Mark Gilbert at Bloomberg View on why Luis Suarez should be banned from the World Cup. “If soccer's ruling body Fifa comes to the conclusion that Uruguay's star striker Luis Suarez bit Italian Giorgio Chiellini during yesterday's World Cup match in Brazil, it has to kick him out of the tournament. This isn't (just) sour grapes from an Englishman, after Suarez scored two goals which sealed my national team's fate in the tournament. The red mist that has blighted the player's career, however, is unforgivable. He's already been banned for biting opponents; a 10-game ban in 2013 followed an eight-match suspension in 2012, after missing seven games for the same offence in 2010. Fifa says it has begun disciplinary procedures after yesterday's incident, which the referee didn't see,” Gilbert writes. “Zinedine Zidane was banned for three games and fined about $6,000 after butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the chest in the 2006 World Cup final. Meterazzi was also sanctioned after admitting he'd provoked the French captain. Suarez's biting is much worse and he's already a repeat offender.”
Donna Ladd at the Guardian on Thad Cochran’s victory in Mississippi. “I personally can't get past that time when Senator Thad Cochran wouldn't vote for a resolution to apologize to African Americans for not outlawing lynching. But, with enough pork and enough targeted ads, it nonetheless looks like his strategy to court black voters to participate in the GOP primary saved him from obscurity (and the Tea Party). The desperate incumbent persuaded black voters door-to-door over the past week, and the All Citizens for Mississippi Pac, which is headed by several black leaders including a prominent bishop, even bought large ads in my progressive and majority black-read newspaper,” Ladd writes. “Still, federal money is vital to Mississippi, and enough Democrats apparently held their nose on Tuesday to vote for Cochran. That wasn't easy for people scarred by a deal with the devil laden with pork-barrel politics and a whole lot of coded, ‘wink-wink’ racism.” The Guardian’s Matt Sullivan tweets, “‘Thad Cochran has shrugged off Tea Party–what now? Suddenly, he and GOP will become friends w/ black voters?’"