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For Jeb Bush, the Q&A is the messageLeBron scores 42, Cavs beat Warriors for 18th win in last 20 (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015 file photo, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush speaks in Chicago. As Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush was among the nation’s most conservative state chief executives. He’s quietly embarking on work to persuade the right-flank of the Republican Party he’d be that same kind of conservative in the White House. Eight years removed from office, Bush is viewed by some conservatives as a squishy moderate: a member of the GOP’s most established family with a toxic position on immigration and education standards. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)The former Florida governor's openness sets him apart from his likely 2016 opponents.


zCLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 26: Harrison Barnes #40 and Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors try to stop LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on February 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Warriors 110-99. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LeBron James says he isn't about personal statements. James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games. James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the team with the NBA's best record for its 11th straight home victory. When I'm on the floor I'll try to do everything I can to help this team win.'' The Cavaliers did get a bit of bad news.


Attackers in Bangladesh hack to death American bloggerJudge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement (Yahoo Sports)

In this Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, photo , Rafida Ahmed, wife of a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger, Avijit Raoy is being rushed to hospital on a stretcher after she was seriously injured by unidentified attackers, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Roy, who was known for speaking out against religious fundamentalism was hacked to death in the streets of Bangladesh's capital as he walked with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/Rajib Dhar)DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday.


FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field after an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders in Minneapolis. A federal judge has cleared the way for Peterson to be reinstated. U.S. District Judge David Doty issued his order Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, less than three weeks after hearing oral arguments. AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question.


Despite fiery CPAC speech, is Ted Cruz changing course?Ex-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy (Yahoo Sports)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas used a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to rail against the party establishment, calling himself a “disruptive app” such as Uber that would upend the political system. Delighting the assembled conservative shock troops, Cruz castigated the Republican leadership for selling out their principles by separating a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security from a measure that would roll back President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration


FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2014, file photo, Louisville's Chris Jones, left, drives past the defense of Rutgers' Kadeem Jack to attempt a layup during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky. Former Louisville guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, to charges of rape and sodomy, days after being dismissed from the team. The 23-year-old Jones appeared in Jefferson District Court before Judge Sheila Collins. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Louisville coach Rick Pitino had reached his limit with Chris Jones, even before he knew the senior guard was facing felony rape and sodomy charges. Demonstrating a zero tolerance for any more misbehavior after reinstating Jones from a one-game suspension, Pitino abruptly dismissed him from the team. Pitino says all he knew for certain at the time was that Jones had broken a curfew, but had no details about more serious accusations looming. Then Thursday, Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree rape and sodomy.


House clears way for short-term Homeland Security billEarl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86 (Yahoo Sports)

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has cleared the way for passage of a short-term bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and avert a partial agency shutdown.


ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 12: Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the NBA is being honored to celebrate black history month at the game against the Atlanta Hawks and the Miami Heat on February 12, 2012 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. ''The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court,'' West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement.


German Parliament approves Greece's bailout extensionWestbrook gets triple-double but Suns beat Thunder 117-113 (Yahoo Sports)

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks at the German parliament, the Bundestag in Berlin on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The Bundestage will decide Friday about extension of financial help for Greece. (AP Photo/Axel Schmidt)BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Parliament overwhelmingly approved the four-month extension of Greece's financial bailout on Friday, despite unease over the new government in Athens.


PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against Marcus Morris #15 and Markieff Morris #11 of the Phoenix Suns on February 26, 2015 at U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

Point guard matchups don't get much better than the one Thursday night in Phoenix. Russell Westbrook got the triple-double, Eric Bledsoe got the victory. Westbrook scored 39 points in his 12th career triple-double but missed what would have been the game-tying layup with 5.7 seconds left in overtime, and the Suns beat Oklahoma City 117-113 to snap the Thunder's seven-game winning streak. ''It was an epic battle,'' Phoenix's P.J. Tucker said.




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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.

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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