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For Gaetz to raise Hunter Biden's substance abuse is 'the pot calling the kettle black,' Johnson says Score picks, bold predictions and fantasy tips for every Week 3 NFL game

For Gaetz to raise Hunter Biden's substance abuse is 'the pot calling the kettle black,' Johnson saysThe House Judiciary Committee debate over articles of impeachment against President Trump took an ugly turn Thursday when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., brought up Hunter Biden’s past drug use.

What to watch for in every game. Bold predictions. Fantasy advice. Key stats to know. And, of course, score predictions. It's all here for Week 3.
Nearly 20% of workers illegally fired for union activity: report Belichick cuts presser short after AB questions

Nearly 20% of workers illegally fired for union activity: reportA new report highlights that anti-union activities are on the rise.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick's patience ran thin. He walked off after fielding seven questions about Antonio Brown's off-the-field issues. "I'm good," he said. "Thank you."
Hong Kong’s Police Overtime Bill Tops $120 Million During Protests Sources: Yanks' German won't pitch again in '19

Hong Kong’s Police Overtime Bill Tops $120 Million During Protests(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong police officers have racked up more than $120 million in overtime wages and other allowances as they work long hours to handle unprecedented pro-democracy protests in the Asian financial hub.Roughly 11,000 officers per month were paid more than HK$950 million ($122 million) for extra shifts between June and November, according to a document uploaded by the city legislature’s Finance Committee. The Hong Kong Police Force’s total budget for wages, allowances and other operating costs in the current fiscal year was HK$20.2 billion, the document said.Hong Kong’s government said in a reply to a lawmaker’s request for more information on police pay that officers had been required to cover more than 900 protests, processions and public meetings since early June, “many of which eventually turned into illegal acts of violence.”The police said in a statement on Friday that they “deploy manpower as appropriate” and overtime work by officers “may only be undertaken when it is strictly unavoidable.”Although the impact of the historic protests have already shown up in sharply reduced retail sales and tourist arrivals, the new figure is the first real glimpse at the extra policing costs.Thousands of officers have deployed nearly every weekend since the unrest began six months ago, while running street battles with protesters often stretch into the early hours.Earlier this month, Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan forecast the city’s first budget deficit since the early 2000s.The former British colony has been gripped by demonstrations since June, when large crowds took to the streets to oppose a bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Although Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s government eventually withdrew the legislation, the rallies have continued and turned increasingly violent and disruptive.“During the ongoing conflicts in the past few months, front-line police officers had to handle massive and unlawful violent acts in various districts on the one hand, and to maintain regular police duties and public services in the territory on the other,” the government said in its statement.Hong Kong’s police have been criticized by human rights groups, including Amnesty International and foreign lawmakers, for aggressive tactics, which the police have argued are simply a response to violent acts on the protesters’ side.(Updates with police statement in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Dominic Lau.To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in Hong Kong at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Aaron Mc Nicholas in Hong Kong at amcnicholas2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Sharon Chen, Chris KayFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Right-hander Domingo German will miss both the rest of the regular season and the postseason following his placement on administrative leave, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.
Senior China diplomat says U.S. seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust Flame out: NFL field pyrotechnics get brief ban

Senior China diplomat says U.S. seriously damaged hard-won mutual trustSenior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States had seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs. "Such behavior is almost paranoid, and is indeed rare in international exchanges, seriously damaging the hard-won foundation of mutual trust between China and the United States, and seriously weakening the United States' international credibility," said State Councillor Wang.

The NFL has placed a temporary ban on all flame effects and pyrotechnics used on its playing fields as it investigates a fire at the Tennessee Titans' Nissan Stadium in Week 2.
Subaru Recalls Over 250,000 Cars That Could Lose Power While Driving DC floats Lamar-Mahomes as next Peyton-Brady

Subaru Recalls Over 250,000 Cars That Could Lose Power While DrivingSubaru is recalling certain Crosstrek, Forester, and Ascent SUVs and Impreza hatchbacks and sedans because they can suddenly lose power while driving, which could cause a crash. A faulty part in ...

Ravens defensive coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale is looking forward to Sunday's showdown between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, saying it could be sports' next great rivalry, a la Tom Brady and Peyton Manning or Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

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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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