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Trump moneyman’s shady historyWestbrook, Thunder put Warriors on brink of elimination (Yahoo Sports)

Trump moneyman’s shady historyOne of six vice-chairs of the “Trump Victory Leadership Team,” a joint fundraising effort announced Tuesday by the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee, pleaded guilty in 2009 to criminal charges involving bribes paid to top New York State officials. Elliott Broidy, a Los Angeles venture capitalist, was charged with showering nearly $1 million in gifts and favors on state officials as part of a scheme to win more than $250 million in state pension investments for the venture capital firm he then headed, Markstone Capital. Sean Spicer, the RNC’s communications director, dismissed questions about Broidy’s background, comparing it to that of New York investment figure Steve Rattner, a top Democratic moneyman who held a recent fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and was caught up in the same “pay for play” scandal.


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 24: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder hip bumps teammates after a play against the Golden State Warriors during Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Andrew Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Suddenly, these Golden State Warriors who have been compared all season to the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s are on the brink of elimination. Russell Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Warriors 118-94 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Golden State, which won a league record 73 games in the regular season, lost consecutive games for the first time this season.


At unruly N.M. rally, Trump goes after GOP Gov. MartinezCrosby helps Penguins beat Lightning to force Game 7 (Yahoo Sports)

At unruly N.M. rally, Trump goes after GOP Gov. MartinezAt a raucous rally in Albuquerque featuring tumultuous protests both inside and out, Donald Trump hurled invective at opponents Democrat and Republican alike.


Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) celebrates his goal with teammate Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87), during the first period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

The Pittsburgh Penguins made good on Evgeni Malkin's pledge to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference final. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also scored Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory that evened the best-of-seven series with the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-3. Game 7 is Thursday night, with the Penguins hoping to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2009 and the Lightning looking to advance to the Cup Final for the second straight year.


Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex caseAtlanta, Miami, Los Angeles selected to host Super Bowls (Yahoo Sports)

Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in sex caseShe called him "Mr. Cosby" and considered him a trusted friend and mentor. But 20 minutes after Bill Cosby offered her three blue pills and told her to take them with the wine he had set out, ...


FILE - This Feb. 3, 2016, file photo shows heavy machinery adjacent to the proposed NFL Rams stadium complex site at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta (2019), Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the NFL owners meetings. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one. Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. ''I think if they find guys like me that are willing to do it, I think they want to show them that it is worthwhile,'' Rams owner Stan Kroenke said.


Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's deathStrasburg stays perfect as Nats beat Harvey and Mets 7-4 (Yahoo Sports)

In this undated and unknown location photo, the new leader of Taliban fighters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada poses for a portrait. The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor - a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul. (Afghan Islamic Press via AP)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor — a scholar known for extremist views who is unlikely to back a peace process with Kabul.


Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As an unbeaten pitcher for a first-place team, Stephen Strasburg is at the top of his game. Given where he was a year ago, perhaps the Nationals' star can serve as a positive example for struggling Matt Harvey of the New York Mets. Strasburg struck out 11, and Washington hit three of its season-high five home runs off Harvey in a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.


Prosecutors to seek death penalty in S. Carolina church shootingTomlin wins again as Indians beat Sale, White Sox 6-2 (Yahoo Sports)

Dylann Roof attends a hearing at the Judicial Center in CharlestonDylann Roof, 22, is accused of opening fire on June 17 during a Bible study session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale is pulled from the baseball game during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cleveland manager Terry Francona raved about Josh Tomlin. The Indians roared when Mike Napoli's awkward slide into third base was shown on the TV in the visitors' clubhouse. Tomlin beat Chris Sale in a one-sided matchup of unbeaten pitchers and Francisco Lindor had three hits, leading Cleveland to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.




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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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