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Diplomats eye joint statement on UkraineAtlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia for a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the United States, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)Obama administration says talks aren’t expected to stifle new U.S. penalties for Russia.


Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank smiles during a news conference announcing the city is getting a Major League Soccer expansion team on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Atlanta. MLS announced its newest franchise, unveiling a the team for Atlanta that will begin play in 2017 at the city's new retractable roof stadium. (AP Photo/David Goldman)ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.


Tiny antenna, big debate: Tech firm takes fight to the Supreme CourtLet the (real) games begin: It's NBA playoff time

Aereo founder Chet Kanojia tells his company's story to Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric.


MIAMI (AP) — Finally, the NBA playoffs are set.
Matt Bai: Democrats hark back to the politics of raceDurant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Rep. Steve IsraelSo now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."


Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant gestures following a basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.


Man's tweets gave world front-row view of Boston Marathon firefightGrizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

Andrew Kitzenberg (Essdras M Suarez/Getty)It wasn’t until an explosion occurred a few minutes into the firefight that Andrew Kitzenberg realized he was witnessing the beginning of the end in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.


Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) is fouled as he attempts to shoot against Dallas Mavericks guards Monta Ellis (11) and Vince Carter on his way to the basket with 1.1 seconds left in overtime of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Conley scored at the free-throw line to win the game for the Grizzlies 106-105. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason.


Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'Bradley leads Red Sox past White Sox in 14 innings

Pro-Russian protester seats at barricades at the police headquarters in SlavianskBy Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency meeting in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a confrontation that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier. The Russian president, who overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia had a right to intervene in neighboring countries and annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss".


Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a two-run double off Chicago White Sox second baseman Leury Garcia, who was pitching in relief, during the 14th inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Chicago. Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera scored on the play. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox used patience and 15 walks to rally and force extra innings.




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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. Representatives from Germany, France, Poland and Russia came to Kyiv to work out a final deal that would put an end to the fighting. The opposition insisted that Yanukovych step down as president and early elections be held. When Yanukovych chose to flee Kyiv instead, the parliament voted to impeach him and set new elections for May 25.

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.

Tech Savvy Politics

Recently the Republicans launched several new websites to build up their technology advantage in the upcoming election.

The Nuclear Option

The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

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.

The Legacy of Citizens United and the IRS

Recently acting IRS commissioner Lerner resigned from office after the discovery that it appears the Cincinnati office had been targeting certain groups applying for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status. The news erupted into scandal in the wake of a week of apparent scandals piling on top of President Obama. At first the problem looked as if the IRS was targeting only tea party groups for audits, while no other social welfare group received the same scrutiny. Was this really the case?

The Defense of Marriage Act and the Supreme Court

On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that will decide the fate of Proposition 8 and United States v. Windsor, the Defense of Marriage Act. Both laws being challenged prohibit same sex couples from getting married.

 
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