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Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security openBulls expect Derrick Rose back this season from knee surgery (Yahoo Sports)

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama's immigration policy intact.


CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 10: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls stands on the court during a game against the Sacramento Kings on February 10, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery. General manager Gar Forman said the star point guard will miss 4-6 weeks after the operation Friday to fix a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Forman described it as a quick outpatient procedure and said Rose was able to walk out of the hospital.


Jeb Bush’s biggest CPAC win: No gifts for DemocratsBrowns, quarterback Josh McCown agree to terms on contract (Yahoo Sports)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush pauses as he speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)The ex-Florida governor addresses complaints conservatives have made about him.


FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown throws during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback McCown on a contract. McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name. Josh McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Cleveland on Friday. McCown's younger brother, Luke, played for the Browns in 2004 - one of 22 different starting quarterbacks the Browns have used since 1999. The 35-year-old McCown had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills, who like the Browns have QB issues.


Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot deadSurging Pacers hold off short-handed Cavaliers 93-86 (Yahoo Sports)

In this file photo taken on Thursday, May 30, 2013, Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, presents a report claiming widespread corruption during preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Russian police say opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed in Moscow. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)MOSCOW (AP) — Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down Saturday near the Kremlin, officials said. Nemtsov was killed just a day before a protest planned against Putin's rule.


INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 27: George Hill #3 of the Indiana Pacers attempts a free throw against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 27, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

George Hill took center stage with the biggest stars sitting. Hill finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, and capped the first triple-double of his career with three free throws in the final 30 seconds to seal the Indiana Pacers' 93-86 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. With LeBron James out because of a sore back, Kyrie Irving back in Cleveland with an injured left shoulder and Paul George on the bench with a broken right leg, Hill delivered one of his most memorable performances. ''The best part is it's an answer to some of the critics he had at the end of last season,'' Pacers coach Frank Vogel said.


Despite fiery CPAC speech, is Ted Cruz changing course?Dude, where's my car: NASCAR machine stolen before race (Yahoo Sports)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to rail against the party establishment, calling himself a “disruptive app” such as Uber that would upend the political system. Delighting the assembled conservative shock troops, Cruz castigated the Republican leadership for selling out their principles by separating a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security from a measure that would roll back President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration


FILE- In this April 6, 2014, file photo, Travis Kvapil walks the track before a rain delayed start for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Police say Travis Kvapil's NASCAR Sprint Cup car has been stolen ahead of a race this weekend near Atlanta. Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby says surveillance video shows the truck and trailer being driven out of the parking lot around 5:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Ralph Lauer, File)

When Travis Kvapil got the call Friday, he figured someone on his race team was playing a joke. They're like, 'No, the car is gone.''' The No. 44 NASCAR Sprint Cup car owned by small-budget Team XTREME was stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway, police said, forcing Kvapil to withdraw from this weekend's race before he even got a chance to qualify. The $250,000 race car was still missing late in the afternoon, and police were hoping the public could assist in the search. The owner of one NASCAR sponsor offered a pit pass to every race the rest of the year to anyone who helped located the high-powered Chevrolet.


Ukraine conflict at 'crossroads' as troop deaths shake truceMcIlroy to miss cut at Honda Classic (Yahoo Sports)

A Russia-backed rebel walks past the body of an Ukrainian servicemen killed in fighting in the Debaltseve area, and disinterred by Ukrainian POWs in Novohryhorivka, Ukraine, near the embattled railway hub, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Ukrainian POW's, guarded by separatist fighters, worked along with Ukrainian volunteers and are reported to have recovered 15 bodies from the area over the past two days.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)International monitors said Friday the conflict in Ukraine was at a "crossroads" as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction. The envoy to Ukraine for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which is monitoring the peace deal, told the UN Security Council that while there were encouraging signs, the country still risked all-out war. Russia formally annexed the territory in March 2014, triggering an international furore. The uprising in Ukraine's east, which has claimed at least 5,800 lives, began the following month.


Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, smiles as he prepares to hit out of the sand trap on the third hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Rory McIlroy's first PGA Tour event in five months lasted only two days. His road to the Masters hit a speed bump Friday in the Honda Classic when the world's No. 1 player managed only one birdie in the rain, stumbled badly down the stretch and headed home for the weekend after a 4-over 74, the first time in nearly a year he had consecutive rounds over par. ''I don't like missing cuts,'' McIlroy said. I'm not going to be playing this weekend, which is not nice.'' It was pleasant enough for Patrick Reed, who recovered from a double bogey early in his round by playing bogey-free the rest of the way for another 67.




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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

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Living Wages Are A Global Problem

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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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