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!!!!!— 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

19th Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship: Enugu State Vows to…

first_img–Ebonyi, Bayelsa qualify for Lagos finalsBased on the success recorded in the just concluded 2017 Nestle MiloSecondary School Basketball Championship at the Indoor Sports Hall ofthe Nmandi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State, the Commissioner forYouth and Sports in the state, Charles Ndukwe said he would ensurethat basketball becomes the state’s second sport after football.The Commissioner made this known in his office when therepresentatives of the sponsors of the competition, Nestle Milo,organisers and students from participating schools paid him a courtesyvisit. He thanked Milo for the consistency it had shown towards thefuture champions for Nigeria.“Many sponsors have withdrawn from sponsoring competitions but Milohas uninterruptedly been sponsoring Milo Secondary School BasketballChampionship for the past 19 years. It is just a testimony to thepassion the company has for grassroots sports development in thecountry,” Ndukwe said.He therefore enjoined the students to leverage on the opportunityprovided by Milo by striving hard to become greater basketball starswithout losing focus on their education.The commissioner vowed to ensure that basketball becomes a prioritysport in the state by taking the game to secondary schools, just ascrave for the support of Milo in achieving this objective.Meanwhile, St. Augustine’s Seminary, Ezzamgbo, Ebonyi State defeatedBayelsa’s Belary Schools, Yenegoa, 31 – 20 to emerge champions ofEquatorial Conference of the 2017 Milo Basketball Championship.The female category was won by Bayelsa’s St. Jude’s Girls SecondarySchool, Amarata, after defeating Imo’s Holy Rosary InternationalCollege, Owerri, 22 – 5. The winning teams were presented with thetrophy, cheque of N100, 000.00 and Milo products.Nwankwo Samuel from Ebonyi was voted the Most Valuable Player in theboys’ category, while Balyesa’s Grace John won the girls’ MVP.Imo and Anambra states won the Fair Play trophy in boys and girls respectively.The wining schools in both the boys and girls category have qualifiedfor the national finals slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of theNational Stadium, Surulere, Lagos between June 11-17.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more