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Putin says idea Russia has compromising material on Trump is 'nonsense' Report: Dodgers on verge of trade for Machado

Putin says idea Russia has compromising material on Trump is 'nonsense'Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday scoffed at a suggestion that Moscow had any compromising material on Donald Trump, following talks with the US leader. "It's hard to imagine greater nonsense," Putin told a news conference alongside the US president after several hours of talks during the two leaders' first summit. "Please get this rubbish out of your heads," Putin added.

The Dodgers are on the cusp of securing Orioles star Manny Machado in a package that includes prospect Yusniel Diaz, according to a report from The Athletic.
Delayed arraignment for suspect in Massachusetts police shooting Brewers' Hader 'deeply sorry' for old tweets

Delayed arraignment for suspect in Massachusetts police shootingA Massachusetts man suspected of killing a police officer and a bystander with the officer's pistol will not be formally charged on Monday because he is still recovering from wounds sustained during a gunfight with police, officials said. Suspect Emanuel Lopes, 20, was arrested early Sunday after police in Weymouth, Massachusetts, received a report of a person driving erratically. "The Norfolk District Attorney's Office has now been informed that Emanuel Lopes will not be medically available for arraignment today," David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, said in a statement.

Racist, homophobic and sexist tweets from Brewers pitcher Josh Hader's Twitter account surfaced during Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Hader apologized for the tweets, which he said were sent when he was a teenager.
Mike Pompeo rejects EU appeal for exemptions in sanctions against Iran Go-ahead HR nabs Bregman All-Star Game MVP

Mike Pompeo rejects EU appeal for exemptions in sanctions against IranMike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has rejected a high-level appeal from the EU for exemptions from sanctions against Iran, throwing into doubt billions of euros worth of trade. Senior officials from Britain, France and Germany had pleaded with the US not to impose sanctions next month on European companies which do business with Iran.  In a letter to the nations' finance and foreign ministers, Mr Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected the appeal, saying America wanted to exert "unprecedented financial pressure" on Tehran after President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal in May.  Mr Pompeo added that the US will not ease the sanctions until it sees a “tangible, demonstrable and sustained shift’’ in Iran’s policies. “The president withdrew from the [Iran nuclear deal] for a simple reason - it failed to guarantee the safety of the American people,’’ Mr Pompeo and Mr Mnuchin wrote in a letter leaked to the press on Sunday night.  “We are thus not in a position to make exceptions to this policy except in very specific circumstances where it clearly benefits our national security.’’ The letter was a response to an appeal from the three European countries last month, in which they said they “strongly regret” the US decision to withdraw.  Some of Europe's biggest firms rushed to do business with Iran after the nuclear deal was implemented in 2015 and last year the EU exported €10.8bn (£9.5bn) in goods and services to Iran.  Imports from Iran were also worth €10.1bn (£8.8bn). The other countries that reached the nuclear agreement with Iran - the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China - pledged to continue to honour the nuclear agreement to lift economic sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program. However the US withdrawal may make that a practical impossibility. Iran has said it will stay in the deal if it still receives the economic benefits. The EU nations had sought a host of exemptions, including assurances that secondary sanctions on companies that deal with Iran would not be applied to EU businesses and individuals.  However, one EU diplomat said they had not realistically expected to get sanctions relief from the US, and a number of companies such as Peugeot and Total have already cut back their business with Iran for fear of jeopardising their business prospects in the US. The first set of US sanctions, which take effect on August 6, will target Iran's automotive sector, trade in gold and in other key metals. The remaining sanctions are due to come into effect on November 4 and will target Iran's energy sector, in particular its oil trade, and transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

First-time All-Star Alex Bregman was named MVP of Tuesday's game after his go-ahead homer in the 10th inning sent the American League to an 8-6 victory.
Chinese woman 'detained' after tossing ink on Xi poster: activists Cards TE Seals-Jones arrested after hotel scuffle

Chinese woman 'detained' after tossing ink on Xi poster: activistsA woman who live-streamed herself throwing ink onto a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping has been detained, according to activists who accuse authorities of suppressing speech to protect a "cult of personality" around the country's leader. The US-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) activist network said authorities have also taken the woman's father and a Chinese artist into custody after they sought to publicise her plight on social media.

Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested on three charges Saturday night after a scuffle ensued when he was denied entrance to the W Scottsdale to use a bathroom, according to Scottsdale police.
Anthony Bourdain slams Clintons, Weinstein in last interview Manfred: Can't market Trout without his help

Anthony Bourdain slams Clintons, Weinstein in last interviewIn a newly released interview, Anthony Bourdain slams the Clintons and Harvey Weinstein, calling Bill Clinton ‘Gropey and rapey’ and describing how he would like to see Weinstein die.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the only reason Mike Trout isn't more popular is because Trout doesn't market himself: "If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big."

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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 “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

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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