Gail Collins, New York TimesDo you think Donald Trump has given up? It was a little strange to see him campaigning Wednesday in that critical swing state of … Washington, D.C. “He’s coming to open a hotel that’s under budget and ahead of schedule,” campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, insisting it was all a part of the presidential sales pitch. Blitzer noted mildly that the hotel has actually been open for some time.
Gail Collins, NY TimesO.K., Donald Trump won’t promise to accept the results of the election. That’s truly … good grief. “I will tell you at the time. … I’ll keep you in suspense,” he told Wednesday’s debate moderator, Chris Wallace. The word “rigged” came up. Yow. Hillary Clinton noted that Trump tends to presume that whenever he loses anything, the system was rigged: “There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged.”
A top conservative super PAC is dropping millions in districts once thought invincible for the GOP.
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Most politicians are born with a congenital inability to admit that they don’t know something. Gary Johnson is not most politicians. The Libertarian candidate for president and former New Mexico governor made headlines last month when he made it clear he was unfamiliar with Aleppo, the divided Syrian city ravaged by civil war. Since then, he has endured a couple more “Aleppo moments” (his own phrase), when he failed to name a single foreign leader in a television interview and wouldn’t identify North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, in a chat with the New York Times. Most seekers of high office would rather pretend their earpiece malfunctioned than acknowledge their lack of knowledge in a given area. (As The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins noted about Johnson’s Aleppo moments, ‘There but for the grace of God go all of us.’) But Johnson has gone so far as to argue that his poor grasp of international affairs could be a good thing as president. After all, if you can’t find a given country on the world map, he suggested, then you’re a lot less likely to end up starting a disastrous war with that country. All this talk about what Johnson doesn’t know has dredged up a fun anecdote from way back in June 2000 (hat tip Mark Ames). At the time, Al Gore and George W. Bush were in the thick of the presidential campaign, and the New York Times’ Gail Collins relayed some remarks that then-Gov. Johnson made to reporters. Collins called it one of the more amazing moments on the trail that year: Boosting his friend George W. Bush to reporters, Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico recalls a conversation they had at a conference on state government. “George turns to me and says, ‘What are they talking about?’ I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘You don’t know a thing, do you?’ And I said, ‘Not one thing.’ He said, ‘Neither do I.’ And we kind of high-fived.” It’s worth noting that, according to Collins, Johnson said he and the future two-term president “kind of” high-fived over not knowing stuff. So it’s quite possible there was no literal high-five, or any hand-to-hand contact at all. But from Johnson’s telling, the two men readily acknowledged, and relished, the fact that they didn’t know anything about the subject at hand. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Gail Collins, New York TimesI don’t know about you, but I’m totally exhausted by the public’s obsession with the vice-presidential debate. Everywhere I go, people are babbling about Mike Pence and Tim Kaine! Who knew it would be so electric? The world can’t stop talking about Veep Vitriol. O.K., I made that up. I’m sorry. Nobody is talking about the vice-presidential debate at all. This was really just a sneaky way to introduce the subject of apologies.
Incoming Missouri State Representative Cora Faith Walker has publicly accused Steven Roberts Jr., a fellow incoming representative, of raping her this past August. “My name is Cora Faith Walker. I will be in the Capitol in January as the Representative of the 74th District. Earlier this week, I reported a sexual assault to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department,” Walker wrote in a letter on Sept. 30. “I named my rapist as Steven Roberts Jr., who hopes to be in the Capitol in January as the Representative of the 77th District.” According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Walker, a 31-year-old Ferguson lawyer, wrote the letter to Republican Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, Minority Floor Leader Jake Hummel and Assistant Minority Floor Leader Gail McCann-Beatty. Walker asked the three not to swear Roberts in until the investigation into his alleged crimes is over. While Roberts has not been arrested or charged with a crime, the Post-Dispatch confirmed with two “highly placed law enforcement sources” that Roberts is being investigated. Both Walker and Roberts are black Democratic candidates who are running unopposed for seats in the Missouri legislature this November. Once sworn in, the two will be the only black lawyers in the overwhelmingly white and Republican legislature, according to CBS News. Walker told the Post-Dispatch’s Tony Messenger that she went over to Roberts apartment on Aug. 26 to discuss how they could work together in their new roles. She said she arrived at Roberts’ apartment around 9:30 pm and had two glasses of wine. Walker told the Post-Dispatch that she woke up the next morning in Roberts’ bed and remembers nothing after her second glass of wine. “I had no recollection of why I was still there,” she said. Although Walker has chosen to keep the details of the alleged assault private until the police report is made publicly available, she believes that Roberts assaulted her while she was asleep either on the night of Aug. 26 or the morning of Aug. 27. Read Walker’s letter, which the Post-Dispatch reprinted in full, to Richardson, Hummel and McCann-Beatty below. Walker told her husband what had happened the next morning, and filed a report with the police a few weeks later. “I felt a moral responsibility to speak out,” Walker told the Post-Dispatch. “The idea or the thought of me trying to just bury it is one I could not live with.” On Monday evening, Roberts released a full statement through his lawyer Scott Rosenblum. Roberts claims that Walker’s accusations are “completely and unequivocally false,” citing that the two had been “intimate” before that night in August. (Though to be clear, it is still possible to rape a person one has been “intimate” with beforehand.) Did you miss @RobertsforSTL on #twmp? Catch it now on https://t.co/1yuRJAwy7I. #moleg pic.twitter.com/9h8TKwzTmm— #moleg podcast (@molegpodcast) August 21, 2016 Read his full statement below: Cora Faith Walker’s accusation is completely and unequivocally false. I have strong and indisputable evidence that documents the consensual nature of our encounter in August. There are a number of other facts and details that make my case, but I cannot release them at this time due to the ongoing investigation. Mrs. Walker and I had been intimate in the past before August, and our contact had been increasing over the last year as we campaigned for our respective offices. Mrs. Walker and I were in contact at a conference in Kansas City, on Thursday, August 25th. On Friday, August 26th in St. Louis, Mrs. Walker was at my apartment and all of our interactions were absolutely consensual. Mrs. Walker’s letter to legislative leaders a few days ago makes an unbelievable statement that she, an attorney and married woman, went to another man’s apartment at 9:30 pm on a Friday night for strictly a business meeting. We actually arrived together to my apartment closer to 11:00 pm. While I am not proud of this situation, it was entirely consensual and I did nothing illegal. This has been extremely humiliating for me and my family, but what is most abhorrent is that Mrs. Walker has made false allegations which undermine the need for swift justice for the growing number of victims of rape and sexual assault in this country. I am confident that once all of the facts are presented my name will be cleared and I will be vindicated entirely. Walker denied Roberts claims, and responded with her own statement later Monday night. She told CBS’ St. Louis KMOX public radio that Roberts' words are an example of “exactly why victims and survivors of sexual assault don’t come forward.” In her original letter to Richardson, Hummel and McCann-Beatty, Walker noted that she is “not the first woman to accuse Mr. Roberts of sexual assault.” In April 2015, a female college student accused Roberts of sexual assault and he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree sodomy. The then-27-year-old Roberts was not charged by prosecutors, who determined that the allegations were “unfounded.” Roberts was later released. In October 2015, Roberts was fired from his job as a St. Louis assistant circuit attorney. The office made a statement that Roberts was fired due to “poor performance.” On Saturday, Speaker of the House Todd Richardson released a statement in response to the claims made in Walker’s letter to CBS’ St. Louis KMOX public radio, writing that there will be a “zero tolerance policy for sexual assault.” “… The kind of conduct alleged cannot be tolerated in our state and will not be tolerated in the House of Representatives,” Richardson wrote. He added that while the House has no jurisdiction over non-members such as Roberts and Walker because they have not taken office yet, the House will “monitor” the investigation closely and “continue to have a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault, misconduct and harassment.” Missouri House Leaders Hummel and McCann-Beatty also released a joint statement, hinting that it might be better for Roberts to step down from his seat in the House of Representatives. “Cora Faith Walker has shown great courage in publicly seeking justice for the assault against her. It is vitally important for the legal system to diligently pursue this matter to an appropriate resolution,” the statement reads. “As the situation develops in the coming weeks, the accused must determine whether attempting to serve in the Missouri House of Representatives under these circumstances is in the best interests of himself, his family and his constituents.” As the Post-Dispatch’s Messenger described in a recent article, Walker’s accusations are just one part of a larger trend of inappropriate sexual conduct in Missouri politics. Messenger writes: The investigation, and the letter from Walker to Richardson, comes during a precarious time in Missouri’s capital city. Richardson took over leadership in the House after the former speaker, Rep. John Diehl, R-Town and Country, resigned in disgrace after sending salacious text messages to an intern. Sen. Paul LeVota, D-Independence, also resigned in 2015 after being accused of sexual harassment by interns. In 2016, after Richardson vowed to clean up the sexist culture of the Capitol, Rep. Don Gosen, R-Wildwood, resigned his position after admitting to an affair. Walker told the Post-Dispatch that she came forward with the hope of helping other victims of sexual assault. “The odds are against me. But I know what happened to me,” she said. “And I know I don’t want it to happen to anybody else. I don’t know what’s going to happen. But it’s OK to speak up. It’s OK to be afraid.” Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Hannah Paramore Hannah is an entrepreneur, international speaker, digital marketing expert, and the President of Paramore | the digital agency in Nashville, Tennessee, a $6 million, 15-year-old company of about 25 people. Paramore works with a variety of organizations throughout the country including a stronghold in tourism in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia. Paramore's clients include Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School, The United Methodist Church, The Britt Hunt Company, CapStar Bank, Lipscomb University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Meharry Medical College, the US Soybean Board, Missouri Agri Tourism, Verdesian Life Sciences and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Paramore is a strategic partner of Osborn + Barr, the leading agency in the US focused on agriculture. Paramore | the digital agency is an active member of the Southeast Tourism Society and US Travel Association, the US Global Leadership Council, the International Council of Museums, a member of the Nashville Future 50 Hall of Fame and on the Honor Roll for the Inc 5000, having made the list for 5 straight years. Hannah has been featured numerous times in national press including Fast Company, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine and The New York Times. Hannah serves on the advisory board for the Synovus, The Bank of Nashville, The YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Fisk University School of Business, Downtown Partnership and is the new chair of the Nashville Chamber's Public Engagement task for on Transit. Hannah's passions include golf, travel, the YWCA, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, and more golf. How has your life experience made you the leader you are today? I was raised in a very conventional family. My father was a preacher and my mother was a housewife so we spent a lot of time in church. We were a serious family. I studied classical piano for 15 years even through college. My parents were busy and we were expected to do right and perform better than most no matter what. Their standards were very high. Still, I didn't have great aspirations beyond playing the piano. I was the responsible child in my family, the peacemaker But I was a single mom very early and I was responsible for my children, and myself so I was highly motivated to succeed. For me, success meant independence. How has your previous employment experience aided your tenure at Paramore? I worked in dot com startups in the late 90's and through the downturn in 2001, some more successful than others. The downturn was painful for the whole industry but particularly for those who didn't live in a major market. The jobs that were left here were often under-funded or under-supported by the corporate office and didn't provide the team environment that I craved. Companies trying to make it through that time often promised more than they could deliver which was frustrating for me since I was always on the marketing and biz-dev side. National companies who had reached into second-tier cities to try to broaden their footprint just couldn't make it. After losing 4 jobs in 2 years I decided I was safer on my own. That was in March 2002. You learn a lot about how to run a business by working for a start-up. The team environment and excitement of doing something new is wonderful. Everything feels like success when the industry is brand new. Then when you work for one that doesn't make it you learn the other side. You learn how to end respectfully and honestly. You take the good and the bad and learn how to move on. The big lesson from that time is that relationships are the most important part of business. In fact, for the first 5 years of the company, every Paramore client came from somebody I had met at those 4 jobs I had lost in 2 years. Relationships in the business community are what sustain you through lean times. Having a banker who knows your business and other business owners who can provide insight and advice is extremely important. From a personal standpoint, I've been a 'leader' all of my life. My personality profile says that I'm inspirational. My sister might say that I'm bossy. But the truth is that I've always been willing to take on a lot of responsibility. That helps when you decide to start a business. What have the highlights and challenges been during your tenure at Paramore? There are a lot of highlights and challenges when you start a business by yourself. Landing big accounts, making a profit, seeing team members grow in their jobs are all fulfilling. I love it when we make it through a tough patch with a client but retain the relationship. Now I am enjoying the transfer of leadership to the senior executive team which gives me a different perspective on the business. The challenges have always been around loss. Losing a client, losing a valuable piece of business, losing your profit margin. That is tough to take when you are an independent business owner. You ride the highs and lows of the business almost every day. The rising cost of business is challenging to me at this point. Senior staff need and deserve higher pay, but client budgets don't always keep pace with that. When you are a small business and you lose a major client, there's not usually another one waiting in the wings to take its place. That creates a frantic workplace and sometimes means that tough decisions have to be made. It's challenging to take a longer-term view while having to survive in the short-term too. What advice would you offer to women who want a career in your industry? My advice isn't any different from what I'd give any woman or man who wants a job in any industry. Work hard. Be honest. Put people first. Do something you love. What is the most important lesson you've learned in your career to date? I've learned that expertise doesn't always increase and business doesn't always grow. Learning to deal with both of those realities and retain a positive, healthy environment has been a huge lesson. How do you maintain a work/life balance? I have a great marriage and the greatest of all hobbies, golf. As a business owner, you need a hobby that requires concentration, costs a lot of money and requires a lot of time. You need something to look forward to, to work for, besides just the business. People will disappoint you, but that golf ball is always there. What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace? Balancing the needs of family and a career. How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life? I've had great mentors through the years who take time to coach me through the big questions. They fill me with confidence and tell me I can do it. They take my call, meet me for lunch, listen. They provide a perspective that I don't have and encourage me to keep going. Which female leaders do you admire and why? The female leaders I have the most respect for aren't people on a national stage. Rather, it's Gail Labley, a 97-year-old retired nurse who was the first employee at Vanderbilt's Division of Infectious Disease in the 80's. She traveled the state educating people on how to deal with AIDs when we didn't even have a name for it. She had a wonderful marriage and still goes to jazz every Sunday night. She has a zest for life even 25 years after her husband's death. And Byrd Helguera, about 88 years old, the former medical librarian at Vanderbilt who lost her daughter to AIDs in the 80's and then traveled with Gail on those educational jaunts and who can name that jazz tune in 3 notes. And Billie Stuck, who spent too much time in the sun as a youngster and battles skin cancer because of that, but who still, also at 97 years old, kicks it up at jazz weekly. These women are leaders and models to me. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Gail Collins, New York TimesThat first debate seems to have helped Hillary Clinton move ahead of Donald Trump in the polls. However, I know that many of you are asking yourselves: Why is this even a question? Why isn’t she leading 3 to 1? This is not a normal race between a Democrat and a Republican. One of the candidates has made it clear that he has no attention span or self-control. World security experts in both parties are terrified by the idea of a Trump presidency. He’s screwed small contractors in his business dealings and bought dumb presents for himself with money from his charitable foundation...
Walter’s Coffee Roastery in Brooklyn,Demonstrating atNew York Coffee Fest. Didn't Gail Build the Coffeemaker? (Credit: The New York Coffee Festival / Lassara Photography) Yesterday was #NationalCoffeeDay, so today’s recap of a recent coffee event in New York is apropos. The New York Coffee Festival is almost brand new, but its second [...]
Donald Trump dug himself further into a hole of disgusting sexism when he told “Fox and Friends” that a former Miss Universe winner’s weight gain was a “real problem.” During Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton attacked the GOP nominee for his many negative comments about women’s appearances. One of the women Clinton referenced was Alicia Machado, a Venezuelan beauty queen who says that Trump’s insults left her with crushing body image issues. Trump said Tuesday morning that he doesn’t regret scrutinizing Machado’s body. “She was the worst we ever had,” he told “Fox and Friends.” “She was a winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and we had a real problem. We had a real problem with her.” Trump had previously called Machado an “eating machine” and admitted to telling her to lose weight. Unsurprisingly, Machado plans to vote for Clinton. His remarks, however disturbing, probably shouldn’t surprise us at this point. The GOP presidential hopeful has a long history of insulting women for the way they look. He’s called Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig,” told the New York Times’ Gail Collins that she has “the face of a dog,” and claimed that supermodel Heidi Klum is “no longer a 10.” Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
When Gail Kim challenges Maria Kanellis-Bennett for the TNA Knockouts Championship at Bound for Glory on Oct. 2, wrestling fans will be watching to see Kim finally get her hands on the champion. After months of having Maria throw every obstacle imaginable in her path, Kim will not only get the [...]
NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Elizabeth A. Field, of the District of Columbia, to be Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management, vice Patrick E. Mansfield, resigned. Tina S. Kaidanow, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Political-Military Affairs), vice Puneet Talwar, resigned. Markos Kounalakis, of California, to be Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Gail O'Connor Mellow, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022, vice Albert J. Beveridge III, term expired. Justin H. Siberell, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank and status of Ambassador at Large, vice Tina S. Kaidanow, resigned. Claudia Slacik, of New York, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States for a term expiring January 20, 2019, vice Patricia M. Loui, term expired. Dana A. Williams, of New York, to be a Member of the National Council on the Humanities for a term expiring January 26, 2022, vice John Unsworth, term expired.
Margaret E. O'Kane Margaret E. O'Kane is founder and president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Peggy founded NCQA in 1990 to build consensus around key health care quality issues by working with large employers, policymakers, doctors, patients and health plans to decide what's important, how to measure it, and how to promote improvement. 26 years later, under Peggy's leadership NCQA continues as a health care policy leader, informing and advocating for quality. Peggy is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and as a result of her continued and passionate guidance, received the Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care, as well as the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. Modern Healthcare magazine has named Peggy one of the "100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" eleven times, most recently in 2016, and one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare" three times. Peggy serves as a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund and is Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions. Peggy holds a master's degree in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, where she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. How has your life experience made you the leader you are today? That's a big question. I guess one experience that helped is being a mother. You realize your children grow at their own pace, and that helps you learn patience. Starting a new enterprise was similar to parenthood: I had to be patient while we all learned a new set of capabilities. Also important was learning what I'm not so good at, so I could build a staff that collectively has the necessary competencies. And along the way, I learned that persistence is a virtue. Refusing to get discouraged has been essential, as well. When we started out, people in health care (with some exceptions--mostly academic researchers) believed that quality couldn't really be defined or measured. Measuring quality is complicated; no single approach is the answer to every situation. But working through situations and issues, one by one, we have made a lot of headway on preventive care and care of common chronic conditions. Patient safety has been illuminated; hospitals get ratings. Many good things have come out of the determination to do better by patients. How has your previous employment experience aided your tenure at NCQA? I taught for a year (second grade) and that helped me grow up, become more confident, develop creativity. There was the basic curriculum--what we were required to teach--but we were free to try different ways to help kids learn. All the different learning styles was a revelation! For 5 years I was a respiratory therapist, and that was very important in sharpening my focus. I worked in one really good hospital and in a few that were not so good. I found that, universally, care was not well organized. Health care workers often worked as "lone rangers," with very little in the way of standard operating procedures or process design. Of course, at that point I didn't know what process design was, but I did know that there had to be a better way. And that's what got me started on a career in quality. I've been in my current position at NCQA for 26 years, and I've learned so much--from my colleagues, from NCQA's board members, from health care leaders. And experience is the best teacher, especially when you're doing something new. That's what makes it exciting. What have the highlights and challenges been during your tenure at NCQA? What comes to mind immediately is when NCQA Accreditation was mandated by large employers like Xerox, General Motors, Ford, GE. Suddenly, hundreds of health plans were required to go through a rigorous accreditation process. It was difficult for health plans to learn to be accountable for the quality of care their members received. NCQA launched a national report card pilot in 1993, and 25 health plans from around the country committed to reporting on quality. That made the front page of the Wall Street Journal, definitely a highlight! At the same time, the project was challenging--for the plans, and for NCQA--but we all made it through, we reported on time and laid the foundation for all our work since then. In 1997, we got our first contract with the Health Care Financing Administration to develop more measures for Medicare Advantage plans, and to collect HEDIS data for Medicare. That was a huge watershed! What advice can you offer to women who want a career in your industry? I believe strongly that women are the backbone of the health care workforce. Most nurses are women. It's been wonderful to see so many women emerging in the last 10 years as health care and physician leaders. I've seen many women settle for lower-level jobs because the path to higher positions is so circuitous. My advice to women: Believe in yourself! Ask your leaders how you can advance by helping the organization advance. Starting a new organization was an enormous opportunity for me, and for a number of other women I know. Quality is a great field, but management's got to be on board 100 percent, or your efforts will just be an exercise in frustration. Just remember that good quality doesn't necessarily cost more. There are many opportunities to do things better in health care, and more efficiently. What is the most important lesson you've learned in your career to date? Don't expect to be good at everything! Hire people who are better than you, and let them run. Learn from the people who are out there doing great things. Ask your friends for help and advice when you need it. Develop a network of trusted women friends and use it to support yourself--and each other. How do you maintain a work/life balance? My kids required my attention and engagement, and that was good for all of us. I keep myself sane with yoga and meditation. I do things I love to do: travel, hike, cook, read, learn. And I have a wide group of friends who enrich my life. What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace? I think the two big issues for women in the workplace are selling themselves short and unconscious bias. I'm often struck by highly talented women who don't realize how talented they are, so they don't push a little harder. I think Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg has a lot of good advice about that. Unconscious bias is harder to deal with. First, we all have it, to some degree. The first step is to become aware of it, to recognize when it's getting in your way. And sometimes you just have to try to dissipate negative stereotypes through your own actions. You have to pull yourself up! It's an ongoing process, and I certainly don't have all the answers--but this is where a network of women executives has been so important for me. How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life? My first mentor was my boss at the Health Services Administration of HHS, Victor Heyman. He helped me through a crucial transition in my career--from respiratory therapy to health policy and administration. That happened at the same time my first child was born, so it was two very big steps in a new direction. I cannot say enough about how he helped me believe in myself, giving me a million practical suggestions about my work. Another boss, John Marshall, head of the National Center for Health Services Research at HHS (now AHRQ) was also a terrific mentor. And Gail Warden, the first Chair of the NCQA board, helped me in so many important ways over more than a decade. There is no doubt that NCQA would not have gotten to to where we are in health care without him. Which other female leaders do you admire and why? I admire Hillary Clinton, for her dedication to children and to an improved world order. I admire Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, for her fearlessness and grace in very uncertain times. I admire Patricia Gabow, now retired from Denver Health and Hospitals, for her fearless leadership and for demonstrating that you can take world-class care of the poor on a limited budget. What do you want NCQA to accomplish in the next year? After almost 30 years of laying the foundation, we're now working on the framework. We are committed to having outcome measures drive health care more directly--particularly, patient-reported outcomes. I recently had the privilege of visiting Sweden, seeing examples of patient-driven systems, among them a self-dialysis unit and patient co-designed community-based services for the elderly. Trying to figure out how to make space for innovation as an accreditor and quality measurement operation is a challenge--but a welcome one. Solving the puzzle of how a collective quality enterprise that's grown so much, with little attention to alignment can avoid hindering people who are trying to give good patient care, but still hold them accountable...these are some of the knottier challenges that keep me up at night! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Elizabeth A. Field – Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management Tina S. Kaidanow – Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Department of State Markos Kounalakis – Member, United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy Justin H. Siberell – Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of State Claudia Slacik – Member, Board of Directors, Export-Import Bank of the United States Gail O’Connor Mellow – Member, National Council on the Humanities Dana A. Williams – Member, National Council on the Humanities President Obama his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Adele Chatfield-Taylor – Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State W. Kent Fuchs – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation Renee M. Johnson – Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations Rami Nashashibi – Member, President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Shannon Keller O'Loughlin – Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State Julia M. Phillips – Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation James K. Reap – Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State Jeremy Sabloff – Chairman and Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee, Department of State President Obama said, “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them.” President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Elizabeth A. Field, Nominee for Inspector General, Office of Personnel Management Elizabeth A. Field is a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Field served in multiple positions in the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, including as Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Inspections from 2013 to 2014, Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2013, and Senior Audit Manager from 2010 to 2011. Ms. Field was an Inspector in the Management Reviews Division at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2010. Additionally, she served at the Government Accountability Office as a Senior Analyst from 2004 to 2010 and as an Analyst from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Field received a B.A. from Davidson College and an M.P.P. from Duke University. Tina S. Kaidanow, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Department of State Tina S. Kaidanow, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Principal Deputy Secretary for Political-Military Affairs at the Department of State, a position she has held since 2016. Ms. Kaidanow previously served as Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank of Ambassador at Large from 2014 to 2016 and as Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013. She worked in the Department of State’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs from 2009 to 2012, serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2011 to 2012 and Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2009 to 2011. From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Kaidanow was Chief of Mission and Principal Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, becoming the first U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo in July 2008. She served in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Deputy Chief of Mission from 2003 to 2006. From 2000 to 2002, she was the Special Assistant for European Affairs to Deputy Secretaries of State Strobe Talbott and Richard Armitage, and from 1999 to 2000, she was Director for Southeast European Affairs on the National Security Council staff. From 1998 to 1999, she was Special Assistant to the Special Envoy for Kosovo at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia. She served as a Political Officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997 to 1998 and Serbia from 1995 to 1997. She joined the Foreign Service in 1994. Ms. Kaidanow received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil. from Columbia University. Markos Kounalakis, Nominee for Member of the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy Markos Kounalakis has worked as a freelance journalist and author since 1980. Since 2013, Mr. Kounalakis has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Since 2010, he has been a Research Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Kounalakis was President and Publisher of Washington Monthly from 2002 to 2009 and Vice Chairman of the California State World Trade Commission from 2001 to 2003. He currently serves on the Board of Councilors at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Board of Advisors at the University’s Center on Public Diplomacy. Mr. Kounalakis received a B.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.Sc. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Justin H. Siberell, Nominee for Coordinator for Counterterrorism, with the rank of Ambassador at Large, Department of State Justin H. Siberell, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, is Principal Deputy Coordinator in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the Department of State, a position he has held since 2014. Since early 2016, Mr. Siberell has served concurrently as Acting Coordinator for Counterterrorism. He previously worked at the Department of State as Deputy Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Counterterrorism from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, he was Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 2009 to 2012, a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2008 to 2009, and Consul at the American Presence Post in Alexandria, Egypt from 2005 to 2008. He also served as a Press and Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan from 2002 to 2005. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1993, he has served in positions on the National Security Council, the Department of State’s Iran Desk and Executive Secretariat, as well as in the United Arab Emirates and Panama. Mr. Siberell received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Claudia Slacik, Nominee for Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States Claudia Slacik was the Senior Vice President of Export Finance for the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im), a position she held from 2013 to May 2016. During that time, Ms. Slacik also performed the duties of Ex-Im’s Chief Banking Officer. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Slacik held various positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co. including Head of International Public Sector for J.P. Morgan’s Treasury Services business and CEO of its Treasury & Securities Services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before joining J.P. Morgan, from 1992 to 2009 Ms. Slacik served in several positions at Citigroup, most recently as Global Head of Trade Services and Finance for Citi's Global Transaction Services Group. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1992, Ms. Slacik was Vice President, Strategic Planning at World Color Press. She launched her career in banking at Bankers Trust Company. Ms. Slacik received an A.B. from Smith College and an M.B.A. from New York University. Dr. Gail O’Connor Mellow, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities Dr. Gail O’Connor Mellow is President of LaGuardia Community College, a position she has held since 2000. Previously, Dr. Mellow was the President of Gloucester Community College from 1997 to 2000. She served as Senior Administrator at LaGuardia Community College from 1996 to 1997 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rockland Community College from 1994 to 1996. From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Mellow held several positions at Quinebaug Valley Community College, including Acting President and Academic Dean. She served as both Director and Assistant Director of the University of Connecticut Women’s Center from 1984 to 1989. Dr. Mellow serves on the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and previously served on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Association of American Colleges and Universities. Dr. Mellow received an A.A. from Jamestown Community College, a B.A. from the State University of New York, Albany, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from George Washington University. Dr. Dana A. Williams, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities Dr. Dana A. Williams is Chair of the Department of English at Howard University, a position she has held since 2009. Dr. Williams previously served as Associate Chair and Undergraduate Studies Director at Howard University from 2003 to 2009. She was a Faculty Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University from 2008 to 2009 and an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University from 1999 to 2003. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Black American Literature and Culture Forum for the Modern Languages Association, and recently served as President of the College Language Association and the Association of the Departments of English Executive Committee. Dr. Williams won the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar Award in 1999. Dr. Williams received a B.A. from Grambling State University and an M.A. and Ph.D from Howard University. President Obama announced his intent to appoint following individuals to key Administration posts: Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee Adele Chatfield-Taylor is President Emerita of the American Academy in Rome, a position she has held since 2014, which followed her 25 year tenure as the Academy’s President and CEO. Ms. Chatfield-Taylor was Director of the Design Arts Program for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1984 to 1988 and Executive Director of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation from 1980 to 1984. Preservation Foundation from 1980 to 1984. She was Director for Policy and Programs and affiliated with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1973 to 1980. Ms. Chatfield-Taylor was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University from 1976 to 1984 and a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1978 to 1979. She served as a trustee for the National Building Museum from 1989 to 1995 and was a member of the Commission of Fine Arts from 1989 to 1994. Ms. Chatfield-Taylor received a B.A. from Manhattanville College and an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Dr. W. Kent Fuchs, Appointee for Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation Dr. W. Kent Fuchs serves as the President of the University of Florida, a position he has held since 2015. Previously, he served as Provost of Cornell University from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, Dr. Fuchs was the Joseph Silbert Dean of the Cornell University College of Engineering from 2002 to 2008. From 1996 to 2002, he served as the head of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and as the Michael J. and Katherine R. Birck Distinguished Professor at Purdue University. From 1985 to 1996, he served as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Dr. Fuchs is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. Dr. Fuchs holds a B.S.E. from Duke University, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Renee M. Johnson, Appointee for Member, National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations Renee M. Johnson is the National President of the Federal Managers Association (FMA), a position she has held since 2016. Ms. Johnson formerly served in FMA leadership as Vice President of the FMA from 2015 to 2016 and was previously an FMA Regional Director from 2011 to 2015, as well as an FMA Chapter President from 2010 to 2015. Ms. Johnson has been the Component Program Deputy Integrated Product Team Lead for the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC East) of the United States Navy, a position she has held since 2014. Ms. Johnson has served with FRC East for more than two decades, serving as the Emerging Systems Branch Head from 2013 to 2014, Business Manager from 2009 to 2013, Project Manager from 1998 to 2009, Security Assistant from 1997 to 1998, Program Assistant from 1996 to 1997, and began her federal career in 1990 in the cooperative education program. Ms. Johnson received a B.A. from the University of Mount Olive and an M.B.A. from Boston University. Dr. Rami Nashashibi, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, which he co-founded in 1997. He has also been a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Chicago Theological Seminary since 2013. Dr. Nashashibi serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, the Executive Council of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, and the Planning Committee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Living Memorial project. He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2011. Dr. Nashashibi received a B.A. from DePaul University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Shannon Keller O’Loughlin, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee Shannon Keller O’Loughlin is Chief of Staff at the National Indian Gaming Commission, a position she has held since 2015. Ms. O’Loughlin was Partner and Chair of the Indian Nations Practice Group at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP from 2013 to 2015. She was a Solo Practitioner from 2005 to 2013, during which time she worked on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Civil Penalties program from 2011 to 2013. Ms. O’Loughlin was an Associate Attorney for Dreyer Boyajian LLP from 2005 to 2006, Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP from 2004 to 2005, and Galbut & Hunter, P.C. from 2002 to 2004. She was a Law Clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals from 2001 to 2002. Ms. O’Loughlin is a member of the National Native American Bar Association and the Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. She was a member of the NAGPRA Review Committee from 2013 to 2015. Ms. O’Loughlin received a B.A. from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Arizona. Dr. Julia M. Phillips, Appointee for Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation Dr. Julia M. Phillips is Executive Emeritus at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Previously at Sandia, Dr. Phillips served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from 2013 to 2014, Director of Laboratory Research Strategy and Partnerships from 2011 to 2013, and Director of the Physical, Chemical & Nano Science Center from 2001 to 2010. Prior to joining Sandia, Dr. Phillips was a member of the technical staff and a manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1981 to 1995. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Phillips received a B.S. from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. from Yale University. James K. Reap, Appointee for Member, Cultural Property Advisory Committee James K. Reap is Professor and Graduate Coordinator of the Masters of Historic Preservation program at the University of Georgia (UGA), positions he has held since 2015 and 2014, respectively. Mr. Reap held various positions including Associate Professor, Instructor, and Public Service Associate from 2003 to 2014 at UGA. Mr. Reap was Assistant Commissioner with the Georgia Department of Administrative Services from 1997 to 2002, Program Manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games from 1993 to 1996, and Executive Assistant to the Director of State Parks with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from 1992 to 1993. Mr. Reap is a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites and the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. He is a Founding Member of the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Mr. Reap received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and a J.D. from the University of Georgia. Dr. Jeremy Sabloff, Appointee for Member and Chairman, Cultural Property Advisory Committee Dr. Jeremy Sabloff is an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, positions he has held since 2015 and 2010, respectively. Previously, Dr. Sabloff served as President of the Santa Fe Institute from 2009 to 2015, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2009, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology from 1994 to 2004. He served as a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1994, Professor at the University of New Mexico from 1978 to 1986, and Associate Professor at the University of Utah from 1976 to 1977. Dr. Sabloff was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Harvard University from 1969 to 1976. He is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Sabloff received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Государственный концерн «Туркменгаз», предприятие Afghan Gas, пакистанская Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited и индийская GAIL учредили трубопроводную компанию ТАПИ — Туркмения-Афганистан-Пакистан-Индия — с равными долями участия. Об этом сообщила пресс-служба Азиатского банка развития. АБР в 2013 году был назначен странами-участниками ТАПИ транзакционным советником по созданию трубопроводной компании и выявлению лидера коммерческого консорциума, призванного возглавить строительство и эксплуатацию трубопровода, отмечает в ночь на 14 ноября ТАСС. «Учреждение ТАПИ — ключевой рубеж в развитии газопроводного проекта и осязаемый результат трансформационного сотрудничества между вовлеченными сторонами, предвещающий укрепление энергобезопасности, расширение деловых перспектив и достижение большего мира и стабильности в регионе», — заявил генеральный директор Департамента Центральной и Западной Азии АБР Клаус Герхаузер. Планируется, что по 1800-километровому газопроводу ТАПИ будет ежегодно экспортировать до 33 млрд кубометров туркменского природного газа. Туркмения обладает четвёртыми по величине в мире доказанными запасами газа. Магистраль протянется от туркменского месторождения Галкыныш до пункта Фазилка на границе Индии с Пакистаном. Стоимость проекта превышает $7,6 млрд. Как заявил президент Туркмении на прошедшем в конце октября заседании Совета старейшин, «строительство газопровода ТАПИ планируется начать в 2015 году».