The only person in America who understands the meaning of the Latin phrase, “quid pro quo” may be the character, FBI Agent Clarice Starling, in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Dr. Hannibal Lecter explains it as “I tell you things, you tell me things.”Therefore, the Democrats, who have hung their entire impeachment inquiry on those three words from a dead language are “losing the Latin” and now making a finer point by labeling the effort to stop President Trump a probe into “bribery” and “extortion.”In a last-minute move, Democrats are shifting their impeachment rhetoric and talking points just days before the first public hearings into President Trump’s handling of foreign policy in Ukraine.The televised hearings mark a crucial phase in an investigation conducted thus far behind closed doors, as Democrats seek to swing public opinion — and by extension, that of Republicans — behind the central inference of their impeachment inquiry: that Trump broke the law and should be removed from office.As part of that outreach effort, many well-placed Democrats are dropping the opaque Latin phrase that has dominated the seven-week impeachment investigation — “quid pro quo” — and embracing distinct legal terms like “extortion” and “bribery” that are explicit in their reference to criminality and easier for the public to digest. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, which will be leading the impeachment hearings, said over the weekend that Democrats need to “forget quid pro quo.” “When you are trying to persuade the American people of something really pretty simple, which is that the president acted criminally and extorted in the way a mob boss would extort somebody, a vulnerable foreign country,” Himes said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “it’s probably best not to use Latin words to explain it.”Another Intelligence member, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Democrats have “evidence of an extortion scheme using taxpayer dollars to ask a foreign government to investigate the president’s opponent.”Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), a third Intelligence member, argued that Trump withholding aid while demanding Ukraine carry out the investigations amounts to “a very strong case of bribery.”“And the Constitution is very clear: treason, bribery or acts of omission. In this case, it’s clearly one of those,” Speier said on ABC’s “This Week.”All three lawmakers are allies of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), though Pelosi has walked a fine line since announcing the impeachment inquiry in late September. She’s argued the importance of investigating allegations that Trump abused his office, while being careful to say Democrats haven’t yet reached any conclusions about whether his actions merit impeachment. And not all Democrats on Capitol Hill are adopting the more direct extortion and bribery language. Some are concerned that Trump and his allies will easily parry allegations of those specific crimes by trumpeting simple claims that “no extortion” and “no bribery” took place. “No collusion” became a familiar refrain from Trump during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into 2016 election interference, and the president has insisted there was “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine.
UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUPNigeria’s Falconets ended their campaign at the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France Thursday with a quarter final 2-1 defeat against Spain.Two first-half goals from Aitana Bonmati and Patri Guijarro set the stage for La Rojita semi final berth at the Stade Guy-Piriou in Concarneau. A second half fight back by Christopher Danjuma’s wards yielded a goal by Peace Efih but that was not enough to cancel out the advantage of the Spaniards as they held on tight till the end of the game.Spain that made their early advantage count by breaking the deadlock before the quarter-hour mark through captain Bonmati. Her fine left-footed shot from the edge of the Nigeria box gave goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie little chance of preventing Falconets falling behind.Bonmati nearly had a second with a free-kick that struck the underside of the Nigerian crossbar and bounced away to safety, while Eva Navarro forced a point blank save from Nnadozie moments later.Spain eventually doubled their lead before the break, with Guijarro scoring her fifth goal of France 2018 after getting on the end of Maite Oroz’s free-kick into Nigeria’s box and scoring from close range.Having struggled to create much in the first half, the Super Falconets responded with a goal just before the hour mark.Efih’s forward run saw her pick out Rasheedat Ajibabe on the left. Her low shot forced a diving Catalina Coll to direct the ball into the path of an unmarked Efih, who duly converted into an empty Spanish goal.Though they halved their deficit, Falconets were unable to find an equaliser, as Spain saw out the remainder of the contest to reach the last four of this competition for the first time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It was a suitable ending for one of University of Wisconsin’s most productive wide receivers to ever play in Camp Randall stadium, as fifth-year senior Alex Erickson was officially selected to the first-team All-Big Ten offensive team by the media and the second-team by the conference’s coaches Tuesday.Erickson recorded 72 catches — 38 more than the next highest UW player and second-most in the Big Ten — for a team-high 924 yards and three touchdowns this season. His efforts gave life to a sometimes struggling Wisconsin passing attack. Erickson will need just six more catches in his final game to match the school’s single-season reception record of 78.For his career, the wideout has totalled 136 catches, 1,823 yards and six touchdowns while serving as the clear-cut No. 1 wideout for Wisconsin over the course of the past two seasons.In addition to Erickson, fifth-year senior left tackle linemen Tyler Marz was selected to the second-team by the media and third-team by the coaches.For the entire season, Marz served as the cornerstone of an offensive line that has been plagued by youth and injuries, and was honored as an All-Big Ten player for the third consecutive year, as he was an honorable mention in 2013 and 2014. Since the 2013 season, Marz has started 39 consecutive games as a left tackle for UW.Both players began their careers as walk-ons, and they will now have one last opportunity in the team’s bowl game to prove their worth in what has been an otherwise disappointing season for Wisconsin.Football: Senior linebacker Joe Schobert wins Big Ten’s top linebacker awardThe Wisconsin football team’s defense ranked among the best in the nation all season, in large part due to the Read…Honorable mentionsSophomore tight end Troy Fumagalli earned honorable mention for his work in place of starting tight end Austin Traylor, who missed five games with a broken right arm.Fumagalli caught 26 balls for 277 yards and a touchdown, proving his potential to be a reliable starting tight end for the team next season.Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Michael Deiter also earned honorable mention from the media, as he started all 12 games on Wisconsin’s line as both a guard and center.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that it is investigating an approach made to Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer to fix parts of the recent two-Test series against the Windies.Reports suggested that Cremer had rejected an approach said to be made by a former member of the Zimbabwe Cricket board prior to the first Test on October 21.Cremer reported the matter to Zimbabwe Head Coach Heath Streak. It was also reported to the Zimbabwe Cricket Board and subsequently to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC.“The ICC can confirm that there is an ACU ongoing investigation in Zimbabwe and because there is an ongoing investigation, I cannot share any further details,” said an ICC spokesperson in reference to the matter.The Test, played at Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo, saw the Windies win by an innings and 17 runs inside four days.Zimbabwe, however, hung on for a draw in the second Test at the same venue, leaving the Caribbean side with a 1-0 series win.