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|UPDATE 2-U.S. House panel to vote on holding White House ex-official in contempt ||Follow live: Warriors |
A U.S. House committee will vote on holding a former White House security director in contempt for failing to appear for questioning on allegations the Trump administration inappropriately granted clearances to some of the president's advisers, the panel's chairman said on Tuesday. "We will hold a vote of our committee shortly to hold him in contempt and then we will check with House counsel ... to see where we go from there," House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said in an interview with MSNBC. Carl Kline, who served as the White House personnel security chief for the first two years of Republican Donald Trump's presidency and now works for the Department of Defense, had been called to appear before the committee at 9 a.m. (1300 GMT).
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|Armed border group shuts down camp at border in New Mexico ||Vlad Jr. to join Jays, make MLB debut on Friday |
SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — An armed group that has been patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border left its post in the New Mexico desert Tuesday amid pressure from law enforcement following videos that showed militia members stopping migrants who had illegally crossed into the country.
| Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is ESPN insider Keith Law's No. 2 prospect, will be called up by the Blue Jays on Friday and is expected to make his major league debut. |
|Sri Lanka Easter Bombings Were ‘Retaliation’ For New Zealand Mosque Shootings, Official Says ||Chiefs' Hill will not face child abuse charges |
A top Sri Lankan official said Tuesday that the rash of bombings that killed more than 300 people in churches and hotels in the nation's capital on Sunday were intended as “retaliation” for the recent mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.“The preliminary investigations have revealed that what happened in Sri Lanka was in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch," state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament. Wijewardene did not explain what led him to that conclusion.Fifty people were gunned down at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 by a white supremacist who live-streamed the massacre online.321 people were killed and more than 200 were injured in a series of eight bombings that tore through Catholic churches and luxury hotels on Easter morning in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.A local Islamist group, National Thowfeek Jamaath (NTJ), carried out the attack with the help of an “international network” of fellow Islamic terrorists, officials said Monday. The Islamic State also claimed credit for the attack via their propaganda network, Amaq.The Sri Lankan intelligence services were warned on April 11 that suicide bombers were planning to attack “prominent churches” but failed to take the proper precautions.
| Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will not face child abuse charges after Johnson County District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that he lacked evidence to establish who committed a crime, though he believes one occurred. |
|Kim Jong-un arrives in Russia for summit with Putin as US nuclear talks remain in limbo ||Video: Dawkins boasted of ties to Miller, others |
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Wednesday for a summit he is likely to use to seek support from Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Pyongyang's nuclear talks with Washington remain in limbo. The armoured train carrying Kim on his first official visit to Russia pulled into the quayside station in Vladivostok, on the Pacific Ocean, a few hours after crossing from North Korea into Russia. After a brief delay while the door of Kim's carriage was lined up with a red carpet laid out on the platform, the door opened and a smiling Kim stepped out. A red carpet was rolled out to meet Kim's train Credit: Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov Earlier, at a stop on the border, Kim told Russian state television he was hoping for useful and successful discussions with Putin. "I hope that we can discuss concrete questions about peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, and our bilateral relations," he said through an interpreter. Kim will sit down for talks with Putin on Thursday at a university campus on an island just off Vladivostok. It will be the first summit between the two leaders, and the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear programme will top the agenda, according to a Kremlin foreign policy aide. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia for a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday Credit: Alexander Safronov/TASS via Getty Images The meeting comes two months after a summit in Vietnam between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump ended in failure, leaving the North Korean leader looking elsewhere for international support and relief from sanctions. For Putin the summit is an opportunity to show that Russia remains a major global player despite being under sanctions itself over its intervention in Ukraine and allegations that it meddled in U.S. elections. But analysts predicted that Kim is unlikely to emerge from the summit with any substantial promises of sanctions relief. The meeting is likely to focus more on showing camaraderie. Kim was pictured smiling as he stepped off the train Credit: Alexander Safronov/TASS via Getty Images Vladivostok is located a few hours from the Russian-North Korean border by rail, Kim's preferred mode of international transport. On arrival in the city, the North Korean leader reviewed an honour guard of Russian troops in a square in front of the train station, with bodyguards looking on. He removed his black fedora while a military orchestra played first the North Korean national anthem, then the Russian anthem. After officials from the Russian and North Korean delegations exchanged handshakes, Kim climbed into a black limousine and drove off. About 10 North Korean security guards in black suits jogged alongside the vehicle for about the first 100 metres (yards) of its journey. Bodyguards surrounded Kim's limousine Credit: Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP Russian media reported that Kim would be heading to Russky island, linked by bridge to the mainland part of Vladivostok, where the summit will take place and where he is also expected to be staying. Artyom Lukin, a professor at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, said Kim would want to be seen as a world leader who has international interlocutors besides Washington, Beijing or Seoul. "As for Russia, the Putin-Kim summit will reaffirm Moscow's place as a major player on the Korean peninsula. This meeting is important for Russian international prestige," Lukin said. Putin held a summit in 2002 with Kim Jong-un's father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, who also met in 2011 with Dmitry Medvedev, the Putin lieutenant who was then Russian president.
| A video recording of a conversation that was played Wednesday in the college basketball corruption trial featured aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins promoting his connections to top coaches, including Arizona's Sean Miller. |
|TIME CEO Edward Felsenthal Toasts 'People Who Do the Impossible' at TIME 100 Gala ||Hoskins taunts Mets with 34-sec HR trot in win |
"That's what the TIME 100 is, you're people who do the impossible"
| Rhys Hoskins homered off reliever Jacob Rhame and taunted him with a slow jog around the bases a night after Rhame buzzed him with two fastballs, and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Wednesday. |
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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 â€œcriticize the government and other organizations.â€ So why would that be relevant in a democracy?
Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?
â€œCongress 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.â€ -- 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 nationâ€™s military, the mindâ€™s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagonâ€™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.
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.