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Gun Fight: Is the NRA Losing Its Grip on State Legislatures? AP source: Irving, Barnes finish US Olympic basketball team (Yahoo Sports)

news Far from the corridors of Congress, where virtually any kind of gun legislation is dead on arrival and the gridlock has turned into political theater,

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio. Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans' 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. The Americans had received 10 confirmations by Thursday and were holding spots for Irving and LeBron James, who wanted more time to decide after winning the NBA championship.


Death Toll Rises to 24 in Devastating West Virginia Floods Mets sign shortstop Jose Reyes to minor league contract (Yahoo Sports)

news Floods swept away cars and cut power to thousands after 10 inches of rain over 24 hours fell in some parts of the state.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2015, file photo, Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes is shown prior to a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, in San Diego. The New York Mets have signed Reyes to a minor league contract, Saturday, June 25, 2016. Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11, but may be used in a utility role in his reunion with the team. He was cut by Colorado after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

The New York Mets signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract on Saturday, creating a reunion with the team's former star who now must overcome a suspension for domestic violence as he attempts to revive his career. In a move general manager Sandy Alderson said was unrelated, slumping outfielder Michael Conforto was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and outfielder Brandon Nimmo was called up to be with the team for Saturday night's game at Atlanta. The 33-year-old Reyes played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11 but may be used in a utility role in his return.


Jailed Volunteer Sheriff's Deputy Says He's 'Condemned' PGA Tour cancels Greenbrier Classic amid West Virginia flood (Yahoo Sports)

news Robert Bates said his accidental 2015 shooting of Eric Harris "keeps me up at night. I can't sleep."

Ted Potter Jr. hits his tee shot on the final playoff hole during the Greenbrier Classic PGA Golf tournament at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Sunday, July 8, 2012. Potter won in a playoff with Troy Kelly. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The PGA Tour canceled the Greenbrier Classic, scheduled for July 7-10, on Saturday because of devastating flooding in West Virginia. The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs was inundated with floodwater after heavy storms rolled into the state Thursday. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said officials were heartbroken by the devastation in West Virginia and offered their thoughts and prayers.


Alien Conspiracy Theorists Hope Clinton Will Open X-Files Ronaldo, Portugal beat Croatia 1-0 at European Championship (Yahoo Sports)

news In alien conspiracy theorist circles, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is being hailed as the "E.T. candidate."

Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma, right, scores during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Croatia and Portugal at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, France, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal seized their chance to stay in the chase for an elusive first title together on Saturday. Ronaldo's only shot created a rare scoring opportunity and substitute Ricardo Quaresma finished it off, helping Portugal to beat Croatia 1-0 on Saturday and advance to the European Championship quarterfinals. Portugal settled a poor game in the 117th minute with its only serious attack, when Ronaldo's one shot all match was parried by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic across the goalmouth in the second half of extra time.


Nightly News Full Broadcast (June 25th) Lindor's HRs, Carrasco's shutout help Indians win 8th in row (Yahoo Sports)

news In Saturday night's broadcast: at least 24 dead in West Virginia flooding, Britain in turmoil after Brexit vote, and Google's new symptom search feature.

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco throws during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Detroit. Carrasco pitched a four-hitter to lead the Indians to their eighth consecutive win, 6-0 over the Tigers. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

When Carlos Carrasco shrugged off a rising pitch count and went back to the mound in the ninth inning, teammate Francisco Lindor was impressed. ''I was tired in the fifth,'' Lindor said. Carrasco and Lindor led the Cleveland Indians to their eighth straight win Saturday, when Carrasco pitched a four-hitter and Lindor hit two home runs in a 6-0 win over Detroit.




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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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