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13 Янв 2021, 21:46
СМИ узнали об отказе сената рассмотреть импичмент Трампа до инаугурации

Сенат США, в непосредственной компетенции которого находится объявление импичмента президенту Дональду Трампу, не будет рассматривать этот вопрос до инаугурации Джо Байдена. Об этом сообщает The Washington Post со ссылкой на анонимный источник.

По информации газеты, помощник лидера сенатского большинства Митча Макконнелла уже сообщил сотрудникам лидера сенатского меньшинства Чарльза Шумера, что сенаторы-республиканцы не согласятся в пятницу 15 января рассматривать процедуру импичмента.

Офис Макконнелла предупредил, что Сенат не соберется для обсуждения основных вопросов до вторника, 19 января.

Формально заседание сената состоится в пятницу, 15 января. Но для того, чтобы начать рассмотрение импичмента нужно согласие всех 100 сенаторов, чего сейчас добиться практически невозможно, отмечает газета.

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15 Янв 2021, 01:39

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy rejects calls within the Republican Caucus to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from party leadership over her vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a McCarthy spokesperson confirmed to POLITICO on Thursday.

A number of GOP members have demanded Cheney be ousted from her conference chair position after she became the highest-ranking House Republican to vote for Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday. Cheney was also the second House Republican to openly endorse impeachment on a count of inciting insurrection, in a scathing statement she issued on Tuesday night.

“There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution,” Cheney wrote in the statement, blaming Trump for inciting a mob of rioters to trash the Capitol last week.

The blowback from some of Cheney’s Trump-loyal colleagues was swift. Members of the Freedom Caucus wrote a petition to debate her ouster Wednesday from her leadership position. In response, Cheney reiterated that she had no plans to step down.

“I’m not going anywhere. This is a vote of conscience,” the Wyoming lawmaker told POLITICO on Wednesday.

The Washington Examiner first reported McCarthy’s opposition to Cheney’s ouster.

Cheney was directly singled out in the insurrection on the Capitol after Trump named her in his speech to his supporters just before they stormed the building.

“We’ve got to get rid of the weak Congresspeople, the ones that aren’t any good, the Liz Cheneys of the world,” Trump said.

Five people died as a result of the Capitol attack.

15 Янв 2021, 05:15

Everton have loaned defender Jarrad Branthwaite to Blackburn Rovers.

The 18-year-old will spend the remainder of the season with the Championship outfit, who needed cover amid an injury crisis at the back.

Blackburn are currently without Daniel Ayala, Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton, who are all long-term absentees, while midfielder Bradley Johnson has had to fill in in defence in recent weeks.

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray said he was delighted with Branthwaite's capture and he will add a physical presence to their squad as they push for a play-off place this season.

'He was somebody we were aware of when he was at Carlisle and he's someone who I've watched and who I like,' Mowbray revealed to iFollow Rovers.

'We're three centre halves down with Wharton, Williams and Ayala all unavailable and it's an area where we need to balance off.

'It's not really fair on the team to expect Bradley Johnson to slot into the left centre half spot and for him to know the role inside-out.

'It's been the first time he's ever played there, so centre back was a position we were in the market for.

'Jarrad is a young boy who I really like and saw play against our Under-23s recently as well.'

Branthwaite could be followed out the doors by more players at Everton with Sporting Director Marcel Brands admitting the club will use the January window to trim their squad down rather than look to add to it.

He said on Thursday: 'We are still working to offload some players for new challenges in their careers. We don't expect to sign new players in this window.

'In the current squad we have a good balance of experienced players, young players, and also players with homegrown status.

'The average age squad age is just above 26 years old. This is a big difference with the squad of two seasons ago where the average age was a lot higher.'

15 Янв 2021, 23:15

Mesut Ozil last played football on March 7, 2020. It was the weekend before the sport shut down and he came off in the 89th minute of Arsenal's 1-0 win over West Ham.

So it is 315 days since he was able to do the one thing he absolutely loves. I understand there won't be a lot of sympathy for him and people will point to his reported £350,000-a-week contract as a healthy form of compensation for inactivity.

Ozil, it must also be pointed out, has arguably not handled the situation well at times. He has taken to Twitter quite regularly during Arsenal games over this period, most recently lauding the inclusion of Emile Smith Rowe in the No 10 position, surely a subtle dig at manager Mikel Arteta.

Frankly, it's not been a great look for the club or the player.

But the fans are only seeing a fraction of the experience Ozil is enduring. I've been in that position. I know exactly what it is like to be frozen out and have narrative around you that you are just content sitting back to pick up the money. I don't believe any footballer would ever settle for such a situation.

The general assumption about my time at Aston Villa is that I was permanently injured and doing very little to collect very good wages. The reality is different. Yes, I had fitness problems but there were also spells when I was ready and desperate to play but was completely frozen out.

When I went to Villa in 2015, I played all the time under Tim Sherwood. We had a strict regime where I trained one day less a week than the rest of the squad to manage a knee issue that had first flared up when I was 17. The system we had meant I rarely, if ever, missed a game.

My problems started when Remi Garde took over. His fitness coach was a guy called Robert Duverne and in one of their first sessions, we had to do a military style assault course. I explained about my knee condition to Duverne and told him if I did the exercise, it would mess up all the good work.

It was made clear to me that if I didn't do it, as the captain it would set a bad example. So I did the course, with all the climbing and the jumping and the heavy landing. Not surprisingly, my knee went up like a balloon. Things between Garde and I were difficult and he kept dropping me.

Garde didn't last long after we were relegated but my situation never changed. I had an opportunity to move in the summer of 2016 and I spoke to Keith Wyness, the then chief executive, about letting me leave.

Villa hadn't paid anything to sign me, they had the opportunity to get a fee from West Ham — there was also an offer from Orlando in MLS — and to free up a space in terms of wages. I made it clear to Wyness I wouldn't be able to physically withstand three games a week in the Championship. Instead, Villa kept me.

Roberto Di Matteo came in as manager for a short spell and I was physically fit for most of his reign but only played for him twice; Steve Bruce came in after him in October 2016 and I played what proved to be my final ever match in his first game, a 1-1 draw with Wolves at Villa Park.

I respect Steve Bruce but I don't think he ever trusted me. He never picked me for the rest of that season, even when I was fit. He had plans to play me, James Chester and John Terry as a back three at the start of the following season but I got another injury and that was it.

All new managers want to stamp their authority but we rarely think about the mental side for a player who gets left on the sidelines when someone is flexing their authority; don't doubt that Ozil will have taken this to heart as it really dents your confidence.

Being the footballer who doesn't play is demoralising. The highlight of my week used to be going in on a Saturday morning, playing in 10-a-side games with the young lads and speaking to Kevin MacDonald, the club stalwart. He would always ask how I was doing when few others did.

My natural outlook is to be positive but that situation at Villa, being marginalised and stopped from doing the one thing I have wanted to do my whole life, led me to the lowest point I experienced as a professional. You reach the stage where you almost feel embarrassed to go to the training ground.

I have always admired Ozil as a player. I first crossed paths with him in 2009, when Germany's Under-21s hammered England in the European Championship final in Sweden. He was sensational, twisting and turning and doing things that were out of the ordinary.

He has had outstanding moments for Arsenal. He became the quickest player ever to reach 50 Premier League assists (later overtaken by Kevin De Bruyne) and will leave the club having won three FA Cups. But unfortunately, and particularly in recent times, there has been inconsistency too and it's now culminating in a sad situation for an undoubted world-class talent.

To say he has spent the last year grabbing money, however, is unfair. Arsenal came up with the package at his last contract negotiation, he didn't hold a gun to the club's head. Players can't be blamed when clubs are the ones drawing up deals.

The time has surely come, however, for Ozil to move on. It appears that Fenerbahce want Ozil and that he wants to go and play in Turkey. For everyone's sake, I hope it will happen.

Ozil needs to be play football again. He needs to be free.

To this day, I do not know how Wayne Rooney did it.

Late in the 2011 Manchester derby, I was preparing to head a ball away from danger. I had my eye on the cross, my neck muscles were tense and everything was set.

Suddenly, Wayne began to turn and arc his back.

Next thing he's up off the ground, his feet are in the air and he makes sublime contact. The ball flies into the net, United win the derby.

It's an iconic goal and, having been at such close quarters, I can assure you the skill involved was staggering.

Wayne always blew me away. I remember joining up with England for the first time and seeing him. He was the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. He had this infectious character — always looking for a joke — and the room was brighter if he was there.

But, my God, what a player. The skill, the technique, the power — he had it all. He played football in a way that I had not seen before, so spontaneous and with such ridiculous quality.

Wayne has officially ended his playing career and is now Derby's manager. It was a privilege to play with a legend.

Scott Parker faced a lot of calls on Monday to stop moaning after Fulham found themselves switched to play Tottenham on Wednesday, a knock-on effect of Aston Villa's coronavirus issues.

Would such a dramatic change have taken place if another one of the top six sides had been involved rather than a team down the bottom? I'm really not sure.

Perhaps that's why Parker was so angry, with people expecting Fulham to be compliant.

He clearly harnessed the energy by masterminding a 1-1 draw at Tottenham and that point at the end of the season could be invaluable.

He certainly wasn't moaning on Wednesday after a very determined performance. Fulham are improving all the time.

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