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Clinton faces early test on trade deal fightBryant 0 for 4 with 3 Ks in debut as Cubs lose to Padres 5-4 (Yahoo Sports)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with reporters as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Kirkwood Community College in Monticello, IowaLess than a week after formally launching her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is already being tested on a thorny issue for Democrats: free-trade deals and their impact on workers. On Thursday, the debate rose to a full boil when members of Congress from both parties announced legislation that would give President Barack Obama the "fast-track" trade negotiating authority he needs to complete a massive Asia-Pacific free-trade deal. Over two days of campaigning in Iowa this week, where she discussed economics, Clinton, who is the commanding front-runner to be the Democratic nominee for the 2016 election, uttered not a word about the potential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.


Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant swings and misses to strike out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Chicago, Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Kris Bryant absorbed the sights and smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. The prized power prospect of the Chicago Cubs struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields and then grounded out in a key spot Friday during a 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres. ''There's two sides to the ball, I felt I did well on defense.'' Called up one day after the Cubs ensured he can't be eligible for free agency until 2021, the 23-year-old who dominated in spring training went 0 for 4. Seeking their first World Series title in 107 years, the Cubs selected Bryant's contract from Triple-A Iowa and inserted him into their starting lineup as the cleanup hitter and third baseman.


Obama calls delay of his attorney general nominee 'crazy'Browns QB Manziel hopes to earn back respect after rehab (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. "What are we doing here?" Obama said. "I have to say there are times when the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it. It's gone too far. Enough. Enough. "Call Loretta Lynch for a vote," he said emphatically. "Get her confirmed." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday said it was "crazy" and "embarrassing" the way the Republican-led Senate has held up confirmation of his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch.


FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2014 file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. A person familiar with the situation says Manziel has been released from a rehab facility. Manziel entered the undisclosed clinic Jan. 28 for treatment of an unspecified problem. The person said he was discharged Saturday, April 11, 2015, speaking on condition of anonymity because of privacy issues. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to the team and its fans and asked for privacy during his recovery from an undisclosed substance problem. Manziel released a statement through the Browns on Friday. Manziel was discharged last week following a 2 1/2-month stay. Manziel says he takes ''full responsibility for my actions'' and he intends to ''work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect.'' Manziel, who earned his ''Johnny Football'' nickname while winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M, intends to attend Cleveland's offseason practices next week.


Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probeWinston's lawyer calls sex assault suit against QB a 'stunt' (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012 file photo, newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Byrd-Bennett's attorney Michael Scudder confirmed a letter was sent Friday, April 17, 2015, to Board of Education members that Byrd-Bennett has requested a leave effective April 20 amid a federal investigation over a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once consulted. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.


FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. While 26 draft-eligible players have accepted invitations from the NFL to attend the proceedings later this month, Winston and Marcus Mariota are not among them. The two most recent Heisman Trophy winners and highest-profile players in this year's crop have opted to stay home with their families for the April 30-May 2 draft. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The attorney for NFL prospect Jameis Winston said the lawsuit filed against the former Florida State University quarterback by a woman who says he raped her is ''false'' and a ''stunt.'' David Cornwell said in written a statement Friday the lawsuit by former Florida State student Erica Kinsman was expected. He said her accusations have been rejected by police and Florida State. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, two weeks before the NFL draft where Winston could be the No. 1 pick. ''Ms. Kinsman's false accusations have already been exposed and rejected six times.


Reserve deputy apologizes to victim's family on 'Today' showMerritt's 61 trumps Masters champion Spieth's 62 (Yahoo Sports)

Robert Bates apologized for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Tulsa.


Troy Merritt tees off on the 16th hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage. Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at Harbour Town Golf Links only a few hours after Spieth wowed the gallery with a bounce-back 62 to match his lowest PGA Tour round. Merritt, who opened with a 69 on Thursday, saw Spieth's score in the morning and knew the opportunity was there to go low. ''Anytime that you match shot for shot with the Masters champ, with the way he's playing, it's a pretty good feeling,'' said Merritt, whose career best in four seasons on the PGA Tour is a tie for second last year at the St. Jude Classic.


Parents of youngest Boston bombing victim want death penalty 'off the table'A-Rod connects twice, moves within 2 of Mays on HR list (Yahoo Sports)

The family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard joins Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at a ceremony at the site of the second bomb blast on the second anniversary of the bombings in BostonThe family of Martin Richard asks prosecutors to accept a plea deal for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez has hit two home runs, moving within two of tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list.


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Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

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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

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Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

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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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