SAN FRANCISCO — Gavin Newsom sweeps into the California governor’s mansion Monday hinting that he’ll take a more confrontational posture toward Donald Trump in Washington, but his biggest challenge may be dealing with a friendly Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. A former mayor of San Francisco who served as outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown's understudy for eight years, Newsom takes office as the golden boy of the California Democratic Party's self-styled resistance, promising “Courage, for a Change.” And while the penny-pinching Brown was comfortable wielding his veto pen against the Democrats who lead California’s legislature, Newsom has made potentially costly promises to powerful California groups. He will now face pressure from state Democrats pressure to make good on them — and more — despite volatile economic headwinds that could quickly rein in his ambitions in the nation’s largest economy.Story Continued Below In Washington, … [Read more...] about ‘More aggressive and in your face’: Newsom takes power in California
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Brief Dive Brief: Nonprofit Catholic health system Trinity Health on Tuesday reported a 7.1% increase in revenue to $311 million in the first quarter of its fiscal year 2019, which ended Sept. 30. Trinity had a $20.4 million increase in operating income and finished the quarter at $100.4 million. The operating margin of 2.1% improved on last year's 1.8%. Operating cash flow stayed at almost 8%. The Livonia, Michigan-based health system's expenses increased by 6.7% or $291 million to $4.6 billion. Nearly one-third of those added expenses came from the purchase of MacNeal Hospital and its entities from Tenet Healthcare. The health system also announced Tuesday CEO Richard Gilfillan will step down in June, to be replaced by current Chief Operating Office Michael Slubowski. Dive Insight: Trinity Health said it "continues to undertake targeted efficiency initiatives to improve performance and address unfavorable industry trends," including in the areas … [Read more...] about Trinity Health’s Illinois hospital purchase helps drive revenues
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Oct. 29, 2018 / 3:01 PM GMT / Source: Kaiser Health News By Max Blau, Katja Ridderbusch and Andy Miller ATLANTA — Dr. Alluri Raju, a native of India, vividly remembers how his ethnicity prompted concern and discrimination in the southwest Georgia town of Richland. Doctors there hesitated to grant the family practitioner and general surgeon privileges to the local hospital when he arrived in 1981. "I guess they wanted to cut me off so that I wouldn't be a competitor,"he recalled. Yet, in the 37 years Raju has been practicing in Richland during which more than 20 doctors have come and gone, he's the only physician left — not just in Richland, but in all of Stewart County and neighboring Webster County, an area roughly half the size of Rhode Island with a population of more than 8,000. "Today, I'm it," he said. And his patients, … [Read more...] about Republicans’ drive to tighten immigration overlooks need for doctors
China is trying to hide a dirty secret in the far northwest corner of the country. What we know about it illustrates how the leadership thinks of China, and how it relates to the rest of the world. Xi Jinping, the president and Communist Party leader, is engaged in a global charm offensive, aided in part by the utter lack of charm emanating from the White House these days. Washington rejects global action on climate change; Beijing claims leadership. Washington seeks me-first trade deals; Xi positions China as the standard bearer for win-win free trade. The U.S. turns inward; China invests billions in infrastructure for a new Silk Road. Most of these moves benefit China, too. Some are primarily self-serving. They boost Chinese influence, provide avenues for the flow of raw materials, and may offer an outlet for excess labor and capital. So when you strip away the smiles and handshakes, the policies often are transactional and nationalistic; in other words, a lot like current U.S. … [Read more...] about As Trump turns the U.S. inward, China is bolstering its international reputation. But then there are the internment camps.
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........On March 22, Kelly Asbell had to be hospitalized again. She’s been in a hospital bed ever since.One day earlier, the Valparaiso mother of 10-year-old twins celebrated her 40th birthday – a milestone in her sickly life – by performing 40 acts of kindness for strangers. Kelly Asbell walks with her daughter in the hall at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.I shadowed Asbell on her birthday as she delivered fresh tulips to an old woman in a nursing home, dropped off coins at a laundromat, put quarters into candy machines, left toys on a playground and juice boxes at a day care center, among other gestures.ADVERTISEMENT“I wasn’t expected to live past my teenage years,” she told me.At 10, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, an inherited … [Read more...] about ‘I feel so blessed to be alive’