U.S. President Biden Announces Key Nominees of his Health and Human Service, Education, and Veteran Affairs Teams The White HouseWASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden named several key nominees to the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is nominated to serve as the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), James Kvaal is nominated to serve as Under Secretary of Education, and Richard Sauber is nominated to serve as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As tested and experienced leaders, these nominees will help advance President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda and build a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive nation that delivers every American a fair opportunity and an equal chance to get ahead.Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Nominee for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services AdministratorChiquita Brooks-LaSure is currently Managing Director at Manatt. Brooks-LaSure is a former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation, she also provides policy analysis and strategic advice to healthcare stakeholders across the private and public sectors. Brooks-LaSure has more than 20 years of experience in health policy. As deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and earlier at the Department of Health & Human Services as director of coverage policy, she led the agency’s implementation of ACA coverage and insurance reform policy provisions.James Kvaal, Nominee for Under Secretary of EducationJames Kvaal is the president of the Institute for College Access & Success. He previously served as the deputy domestic policy adviser at the White House, where he worked on a range of issues related to economic opportunity. His work on higher education included initiatives to make college tuition more affordable, protect students from unaffordable loans, and help many more students graduate from college. Over the course of his career, he has also served in senior roles at the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. Kvaal has taught at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School.Richard Sauber, Nominee for Veteran Affairs General CounselDick Sauber is a litigator who represents companies and individuals in connection with Government investigations and enforcement actions of all types. He has tried dozens of criminal and civil fraud cases and regularly appears for clients in Congressional hearings, Government agency proceedings, and grand jury matters. Before entering private practice, Sauber was a federal prosecutor for seven years. He was appointed by President Reagan to form and lead the first multi-agency task force to concentrate on pursuing fraud in government contracts. He was a partner for 23 years at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson where he was the Chair of the firm’s Washington Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School where he has taught a National Security Crimes seminar and an evidence class. He has tried jury cases in New York, Washington, California, Texas, Florida and Oklahoma, and his appellate work includes arguing cases before the Supreme Court and ten of the U.S. Courts of Appeals. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. 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RelatedImplementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the public sector rationalisation plan, when implemented, will result in more efficient public sector entities across the island.“We are creating lean and efficient public sector entities and so it (public sector rationalisation plan) is a precursor to certain changes that are going to be taking place,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the official launch of the Social Development Commission (SDC) National 20/20 Community Cricket Competition, held at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston, on July 22.A Green Paper on the public sector rationalisation plan, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on July 20 by Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, contains the recommendations for the restructuring of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.Minister Grange encouraged everyone to get a copy of the document in an effort to keep abreast and informed on the changes that will be made.“We are going to end up with the public sector being much more efficient and smaller,” she said.Based on the recommendations in the Green Paper, some of the entities to be privatised include: Caymanas Track Limited, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Petrojam Ethanol, Font Hill Properties, Factories Corporation of Jamaica, Parish Cemeteries, and Clarendon Alumina Production Limited.Some of the entities that could be merged include: the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission and the Jamaica Racing Commission; the University Council of Jamaica with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica to form the Jamaica Tertiary Commission; and the Creative Production and Training Centre, which deals with cultural productions, should be subsumed under the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ). RelatedImplementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange RelatedImplementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange Implementation of Rationalisation Plan Will Make Public Sector More Efficient – Grange CultureJuly 26, 2010 Advertisements
A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Medicine David Brooks Forgets to Oppose Some SuicidesWesley J. SmithMarch 23, 2019, 4:03 AM Tags”rational suicide”blacksDavid Brookseuphemismeuthanasia partiesindividualismLatinosmedical aid in dyingNative AmericansNew York Timesphysician-assisted suicidesuicide preventionteenage suicideterminal illnesswhites,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour In his New York Times column, the well-meaning David Brooks urges us to prevent suicide. The crisis is certainly real. From “How to Fight Suicide”:You’ve probably seen the recent statistics about the suicide epidemic — that suicide rates over all have risen by over 30 percent this century; that teenage suicides are rising at roughly twice that rate; that every year 45,000 Americans kill themselves.And yet we don’t talk about it much. It’s uncomfortable. Some people believe the falsehood that if we talk about suicide, it will plant the idea in the minds of vulnerable people. Many of us don’t know what to say or do.Indeed. Brooks argues that preventing suicide is a “collective task,” for which we are all responsible. We need to “help people cope,” he writes. Absolutely true. He then writes about the broader problem:Suicide is a societal problem. It’s strongly associated with social isolation. Men die at higher rates than women, single people more than married people, rural people more than urban people, Native Americans and whites more than blacks or Latinos.It’s also a values problem. Our individualistic culture means there are vast empty gaps in our social fabric where people suffer alone and invisible. It’s also a guns problem. A lot of people die simply because at their lowest moment, there happened to be a gun around.The Shallow WaterThat’s fine as far as it goes. But like so many others opposing suicide in the contemporary cultural milieu, Brooks remains in the shallow water by failing to grapple with the ubiquitous promotion of suicide we see all around us — including in his own damn paper, which has editorialized in favor of doctor-assisted suicide, favorably reported on other suicides, and even extolled euthanasia parties!Assisted-suicide advocates will be yelling right about now that assisted suicide isn’t really suicide but rather “medical aid in dying.” Bah! That’s a gooey euphemism. Intentionally overdosing oneself with poison prescribed by a doctor is to kill oneself, which, of course, is the definition of suicide.Some will say that assisted suicide is not the same because, as Brooks writes, often the “pain is temporary” and people who fail in their attempt are later glad to be alive. But studies show that people who want to kill themselves because of a terminal diagnosis also benefit greatly from suicide prevention — usually denied these days to patients requesting assisted suicide. Later, these once suicidal patients too may be very glad to still be alive. Indeed, I have met such people.Some will say that assisted suicide is not the same because people who do themselves in via prescribed poison want to live — but can’t, because of their illness, and so ending it isn’t about suicide but stopping the pain. But people who kill themselves because of, say, the death of a child, feel the same way. Indeed, their suffering may be far more severe, less subject to amelioration, and last far longer than that of the dying person. They too would want to live but for the intervening cause.“On Their Own Terms”Some will say that we should let people die “on their own terms” when they have a terminal illness. There is even a movement within the mental-health professions to permit “rational suicide.” If it is proper for some to “die on their own terms,” why not everyone with decision-making capacity?Moreover, the assisted-suicide movement explicitly promotes some suicides but also sends to people not targeted by the movement — those who want to die for reasons other than illness or disability — the insidious message that suicide is a proper and acceptable solution to their suffering too. Indeed, 0ne study found that legalization of assisted suicide “leads to increased inclination to suicide in others.” (This is a very important issue requiring far more analysis than it has received to date.)Opposing suicide is compassionate and validates the intrinsic value of human life. But to be effective — and to avoid the creation of a two-tiered society where some suicides are impeded and others facilitated — we must seek to prevent all suicides. I don’t think we will reverse the tide about which Brooks is so concerned until we approach the crisis with that understanding.Photo: David Brooks, by Miller Center Forum, via Flickr.Cross-posted at The Corner. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Recommended Culture & Ethics Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — One U.S. service member was killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan on Monday.The service member who died in the attack Monday is the sixth American killed in Afghanistan this year.The incident is the second insider attack in the country in 2018 after one in July that killed one service member and injured two.“One U.S. service member was killed and another wounded during an apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan, Sept. 3,” said a statement issued by Resolute Support, the NATO-led military advisory-and-assist mission in Afghanistan.“The sacrifice of our service member, who volunteered for a mission to Afghanistan to protect his country, is a tragic loss for all who knew and all who will now never know him,” said Resolute Support and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan Commanding Gen. Scott Miller, who assumed command of all NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Sunday. “Our duty now is to honor him, care for his family and continue our mission.”The wounded service member is in stable condition, the statement said, adding that the names of the service members are being withheld pending notification of kin.No other details were provided about the circumstances of the attack.The U.S. currently has about 14,000 in Afghanistan advising and assisting the country’s military in its fight against the Taliban and ISIS.Some of those forces are involved in a counterterrorism mission against remnants of al-Qaeda and the ISIS affiliate that operates mainly in eastern Afghanistan.Insider attacks by Afghan military and security personnel against American and NATO troops have become rare in recent years following better security procedures and vetting of Afghan security forces.On July 7, Cpl. Joseph Maciel and two other members of the team providing security for a new Security Force Assistance Brigade in Afghanistan were killed in an apparent insider attack at the airport in Tarin Kowt in Uruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.