FROM Bryan Graham
Fraud and Corruption in the World's Most Beautiful Game Today European officials and some soccer executives called for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down. Blatter agreed that corruption charges have brought "shame" on the sport, but insists he's just the man to help reform the organization -- despite the fact he's been at the top for decades. Yesterday, the US Department of Justice charged 14 of the sport's top executives with accepting millions of dollars in bribes over the years. The sweeping bribery investigation will expand to look at the award of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. Swiss officials launched a separate criminal investigation into FIFA's awarding of both the 2022 Qatar and the 2018 Russia World Cups. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin is accusing the United States of illegally persecuting people. Can the US reform a business as complex and global as the world's most beautiful game?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?