FIFA’s president calls it quits. A terror suspect is killed in Boston. And the NSA has to follow new rules.
It’s Wednesday, and here are five things to know for your New Day:
Bye-bye Blatter: FIFA President Sepp Blatter hopes to start healing the embattled soccer governing body by stepping down. Blatter – just re-elected to a fifth term last week – won’t leave until FIFA has organized a new election for a new president, so he’ll be around for a couple more months at least. Blatter’s actions comes after FIFA was rocked by arrests stemming from fraud and corruption probes in the United States and Switzerland.
Executed: Kelly Gissendaner is dead. The death row inmate was executed early this morning after the Supreme Court denied three requests for a stay of execution. Gissendaner was convicted of murder for convincing her lover to kill her husband in 1997. She was the first female convict put to death in Georgia in 70 years.
Terror suspect: The man shot and killed by police yesterday in Boston was at the center of a terror probe. Usaama Rahim had been under 24-hour surveillance by the U.S. Joint Terrorism Task Force and was considered “a threat.” Police – who approached him over concern about his recent social media threats – killed him when they said Rahim, armed with a large knife, lunged at officers. Rahim was believed to have been radicalized by ISIS.
Failure: A bipartisan task force didn’t mince words: the U.S. has failed to stop Americans from traveling abroad to join ISIS. A congressional report, released yesterday, said more than 250 Americans have joined the ranks of the Islamist militants. The task force calls for an overhaul of the U.S. strategy to stem the flow and threat of foreign fighters.
Grilled: Republicans duked it out with Democrats yesterday over Planned Parenthood, and Cecile Richards, the organization’s president, was in the crossfire. During a heated and emotional congressional hearing, House Republicans blasted Richards and other Planned Parenthood leaders, accusing them of spending the organization’s funds lavishly: hosting pricey parties, flying first class and spending large amounts of time fundraising. Democrats shot back, saying the GOP was more interested in scoring political points than improving women’s health care.