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Could machine politics be the solution to Washington’s dysfunction?McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship (Yahoo Sports)


Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, follows his shot from the second tee of TPC Harding Park against Gary Woodland in the finals of the Match Play Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 3, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Rory McIlroy didn't need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship. Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally from a late deficit to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against an errant Gary Woodland and never looked back. Woodland conceded the 16th hole, and McIlroy captured his second World Golf Championship with a 4-and-2 victory.


Arab coalition 'reconnaissance' troops land in YemenWarriors roll past Grizzlies 101-86 in Game 1 of West semis (Yahoo Sports)

Map locates Aden, Yemen; 2c x 3 1/4 inches; 96.3 mm x 82 mm;At least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition, including Yemeni expatriates, came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden.


OAKLAND, CA MAY 3: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that reporters should have two stories ready: One if his team looked well-rested and won, another if it looked rusty and lost. Neither the Warriors nor Grizzlies really felt good about the way they played. The difference is the Warriors did what they usually do at home: take care of business - and comfortably, too. Stephen Curry had 22 points and seven assists, and the Warriors wore down undermanned Memphis in a 101-86 victory in Sunday's series opener.


Baltimore mayor announces end of city-wide night curfewBeal leads well-rested Wizards past Hawks 104-98 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at church in Baltimore, Maryland(Reuters) - Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced on Sunday she has ended a city-wide night curfew that she imposed last Tuesday after violence erupted during protests over the death of a black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody. "My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary. I believe we have reached that point today," Rawlings-Blake said on Twitter. (Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Frances Kerry)


ATLANTA, GEORGIA - MAY 3: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards shoots against the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2015 at Philips Center in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

After resting up for the past week, the Washington Wizards merely had to withstand Atlanta's early pace. Once the Hawks ran out of gas, Bradley Beal and the Wizards took control. Beal shook off a sprained ankle to score 28 points and streaking Washington remained unbeaten in the postseason, knocking off top-seeded Atlanta 104-98 Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. It was another gritty performance by the Wizards, who improved to 8-1 on the road in the playoffs over the past two postseasons, including 3-0 this year.


NYPD officer shot in head, critically hurt; suspect arrestedPacquiao says shoulder injury limited him in Mayweather loss (Yahoo Sports)

Suspect taken into custody after officer shot in QueensThe officer is shot while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun.


Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, hits Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their welterweight title fight on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. Nevada officials also denied Pacquiao's request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight Saturday night. The chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission said the ruling was Pacquiao's fault for not mentioning his injury sooner. ''It's part of the game,'' Pacquiao said. ''I don't want to make alibis or complain or anything ... (but) it's hard to fight one-handed.'' Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum were vague on the details of the injury, but confirmed that they considered postponing the bout a few weeks ago.


Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decisionDale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004 (Yahoo Sports)

Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. and Pacquiao of the Philippines fight in the fifth round during their welterweight title fight in Las VegasMayweather fought at his pace and kept his distance as the pound-for-pound champ stayed undefeated at 48-0.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Talladega 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 3, 2015, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

At a track that has always been good to his family, in front of an adoring crowd that so clearly favors him over everyone else in the field, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to an emotional first win of the season. NASCAR's most popular driver won Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he received a thunderous ovation as he pumped his fist outside the car window during a slow victory lap. It is Earnhardt's sixth victory at Talladega - but first since 2004 - and he choked back tears after he climbed from his No. 88 Chevrolet. The late Dale Earnhardt, a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee, won 10 times at the Alabama track.




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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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