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9:54am

Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

FIFA 'Threatens To Implode;' Blatter Faces Ethics Inquiry

FIFA President Sepp Blatter on May 9, 2011, in Zurich.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

The soccer world is stunned this morning by the news that Sepp Blatter, president of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) must face the organization's ethics committee on Sunday to answer questions about what, if anything, he knew regarding a bribes-for-votes scandal inside the soccer's world governing body.

How serious is this?

Those who follow the game closely aren't holding back:

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9:48am

Fri May 27, 2011
Opinion

The Nation: Your Movies Were Boring Anyway, France

Katha Pollitt is a columnist for The Nation.

Dear France,

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8:53am

Fri May 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Pakistan: The Critical Partner Where Many Insist Bin Laden Is Alive

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were in Islamabad today (May 27, 2011).
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images

Two stories; two very different views that underscore the incredibly complicated U.S.-Pakistan relationship:

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8:52am

Fri May 27, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: World Leaders Need To Share Power

David Rothkopf is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf.

Two years ago, I wrote a post suggesting that there were serious conversations going on at a high level within the U.S. government about whether or not it might someday support the candidacy of a non-U.S. citizen to be the head of the World Bank. At the time, I heard from senior officials that there was a real openness to do so. There was even speculation that Brazil's President Lula might be a candidate.

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8:36am

Fri May 27, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Curbs On Ads For New Drugs Could Be A Mixed Bag

An image from the storyboard for a TV ad for the insomnia drug Lunesta, which the Food and Drug Administration said in 2010 made unsubstantiated claims.
FDA

Some skeptics of the value of advertising prescription drugs directly to consumers have an idea: What if there were a moratorium on ads during the first two years on the market?

Maybe, the thinking goes, an ad timeout for new drugs would allow time for the full range of their side effect in the real world to become clear. And a curb on early ads could tamp down excess increases in drug spending, the advocates of the approach figure. Drugmakers spent $4.7 billion on DTC ads in 2008.

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