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Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit' LeBron: Intensity level 'activated' for playoff push

Three UK Conservatives quit party in protest at 'disastrous Brexit'The lawmakers, who support a second EU referendum and have long said May's Brexit strategy is being led by Conservative eurosceptics, said they would join a new independent group in parliament set up by seven former opposition Labour politicians. The resignations put May in an even weaker position in parliament, where her Brexit deal was crushed by lawmakers last month when both eurosceptics and EU supporters voted against an agreement they say offers the worst of all worlds. While the three were almost certain to vote against any deal, the hardening of their positions undermines May's negotiating position in Brussels, where she heads later to try to secure an opening for further work on revising the agreement.

LeBron James said he is raring to step up his intensity level for a playoff push, starting against the Rockets on Thursday, saying the Lakers are "working our tails off to get there."
Catholic Church 'nowhere close' to confronting global 'epidemic' of child sex abuse by priests GM: Roethlisberger can criticize whom he pleases

Catholic Church 'nowhere close' to confronting global 'epidemic' of child sex abuse by priestsThe Catholic Church is "nowhere close" to enacting the reforms needed to stop the "epidemic" of sex abuse by predatory priests and bishops against children, campaigners warned on Tuesday. Pope Francis is "in retreat" from any meaningful effort to bring abusers to justice, said Bishop Accountability, a leading pressure group. The scathing criticism comes as the Vatican admits it has secret guidelines on how to deal with priests who break their celibacy vows and sire children.  Nearly 200 archbishops, bishops and other senior officials are to join the Pope at the Vatican for an unprecedented, four-day conference on combating the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Like his predecessors, the Pope has fostered "a culture of plausible deniability" in which allegations against priests are lost, not scrutinised properly, or buried in bureaucracy, campaigners said.  The Catholic Church persists in regarding the sexual abuse of children as a sin, to be dealt with internally, rather than as a serious crime that requires the intervention of the police, said Phil Saviano, a high-profile survivor of sex abuse. Molested by a priest in Massachusetts when he was 12 years old, his ordeal was told in the Oscar-winning film Spotlight, based on a Boston Globe investigation into widespread sex abuse by clergy. Phil Saviano, a victim of clerical sex abuse, and Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of Bishop Accountability, speaking to the media in Rome Credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP "The Church is still treating abuse as a sin, not as a crime,” Mr Saviano said in Rome. “I first went public with my story in 1992. Boy, the Church sure does make slow progress. “Back then, there was dismay and shock among Catholics. Now, there is a great deal of anger. People are leaving the Church and no longer making donations.” There is a huge gulf between the way in which the Catholic Church deals with abusive priests and the norms that campaign groups say need to be introduced to tackle the problem. Many of the largest Catholic countries, including Brazil, the Philippines and Venezuela, do not even have published guidelines for how to respond to predatory priests and bishops, let alone mandatory rules for reporting them to the police. Priests convicted of rape are routinely allowed to remain in the priesthood, with access to children, in countries around the world. Despite the gravity of the crisis, campaign groups hold out little hope for significant progress. “So much is at stake this week. The Catholics of the world are grieving and disillusioned,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, the head of Bishop Accountability. “Canon law has to be fundamentally changed so that it stops prioritising the priesthood over the lives of children. But the Church is nowhere close to enacting the necessary reforms to stop this epidemic. And the Pope seems to be in retreat from concrete reform efforts.” Nearly 200 bishops, archbishops and senior officials will gather for a sex abuse conference at the Vatican this week Credit: Max Rossi/Reuters With the Vatican resisting change, it will have to come from outside the Catholic world. “Unfortunately the way forward will be a bloody, hard-fought path of lawsuits, prosecutions and government investigations,” said Ms Barrett Doyle. “I would be amazed if the conference at the Vatican produces any meaningful reform.” In the latest mea culpa issued by the Church, two organisations representing Catholic religious orders around the world apologised for covering up or denying the sexual abuse of children by priests in their ranks. The Union of Superiors General, which represents male religious orders, and the International Union of Superiors General, which represents female orders, expressed shame and regret for “errors in judgment, slowness to act, denial and at times, cover-up." Orders such as the Christian Brothers, the Jesuits and the Salesians have been accused of perpetrating horrendous abuse on children in schools and institutions across the globe. "It is a story stretching back for decades, a narrative of immense pain for those who have suffered this abuse,” the organisations said. “We bow our heads in shame at the realisation that such abuse has taken place in our Congregations and Orders, and in our Church.” Meanwhile the Vatican acknowledged, for the first time, that it has confidential guidelines on how to deal with priests who break their vows of celibacy and father children. The guidelines, drawn up in 2017, would not be made public because they are “an internal document”, the Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said. While the number of children fathered illicitly by Catholic priests is not known, it has called into question the Church’s celibacy requirement, with critics saying the rule should be relaxed or abolished altogether so that priests are able to marry and have families.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert says Ben Roethlisberger is the "unquestioned leader" of the locker room who can publicly criticize teammates -- such as Antonio Brown -- if he sees fit.
Roger Stone deletes Instagram photo of judge presiding over his case ‘in crosshairs’ Sources: GSP to retire; Khabib pitches Nov. fight

Roger Stone deletes Instagram photo of judge presiding over his case ‘in crosshairs’Days after a federal judge imposed a limited gag order on him, Trump confidant Roger Stone posted a photograph of that judge to his Instagram page and included her name, a close-up of her face and what appeared to be the crosshairs of a gun sight near her head. Mr Stone deleted the picture soon after, then reposted it without the crosshairs before deleting the second post. US district judge Amy Berman Jackson is presiding over Mr Stone's criminal trial in which he has pleaded not guilty to charges of lying about his efforts to gather information about hacked 2016 Democratic Party emails that were published by WikiLeaks.

Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre will announce his retirement Thursday, sources confirmed to ESPN, though Khabib Nurmagomedov is making a last-ditch effort to get St-Pierre to reconsider.
India says suicide attack mastermind killed ChiSox SS: Machado 'might have' missed the boat

India says suicide attack mastermind killedIndia's army said Tuesday it had killed the mastermind of a major suicide bomb attack in Kashmir which it blamed on Pakistan, as calls grew for reprisals over the deaths of more than 40 paramilitaries and soldiers. Indian forces have staged operations since Thursday's attack while anti-Pakistan and anti-Kashmir sentiment has spread across the country, fuelled by social media including widely shared false news reports. Three militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) group, which claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, were killed in a gunbattle that lasted much of Monday, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon told a press conference in Srinagar.

Tim Anderson says Manny Machado 'might have' missed the boat by choosing the Padres over the White Sox.
Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump Jr. exchange Twitter jabs over 'Saturday Night Live' skit Warriors lift Cousins minutes cap in new 'phase'

Alec Baldwin, Donald Trump Jr. exchange Twitter jabs over 'Saturday Night Live' skitAfter clashing with President Trump over his "SNL" impression, Alec Baldwin addressed criticism from another member of the family  – Donald Trump Jr.

Steve Kerr says DeMarcus Cousins is expected to start playing for longer stretches after being capped around the 25-minute mark since returning.

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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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