Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it’s up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days. In another blow to the image of the sports superpower, the highest court in sports on Thursday dismissed an appeal by 68 Russian track athletes of the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of systematic and state-sponsored doping. Sports officials in Moscow condemned the ruling as “political,” and said some athletes might take their case to civil courts. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said the Rio Games will be devalued, with only “pseudo-gold medals” available. In its ruling, the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that track and field’s world governing body, the IAAF, had properly applied its own rules in keeping the Russians out of the games that begin Aug. 5. The three-man panel ruled that the Russian Olympic Committee “is not entitled to nominate Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games considering that they are not eligible to participate under the IAAF competition rules.”
Wow.. A devastating blow to the Russian Olympic program. Doping by Russian athletes is the stuff of legend, and has been well documented for decades. So, this ruling is entirely appropriate, and way overdue.
Thursday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” while discussing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) not endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Wednesday night during his speech at the Republican National Convention, conservative commentator and author of the upcoming book, “In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!” Ann Coulter called Cruz “the little bitch who can’t get over it.” Coulter said, “No. I’m in Cleveland, and you were hoping for reports from the scene but I have not watched a single moment of the convention. I was at a dinner party when someone came in and said you have to see this. Ted Cruz just committed suicide on stage. And we all pulled out our iPhones and first read about it and then watched it. And oh, my gosh, that’s the only thing I wish I had been in the hall for. It’s like professional wrestling. It’s amazing that he does not have people around him to tell him, ‘Ted, maybe you shouldn’t be committing suicide live on national TV.’ But I mean, I guess you’ve shown your viewers the great thing, among the great things about it, was when Donald Trump came out and the whole crowd turned their back to Cruz and applauded Trump as he glared down Ted Cruz.” She continued, “I’m beginning to understand why Ted Cruz has been hated by everyone every place he’s ever been from kindergarten to the United States Senate. I must tell you the only way I’m making money this year is on bar bets trying to get Donald Trump in the White House. I won all of them. I would have lost if we had made a bet on who would endorse Donald Trump first, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. Because Marco Rubio is just sort of standard establishment. They’re very much against having borders in our country so they’re against Donald Trump. But Cruz started to imitate during the primary. He was imitating, picking up Trump’s positions. You would think it would occur to him — ‘every place I’ve been everyone has hated me. My only shot is to tie my wagon to Donald Trump. Maybe I can be attorney general or solicitor general,’ And no, Rubio comes out, and as tepid as it may be, endorses Donald Trump. It’s Cruz who is the little bitch who can’t get over it.”
Wow.. Ann certainly doesn’t hold back how she feels. Clearly Ted didn’t honor his pledge to support the GOP nominee, whoever it would end up being. He didn’t have to say, “I endorse.” But, saying, “I support Donald Trump” would have been the honorable thing. Ted has now made it clear that all Ted cares about is Ted; not the country or his party. Good on Ann for calling him out like this.
The backlog in the federal immigration court system has eclipsed half a million pending cases, The Associated Press has learned. The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review said Wednesday there are now 500,051 pending immigration cases in the agency’s courts. The backlog has been steadily rising in recent years as the number of unaccompanied children and people traveling as families have been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally. Since 2011 more than 200,000 cases have been added to the court’s docket and backlog is likely to continue growing. More than 51,000 people traveling as families and more than 43,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala, have been caught crossing the border illegally since the start of the budget year in October. Cases of newly arrived immigrants facing deportation have been made a priority, but the backlog still means that many immigrants are likely to face years long delays before a judge makes a final decision on their cases. And while people are waiting to go before a judge, their case could dramatically change, for good or bad. The president of the union representing immigration judges, Judge Dana Leigh Marks, said multi-year delays are frustrating to immigrants fighting for permission to stay in the United States and the judges hearing those cases. “As a judge, it’s very frustrating because we have to go back to the beginning,” said Marks, who is a judge in San Francisco. “It’s a more time consuming job, more difficult. It’s very different when you (hear a case) within a year, as compared to seven or eight years. Marks said the judges’ union has long seen this backlog coming and has pressed for more resources. A spokeswoman for the court system, Kathryn Mattingly, told AP that 18 judges have been added since the beginning of the year and there are now 277 judges hearing cases. She said approximately 100 other judge candidates are in the process of being hired. “We’ve been undergoing a robust hiring initiative,” Mattingly said. She added that a pending budget proposal would allow the court to have as many as 399 judges on staff.
As we’ve been saying from day one here at The Daily Buzz.. It is WAY past time that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically on the border of Mexico. Those troops should remain there until that wall/fence is finally built above and below ground (to prevent tunneling)…however long that takes. Just imagine if our border were secure… Would our immigration courts have this kind of backlog; a backlog we’re paying for? Of course not.