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|Trump says he'd 'of course' tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt ||How the Anthony Davis trade changes the next NBA title chase |
President Donald Trump shifted gears Friday on election interference, saying "of course" he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent. "Of course, you have to look at it," Trump said during a birthday appearance on "Fox and Friends." He added: "But of course, you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general or somebody like that. "OK, let's put yourself in a position: You're a congressman, somebody comes up and says, 'Hey I have information on your opponent.' Do you call the FBI?
| The Lakers have acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans. Who won the deal, and what does it mean? |
|Calm prevails in Memphis neighborhood two days after fatal shooting, amid police patrols ||Sources: Lakers reach deal for Pelicans' Davis |
Police helicopters and squad cars patrolled the Memphis neighborhood overnight into Friday morning where a young black man was fatally shot by federal agents, with residents appearing to heed calls for calm a day after sometimes violent street demonstrations. The man who was killed, Brandon Webber, was suspected by police of shooting a man in a violent carjacking in Mississippi earlier this month. Webber's death prompted hundreds of his neighbors to demonstrate in nearby streets on Wednesday night in Frayser, a working-class, predominantly black neighborhood.
| The Pelicans have agreed to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks -- including the No. 4 overall in next week's draft, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. |
|2020 Democratic debates lineup: Biden to share stage with Sanders, Harris, and Buttigieg â but not Warren ||LaVar Ball: Lonzo trade will be Lakers' worst move |
The lineup for the first 2020 Democratic debates has been set, with some high profile match-ups concentrated on one of the two nights as the nearly two dozen candidates compete for support.The debates will be held across two nights in Miami, with a total of 20 candidates in the mix. The lineup for each night was determined by lottery, and is not reflective of standing in the race.The first night, 26 June, will see Elizabeth Warren sharing the stage with other leading candidates Cory Booker, and Beto O'Rourke, alongside seven other candidates who are vying for a moment in the spotlight amid the crowded field.On the second, just a day later, we can expect some real fireworks when Joe Biden faces off with the other leading candidates: Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. Six other, lesser known, candidates will also share that stage.More followsâŚ
| LaVar Ball ripped the Lakers after learning his son Lonzo Ball will be part of a trade for Anthony Davis, predicting that it will be "the worst move" the Lakers have ever made and guaranteeing that they "will never win another championship." |
|US seeks to 'build international consensus' blaming Iran for tanker attacks ||Sources: Yanks adding AL HR leader Encarnacion |
Defense chief says attack was not just âUS situationâ, as UK joins Washington in accusing Iran and Saudi Arabia calls for ârapidâ response An oil tanker is seen after it was attacked at the Gulf of Oman this week. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters The US is hoping to âbuild international consensusâ around what officials claim is Iranâs responsibility for damaging two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, as UK officials joined the US in formally accusing Iran of carrying out the attacks. The efforts come after the US released grainy surveillance footage of an alleged Iran Revolutionary Guard patrol boat, with men who appear to remove a magnetic limpet mine on the hull of one of the ships. The acting defense secretary, Patrick Shanahan, said the US was looking to âbuild international consensus to this international problemâ on Friday. The attack was not only a âUS situationâ, Shanahan said. He listed several other countries that operated vessels in the waters. âWhen you look at the situation, a Norwegian ship, Japanese ship, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE,â Shanahan said, referring to attacks a few weeks prior. Oil prices have risen 3.4% following the attack, which came in the Strait of Hormuz, a critical shipping channel for international oil supplies. Insurance for ship operators in the area jumped 10%. Saudi Arabia, one of the worldâs largest oil producers, also uses the Strait. On Saturday, the Saudi energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, said âthere must be a rapid and decisive response to the threatâ to secure Gulf energy supplies and consumer confidence, according to a tweet from the ministry. The message was echoed by the Japanese industry minister, Hiroshige Seko, who said ministers agreed on the need to âwork together to deal with the recent incidents from [an] energy security point of viewâ. The U.S. military released a video on Thursday, saying it showed Iranâs Revolutionary Guards were behind the explosions that damaged the Norwegian-owned Front Altair and the Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous. The UK officially joined the US in accusing Iran of perpetrating the attack on Friday night, in a statement from the Foreign Office saying: âIt is almost certain that a branch of the Iranian military â the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps â attacked the two tankers on 13 June. No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible.â The statement continued: âThere is recent precedent for attacks by Iran against oil tankers. The Emirati-led investigation of the 12 May attack on four oil tankers near the port of Fujairah [in the UAE] concluded that it was conducted by a sophisticated state actor. We are confident that Iran bears responsibility for that attack.â Although Donald Trump claimed the attacks had âIran written all overâ them, other heads of state have been more cautious in assigning blame. The United Nations secretary general, AntĂłnio Guterres, called for an independent investigation. âItâs very important to know the truth and itâs very important that responsibilities are clarified. Obviously that can only be done if there is an independent entity that verifies those facts,â Guterres told reporters on Friday. The German foreign minister was also cautious, saying the video released by US Central Command was ânot enoughâ to make an assessment, according to ABC News. Several world powers have meanwhile called for diplomatic efforts to lower tensions, including China and Russia, which have closer ties to Iran. The European Union called for âmaximum restraintâ. Iran, meanwhile, has denied responsibility for the attack. Iranâs ambassador to the UK, Hamid Baeidinejad, said the claims were like âfalse fabrications during world war I, the Vietnam war and Iraq war that were designed to instigate military interventions and armed conflicts in different parts of world.â The attack came as the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, visited Iran in an attempt to mediate new talks on a nuclear agreement. One of the ships attacked was a Japanese vessel called the Kokuka Courageous. Iran is holding the mostly Russian crew of one of the ships, the Norwegian-owned Front Altair. The Associated Press contributed to this report
| The Seattle Mariners have traded Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN's Jeff Passan. |
|China probes FedEx after Huawei parcels misrouted ||Woodland takes 1-shot lead into Sunday at Pebble |
China on Friday launched an investigation into FedEx for "failing to deliver express packages" to the correct addresses in the country, state media said, after the US delivery service misrouted some Huawei parcels. FedEx apologised earlier this month for the delivery mishap after Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said it was reviewing its ties with the package service over the incident. The US delivery firm said at the time that "no external parties requested that FedEx transfer these packages".
| Justin Rose enters the final round of the U.S. Open in second place. Brooks Koepka is in third, four shots back at 7 under along with Chez Reavie and Louis Oosthuizen. |
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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.