continue to happen'An NTSB official put the FAA on notice Monday, calling for regulations on parachute operations after a skydiving plane crash in Hawaii killed 11.


The Warriors' Kevin Durant has declined his $31.5 million player option and is huddling with his business manager in New York, mulling his free-agency options, sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Baby rescued from plastic bag in Georgia Soon-to-be Hawks guard Crabbe cited for DUI

Baby rescued from plastic bag in GeorgiaGeorgia sheriff's office realeased dramatic body-cam video showing the rescue of a newborn girl who was found alive inside a plastic bag in the woods. (June 25)


Allen Crabbe, who will soon be a member of the Hawks, was arrested early Wednesday and cited for misdemeanor DUI.
Saudi envoy blasts UN expert's report on Khashoggi killing Family of 2-year-old hit by foul ball details injuries

Saudi envoy blasts UN expert's report on Khashoggi killingIn what amounted to a face-off at the U.N's top human rights body, Ambassador Abdulaziz Alwasil insisted that special rapporteur Agnes Callamard had failed to follow proper procedures and used flawed sourcing in her 101-page report made public last week. "Accusations have been launched, and fingers have been pointed — (she is) supporting herself on non-credible articles or sources," he told the Human Rights Council, in Arabic through a U.N. interpreter.


The 2-year-old girl injured by a foul ball last month at Houston's Minute Maid Park suffered a skull fracture and had a seizure, a spokesperson for the family said in a release issued Wednesday. Her recovery process will be reassessed in July.


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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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