FROM Kavitha Davidson
FIFA President Sepp Blatter Resigns Sepp Blatter has agreed to resign as the President of FIFA, soccer’s worldwide governing body. He was re-elected as president last Friday, just days after nine FIFA officials were indicted for corruption. Even though the organization has been embroiled in scandal, today’s announcement came as a surprise. So what’s next?
FIFA Faces Corruption Charges The Department of Justice has indicted nine high-ranking FIFA officials and five sports marketing executives on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. The organization has long been viewed as a bastion of corruption, and is now being investigated as a criminal enterprise. According to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, “These individuals engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held, and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide.”
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Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?