SACRAMENTO—Nearly a half-century on the national stage surely entitles a leader to some valedictory words, and if Jerry Brown were a conventional politician one could easily imagine what those words might be: Though the sun is setting on my time of public service, it will always be rising for this great state et cetera, et cetera, and though we face daunting challenges let me assure you that I have never been more optimistic about the endless promise of blah, blah, blah.Story Continued Below But if Jerry Brown were a conventional politician he would never have been on the national stage for a half-century. He would have been shooed off it several decades ago, to a chorus of mockery about his supposedly eccentric style and mournful commentary about faded promise and what might have been. Instead, at age 80, Brown is leaving the governorship of the nation’s largest state in a few hours, at noon on Monday. If this departure seems a bit reluctant—he pauses slightly, … [Read more...] about Jerry Brown’s Midnight in America
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Michelle L. Price, Associated Press Updated 9:09 am PST, Thursday, December 13, 2018 FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., makes his concession speech during the NVGOP Election Night Watch Party in Las Vegas. Heller is thanking his family and staff and touting the work of his office in a farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Heller in a speech in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 13, morning cited his work on veterans' issues and the 2017 Republican tax overhaul as among his top accomplishments in his seven years in the Senate. less FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., makes his concession speech during the NVGOP Election Night Watch Party in Las Vegas. Heller is thanking his family and staff and touting the ... more Photo: Joe Buglewicz, AP … [Read more...] about Heller touts veterans’ work, tax reform in farewell speech
POLITICS 09/08/2018 08:00 am ET But that doesn't mean the United States would get the same results. By Jonathan Cohn TAIPEI, Taiwan ― Yun Yen is one of Taiwan’s leading oncologists and, until last year, was president of its most prestigious private medical school. But Yen knows plenty about American health care, too. He trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, did a fellowship at Yale and then spent more than 20 years on the staff at City of Hope, the internationally recognized cancer hospital in Southern California. While in the United States, Yen developed a deep respect for its history of medical innovation and how it benefits the rest of the world. One of his goals in coming back to Taiwan was to help build a research infrastructure that could produce similar breakthroughs. “Most of the new cancer drugs come from the states,” he said as we talked in his office this summer. “The beauty of the U.S. is its high, … [Read more...] about If You Don’t Believe Single Payer Can Work, See How They Do It In Taiwan
Adam Beam, Associated Press Updated 9:20 pm CDT, Saturday, August 25, 2018 Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin holds up a certificate making White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel during the republican party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Lexington, Ky. Bevin announced during the dinner that he will seek re-election for Governor in 2019. less Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin holds up a certificate making White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders an honorary Kentucky Colonel during the republican party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in ... more Photo: Timothy D. Easley, AP Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks to the audience during the republican party's Lincoln Dinner, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Lexington, Ky. Bevin announced during the dinner that he will seek re-election for Governor in 2019. less Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks to the audience during … [Read more...] about Kentucky GOP governor will run for re-election in 2019
Liberated from the concentration camps, Jews who survived the Second World War saw Germany as a mere stopover on the way to Israel or America. Sitting on packed suitcases, they were ready to leave at any moment. But old-age and sickness, visa problems, and ties to Germany stopped some. For decades the population, which had been decimated by the Nazis from over half a million to less than 40,000, continued to fall. Only in the 1990s did immigration by Jews from the former USSR put an end to the decline. In recent years, this revival has been supported by Israeli immigrants. Still a no-go zone for some Israelis, Germany has become the home of choice for 20,000 others reassured by the pledge of "never again" and seeking higher education, work in a start-up, or simply reconciliation. Berlin is at the centre of this migration wave. In the capital, Israelis are making noticeable contributions to the city's cultural and culinary life. Lately, however, an apparent rise in anti-Semitic crime … [Read more...] about Are refugees to blame for a rise in anti-Semitism… or are they being scapegoated?