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Some Democratic bundlers step up Draft Biden efforts amid signs VP may be edging closer to 2016 runSeahawks finalize contract extension with LB Bobby Wagner (Yahoo Sports)


Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner catches a ball in drills during an NFL football training camp on Friday, July 31, 2015, in Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Right on the heels of signing quarterback Russell Wilson to a contract extension, the Seattle Seahawks have locked up All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. The Seahawks and Wagner finalized a four-year contract extension on Saturday night, making sure Seattle keeps Wagner beyond the 2015 season when his rookie contract was set to expire. NFL.com reported the deal is worth $43 million, which would make Wagner the highest-paid middle linebacker in football.


Greenhouse gas: Obama to order steeper cuts for power plantsGiants win 9-7 in 11 innings to spoil Texas debut for Hamels (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama will impose even steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.


Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels, right, walks to the mound after giving up a home run to San Francisco Giants Buster Posey, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The Giants won 9-7 in 11 innings. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cole Hamels understood not getting to finish the eighth inning of his debut with the Texas Rangers. Hamels, who threw a no-hitter in his final start for Philadelphia, walked off the mound with a three-run lead over the San Francisco Giants after giving up a two-run double on his 97th pitch Saturday night. Three batters later, the score was tied, and the Rangers went on to lose 9-7 in 11 innings.


U.S., Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visitWHO and sailing body seek virus tests in Rio Olympic venues (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, listens during the opening of a US-Egypt strategic dialogue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Kerry met Sunday with Egyptian officials in Cairo as part of a Mideast trip aimed at assuaging concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. (Brendan Smialowski/Pool Photo via AP)CAIRO (AP) — Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid the political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.


A triathlete swims in the waters off Copacabana beach during training, despite published warnings that water in the area was

The World Health Organization has asked the IOC to analyze virus levels in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters, and the governing body of world sailing says it will start doing its own independent virus tests. The moves come after an Associated Press investigation showed a serious health risk to Olympic athletes in venues around Rio rife with sewage. In a statement to the AP, the World Health Organization said it suggested the International Olympic Committee start monitoring for viruses at the Rio venues.


Bobbi Kristina Brown funeral draws crowd of onlookersDuda helps make Cespedes a winner in Mets debut (Yahoo Sports)

Mourners arrive for the funeral of Kristina Bobbi Brown, the only child of singer Whitney Houston at Saint James United Methodist Church in AlpharettaBy Rich McKay ALPHARETTA, Ga., (Reuters) - Dozens of onlookers gathered on Saturday near a Georgia church for the funeral of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, who died this week, months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub. Brown's funeral at St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, an Atlanta suburb, was private and closed to the public, but dozens of well-wishers stood behind police barricades outside. Brown died on Sunday at a hospice, six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in a still unexplained incident at her Roswell, Georgia, home.


New York Mets' Lucas Duda is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting his second home run of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning at Citi Field on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

When the Washington Nationals took the bat out of Yoenis Cespedes' hands in the eighth inning, Lucas Duda let the rest of the National League know how tough it's going to be now to get through the middle of the new Mets' lineup. Duda hit a tiebreaking double after Cespedes was walked intentionally, leading New York to a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Saturday night in front of the second largest crowd ever for a Mets game at Citi Field. ''That's exactly what we're hoping to do, put some guys in the middle of that lineup, where you have bats throughout that can produce some runs,'' Mets manager Terry Collins said.


Manhunt underway for killer of Memphis police officerReds beat Cole for 3rd time this season, top Pirates 4-3 (Yahoo Sports)
(Reuters) - A manhunt was underway Sunday in Tennessee for the killer of a Memphis police officer who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Saturday night, officials said. Sean Bolton, 33, died from multiple gunshot wounds after being discovered critically wounded at about 9:15 p.m. local time Saturday, Memphis police said. A citizen used the officer's radio to report the shooting, police said. Bolton had worked for the Memphis Police Department since October 2010. He is the third Memphis officer to be shot and killed in just over four years. ...

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole stands in the infield as Cincinnati Reds' Marlon Byrd, right, runs home off a double hit by Eugenio Suarez, left, in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Eugenio Suarez became the latest Reds hitter to frustrate Gerrit Cole. The shortstop had a sacrifice fly and an RBI double off Pittsburgh's 14-game winner, and Cincinnati extended its home-field success over the Pirates with a 4-3 victory on Saturday night. Cole (14-5) leads the majors in wins, but three of his five losses have come against the Reds, a team he has never beaten.




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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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