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

Grant, support enriches senior services program in Dearborn County

first_imgLawrenceburg, Ind. — LifeTime Resources has received a grant from the Dearborn County Hospital to help serve seniors and incapacitated adults. Circuit court judge James Humphrey also supported the effort.The Volunteer Advocates for Seniors or Incapacitated Adults grant of $50,000 from the Indiana Supreme Court will be combined with $12,500 from the Dearborn County Hospital to maintain and operate the volunteer guardianship program.To qualify for the VASIA grant program applicants must have a matching donation.LifeTime Resources is designed to meet temporary or emergency guardianship needs of seniors or incapacitated adults. The service insures seniors and incapacitated adults are protected under the full extent of the law.This grant allows the program to use volunteers to provide various forms of assistance like calling or visiting, escorting to healthcare appointments, helping apply for benefits or other applicable services.For more information about the program call 812-432-6220.last_img read more

US$5M District Development Money on Ice

first_imgThe Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, has sounded an alarm that US$5 million for the purpose of direct District Development remains “on ice as the 2013/2014 Budget elapses.” Said amount was allotted in the National Budget for direct district development projects in the 73 electoral districts across the country.In a Daily Observer interview at the weekend, Deputy Speaker Barchue expressed concern over the delay in implementing projects associated with said amount, adding, “Liberia strongly depends on district projects in order to develop its broken infrastructure.”He disclosed that 26 projects in various counties had been identified by community dwellers, local authorities and lawmakers as projects that are ripe for implementation in their respective regions.“The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) under instruction of a committee of the Legislature, conducted feasibility studies in the areas of concern and identified projects to be implemented,” Rep. Barchue indicated.Since LACE completed the assessment process, Deputy Speaker Barchue declared, “Finance Ministry is yet to release the money for those projects and we are closing on this year’s budget with nothing being done to address said critical matter,” he stressed.The Grand Bassa County lawmaker expressed frustration over the slow pace of development in rural communities, noting that rural dwellers feel completely disconnected from urban areas.“The US$5 million was a pilot project introduced to make a way for other bigger interventions in the near future. The Finance Minister had assured us that the money was in a special account that has not been touched. LACE has been across the country inspecting the sites for these projects and as we speak, Finance Ministry is yet to release a single dollar for them. This act on the part of the Ministry is frustrating people like us, who are development-oriented and want rural areas to be lighted as Monrovia,” he said.“These projects range from schools, clinics and bridges to markets and farm-to-market roads that are urgently needed in the rural communities. We’re not going to take this lightly because the development of the districts is paramount to the Legislature,” Deputy Speaker Barchue indicated.As the close of this Fiscal period, June 30, approaches, Rep. Barchue pointed out, the plenary of the House is expected to invite Finance Minister Amara Konneh again to explain the status of the money.He wants serious attention placed on the development of rural communities in order to develop the entire country.He used the medium to announce several development initiatives instituted by his office in District #1, Grand Bassa County. According to him, 13 Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) set including generators and other accessories valued over US$9,000 were provided to district residents recently.“The DSTV sets were provided to the district in order to give our people the opportunity to watch the Football World Cup from their respective communities. Our people have difficulties in getting to Firestone and other places for amusement, so we have brought it to their doorsteps,” he said.However, reacting to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s claims, the Deputy Finance Minister for Budget, Mr. Sebastian Muah, confirmed that the money was on “ice” because of the present budget shortfall that the nation is experiencing.Speaking with the Daily Observer late last night, Mr. Muah  further stated that because of the shortfall, the money had to be diverted to other meaningful undertakings of the government. He said the money had nothing to do with the lawmakers because the Constitution does not give them expending power.  That power is the constitutional preserve of the Executive, which contains the Ministry of Finance and other expending entities of the government.Commenting on LACE’s intervention, Dep. Min Muah stated that for the last two years, that agency has not shown a single project that it has completely done with thousands of dollars that it had received from the Ministry of Finance.“Should we just be spending money when we can’t see any meaningful thing that has been done with the money? You people [journalists] need to go on a fact finding in order to verify for yourselves what I am talking about.“Another thing, for the last seven years, we have been spending money in the name of county development.  Go into the counties and see the developments that are there,” Min. Muah said.He told the Observer that as Deputy Minister for the Budget, he was yet to receive any new plan from the LACE concerning any development projects to be carried out in the counties. His comments are in reference to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s, that LACE had since gone around the country and identified projects but the Ministry of Finance was yet to release money for those projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILL, SWILLY AND LK ROVERS

first_imgUSL Results & Reports 25.08.134 Lanterns USLCockhill Celtic 4 0 Bonagee Utd. Derry City Res. 3 5 Swilly Rovers(match reversed to Swilly Park)Letterkenny Rovers 2 1 Fanad Utd.DPD First Division Swilly Rovers Res. 0 4 Kildrum Tigers Res. Reports Cockhill Celtic 4Bonagee Utd. 0Cockhill started off on the front foot and pinned Bonagee back for long periods in the1st half. Bonagee played with 3in the centre midfield with the hard working Anthony Appiah up front. Cockhill almost broke the deadlock on 19th minutes with Gerard Mc Laughlin crossing for Garvin Friel to head narrowly over. A minute later Johnny Havlin hit the bar from a Gerry Gill corner. On the 31st minute Bonagee almost broke the stalemate when Anthony Appiah brought a good save from Gavin Cullen, the ball broke and Cockhill countered with Garvin Friel crossing for Mark Moran to tap inn at the back post: 1-0 to Cockhill. Cockhill continued to dominate with numerous half chances but Bonagee almost drew level on the stroke of half time with Appiah spurning a a great chance. Cockhill got a second goal on the 48th minute when Jimmy Bradley fed Garvin Friel who held of a defender and coolly slotted via the Bonagee post. This seemed to knock the stuffing out of Bonagee with Cockhill creating numerous chances in the second half. A 3rd arrived when Jimmy Bradley for Aiden O Donnell to slot home from 5 yards. Cockhill grabbed a 4th in the 89th minute a corner from Christy Mc Laughlin corner was headed home by Johnny Havlin. Final score Cockhill 4 Bonagee 0.  Letterkenny Rovers 2Fanad Utd. 1Second half goals from Letterkenny Rovers’ in-form strike force of Darren McElwaine and Oisin McMenamin ensured all three points for the home side in this tight tussle with Fanad United at Leckview Park. It was an important victory for Trevor Scanlon’s side as they looked to build on last week’s impressive showing in their 6-1 defeat of Swilly Rovers and move a step closer to securing a third place finish. However, this game remained in the balance right up until the end as the hosts conceded a penalty within sixty seconds of doubling their advantage and Brian McVeigh’s spot kick for Fanad made for an uncomfortable finish.Indeed the visitors played most of the second half with ten men following the dismissal of Oisin Hassett. The opening forty-five minutes was rather low key. The main talking point was a McElwaine header which was scooped off the line ten minutes before the break. However, the Convoy man did find the target seven minutes after the re-start. Jonathan Minnock swung in a left footed corner and McElwaine’s powerful header from inside the box found the back of the net. Hassett’s red card two minutes later following an altercation with Chris Malseed had the visitors in further trouble. Rovers pressed for the second goal and while Kevin McGrath came close twice, they did eventually double their lead with seventeen minutes remaining. Jason Doherty skipped in from the right wing before he sliced open the Fanad defence with a precise pass through to Oisin McMenamin and the diminutive striker stroked the ball home past Jordan McBride for his fourth goal in two games. Fanad replied immediately when substitute Anthony Doherty upended David Edwards inside the box and McVeigh made no mistake from the penalty kick. Goalkeeper Jason Quinn got down well to deny an effort from Edwards while McElwaine and Kieran Doherty both had chances to wrap up the win in the closing minutes. Letterkenny Rovers – Jason Quinn, Kieran Doherty, Dan O’Donnell, Jonathan Minnock, Ruairi Kelly (Anthony Doherty on 46 mins) , Chris Malseed, Jason Doherty (Aaron Scanlon on 85 mins) , Glenn Gallagher, Darren McElwaine, Oisin McMenamin, Kevin McGrath.Fanad United – Jordan McBride, Myles McBride (Pauric Ferry on 76 mins), Daire McDaid, Ryan McGonigle, Glenn McNulty, Paddy McGrenaghan (Oisin Shiels on 90 mins) , Conor Matthewson (Kyle Burke on 85 mins) , Oisin Hassett, Brian McVeigh, David Edwards, Aiden Sweeney.Referee – Warren Harvey DPD First DivisionSwilly Rovers Res. 0Kildrum Tigers Res. 4Kildrum Tigers sealed the first division title with an impressive 4-0 win over a youthful Swilly Rovers team. Kevin Barr, the ex Derry City player with two fine goals and one a piece from Barry O Donnell and William Lynch sealed the victory. Swilly’s Bobby Hanlon an eleventh hour stand could not be faulted as swilly were short regular keepers Gareth Wade, Caelon Bolton and John Roulston. Kildrum were 1-0 up at half time but they overpowered Swilly in the second half to seal the victory. Both teams had a player each dismissed in the second half. Young Bobby Hanlon performed very well for the home side with a good team display for the visitors and newly crowned First Division champions.Match Referee : Thomas Mc Aree       Fixtures4 Lanterns USLMonday, August 26th at 7:45pmFinn Harps Res. v Drumkeen UtdRef. T. McAree Wednesday, August 28th at 7pmDerry City Res. v Fanad Utd.Ref. P. Coll Sunday, September 1st at 2pm (E.T. & Pens if required)Donegal News League Cup Semi-FinalsCockhill Celtic v Finn Harps Res.Ref. P. Duddy; Assts. T. McAree & P. Coll Drumkeen Utd. v Swilly RoversRef. S. Toner; Assts. C. McLaughlin & V. McLaughlin 4 Lanterns USLMonday, September 2nd at 8pmFanad Utd. v Bonagee Utd.Ref. J. McHugh DPD First DivisionTuesday, August 27th at 6:30pmBonagee Utd. Res. v Swilly Rovers Res.Ref. C. McLaughlinFriday, August 30th at 6:30pmDrumkeen Utd. Res. v Letterkenny Rovers Res.Ref. V. McLaughlinUSL Squad for Inter Pros NamedJoint Managers, Donal O’Brien and Trevor Scanlon have named their 20 man panel for this years Inter Provincial tournament that will take place in Sligo the weekend of September 27th – 29th. The USL squad begin their campaign on the Friday night with a game against the Leinster Senior League with the teams playing out an entertaining 5-5 draw in last year’s tournament. They will then take on their Connacht counterparts on Saturday afternoon before finishing their weekend with a game against holders, Munster. All players are asked to attend training at the Aura Leisure Centre this Tuesday, August 27th at 7:45pm and to bring astro runners.Ryan Gildea, Benny Bonner, Conor Carlin, David Shovlin, Seamus “Nanni” Friel (Drumkeen Utd.) Jonathon Minnock, Oisin McMenamin, Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers) Oisin McColgan, Johnny Havlin, Garbhan Friel, Jimmy Bradley, Malachy McDermott, Gerry Gill, Gavin Cullen (Cockhill Celtic) Seamus Houghton, Josh Tracey, Georgie Kelly (Derry city Res.) Darren Cassidy, Paddy McLaughlin (Kildrum Tigers).     ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILL, SWILLY AND LK ROVERS was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:SWILLY AND LK ROVERSULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE REPORTS: WINS FOR COCKHILLlast_img read more