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Ted Cruz says he will ‘absolutely’ filibuster Obama’s nominee to replace ScaliaWest All-Stars-East All-Stars Preview (Yahoo Sports)


Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. The basketball world belongs to Bryant, at least for one more weekend. About 750 million people around the globe are expected to follow Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in one form or another, and it's a safe guess most will do so to keep a keen eye on Bryant's final appearance in the league's midseason showcase.
Republicans’ vow to block Obama Supreme Court nominee comes with risksRookie Chase Elliott becomes youngest on Daytona 500 pole (Yahoo Sports)


Chase Elliott holds the pole award trophy after he qualified for top position in the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Chase Elliott was too young to really remember celebrating in victory lane with his father, dressed in a shirt that matched Bill Elliott's firesuit and a little finger pointed toward the sky because daddy was No. 1. Elliott kept the No. 24 Chevrolet on the pole for the second straight Daytona 500, with the rookie becoming the youngest driver to land the top spot in NASCAR's biggest race. ''I don't know if this opportunity has sunk in yet, much less sitting on the pole for the Daytona 500,'' Elliott said.


Ruling on Supreme Court Justice Scalia's cause of death may take days: judgeDenzel Valentine-led No. 8 Michigan State tops Indiana 88-69 (Yahoo Sports)

The political fallout from Scalia’s deathU.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's cause of death will not be officially determined for several days, the top official in the Texas county where Scalia died during a hunting trip said on Sunday. Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara said in an interview that she had misspoken when she told local television station WFAA-TV that Scalia's death certificate would list the cause of death as a heart attack.


Michigan State's Denzel Valentine (45) shoots over Indiana's Kevin Yogi Ferrell during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Denzel Valentine was calm on a court filled with relative chaos, taking shots when they were there and making passes when a teammate had a better look. Valentine had 30 points, 13 assists and only one turnover to help No. 8 Michigan State pull away to beat Indiana 88-69 Sunday - Valentine's Day. Spartans coach Tom Izzo was told he should schedule more games on Valentine's Day even though his star is in his last season of college eligibility.


Donald Trump Doubles Down on Attacks of Bush FamilyJohnson, Paige help No. 9 Tar Heels roll past Panthers 85-64 (Yahoo Sports)

Donald Trump Doubles Down on Attacks of Bush Family“I think he did a terrible thing when he went into Iraq,” Trump said about the former president. At Saturday's debate in South Carolina, Trump got into a heated exchange with the former Florida governor about his brother's role in the 9/11 attacks. "I'm sick and tired of him going after my family," Bush said to applause Saturday night.


North Carolina coach Roy Williams reacts with Brice Johnson (11), Justin Jackson (44), Joel Berry II (2) and Kennedy Meeks near the end of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. North Carolina won 85-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

North Carolina spent two weeks on a tough road trip that included two losses, a struggle against the Atlantic Coast Conference's last-place team and a scary moment for its Hall of Fame coach. Brice Johnson scored 19 points and the ninth-ranked Tar Heels shot 59 percent to beat Pittsburgh 85-64 in the team's best performance in weeks. The Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2) finished with 26 assists on 32 baskets, 24 points off turnovers and 16 fast-break points - more than they had in their last three games combined - against the Panthers (17-7, 6-6).


What Justice Scalia’s death means for pending Supreme Court decisionsYankees' Tanaka gets through mound session problem-free (Yahoo Sports)


FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, New York Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York. Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, says he feels perfectly healthy but is not sure when he will make his first regular-season start. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has gotten through his first mound session since October elbow surgery problem-free. Tanaka reported no issues Sunday to Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild one day after a 20-pitch session at Steinbrenner Field. ''He didn't try to push it too much, but it was good,'' Rothschild said.




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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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