Carlos Cordeiro outpolls MLS’s Kathy Carter for president of U.S. Soccer Federation

Fred Goodall, Associated Press Published 7:13 pm, Saturday, February 10, 2018 Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, STF Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, Carlos Cordeiro, vice president of U.S. Soccer, watches warmups from the team bench ahead of the start of the U.S.'s final World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. Cordeiro has been elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, assuming control of an organization that must chart a new course after its men's team failed to qualify for this year's World Cup. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File) less FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, Carlos Cordeiro, vice president of U.S. Soccer, watches warmups from the team bench ahead of the start of the U.S.'s final World Cup qualifying match against Trinidad ... more Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, STF Carlos Cordeiro outpolls MLS's Kathy Carter for president of U.S. Soccer Federation 1 / 1 Back to Gallery ORLANDO, Fla. - Carlos Cordeiro was elected president of the U.S. Soccer Federation on Saturday, assuming control of an organization that must chart a new course after its men's team failed to qualify for this year's World Cup. Cordeiro has been the right-hand man of outgoing president Sunil Gulati. He now is charged with running the U.S. end of a bid with Mexico and Canada for the right to host the 2026 World Cup. He won on the third ballot with 68.6 percent of the vote. "This is incredibly humbling," said Cordeiro, the USSF vice president the past two years. The vote initially featured eight candidates. Cordeiro pulled away from Kathy Carter, on-leave president of Major League Soccer's marketing arm. She had the backing of MLS commissioner Don Garber and narrowly trailed Cordeiro Continue Reading

Will Trump be the final Republican nominee for president?

Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post Published 10:06 am, Monday, January 29, 2018 READ ANOTHER OPINION If a DACA fix fails, let's be crystal clear who's to blame Will Trump be the final Republican nominee for president? If Trump's own advisers think he has obstructed justice, how... Justice Department stands up to a reckless Republican The Concord (N.H.) Monitor reported last week: "John Kasich is coming back to the first-in-the-nation primary state. The two-term Ohio governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate will headline a fireside chat at New England College in Henniker on April 3, as part of the school's President's Speaker Series." As if you had any doubt, the Monitor dryly noted that Kasich's trip "will once again fuel rumors that he's considering another White House bid in 2020." Even if Kasich were certain to run, however, there'd be considerable question as to whether he'd run as a Republican. His future in the Republican Party and the future of the party itself are now very much in doubt. If President Donald Trump actually completes his term and runs again in 2020, it will be because the GOP rallied around him, kicked to the curb any sliver of doubt about supporting a racist and misogynist, and gave up the pretense it is the vanguard of constitutional conservatism and Abraham Lincoln. In the fully and permanently Trumpized GOP, it would be impossible for Kasich, a fiscal conservative, an advocate of immigration reform and a traditional internationalist in foreign policy, to find a majority or even plurality to support him. Kasich has taken on Trump again and again, whether on health care, on foreign policy or on immigration, but the vast majority of Republicans have stuck with Trump and his agenda. If Trump runs again in 2020, Kasich would seem far better suited for an independent run. Yes, we know, independents historically have fared poorly. Yes, we know, the difficulties involved in gaining ballot access are significant. Continue Reading

The Latest: Israeli leader thanks VP Pence for support

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thanking visiting Vice President Mike Pence for standing up for the "truth" and supporting Israel at the United Nations. Netanyahu told Pence on Monday in a speech to parliament that President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the country's capital will go down as one of the most historic in Israel's history. Alternating between English and Hebrew, Netanyahu lauded the unbreakable alliance between the countries, saying they had a "shared destiny." He said: "America has no greater friend than Israel, and Israel has no greater friend than the United States of America." Pence has received a warm welcome in Israel, which has praised the American decision last month to recognize Jerusalem. The decision has infuriated the Palestinians and upset America's Arab allies as well. ——— 2:35 p.m. Dozens of Palestinians are demonstrating in the West Bank city of Nablus against the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to Israel. Protesters chanted against President Donald Trump and stepped on pictures of Pence in a sign of anger. Some shouted: "Trump you are pig. May God demolish your home. How mean you are!" The Palestinians are furious at Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as their capital and accuse Trump of siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in the conflict. The Palestinians say the United States cannot be a mediator and have pre-emptively rejected any peace proposal the White House offers. The Palestinians plan a mass strike on Tuesday against the Pence visit. ——— 2:10 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has arrived at Israel's parliament to deliver the keynote speech of his two-day visit that was part of a Mideast trip. Pence signed the Knesset guest book on Monday and laid a wreath for the fallen soldier Continue Reading

It sure looks as if Kirsten Gillibrand is running for president

Will Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) run for president in 2020? She has been quick to clamp down on any speculation about a 2020 bid. But her actions suggest otherwise. Gillibrand has staked out a particularly anti-Trump voting record in the Senate, which could distinguish her brand when Democrats start culling the herd for their 2020 nominee. There’s a lot of progressive chatter about Gillibrand A Democrat hoping to run for president might have a strategy of tacking noticeably to the left — in an attempt to grab the attention and enthusiasm of the progressive activists most likely to work for her and vote in the primaries. And Gillibrand has been doing precisely that. She was the first senator to call for Al Franken (D-Minn.) to step down, has been criticizing Bill Clinton’s failure to resign over allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct, and was an early supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s “Medicare for all” bill. Earlier in December, she called on President Trump to resign over numerous credible allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, to which Trump responded with an insult- and insinuation-laden tweet reaction. But wait, there’s more — several actions piquing the interest of party activists. In Illinois, Gillibrand endorsed a progressive challenger to incumbent Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski — even before the challenger, Marie Newman, had filed petitions to run. Gillibrand has also taken notably progressive stands in the Senate. Along with Sanders (I-Vt.) and only four other Democrats, Gillibrand voted against the massive annual defense bill. And she unveiled a plan with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to ban states from passing “right-to-work” laws, which enable workers in unionized shops to refuse to pay dues, a major conservative priority. This is how we measured Gillibrand’s anti-Trump record But those are just anecdotes. To assess Continue Reading

Researcher for President Trump’s voter fraud commission arrested for child porn

A researcher for President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission has been arrested on 11 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography, according to police and media reports. Ronald Williams II, 37, was arrested last week after Maryland State Police had received a tip about possible child porn distribution from a particular internet address. Officers searched Williams’ home in Suitland, Md., and found child porn files on his phone, police said. A senior Trump administration official told The Washington Post that Williams worked as a researcher for Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He was working on secondment from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. Williams was terminated from the panel around the time of his arrest, the official said. It’s unclear how long he worked for the voter commission. He now faces six counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of distribution. Trump formed the voter panel based on his false assertion that millions of illegal voters prevented him from beating Hillary Clinton for the popular vote. It is led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — who has been accused of voter suppression in his state in multiple lawsuits — and co-chaired by Vice President Pence. The panel has turned up no evidence of widespread voter fraud in its first months of work. It has, however, already racked up several legal challenges from civil rights groups, which have accused the panel of violating federal open government laws by running many major operations in secret. Continue Reading

Bono thanks Vice President Pence for support in combating AIDS crisis in Africa

Bono and Mike Pence found common ground in the U2 frontman’s goal to combat the global AIDS crisis. The two men met at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday after Pence pledged “unwavering” commitment to NATO and vowed that President Trump will “hold Russia accountable.” Bono, who called the Vice President “the second busiest man on Earth,” thanked Pence for voting twice to pass the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — once in 2003 when introduced by George W. Bush and then to renew it in 2008. In Fiscal Year 2016, PEPFAR provided almost 20,000 new Kenyan children with antiretroviral therapy, which slows the rate at which HIV multiplies. "Twice on the House floor you defended that. That's how we know you, and we really appreciate that," Bono told Pence. "It was an extraordinary historic accomplishment and you played a leading role in carrying it forward,” the Vice President responded. Bono has been involved in raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic since the turn of the century, including standing with Bush in 2002 when he unveiled a $5 billion aid package. His Product Red, founded in 2006, aims to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate HIV and AIDS in Africa. The company has raised $465 million so far, according to its website. In 2011, Pence, then a congressman, introduced an amendment to existing legislation to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding. The vote passed 240-185 in February 2011. In 2013, Pence’s first year as governor, the only Planned Parenthood in Scott County shut down and, two years later, more than 20 cases of HIV were being diagnosed every week. In March 2015, Pence declared a state of emergency amid the historic outbreak. While running for Congress in 2000, Pence also proposed redirecting funds from the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Continue Reading

Trump laughing about assaulting women and still running for President shows how far we haven’t come

By now we’ve all seen it, an endless loop running everywhere of Donald Trump and NBC’s Billy Bush laughing about assaulting women back in 2005. Nauseating and narcissistic, yes, and also proof that no matter what we like to pretend, to powerful men, it all still comes down to sexual dominance. Trump’s unapologies since show it, and his wife’s pathetic acceptance Saturday makes her nothing more than a co-conspirator, or maybe just a political wife who doesn’t know what year it is. Trump is shameless about it, TV hosts and hotshots pretend to be sorry for it, and former Presidents are in denial about it. But all of them, to a man, still think of women as meat as we just saw — again — in the vile and violence-promoting Trump/Bush tape. You think not? One man on that tape is running for President and the other is the scion of a family of two former Presidents. It was like watching the NFL only with power ties. The only way the GOP can save themselves after this latest debacle is to force vulgarian-in-chief Trump to step down immediately, just as the only way NBC can pretend to be legitimate is to fire idiot-in-chief Billy Bush. Now. Men who laugh about assaulting a woman even as they are going to meet the unsuspecting woman have no place not just on national TV but for sure in the White House. Watching this tape was like watching the tape of a person just before they are killed in a car accident. Actress Arianne Zucker goes to greet the two frat-boy morons totally unaware that they had just discussed how Trump could sexually assault her when they met. It’s shocking and upsetting on so many levels that it’s even hard to write about it. But I think it comes down to the fact that men in power still think of feminism as a joke because no matter how far we think we’ve come, or what kind of face these pigs put on it, women are still thought of by many Continue Reading

Nigel Farage: Trump ‘Not Running to Be Pope–He’s Running For President’

Report: Trump Vows Not to Quit Race After Tape Leak Sen. Sasse to Trump: Step Aside and 'Let Mike Pence Try' Luntz: 2005 Tape's Release is 'Donald Trump's 'Waterloo'' Former United Kingdom Independence Party chairman and leader of England's 'Brexit' campaign Nigel Farage discussed Donald Trump's lewd remarks about women, and what effect it would have on his campaign going forward, on the Cost of Freedom."It's going to be pretty ugly tomorrow,"  Farage said of Sunday evening's debate."The sad thing is the big policy stuff...goes down the agenda a bit," he told Neil Cavuto."This is alpha male boasting. It's the kind of thing --if we're honest--that men do [on occasion]," he said, adding that he found the remarks "ugly.""There are going to be Republican candidates running for the hills, [putting their] own interest ahead of the good of the party," he said.By midday Saturday, a number of  GOP Senators had denounced and distanced themselves from Trump, including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Michael Crapo (R-Idaho), as well as number of other high-profile Republicans, including former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (R-N.J.) Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Carly Fiorina.Farage said Trump should take time at the debate to publicly atone once more for his actions in the past: "I behaved in a...boorish way. I apologize...let's talk about real issues," the MEP suggested."At least theres an honesty about Trump...he is what he is...he's not running to be Pope, he's running for president of the United States," Farage added, noting criticisms of Hillary Clinton's perceived dishonesty. Evangelical Leaders Denounce, Stand By Trump in Wake of Lewd Tape De Niro Absolutely Goes Off on Trump: 'I'd Like to Punch Him in the Face' Trump Issues Statement About Vulgar Comments Caught on Hot Mic in 2005 Continue Reading

A tweet-ready resignation letter for President Trump | Ben Carter

Everyone knows that if President Donald Trump resigns, he’ll do it on Twitter. Here’s a letter of resignation that’s about 4338 characters long that he can copy and paste into about 32 tweets any time he’s ready. Preferably sooner rather than later. Dear Secretary Tillerson, Before I make Mike Pence the next President – he will be a great President – probably almost as great as me. Before I make him President, I want to thank my many admirers for their support. To the HUGE majority of Americans who trusted me to be President, thank you. I am deeply humbled by your faith. No one has ever been more humbled. I have rewarded your faith with tremendous accomplishments and hard, hard work. I haven’t been golfing since my historic victory. And, I definitely haven’t been making taxpayers pay for the Secret Service to rent golf carts from me to protect me at my golf courses. Believe me. No President has ever worked harder than I have. My administration has done more in less time than anyone else. And, we did it all with NO HELP from the losers in the press and crybabies in Congress and show boaters in law enforcement who are RUINING America. The vast majority of Americans know that my victory last November – record-breaking, really, a landslide, the largest election victory in history – my victory and policies are moving this country in the white, I mean, right direction again. America is GREAT again! More from Ben Carter ► GOP health plan takes away bacon, leaves pork juice ►  Who pays, and how much in tax reform? ►  Way for Dems to win is to lose ►  Voting rights: Legislating a lie And, folks, FOLKS: we are still going to have health care. Big, beautiful health care – best in the Continue Reading

Obama would win against Sarah Palin for President in 2012, would lose against Mike Huckabee: poll

The midterm elections are so yesterday. The eyes of many political insiders are already turning to 2012. President Obama would handily beat Sarah Palin in the next presidential election, despite strong anti-incumbent feelings and the Democrats losing the House to the GOP this week, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll indicates. And while Obama would win against the Tea Party favorite, 52% to 44% among registered voters, pit the President against Mike Huckabee and it's an entirely different story. The former Arkansas Governor and 2008 GOP White House candidate would beat Obama 52% to 44% in a hypothetical matchup, the survey reveals. While there's no clear GOP frontrunner, 21% Republicans said they're most likely to back Huckabee, 20% said they'd support former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 14% said they'd back  Palin and 12% were for ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Romney would also beat Obama 50 % to 45%, but Obama would beat Gingrich 49% to 47%. The poll's sampling error was plus or minus 3%. Huckabee and Romney have not publicly committed to seeking the post, but Palin has said that she'd run for president if "nobody else wanted to step up." Similarly, Gingrich has been flirting with the idea of a run, recently telling the Washington Post that his decision will be based on "whether or not it is practical, which I increasingly think it is." Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Indiana, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania all accrued single-digit support. "Looking ahead to 2012, it may be too early to count Barack Obama out, particularly if Sarah Palin is his opponent," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The former Alaska governor gets a lot of attention, but she is in third place when Republicans are asked to pick a presidential nominee, and in a hypothetical matchup with Obama she is arguably the weakest candidate of the top-tier GOP Continue Reading