Ron Klain will be Joe Biden’s chief of staff

first_imgKlain isn’t a Rahm Emanuel-style ideologue. He is, and I write this with nothing but the best connotations, a true technocrat—someone who will get shit done with minimal fuss or drama. As such, he’s not beholden to silly obsolete notions of “norms and traditions” that are only wielded against Democrats, never Republicans. xAnyone who thinks that Mitch McConnell would not have changed the filibuster rules to get Kavanaugh confirmed was not watching when HE CHANGED THE FILIBUSTER RULES TO GET GORSUCH CONFIRMED!!!!! https://t.co/81DbttSrRE— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 16, 2018Klain also has respect among the left-left, such as Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir.The “inside left,” which includes people like Shakir, who has a Washington pedigree—he has worked for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid—sees value in urging the moderate (and elected) figures left. This group does have respect for people like Klain, a frequent and fierce critic of Donald Trump on MSNBC who, as Obama’s Ebola response coordinator, showed the world a few short years ago that the United States of America actually knew how to contain a virus.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Klain’s job will be tough, and much more so if we can’t wrestle the Senate away from Mitch McConnell in the January Senate runoffs in Georgia. But for the first time in four years, we’ll have competence in the Oval Office. Things are looking up, and will be looking even better when sore loser Donald Trump’s coup attempt fails.center_img Klain is perfectly suited for the role. He has been chief of staff to both vice-presidents Al Gore and Joe Biden, as well as Bill Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno at just 31 years of age. He led the team that shepherded the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He served as chief legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden served on it. He managed the successful implementation of President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus law. And of course, there’s the one gig that makes him particularly well-suited for the most pressing challenge of today—he was Obama’s Ebola czar. A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I asked  Larry Brilliant, the renowned epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, what is the one message he would bring to the daily press briefing if he were president. He answered without hesitation: “I would begin the press conference by saying ‘Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Ron Klain … Covid czar.’”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Former football coach Steve Sarkisian loses $30 million lawsuit against USC

first_imgFormer USC head coach Steve Sarkisian lost in his $30 million wrongful termination suit against the University. Before the fall · Sarkisian heads a USC football practice before he was released after multiple incidents related to his alcohol problems | Daily Trojan file photoEarlier this week, an arbitration hearing held in Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled against Sarkisian, the current Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator. He has since said he will no longer pursue the matter.“I am disappointed in the decision, but we will respect it and move on,” said Sarkisian in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sarkisian was terminated by USC in 2015 after repeated instances of drunken behavior. Prior to the 2015 season, he was caught on video slurring his words and saying multiple expletives at a booster event. Later in the season, he was allegedly intoxicated during various team meetings, practices and even games. Former Athletic Director Pat Haden fired Sarkisian in October 2015, naming Clay Helton as the interim head coach. In his lawsuit, Sarkisian alleged that USC did not allow him time to undergo treatment for alcoholism, prior to his ouster. He said he was going through a divorce at the time. “Instead of supporting its head coach, Steve Sarkisian, when he needed its help the most, USC kicked him to the curb,” read his complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court a couple of months after his termination. In the case, Sarkisian aimed to receive the outlying $12.6 million from his original contract. He sued USC on the basis he was fired over a disability. However, those allegations were shot down in the arbitration hearing. Per Deadspin, the hearing concluded that he was terminated over his detrimental behavior related to alcoholism, ruling it a “failure to control a controllable disability.” “We are pleased that the arbitration has reached its rightful conclusion and we wish Steve Sarkisian well,” USC Athletic Director Lynn Swann said in a statement.After his exit from USC, Sarkisian was hired as an offensive analyst at Alabama in 2016. He coached their offense in the 2017 National Championship game. He is entering his second season as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator. Prior to his short-lived tenure as Trojans’ head coach, Sarkisian was head coach at Washington from 2009-13. He has a long history with USC, also working as an assistant under Pete Carroll from 2001-2008.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson suffers first defeat the season

first_imgFormer Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush will be the next premier of the Cayman Islands, after striking a deal with eight independent candidates who won seats in last week’s general election and announcing that his Cayman Democratic Party (CDP) would join forces with the incumbent People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) to form a new government. Bush, who served as premier from 2009 to 2012, heads the CDP which won only three of the 19 seats in the Legislative Assembly in last Wednesday’s polls.Three Jamaicans are among six people now in United States Border Patrol custody, in connection with a suspected human smuggling case. The Jamaicans  were nabbed along with an Israeli, a Jordanian, and another person who claimed to be a US citizen. They were on a 36-foot cabin cruiser, approximately 11 miles east of Fort Lauderdale, when they were intercepted by a Coast Guard vessel. During initial questioning, the vessel operator reported they had two people aboard, but the Coast Guard officials who had boarded the boat discovered four additional people on the cruiser.Jamaica National Money Services (JNMS) celebrated its 20th Anniversary in South Florida with a service at the Merrell United Methodist Church yesterday. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, Broward Commissioner Dale Holness, State Rep Barrington Russell, Mayor of Lauderdale Lakes Hazelle Rogers were among the dignitaries in attendance. JNMS Regional Manager Carmen Bartlett led the Greetings on behalf of JNMS. Earl Jarrett, CEO and JN Group Chairman, gave official remarks, and JNMS team member Susan Palmer, motivated the audience with a ministry in song.And in sports.Jamaica’s Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson suffered her first defeat this season when she placed third in the women’s 200 metres at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugeneon on Saturday. Thompson, who won the sprint double at the Rio Olympics last Summer, clocked 21.98 seconds as American Tori Bowie won the race quite easily in 21.77 seconds. Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas, the 400meters gold medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics, finished second. Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers placed fourth, and American Allyson Felix was fifth.Here’s what’s trending…The Trump White House is reportedly considering a major personnel shake-up, in response to the latest in a string of Russia-related scandals that have kept the administration on the defensive for weeks. Trump returned to the US from a nine-day international tour on Saturday – a day after the Washington Post reported that Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior aide, sought to set up secret “back channel” communications between Russia and the Trump presidential transition team in December 2016.For Today’s weather forecast.It will be mostly sunny in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a high of 91 and a low of 77. For more on these and other stories visit us at caribbeannationalweekly.com Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to ask your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine that prevents many types of cancer, protects girls and boys, and is recommended at age 11 or 12.last_img read more