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Obama out: President takes last shots at official WashingtonAldridge has 38 points, Spurs rout Thunder 124-92 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

President Barack Obama concludes his remarks after speaking at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy.


SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 30: LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs handles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of Western Conference Semifinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2016 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas (Photo by Layne Murdoch /NBAE via Getty Images)

The San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder - in a hurry. LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points and the Spurs beat the Thunder 124-92 on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series. The Spurs scored the most postseason points against the Thunder and came within eight points of matching their largest postseason victory ever.


6th body found after Texas flash floodsRaiders trade up to take QB Cook in 4th round of NFL draft (Yahoo Sports)

Map locates Palestine, Texas; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Lisa Asberry Davis said on Saturday that she and her three children waded to safety through water up to their chins after torrential rains in East Texas swamped a cul-de-sac of homes during the night and forced some residents onto rooftops.


Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook passes the ball during the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football semifinal playoff game against Alabama, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Connor Cook is the winningest quarterback in Michigan State history. Andrew Billings is coming off a dominant season on Baylor's defensive line. Cook watched as six quarterbacks came off the board before he was selected by Oakland with the second pick of the fourth round on Saturday, and Billings tumbled all the way to Cincinnati at No. 122 after it looked as if he could be a first-round pick.


Warren Buffett isn’t worried about President TrumpDown a man after Orpik hit, Pens top Caps 2-1; series 1-all (Yahoo Sports)

GOP 2016 TrumpNo president will derail the U.S. economy, Warren Buffett said at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.


Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) celebrates with his teammates after scoring on Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Washington. Pittsburgh won 2-1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Already down a game in their second-round playoff series, Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly were down a man, too, on Saturday night, when Olli Maatta was leveled by a high hit from Washington's Brooks Orpik less than 5 minutes in. Letang played more than 35 minutes to help make up for fellow defenseman Maatta's absence, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal against his former team with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining, giving the Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Capitals that evened the Eastern Conference series at a game apiece. The Penguins have not lost two consecutive games since mid-January, displaying the sort of resilience that teams hope to rely on at this time of year.


UK royal Kate appears on cover of Vogue's 100th anniversary editionRed Sox ride hot bats to hand Yankees 4th straight loss, 8-0 (Yahoo Sports)

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives for a jeep safari at KazirangaThe Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will appear on the cover of the 100th anniversary edition of the British version of fashion magazine Vogue, following in the path of her husband's late mother, Princess Diana. Late on Saturday Vogue revealed the cover of its June edition on its website, which goes on sale on Thursday, showing a smiling Kate in a rural outdoors setting wearing a green hat, brown jacket and white blouse. "I am hugely grateful that we have been able to continue with our tradition of outstanding royal portraiture," Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman said.


Boston Red Sox's Rick Porcello pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Boston Red Sox finished their high-scoring April with another big night at the plate. Bradley tripled twice and drove in three runs, David Ortiz homered again and the Red Sox blanked the struggling New York Yankees 8-0 on Saturday night. Mookie Betts also had three RBIs for the Red Sox, who shut out the Yankees at home for the first time since 2011.


Iran's new parliament has more women than clericsColts hope to have new deal with Luck before training camp (Yahoo Sports)

After the second round of elections in Iran a record 17 women will become lawmakers in the 290-seat parliament -- one more than the number of clerics, which has hit an all time lowIran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics. Official results Saturday showed that reformist and moderate politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani won a big victory in second round parliamentary elections. The outcome saw them outnumber their conservative rivals -- many hardliners lost seats -- for the first time since 2004 and capped a remarkable comeback for reformists after years of isolation.


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Indianapolis, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that negotiations on Andrew Luck's contract extension are getting serious and a deal could be reached before training camp begins. Irsay has repeatedly said he plans to pay market value to keep his franchise quarterback and has even used the term ''shocking numbers'' to describe how high he's willing to go to keep Luck in town. Both sides are trying to figure out how to come up with a salary-cap friendly deal that would assure Luck will be surrounded by good players for the duration of the deal.




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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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