FIFA 16 will be released Sept. 22.
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference got underway Thursday, which means you can expect to hear a slew of vocal denouncements of the run-amok federal government over the next few days. To wit, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) got the party going by declaring, "We need to abolish the IRS."
In its place, Cruz advocated a flat tax system so everyone could file their taxes "on a postcard." It's an idea he and others have floated before; Steve Forbes literally wrote the book on it almost a decade ago. Yet the idea has never really gained traction with the American public, and even some on the right think it's a well-intentioned, though deeply flawed, plan. Jon Terbush
After Wednesday's news that the U.S. has indicted nine FIFA officials on 47 corruption charges, the group's corporate sponsors are threatening to revoke sponsorship if FIFA doesn't implement reforms.
Visa, one of FIFA's main sponsors, threatened to pull its sponsorship if FIFA doesn't "take swift and immediate steps to address these issues within its organization."
"Our sponsorship has always focused on supporting the teams, enabling a great fan experience, and inspiring communities to come together and celebrate the spirit of competition and personal achievement — and it is important that FIFA makes changes now, so that the focus remain on these going forward," Visa said in a statement. "Should FIFA fail to do so, we have informed them that we will reassess our sponsorship."
In a statement released Thursday, Adidas, FIFA's oldest sponsor, said that it encouraged the organization to "continue to establish and follow transparent compliance standards in everything they do. Coca-Cola, another FIFA sponsor, meanwhile, said the World Cup's reputation is "tarnished" by the FIFA scandal. Meghan DeMaria
In 1996, Bill Clinton turned 50 while on the campaign trail against 73-year-old Bob Dole. Clinton's camp took the opportunity to emphasize his comparative youth with a giant, custom birthday cake:
In 2015, Marco Rubio turned 44, and his campaign released a birthday cake graphic which looks very familiar:
Rubio is 23 years younger than Hillary Clinton, who is 67—just as Bill Clinton was 23 years younger than Dole. It's a clever knock at Clinton's age, though ironically a reference which will only be understood by people who are old enough to remember mid-1990s politics.
Rubio is not the first GOP candidate to address Clinton's age in light of a comparatively young Republican field — though others, like 52-year-old Rand Paul, have been a little more subtle. And speaking of Paul and Rubio, a poll released today finds that these two poll strongest against Clinton in a national matchup. Bonnie Kristian
Sen. Liz Warren (D-Mass.) is best known for her populist opposition to big banks on Wall Street, often critiquing their role in the 2008 housing crisis and the devastating spike in foreclosures it entailed. And in All Your Worth, a book Warren published in 2006, she says it is a myth that "you can make big money buying houses and flipping them quickly."
These two facts combined make it curious that, as National Review reports, Warren made $240,500 (before deducting unknown remodeling costs) in the mid-1990s by flipping five houses in Oklahoma. Several of the homes were foreclosures, and a lack of permits on file with local government suggests she did not make significant improvements in some of the houses before flipping them.
Warren has also come under fire this week for the $1.6 million advance she earned for her 2014 memoir, A Fighting Chance. In her financial disclosures, Warren split the payment across two years' forms. Bonnie Kristian
FIFA 16, the upcoming edition of EA Sports' series of soccer simulation video games, will feature women's teams for the first time ever. The announcement comes just before the Women's World Cup kicks off in Canada on June 6.
The lack of women has been a point of contention for years in the games, which have been around since 1993. A Change.org petition garnered more than 13,000 supporters in 2012.
There will be 12 women's teams, all international, compared to 30 men's leagues with more than a dozen teams each on FIFA '15, Polygon reports. Team USA players Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe are among those featured.
In case there weren't already enough easy ways to blow money on the internet, shoppers will soon be able to buy products online without ever leaving a Google search screen, the company's chief business officer announced Wednesday, Re/code reports.
"There’s going to be a buy button," Omid Kordestani said at the Code Conference in Palos Verdes, California. "It's going to be imminent."
When a user searches for a product, the buy button would appear with product ads that already run alongside search results, BBC reports. The Wall Street Journal reported on Google's buy button earlier this month.
To any soccer fan who has been following the practices of FIFA throughout the past decade, it's no surprise that the world's governing soccer organization is terribly corrupt. It's a little more surprising, however, that FIFA is finally being held accountable — to the tune of $150 million and charges of bribery, fraud, and racketeering.
"On the surface, it's just another white collar crime story: rich, powerful men making themselves richer and more powerful," says Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post. "But a closer look suggests that there is a lot of real-world suffering happening as a direct result of FIFA's decisions." Ingraham put together a fascinating chart that maps out the estimated human toll of building the stadiums and facilities necessary to hold the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, and the result is startling:
While Ingraham's graphic is an estimate (he explains how he arrived at this comparison here), this rough approximation of the potentially World Cup-related deaths of migrant workers in Qatar is undoubtedly shocking. Even worse, the Post points out that the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that in addition to 1,200 migrant worker deaths so far, up to 4,000 additional workers could die in Qatar in the run up to the 2022 World Cup.
Sandvine, a Canadian bandwidth management company, found that during primetime hours, Netflix streaming accounts for 36.5 percent of downstream internet bandwidth.
Meanwhile, all of Netflix' competitors combined still don't match that figure. During the same time period, YouTube accounted for 15.6 percent of downstream internet traffic, and just two percent was used for Amazon Instant Video and 1.9 percent for Hulu.
Sandvine measured bandwidth usage during primetime hours in North America in March. Netflix increased its primetime bandwidth usage since Sandvine's fall report, when Netflix video accounted for 34.5 percent of primetime bandwidth. Meghan DeMaria