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His day in courtReports: Bears benching Cutler (Yahoo Sports)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be seen by the public for the first time in over a year.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) warms up before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Multiple reports say the Chicago Bears are benching quarterback Jay Cutler and going with Jimmy Clausen.


'Savior of the nation'49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble (Yahoo Sports)

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Putin says Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah.


FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. Northern California authorities are investigating 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault. San Jose Police Department Sgt. Heather Randol said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that detectives searched McDonald's San Jose home. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police.


Matt Bai: Why Democrats should take their convention to central OhioPanthers' Newton practices 8 days after crash (Yahoo Sports)

Columbus, Ohio skylineThe site a party chooses for its convention can say something about the kind of country it wants to build. And when Democrats select where they expect to host Hillary Clinton’s coronation in 2016, they should go to Columbus, Ohio, to show what American cities might yet become. In terms of jobs, urban renewal and a great location at the center of an urbanized state, Columbus has much to recommend it. But it also has other things all too rare in modern American cities: strong leadership and a business community that doesn’t shirk its civic responsibility. It’s a vision of a hopeful future.


Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton prepares to throw a pass during an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton returned to practice Wednesday eight days after a horrific-looking automobile accident left him with two fractures in his lower back.


Putin: Russian economy will recoverWisconsin brings Pitt's Chryst home as coach (Yahoo Sports)

Russian President Putin is seen on a screen during his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowThe Russian leader says the current crisis could last two years at most.


Paul Chryst, Wisconsin's new football coach, speaks during an a NCAA college football news conference at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, M.P. King)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Paul Chryst is back at Wisconsin, settling into familiar surroundings in his hometown.


Obama reignites political debate over CubaGrizzlies outlast Spurs 117-116 in 3 overtimes (Yahoo Sports)

In this Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, prepares his statement before a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Among potential Republican presidential candidates, Rubio led the attack on Obama's plans Wednesday to ease of economic and travel restrictions on Cuba, to open an embassy in Havana and review the communist nation’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House.


SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 17: Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center on December 17, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies ended years of frustration in San Antonio, and had to play late into the night to do it.




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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.

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.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

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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