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Donald Trump 'totally exonerated' as Robert Mueller finds no collusion with Russia UNC looks to book ticket to the Sweet 16

Donald Trump 'totally exonerated' as Robert Mueller finds no collusion with RussiaRobert Mueller, the special counsel, has concluded that Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to win the 2016 US election. The finding was contained in a four-page summary released to the public by Bill Barr, the attorney general. Mr Barr wrote: "The special counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election." Mr Mueller also looked at whether the president had committed a crime of obstruction of justice in relation to the Russia investigation. The special counsel set out evidence on both sides in his report, leaving it to Mr Barr to make the decision. Mr Barr concluded the report had identified "no actions" that amounted to a criminal offence of obstruction of justice. Mr Trump said it was a "complete and total exoneration". He said: "It's a shame our country had to go through this. To be honest, it's a shame your president had to go through this. This was an illegal take down that failed." Sarah Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, said: "The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States. "The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction." She noted the attorney general had subsequently further determined there was "no obstruction". The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction. AG Barr and DAG Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States.”— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 24, 2019 Rudy Giuliani, Mr Trump's lawyer, said: "It's a complete exoneration of the president. It's quite clear - no collusion - which kind of raises the question why did this all start in the first place?  "The president did not do anything wrong. he didn't collude and that's been proved beyond any doubt,  and he did not engage in any kind of obstruction known to man." Mr Mueller spent 675 days investigating the president in what Mr Trump has repeatedly called a "witch hunt". The investigation has led to 34 people being charged, including some of the president's closest former aides. None of those aides were charged with offences relating to collusion with Russia. Most were charged with unrelated financial crimes or lying to investigators. Democrats warned on Sunday it would constitute a "cover up" if Mr Mueller's report into potential collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia was not released in full. Jerry Nadler, the Democrat chairman of the House judiciary committee, said the entire report should be made freely available so Mr Trump could be held accountable should any wrong-doing be found. He said that Mr Barr and Mr Mueller would be subpoenaed within weeks to give evidence before his committee, should there be any difficulty getting the information they needed. The Democratic Party was willing to go to the Supreme Court if necessary, Mr Nadler added. His comments echoed those of Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, who said she would not accept a summary of the Mueller findings. She would also not be satisfied with a classified briefing on the full report. During a conference call with congressional colleagues at the weekend, Mrs Pelosi said she would demand full disclosure. She said: "The takeaway from this call is that the American [people] deserve the truth. Transparency is the order of the day."  Democrats have demanded that William Barr, the US attorney general, release the report in full Credit: Alex Wroblewski/Bloomberg The indications had been positive for Mr Trump in recent days as it emerged Mr Mueller would not be bringing any further criminal charges. In Florida, where the US leader spent the weekend at Mar-a-Lago with his family, those who encountered him said he was in "great" mood and relieved the investigation was over. On Friday night, as he dined with wife Melania and son Barron, he joined in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" for their now 13-year-old. The following day he hit the golf course with Kid Rock, the American musician, and he has also been spotted having coffee with Don Jr and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. Mr Trump had been uncharacteristically absent on Twitter since Friday when the report was handed to the attorney general. But on Sunday morning he broke his silence with: "Good Morning, Have A Great Day!" The message was followed up moments later with: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"


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Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for months Indians star 3B Ramirez carted off field (knee)

Experts warn Midwest flood risk may persist for monthsST. LOUIS (AP) — Even as floodwaters receded in hard-hit places in in the Midwest, experts warned Saturday that with plenty of snow still left to melt in northern states, the relief may only be temporary.


Cleveland Indians star third baseman Jose Ramirez was carted off the field after fouling off a ball below his left knee in Sunday's spring training game against the Chicago White Sox.
Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati: Vatican Syndergaard unhappy with deGrom talks, travel

Pope accepts abuse resignation of Chile cardinal Ezzati: VaticanPope Francis has accepted the resignation of Chilean Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, who had agreed to step down along with his country's bishops over sexual abuse cases and their cover-up, the Vatican said Saturday. Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the seventh senior Chilean church official to resign over a scandal which the pope insists must be remedied. To date, Ezzati, the Catholic Church's highest official in Chile, has maintained his right to silence although he has promised to cooperate with the investigation into his activities -- if the authorities first clear him, insisting he is innocent.


Mets starter Noah Syndergaard took issue with the team's lack of progress in contract talks with Jacob deGrom and New York's travel plans ahead of Opening Day.
Brexit mayday? PM May's ministers move to oust her, Sunday Times says California fires coach Jones after 8-23 season

Brexit mayday? PM May's ministers move to oust her, Sunday Times saysIf May is toppled, Brexit would be thrust into doubt. It is unclear how, when and even if the United Kingdom will leave the EU. May, who voted to stay in the EU and won the top job in the chaos following the 2016 referendum, had vowed to deliver Brexit but she undermined her premiership with a botched snap election in 2017 which cost her party its parliamentary majority.


California has fired men's basketball coach Wyking Jones after a two-year run that included an 8-23 mark this season.
Thousands of Brexit protesters flood the streets of London calling for new referendum Bama parts ways with Johnson after 4 seasons

Thousands of Brexit protesters flood the streets of London calling for new referendumAs the tire fire that is Theresa May's handling of Brexit continues to burn, a crowd pegged at around a million people flooded the streets of London on Saturday, protesting the disastrous policy and calling on a new referendum. SEE ALSO: John Oliver shares his thoughts on Brexit and we honestly don't know whether to laugh or cryWhile the option of a second referendum on Brexit was once seen as highly unlikely, there's now a semblance of hope for those backing the vote. Prime Minister May has bungled the process and is faced with a variety of dubious options, including a yet-again delayed exit or even a no-deal Brexit that would have serious ramifications.Dubbed "Put It To The People," Saturday's march saw around a million people participate, organizers said. The event also included a rally in front of Parliament. London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among those marching and he was scheduled to speak at the post-march rally. > And we're off! > > Here in London, thousands of people from across our city and country have come together with @peoplesvote_uk to send a clear message: > > Enough is enough - it's time to give the British public the final say on Brexit. PeoplesVote PutItToThePeople pic.twitter.com/wJzXF4UB6N> > -- Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 23, 2019The swarm of people in London was in direct contrast to the much smaller "March to Leave," a two-week trek of pro-leave protesters led by Nigel Farage, walking from Sunderland with the aim of arriving in London on Friday, March 29, the originally planned Brexit date. > Compare and contrast PutitothePeopleMarch pic.twitter.com/spc9sRNrxn> > -- Steve Lapsley (@stevelapsl) March 23, 2019In London, though, the streets were flooded with protesters holding quippy signs and marching in costume, all part of the growing movement to demand a new vote over leaving the EU. > Unicorn makes an entrancePutitothePeopleMarch > ⁦@sloumarsh⁩ pic.twitter.com/8dzJtPA8yi> > -- Paul Johnson (@paul__johnson) March 23, 2019Even superheroes backed the second vote protest.Image: Getty ImagesOne of many, many clever signs seen in London during Saturday's protest.Image: Getty ImagesThe movement to remain in the EU got a big boost in visibility earlier in the week when an online petition calling for revoking Article 50, the law that outlines how countries can exit the EU, gained so many signatures (now at 4.4 million) that it crashed the government's petition website. Organizers pegged the crowd at just over a million participants.Image: Getty ImagesEven dogs joined the march.Image: Getty ImagesTo say the Brexit process has been a disaster is putting it mildly, as can be seen by the fact that Prime Minister May is the target of both aforementioned protests that take opposing sides. It's reflective of the infighting that's taken place in Parliament, leaving that body of government in a deadlock with no plan in place for an exit. Despite Saturday's enormous protest, odds of a second referendum are still long thanks to the hurdles that need to be cleared -- including approval from that deadlocked Parliament, a decision on what, exactly, the referendum would be a vote on, and negotiating a timetable on the vote. Madness is an understatement when it comes to the Brexit messImage: Getty ImagesLondon was flooded Saturday with protesters and their signs, calling on a new Brexit vote as Teresa May flirts with disaster.Image: Getty ImagesFor now, it's a wait-and-see situation for everyone. The EU has given May until April 12 to get a deal passed by Parliament. The protesters were not kind to May.Image: Getty ImagesFailure to get a deal done will mean either a no-deal Brexit or May will have to propose yet another alternative before that deadline. And, with that, yet another journey into the unknown for the UK.  WATCH: Google fined $1.7 Billion by European Union for handicapping competitors


The University of Alabama and men's basketball coach Avery Johnson have parted ways after four seasons.


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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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