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Russell Westbrook brought his teammates on stage during his emotional MVP speech

Russell Westbrook is your 2016-17 NBA MVP. It finally became official when NBA commissioner Adam Silver read his name as the final winner at the first-ever NBA Awards Show.<p>The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard who averaged a triple-double was one of three finalists, along with the Houston Rockets’ …

Basketball

John Calipari, Bruce Pearl speak out on drawbacks of NBA draft rule changes

The two SEC coaches let everyone know what changes they think should come to the NBA Draft<p>A Monday morning teleconference with SEC basketball coaches yielded yet another opportunity for Kentucky coach John Calipari to speak about the possible landscape shift that's coming to college …

College Basketball

The moments that turned Russell Westbrook into the league MVP

What will likely endure from Russell Westbrook's 2016-17 season is the history -- the relentless assault on two NBA marks that seemed unreachable and …

Basketball

NBA Awards 2017: Bucks' Brogdon goes from second-rounder to Rookie of the Year

The Bucks rookie averaged 10.2 points per game last season.<p>After slipping to the second round of the NBA Draft a year ago, Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year at the NBA Awards show on Monday.<p>Brogdon averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 assists last season for the Milwaukee Bucks and, despite …

Basketball

Mike D'Antoni wins Coach of the Year; Malcolm Brogdon top rookie

On a night that featured Drake and was capped by Russell Westbrook winning MVP, the Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks made their presence felt …

Basketball

Biden Talks Trump, Faith And Fate In Front Of A Live 'Fresh Air' Audience

Former Vice President Joe Biden has figured something out: "I learned how to become one of the most popular politicians in America," he says. "Announce that you are <i>not</i> running for president, and be authentic."<p>Biden shared that secret with <i>Fresh Air</i> on Tuesday in front of a live audience at WHYY …

Joe Biden

Poll: Of possible 2020 contenders, Joe Biden is viewed most favorably by Democrats

Among those viewed as possible Democrats contenders for the 2020 presidential election, former vice president Joe Biden leads the pack, according to a new poll out Tuesday.<p>The <i>Morning Consult/Politico</i> poll asked Democratic voters if they had favorable or unfavorable views of Democrats who may …

Elections

Joe Biden Should Announce Right Now That He’s Running in 2020

We all know he wants to run. So what’s the downside in saying so? None! Upside: He becomes the de facto opposition leader.<p>Joe Biden should announce he’s running for president in 2020. Right now.<p>Democrats need a singular voice representing the party. And as we saw in the recent Georgia special …

Elections

Draymond Green, Kawhi Leonard highlight NBA All-Defensive First Team

Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard -- the three finalists for the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year award -- received the most All-Defensive First Team votes, the NBA announced Monday.<p>Rounding out the rest of the First Team is the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul and Houston Rockets' …

Basketball

Westbrook wins NBA MVP, but let's not pretend we can actually explain why

When it comes to naming MVPs, particularly in basketball, we can't seem to figure out what we want<p>In one of the most hotly contested races in history, Russell Westbrook wound up winning the NBA's MVP award in a ratline landslide, as was announced on the league's first-ever awards show on Monday …

Basketball

Russel Westbrook Wins 2017 NBA Most Valuable Player Award

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was the brightest of individual stars during the 2016-17 NBA season and was recognized as such Monday with the league MVP award.<p>Westbrook beat out fellow finalists Kawhi Leonard and James Harden at the NBA's awards ceremony in New York City. The win …

Basketball

Protesters Rail Against GOP’s Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort

Angry constituents and lawmakers reacting to the latest Republican effort to dismantle Obamacare assembled Monday outside the offices of elected officials, staging a sit-in, a die-in, and livestreaming an impromptu rally on the steps of the United States Capitol.<p>The protests came as the …

ObamaCare

'Turn The Cameras On, Sean': Spicer Is Taunted At Press Briefing

Reporters hammer the press secretary on the video blackout at the White House.<p>A CNN reporter got testy with Sean Spicer at a White House press briefing Monday and taunted him to “turn the cameras on, Sean.”<p>The ugly confrontation was the latest conflict between journalists and the White House press …

Sens. Johnson, Sanders: No Way Vote Should Happen on Health Care Bill This Week

WASHINGTON — As Congress wrangles over implementing a new health care law, Republican and Democratic senators have not agreed on much, but there was one area where two lawmakers on opposite sides of the aisle found common ground on the issue on Sunday.<p>Both Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Sen. Bernie …

Bernie Sanders

Supreme Court allows parts of travel ban to go into effect

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court Monday allowed parts of President Donald Trump's travel ban to go into effect and will hear oral arguments on the case this fall.<p>The court is allowing the ban to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity …

Sandra Day O'Connor

You’re not crazy: Trump just blamed Obama for the Russian attack that Trump says didn’t happen

President Trump called the Russian hack a "hoax" and then blamed it on Obama, on the same day! Insane or brilliant?<p>You’re not insane. The president of the United States, Donald Trump, is currently blaming the previous president, Barack Obama, for not doing enough — indeed, for not doing <i>anything</i>, he …

Donald Trump

Trumpcare isn't about health. It's a tax cut for the 1%

If enacted, the bill would be the largest single transfer of wealth to the rich from the middle class and poor in American history<p>The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare …

Health Care

If Kennedy retires, Donald Trump's legacy is set

<b>(CNN) —</b> The final week of the Supreme Court session opens Monday, and with it comes rampant speculation that Justice Anthony Kennedy may call it quits.<p>If Kennedy does announce his retirement, it would almost certainly ensure not only a clear rightward swing in the Court but would also cement a …

U.S. Supreme Court

Big3 begins: Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 league starts with a bang

NEW YORK (AP) — DeShawn Stevenson nailed the shot, ran toward the sideline and slapped hands with Ice Cube.<p>Stevenson had a winner, and Cube might, too.<p>The rapper-actor's new 3-on-3 basketball league of former NBA players got off to a strong start Sunday, with the first two games both decided on …

Basketball

Report: If bought out, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade are candidates to join Cavs

The Cavs will be looking to upgrade their squad after their Finals loss to the stacked Warriors<p>After losing 4-1 to the mighty Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals earlier this month, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been looking for ways to upgrade their squad this offseason.<p>Since the news broke …

NBA

Abdul-Rauf: Kaepernick’s situation ‘mirrors what I went through’

The oldest player in the BIG3 league knows protest can derail a career<p>There will be flashes from the past on the hardwood Sunday when Ice Cube …

Colin Kaepernick

Kellyanne Conway Defends Medicaid Cuts, Says Adults Can Always Find Jobs

Reality check: Most of them have jobs already.<p>White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday came right out and said what so many Republicans are probably thinking ― that taking Medicaid away from able-bodied adults is no big deal, because they can go out and find jobs that provide health …

Health Care

Trump in tweet: Clinton colluded to beat Sanders

After more than five months as president, Donald Trump is still talking about the 2016 election.<p>On Sunday morning, the president tweeted that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton "colluded with the Democratic Party" to beat Bernie Sanders.<p>"Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order …

Bernie Sanders

Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) -- Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers' political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among …

Koch Brothers

With five holdouts on health-care bill, McConnell is in for a final frenzy of negotiation

The stark divide among Republicans on reshaping the nation’s health system came into full view over the past few days.<p>Formally unveiled Thursday, the Senate Republican plan came under immediate friendly fire from within Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s GOP conference. The Kentucky Republican has …

U.S. Congress

Don't bet against Magic Johnson turning the Lakers around

Four months ago he walked into a conference room at Lakers headquarters, plopped down at the front of a table occupied by several media members, and emptied his emotional pockets.<p>“I’m putting it all on the line. . . . I’m a risk taker. . . . If I didn’t think we could turn this around, you think …

Basketball

Fact check: Trump's missions unaccomplished despite his claims

President Donald Trump has a way of presenting missions as accomplished even when they're not.<p>So it was when he told Iowans he's put farmers back at their plows, secured a historic increase in military spending and empowered homebuilders to swing their hammers again. Those all remain aspirations, …

Donald Trump

Mother publishes child's heart surgery bill on Twitter to voice fears about Trump's health plans

A mother has published the hospital bill for her child's heart operation on Twitter to make a highly personal plea to the US Senate not to scrap one of the key provisions of Obamacare.<p>With the fate of the replacement for Obamacare hanging in the balance, Ali Ranger, used social media to illustrate …

ObamaCare

Biden speaks out about racism Obama faced in office

Joe Biden has spoken out about the racism former President Obama faced while in office.<p>He recently told Fresh Air's Terry Gross, "The fact is: There …

Joe Biden

Biden tops list of potential 2020 Democrats in new poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden tops a list of prospective Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential race in a new survey.Seventy-four percent …

Elections