FROM Gabriele Marcotti
FIFA Bans Blatter and Platini Two of world soccer's most powerful figures, Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, were barred from the sport today for the next eight years. Responding to the ban by the independent ethics committee of FIFA, Blatter questioned the suspension but vowed to fight – both for himself and for FIFA. Gabriele Marcotti, senior writer for ESPN , joins us from London.
International Sports and Human Rights In the blazing desert of Qatar, 1000 workers from India and Nepal have died while building infrastructure for the World Cup to be held in 2022. FIFA, which stages the World Cup, is being called to account by human rights groups still angry at the International Olympic Committee over denial of gay rights by Russia. Should host countries be required to raise their standards before it's decided where world-class events will be held? We hear about an increasingly heated controversy in international sports.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."