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Infantino says FIFA scandals gone, despite corruption cases

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Ahead of his re-election as FIFA president, Gianni Infantino said Wednesday he has banished scandals and corruption from the soccer body despite losing members of his council for misconduct.

Infantino is running un-opposed for a second presidential term through 2023. He was first elected in 2016 in the wake of Sepp Blatter’s downfall amid the biggest scandal in FIFA’s history.

“Remember the state of FIFA at that congress,” Infantino said. “Well the last three years and four months have certainly not been perfect. I have made mistakes certainly and I try to improve and do this better but today on an election day nobody talks about crisis. Nobody talks about rebuilding FIFA from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals. Nobody talks about corruption.”

A generation of soccer leaders in North and South America were swept from power in 2016 after American and Swiss prosecutors targeted financial corruption linked to the game’s governing bodies.

In the Infantino era, four continental soccer organizations each lost elected FIFA Council members amid allegations of corruption or financial misjudgments.

FIFA senior vice president David Chung of Papua New Guinea was banned for 6 1/2 years. Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana was banned for life. Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait withdrew his re-election candidacy when implicated in bribing voters. Reinhard Grindel of Germany resigned.

Infantino was also investigated, and soon cleared, in 2016 by the FIFA ethics committee for his use of private jets. The investigators and judges who ran that case, from Germany, Guam and Switzerland, were gone within a year.

Another independent official left abruptly weeks after finding that Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko was too conflicted to retain his FIFA Council seat while also implicated in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

But Infantino told FIFA’s 211 member associations that “we have turned the situation around” since the Blatter era.

“This organization went from being toxic, almost criminal to what it should be — an organization that develops football, an organization that cares about football,” Infantino said. “We have transformed it into a new FIFA — an organization which is synonymous with credibility, trust, integrity, equality, human rights.”

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This Day in History: June 5

On this day, June 4 …
 
2004: Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, dies in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Also on this day:

  • 1794: Congress passes the Neutrality Act, which prohibits Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that is at peace with the United States.
  • 1917: About 10 million American men between the ages of 21 and 31 begin registering for the draft in World War I.
  • 1933: The United States goes off the gold standard.
  • 1967: The “Six-Day War” erupts in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launches a series of pre-emptive airfield strikes that destroyed nearly the entire Egyptian air force; Syria, Jordan and Iraq immediately entered the conflict.
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  • 1968: Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is shot and mortally wounded after claiming victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan is arrested at the scene.
  • 1981: The Centers for Disease Control reports that five homosexuals in Los Angeles had come down with a rare kind of pneumonia; they are the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.
  • 2013: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, many of them sleeping women and children, pleads guilty to murder at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to avoid the death penalty; he is sentenced to life in prison.
  • 2017: The Justice Department charges 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner, a federal contractor working at a government facility in Georgia, with removing classified material from a government facility and leaking it to the media.
  • 2017: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar for funding extremism and terrorism.
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A Washington Post argument against impeachment: Trump is who he is

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The debate over impeachment is growing both deafening and dispiriting.

On one side, liberal pols and pundits argue that the Democrats have an absolute duty to make the move against Donald Trump because he’s so obviously broken the law — never mind Bob Mueller‘s lack of charges — and is so awful that history demands action, regardless of the political drawbacks.

Other pols and pundits on the left say impeachment would be futile and self-destructive, divide the country, obliterate the Democrats’ agenda — and then ultimately fail in the Senate.

This has been cranked up across the media echo chamber for days, endless iterations of the same two arguments. It’s gotten, honestly, rather boring.

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And there’s a surreal element to it as well. Impeachment is either very likely not going to happen (as long as Nancy Pelosi wields the gavel), or it will become an empty exercise (since 20 GOP senators would have to vote to dump Trump).

But now comes a different view, from one of Trump’s least favorite newspapers.

Fred Hiatt, the Washington Post’s longtime editorial page editor, has actually come out against impeachment. This is startling at first glance, because the Post’s editorials, and Hiatt himself, have been harshly critical of Trump for years.

In fact, the editorial board wrote when Trump was nominated in 2016 that he was “uniquely unqualified to serve as president. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.”

And, Hiatt says, they were right. But here’s the twist:

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“We thought his unfitness was evident before he was elected, and Americans chose him anyway …

“To impeach him now for what the electorate welcomed or was willing to overlook isn’t the democratic response. The right response is to defeat him in 2020.”

Just in case anyone thought they were going soft on Trump.

Hiatt’s argument, from the platform owned by Jeff Bezos, packs an added punch precisely because the paper has been so critical of Trump.

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Many of Trump’s traits — the blustering style, the mixed business record, the anti-immigrant attacks, the womanizing background, the slams against fake news — were on ample display during the campaign. People didn’t think they were getting a choirboy or even a polished political practitioner. They wanted a disruptor.

On Russian interference, Hiatt says “the broad outlines were known before the election,” such as Trump praising WikiLeaks for released the hacked Democratic emails.

On the Mueller report and alleged obstruction of justice, “Mueller found no underlying crime that would explain an attempt to obstruct; and Trump in the end did not prevent Mueller from completing his work … Are we going to impeach a president for wanting to obstruct?”

Of course, Hiatt says Congress should continue to investigate and see where that leads, but should seriously pause “before impeaching Trump for the high crime of being who we knew he was before we elected him.”

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Now I’m sure this piece wasn’t popular among some Post readers who want the president driven from the public square today. Nor will it be embraced by most of the right, which believes Trump is doing a great job and there’s no case for impeaching him on the merits.

But for open-minded folks, there’s a strong case here for not using the Constitution as a last resort to overturn an election, especially with another election approaching that can render a verdict on the incumbent.

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Charlie Kirk: Two courageous Dem governors stand up to radical left in their party

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On occasion, I like to engage in the very trendy American activity of “connecting dots.” While Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker famously warned us back in 2003 about the risk of such activity, it is, nonetheless, sometimes appropriate and always a bit fun.

Last week, two seemingly unrelated events took place. I believe the two are, in fact, connected, and could indicate an upcoming schism in the Democratic Party.

In Louisiana, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law a “heartbeat” abortion bill. The fetal heartbeat abortion ban applies to pregnancies as early as six weeks and provides exceptions only for “medically futile” circumstances. The bill does not include exceptions for pregnancies stemming from rape and incest.

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Edwards did run for governor as a pro-life candidate but this bill is at the far north end of abortion restrictions and certainly runs contrary to Democratic ideology.

Meanwhile, across the country in Nevada, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak gambled a bit and vetoed a bill passed in the Legislature and supported by the organization National Popular Vote. The bill would have made Nevada part of a compact of states agreeing to give their electoral votes in a presidential election to the overall national vote winner, regardless as to how the people of Nevada may have voted.

I have previously written about the inherent risks to our nation of abandoning the Electoral College and turning over our governance to the tyranny of the majority. Mob rule is almost a plank in the Democratic Party platform.

Why are these two seemingly unrelated events related in my mind? I believe they are a sign that some members of the Democratic Party are recognizing that the rapid radicalization of the party that is taking place is posing a risk in terms of alienating mainstream American voters in general, and moderate Democrats in particular.

Regarding abortion, which has been front and center in the news cycle for the past month with a number of states passing very restrictive laws, recent Marist polling shows that not only do American split about equally in terms of identifying as pro-life or pro-choice; 80 percent of Americans favor limiting abortion to the first three months of pregnancy. The trend is shifting toward pro-life, with those identifying as Democrats leading the way.

States recently sanctioning very late-term abortions, like New York and Illinois, do not reflect the typical Democratic voter. They are reflecting a very militant and aggressive movement within the party that appears hellbent on attacking traditional Western Civilization values and replacing them with those of cultural Marxism.

There has been a butterfly effect at work since the stunning (to some) victory of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over incumbent Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District Democratic primary last year and her subsequent win in the general election. Since she flapped her socialist wings, a tsunami effect has swept over the Democratic Party with a field of now over 20 presidential candidates all trying to out-Marx the other.

Socialist-mania has been spreading like a viral YouTube video. A recent Gallup survey indicated that 43 percent of Americans think socialism would be a “good thing.” A result like this would have been unimaginable a decade ago. It is tragic that Gallup cannot conduct a test of those responding to the poll to first determine if they actually understand what socialism is and what it leaves in its wake.

Last week’s featured issues, along with others, are indicative of what the socialist movement is about. Unrestricted abortion is a means by which to devalue human life so as to make choices regarding the disposing of people’s lives generally easier. Eliminating the Electoral College is a way to fundamentally deconstruct the foundation of the United States to make it easier to completely disassemble. AOC’s Green New Deal is a socialist economic strategy to level the United States globally and to redistribute wealth.

All of this is radical, and it appears, as I connect dots, that some Democratic leaders are starting to recognize the peril.

These two Democratic governors need to be commended for their courage. Standing up against your party and making a stand for what is right isn’t easy; just ask most elected Republicans in Washington. During President Trump’s first two years in office, when Republicans had control of both Houses of Congress, they were unwilling to stand with him and take strong action to address critical problems created by past excess.

Edwards and Sisolak showed no such apprehension last week.

There could well be a civil war coming inside of the Democratic Party. There are a host of traditional Democratic positions with which I disagree but with which I can certainly have a reasonable debate. In the context of the American Constitution, a traditional Democrat and I can argue the proper role for government in education, the right amount of social welfare support that can be provided, and just how much power and preference ought to be granted to labor unions.

These are the kinds of reasonable debates we have had over the past 100-plus years without either side ever considering for a moment that the United States being chloroformed was the answer.

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Now, inside the Democratic Party, the butterfly effect has produced a powerful movement that is determined to have the revolution that Marx foretold. The United States, unlike 1917 Russia, is a mature capitalist country. There are Democrats who feel this is their moment. In their mind, the United States is ready. They are ready.

But some of their leaders are not. Let us find ways to send reinforcements to governors and other elected leaders like Edwards and Sisolak so that they might be able to hold off the threat from within. Our job as conservatives is clear: To fight the Marxist-Democratic threat from without.

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CNN panel laughs at Biden claim that he marched in 1988 for civil rights

Reporter Jake Tapper and his panel on Tuesday took presidential candidate Joe Biden to task over his 30-year-old claim that he marched during the civil rights movement.

“More than once” Biden’s advisors reminded him during 1988 presidential campaign that he, in fact, had not marched for civil rights, but Biden continued to make the claim to voters, The New York Times reported.

“That is really, really weird,” Tapper commented on the report.

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“When he gets really comfortable out on the stump,” Jeff Zeleny, a CNN reporter, told Tapper, “he has tended to embellish.” He added that Biden’s aides said, “he was in office marching for the idea of civil rights.”

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“That’s not what the word marching means,” Tapper laughed in response.

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In the age of social media, Zeleny said, Biden would not be able to get away with the same embellishments reported in The New York Times story. “So that’s his big challenge,” he added, explaining that those lies were why Biden ended up having to drop out of the race before the Iowa caucuses – “because he plagiarized a speech.”

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French government: No rush for Renault-Fiat Chrysler merger

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France’s finance minister says Renault and Fiat Chrysler shouldn’t rush into a merger.

Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday on BFM television that the government is keeping up pressure on both carmakers to accept French government conditions for the proposed tie-up. The French state is Renault’s biggest single shareholder, with a 15% stake.

Le Maire said the government wants a seat on the merged company’s board and a joint headquarters in France. “Let’s take the time to do things well,” he said. “We want this merger, but we don’t want it under just any conditions.”

Renault’s board is meeting late Wednesday to discuss Fiat Chrysler’s merger offer. It would create the world’s No. 3 auto company and reshape the industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles for the masses.

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Man wins $344M Powerball jackpot after playing fortune cookie numbers

A North Carolina man who says he based his Powerball entry on a fortune cookie he got from his granddaughter now has a fortune to celebrate.

WRAL in Raleigh reports retired retailer Charles W. Jackson Jr. stepped forward at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim last weekend’s $344.6 million jackpot.

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Jackson chose the $223 million lump sum payment and said he would donate some of it to several charities and give $1 million to his brother to make good on a deal they made.

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Charles W. Jackson Jr. is introduced as the winner of Saturday’s $344.6 million Powerball jackpot Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the N.C. Education Lottery headquarters in Raleigh, N.C. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

Jackson initially thought he had won just $50,000 and was heading to Raleigh to collect, but looked again and saw he’d won a lot more.

“I said, ‘Dang, I got them all,'” he said at the news conference.

He also said he had to find the jackpot amount on Google because he doesn’t watch television news. Once he did, he told his wife, “You ain’t going to believe this — I got it all.”

Jackson said he hopes the windfall doesn’t change him.

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He added, “I’m still going to wear my jeans — maybe newer ones.”

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Mt. Gox head Karpeles plans new Japan bitcoin tech business

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Mark Karpeles, arrested in Japan after his bitcoin exchange collapsed from massive hacking, is starting a new business around the same computer technology that led to his legal troubles.

Karpeles told reporters Wednesday he wants to make Japan a global leader in blockchain, the technology behind virtual money like bitcoin. The 34-year-old Frenchman was cleared of embezzlement and fraud allegations in March, but is appealing a conviction for manipulating electronic data.

Karpeles was arrested in 2015, and spent 11 months in detention. Karpeles received a suspended sentence, meaning he is not serving jail time. Prosecutors had demanded 10 years in prison.

His lawyer Nobuyasu Ogata said the verdict highlights legal uncertainties in the new area of cryptocurrency crime.

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Egyptian officials: Militant attack kills 10 police in Sinai

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Egyptian security officials say Islamic militants attacked a checkpoint in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 10 policemen.

The officials say the attack took place as Muslims in the city of al-Arish were holding prayers marking the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which follows the month of Ramadan, on Wednesday morning.

They say two officers and eight conscripts were killed. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The officials say the militants attacked the checkpoint, seized an armored vehicle to make their getaway but a warplane chased them in the desert, killing at least five.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters.

Egypt has for years battled an Islamic State affiliate based in northern Sinai.

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Mother of murdered New York girl pleads for state to block release of daughter’s killer

The mother of a 16-year-old girl who was brutally murdered in 1980 is urging a New York parole board to reconsider its decision to release her daughter’s killer next month.

Lois Bohovesky, whose daughter Paula was beaten, sexually assaulted and stabbed to death as she walked home from a library in Pearl River, N.Y., called it an “injustice” for the state to grant parole to Richard LaBarbera, one of the two men convicted in her murder.

“He [LaBarbera] still hasn’t taken responsibility for the murder,” Bohovesky, 87, told Fox News on Tuesday in an exclusive on-camera interview.

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“The medical examiner said he’d never seen so brutal an attack,” she said. “Think about what would happen if they did it again. I’m not sure I can handle that.”

“If Governor Cuomo can do anything, please for God’s sake, reverse the decision,” said Bohovesky.

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Robert McCain, left, and Richard LaBarbera, right.

A parole board of Cuomo appointees informed the family last week that LaBarbera will be released in July – a move that shocked victim advocates, state lawmakers and a town that has never healed from the savage murder of Bohovesky, an aspiring actress, gifted artist and honor student.

Only three states – Maryland, Oklahoma and California – allow governors to reverse a parole board’s decision. But Bohovesky hopes mounting pressure from state lawmakers and the community will force the parole board to reconsider its decision.

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In 1981, a jury convicted LaBarbera and Robert McCain of second-degree murder, and the two men were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison – the toughest sentence possible at that time.

LaBarbera, 66, who was out on parole for a drug-related offense at the time of the killing, has never claimed responsibility for Bohovesky’s death – a common prerequisite before a criminal is released. Neither has McCain, 58, who goes before the same parole board on June 10.

The details of Bohovesky’s murder are brutal.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, 1980, the girl left her part-time job at the Pearl River library and walked through the center of town toward her home on Hunt Street. The teen was within two blocks of her parents’ house when LaBarbera and McCain – both of whom had been drinking at the High Wheeler bar nearby – noticed her crossing an intersection. McCain quickly caught up to Bohovesky and crushed the right side of her skull with a chunk of pavement he grabbed from the ground. He then dragged her behind an abandoned home and sexually assaulted her, while LaBarbera watched, according to police.

Believing that Bohovesky was dead, LaBarbera then tried to sexually assault the child. When she stirred, to his surprise, LaBarbera stabbed her with a knife five times in the back, killing her, police told Fox News.

In its decision, the parole board wrote: “The panel considered the brutality of your instant offense, where you and your co-defendant beat and stabbed your 16-year-old female victim.”

“During your interview, you expressed what appeared to be sincere remorse and your overall record reflects not only low (risk to the community) but maturity over the almost 39 years of incarceration.”

Bohovesky said she doesn’t believe LaBabera is remorseful.

“I don’t think he’s sorry. He’s never accepted responsibility for it so how can he be sorry?” she said. “And McCain keeps yelling that she was not raped. Well, the medical examiner said she was. I wish to God he [the judge] had convicted them of rape because there was no doubt that it happened.”

The outrage over LaBarbera’s reported release extends beyond Pearl River, a quiet hamlet in Rockland County about 30 miles north of New York City. Many New York lawmakers claim the state is determined to lower the prison population and, in doing so, has adopted a system that puts the criminal before the victim.

The decision to release LaBarbera comes after another highly controversial move by the same parole board: the decision to release Judith Clark, a former Weather Underground radical who drove the getaway car in the infamous 1981 Brink’s heist, during which two police officers and a guard were killed. Clark was granted parole in April after serving more than 37 years in a New York prison. In 2016, Cuomo commuted Clark’s 75-years-to-life sentence and made her eligible for parole.

Bohovesky’s call for a reversal of the parole board’s decision was echoed Tuesday by Peter Modafferi, one of the original detectives on the case, and John Murphy, a former longtime Rockland County legislator whose children attended school with Bohovesky at Pearl River High School.

“They were only sorry that they got caught,” said Modafferi, as he described the crime scene and his interrogations of LaBarbera and McCain. “They were cocky about it – arrogant.”

“A town lost its innocence that day,” added Murphy, who founded a non-profit group called, “Petition for Paula,” more than a decade ago. Every two years, the charity collects thousands of signatures to present to the parole board in opposition of the men’s release.

“We cannot have this happen to another child,” he said.

For Bohovesky, the agony of losing her only daughter is as painful now as it was in 1980.

“When Paula died, it wasn’t just leaving a hole – it was leaving a vacuum,” she said.  “It took a long time before I could function. Every fall, when the leaves would turn, I would hit a depression that I’d have to take medication for. And it kept going until January 1, which was her birthday.”

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“Paula was extraordinary. She was only 16. Who knows what she would have become,” Bohovesky said. “The only thing worse would be never to have known her at all.”

Cristina Corbin is a Fox News reporter based in New York. Follow her on Twitter @CristinaCorbin.

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