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Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast Violence NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Playoff chances for all 32 teams

Proud Boys Street Gang Had A Weekend Of Coast-To-Coast ViolenceFor one weekend, a violent misogynistic and homophobic street gang of proto-


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Bernie Sanders is not a fan of ‘disruptive and rude’ Democratic protesters Dodger boo: Slumping Grandal chided at home

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As Yasmani Grandal continued to struggle -- striking out three times, the last one coming with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning -- the fans took notice.
Maryland Police Officer Charged With Raping Woman During Traffic Stop Sources: Bills QB Allen won't play against Colts

Maryland Police Officer Charged With Raping Woman During Traffic StopA Maryland police officer was arrested and charged with rape Monday after he


Bills rookie QB Josh Allen will not start Sunday against the Colts because of a right elbow injury, and there is concern he will miss weeks, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.
Best Bites: Brie and cheddar apple beer soup Heavily favored Warriors scaring bettors away

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A third straight title for the odds-on favorite Warriors is seen as such an inevitability that Vegas is seeing more bets placed on the Stanley Cup than on the NBA title.
The theory is dubious - but blaming Jamal Khashoggi's death on a botched interrogation is a convenient way out Ex-Hernandez teammates describe odd behavior

The theory is dubious - but blaming Jamal Khashoggi's death on a botched interrogation is a convenient way outFor the first 13 days of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance, Saudi Arabia held fast to its official position: We had no involvement; he left the consulate safely; any suggestion we are responsible is a political smear.  But last night things began to shift. Under intense pressure from Washington and business leaders around the world, Riyadh now appears to be preparing to acknowledge that Mr Khashoggi was in fact killed inside the consulate.  The narrative they plan to present, according to the New York Times, is that the Saudi government ordered its operatives to interrogate Mr Khashoggi but that something went wrong and the journalist was accidentally killed.  Panicked spies then reportedly hid his body and launched a cover-up, unbeknownst to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia and country's de facto leader. The person who will be blamed is described as “a Saudi intelligence official who was a friend of the crown prince”.    The explanation has a clear appeal: it allows Saudi Arabia to concede (in the face of what appears to be overwhelming Turkish evidence) that Mr Khashoggi was killed, but shields the crown prince from responsibility.  The new Saudi narrative would protect Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince Credit: REUTERS/Amir Levy/File Photo However, there are major holes in the story.  Among the 15-strong Saudi “hit team” who reportedly flew into Istanbul on private jets the day of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance was a man named Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy.  Mr Tubaigy is understood to be a Saudi forensic expert, who specialises in gathering DNA from crime scenes and dissecting bodies. He reportedly stayed in Istanbul until 11pm on October 2, the day the journalist vanished, long enough to supervise a clean up at the consulate.  Turkish officials have also claimed the Saudis brought a bone saw with them from Riyadh, raising questions about the claim that Mr Khashoggi  was supposed to live.    The new narrative also presents the cover up as a hasty act of panic after a terrible mistake.  Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate at 1.14pm. Less than two hours later diplomatic vans left the scene. Credit: CCTV/Hurriyet via AP That is not how it looks from the outside. Turkish CCTV shows that Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate at 1.14pm. At 3.08pm - less than two hours later - a convoy of Saudi diplomatic vehicles, believed to be carrying his body - left the consulate and drove the short distance to the consul-general’s residence.  Turkish media reported that Saudi drivers rehearsed the maneuvre the day before, apparently making sure that the large black vans would fit inside the consul-general’s garage.  By that evening, it was all over and the 15 Saudis had departed from Turkey. Mr Khashoggi remains missing two weeks later. But for all the problems with the “rogue killers” line, it may still be the most convenient one for the US and Turkey to swallow.  Neither country is looking for a high-level diplomatic confrontation with Riyadh and both countries have strong incentives to agree a version of events that absolves Crown Prince Mohammed.  A Turkish forensic police officer shoots video in a room of the Saudi Arabia's Consulate Credit: (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel) Turkey’s economy is brittle and foreign investors have been shying away as they watch Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, centralise power and pursue unorthodox economic theories.  If Turkey lets Riyadh off the hook over Mr Khashoggi’s death, it may expect Saudi loans and investments to start flowing its way.    Meanwhile, Washington has invested heavily in its relationship with Saudi Arabia and especially in the crown prince, who has been presented as a modernising reformer.  Donald Trump claims to have rallied the Islamic world against terrorism and hopes that the Saudis will pressure the Palestinians into accepting his Middle East plan.  All of that becomes much more difficult if the US accuses the crown prince of involvement in Mr Khashoggi’s death. An explanation that exonerates Mohammed bin Salman may be the White House’s best chance of getting through the Khashoggi saga without derailing US-Saudi relations.    The “rogue killers” theory may be riddled with holes. But it may also be the story that the White House decides to believe. 


Interviews by The Boston Globe of former Patriots teammates of Aaron Hernandez illustrate an erratic and troubling player in his last season with the team.


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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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