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The Hill

Overnight Health Care: Fireworks on health care ...

Overnight Health Care: Fireworks on health care ...

Welcome to Wednesday's Overnight Health Care.It's debate night, and health care is sure to be on the menu. There's also plenty of vaping news from FDA nominee Stephen Hahn's confirmation hearing.  Coming up at 9: More health care fighting!...

MedCity News

Sanofi to leverage Aetion’s data analytics platform ...

Sanofi to leverage Aetion’s data analytics platform ...

Aetion’s real-world evidence platform will be integrated with Sanofi’s real-world data platform called Darwin to gain a better understanding of the safety, efficacy and value of drugs while also boosting RWE as complementary to clinical trial data in the decision-making process for drug approvals.

CNN

E. coli outbreak sickens 17 people in ...

E. coli outbreak sickens 17 people in ...

Public health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 17 people in eight states, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

The Hill

Tennessee becomes first state to ask permission ...

Tennessee becomes first state to ask permission ...

Tennessee on Wednesday formally asked the Trump administration for permission to convert its Medicaid program into a limited, block grant–type model, a controversial plan that, if approved, could be the first in the nation.The proposal will test the...

New York Times

‘I’m 17 Years Old, and I’m Terrified’: ...

‘I’m 17 Years Old, and I’m Terrified’: ...

Ahead of the Democratic debate on Wednesday, we asked Times readers what issues they most wanted the presidential candidates to discuss, and why.

Forbes

House Panel Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

House Panel Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

One advocacy group called it the “biggest marijuana news of the year.”

The Hill

Trump to hear from 'all sides' in ...

Trump to hear from 'all sides' in ...

President Trump will meet Friday with stakeholders on the issue of youth vaping, the White House announced Wednesday. A "diverse" group of advocates, industry representatives, nonprofits, medical associations and state officials will attend the...

Becker's Hospital Review
New York Times

Trump’s F.D.A. Nominee Sidesteps Questions About Banning ...

Trump’s F.D.A. Nominee Sidesteps Questions About Banning ...

The nominee, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, said the decision to restrict flavors would not be his, if confirmed, because it was already under final review by the White House.

MedCity News

The case of the ACA’s disappearing taxes

The case of the ACA’s disappearing taxes

The first piece of financing to disappear happened before most of the law even took effect and more disappeared over time.

Becker's Hospital Review
Inc.

How to Connect with Clients Through Strong ...

How to Connect with Clients Through Strong ...

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the process of designing your corporate branding? Here are some simple tips so that you can make a strong first impression.

Forbes

Has Great Higher Education Reached Middle America?

Has Great Higher Education Reached Middle America?

Looking at two popular rankings of colleges, we see top schools are concentrated on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts --some areas have few truly outstanding institutions.

Forbes

How To Go From $1.20 A Week ...

How To Go From $1.20 A Week ...

Andrew Carnegie grew up in poverty but became the world's richest man. What was his secret to success? Learn about his remarkable journey and how his secret can help you excel at work.

Forbes

Girlboss CEO, Sophia Amuroso, Shares How She ...

Girlboss CEO, Sophia Amuroso, Shares How She ...

Long work hours, passion, uncertainty and a lack of support and community can all contribute to the cycle of stress and, eventually, burnout.

Forbes

Do These 5 Things If You Want ...

Do These 5 Things If You Want ...

Many of you express an interest in learning about executive coaching. You are asking about what kind of work coaches actually do. You are asking whether you can benefit from hiring and working with one, and you are asking what exactly it takes to become an executive coach. I know this because you

Forbes

How This Lux Capital GP Went From ...

How This Lux Capital GP Went From ...

Eleven years ago, Shakir never imagined she’d be talking about venture capital at career day.

Fast Company

What the Trump impeachment hearings reveal about ...

What the Trump impeachment hearings reveal about ...

If there’s one takeaway from the House impeachment inquiry so far, it’s that President Trump is a bad boss. Setting aside whether he committed a high crime when he pressured Ukraine’s new president to investigate former vice president Joe Biden, there’s no doubt that America’s most high-profile workplace is also its most dysfunctional.  Career diplomats like Marie Yovanovitch were sidelined or ignored. Gordon Sondland was massively unqualified to be ambassador to the E.U. And Rudy Giuliani was running a shadow foreign policy over unsecured cell phone lines.  Meanwhile, a parade of witnesses have testified or publicly called out the president’s own managerial crimes, including intimidation, harassment, and his frequent disparagement of former employees. But while the White House may be the country’s most toxic workplace, it also provides some clear lessons for any employee trying to navigate a hellish environment.  For the record: The witnesses testifying this week are in good company. More than half of workers polled in a 2017 survey said they encountered “unpleasant and potentially hazardous” conditions at work. “The level of toxicity in the workplace is at an all-time high,” Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Society for Human Resource Management, said recently.  Here’s what they can learn from the bureaucratic melodrama playing out in prime time: Stay cool, even as things heat up Yovanovitch, a veteran civil servant who preferred to stay out of the spotlight according to all accounts, had a lengthy career in the State Department prior to being removed from her post as ambassador to Ukraine earlier this year. But, as her testimony shows, it’s sometimes impossible to avoid getting caught in uncomfortable workplace situations. Her six-hour turn on the stand is an object lesson for remaining calm in the face of repeated bad behavior. As Barry Saltzman wrote in Fast Company previously, “There’s no excuse for addressing this behavior with equally negative behavior. It does nothing but negatively affect workplace culture. Although it provides an immediate sense of catharsis, it’s no substitution for handling it in a professional and decent manner.” Tell a manager Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, an expert on Ukraine and decorated war veteran, testified on Tuesday. But even before that, he notified a superior at least twice about his concerns over Trump’s pressure campaign in Ukraine, according to the New York Times. Vindman, who first shared this information in a closed-door testimony to the House Intelligence Committee last month, said that he raised these concerns out of “a sense of duty.” “When a toxic employee begins to affect others, a first step should be to confront the behavior directly and explore what is truly going on, and then land on a next step,” Stacey Engle, president of training company Fierce Conversations, tells Fast Company. If the behavior doesn’t change, she says it is appropriate, and necessary in many cases, to alert a manager and HR. “If the toxicity heads into the territory of putting an individual or an organization in danger—either physically or legally—concerns should be brought to the top of the leadership chain immediately,” Engle advises. Always keep the receipts Today’s testimony from Gordon Sondland, American ambassador to the E.U., shows the importance of having a paper trail when attempting to report questionable behavior and activity. Walking back his testimony from an earlier deposition, Sondland produced both texts and emails to show that both the White House and the State Department knew about a “quid pro quo” between the U.S. and Ukraine. Engle says that in cultures that tend to tolerate bad behavior, the problems can be more difficult to root it out, as often more than one individual is causing concerns. “We recommend having real examples to share when confronting individuals,” she asserts, “and if appropriate, should include documented materials such as emails and text messages.” Although the government doesn’t operate like a corporate entity, the impeachment hearings could spell the end of at least some of the practices that have flourished to date. As for private organizations, Laura Handrick, HR analyst at Fit Small Business, said in an earlier report from Glassdoor that it takes courageous and tactful leadership to root out the source (or sources) of the problem through gathering data and having candid conversations, “But those are the only real remedies,” she said. “It’s only when management hears and addresses the issues causing anger and dysfunction is there any hope of turning the culture around.” But Engle points out that if the toxicity has reached the leaders of an organization, options for employees are limited. Still she suggests approaching the board of directors if there is one, or alerting an authority outside the company if there is a potential threat to a person or the business. “If all else fails, and you are unable to do your job given the circumstances,” says Engle, “leaving the organization all together may be your best bet.”

Forbes

10 Unexpected Career Insights From An Entrepreneur ...

10 Unexpected Career Insights From An Entrepreneur ...

Some people who come from a famous pedigree see it as a responsibility to follow in their forefather’s footsteps, and some intentionally eschew the family business, whatever it is. Ellie Rubenstein went her own way and has lessons for all of us.

Forbes

Tories Slammed For Fact-Check Stunt -But Was ...

Tories Slammed For Fact-Check Stunt -But Was ...

As Britain's electoral hopefuls duked it out before a live studio audience last night, the delicate divide between truth and spin narrowed.

Forbes

The Apprentice: Episode 8: Corporate Away Day ...

The Apprentice: Episode 8: Corporate Away Day ...

It's a corporate away day task! On a train! What could go wrong?

Forbes

America Is Ranked The Best Country For ...

America Is Ranked The Best Country For ...

A new report evaluated each country based on three factors: women’s advancement outcomes, knowledge assets and financial access and entrepreneurial support.

Forbes

Thinking About Your Career or Business? Think ...

Thinking About Your Career or Business? Think ...

Hannah Sieber is the co-founder and COO of Ecoflow. The company was featured on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the energy sector. I sat down with Hannah to discuss her career path, the start of Ecoflow, and the advice she’d give to young entrepreneurs.

Forbes

The Profound Psychological Benefits Of A Purposeful ...

The Profound Psychological Benefits Of A Purposeful ...

A wealth of research suggests that living a purposeful life is key to emotional well-being, physical health, and extraordinary performance.

Inc.

How to Design a Website Your Audience ...

How to Design a Website Your Audience ...

We like to believe that we don't judge books by their covers and that everyone should be allowed a second chance, but the truth is that when it comes to consumer behavior, nothing replaces the first impression.

Forbes

Facebook’s Latest Changes: What Fundraisers Need To ...

Facebook’s Latest Changes: What Fundraisers Need To ...

Facebook is sending a clear message to nonprofits with its latest release of new fundraising tools.

Forbes

Are You Ready For The Robots?

Are You Ready For The Robots?

By 2021, some of the capabilities offered by RPA platforms may well be commoditized, driving the technology costs to the floor.

Forbes

Proving The Financial Contribution Of AI In ...

Proving The Financial Contribution Of AI In ...

Despite a frenzy of spending on AI initiatives to drive growth, their impact on growth is not very clear. 70 % of AI initiatives have shown little or no return. This begs the questions: why do most AI investments fail to meet expectations? and what will it take for them to succeed?

Inc.

3 Amazing Life Lessons I Wouldn't Have ...

3 Amazing Life Lessons I Wouldn't Have ...

It's not just about building a business, but about self-discovery and self-growth.

Quartz

Half of TV episodes in the last ...

Half of TV episodes in the last ...

While the TV industry still has some work to do, its population of directors is drastically more diverse than its film counterpart.

Fast Company

This is what the Democratic candidates say ...

This is what the Democratic candidates say ...

A presidential primary debate stage with more than two candidates will feature a slate of presidential hopefuls that is 40% female. What’s more, 100% of the moderator panel for the debate will be female. Another historic first for our nation—and a win for gender equity. I wanted to know what the Democratic candidates who will be onstage tomorrow had to say about gender equity as it relates to government policy. So I asked them two questions about gender mainstreaming, a method used to analyze policies by disaggregating their effects by gender: In what ways have you seen or felt the lack of gender mainstreaming in current government policies? Do you have a plan to guarantee all U.S. policies going forward are gender mainstreamed? I chose to focus my questions on gender mainstreaming because if we’re serious about tapping into the $2 trillion economic opportunity in the U.S. that comes from having gender equity, fundamental changes need to occur at the policy level—in every policy. Plus, women’s share of the voting public has been higher than men’s since 1964, and they want to know how the candidates’ proposals will affect them and their families uniquely. How gender mainstreaming helps our economy Gender equity is inherent in nearly every public policy. Social Security, immigration, import taxes—these and other policies often impact men and women differently. When we apply the gender lens to every campaign issue, we get a better understanding of how policies will affect women and how they will affect men. This ensures that all members of our society benefit equitably from public policy and no one is left behind. Now, here’s what the four Democratic candidates who responded to my questions have to say about gender mainstreaming. Senator Kamala Harris Harris is often asked for her opinion on women’s issues while out on the campaign trail. Her response conveys a critical comprehension of gender mainstreaming. “I’m so glad you want to talk about the economy, and national security and criminal justice reform,” she’s said. Harris believes we are not doing enough to examine how major policies uniquely affect women. “When we talk about economic inequality, we must remember that women are often the primary caregivers in their families and therefore are disproportionately burdened by our country’s lack of paid family leave.” She’s right. In fact, 71% of U.S. households with children depend on moms’ earnings for their well-being, yet working moms take home 71 cents for every dollar their working-father counterparts earn. That pay gap causes the average working mother and her family to miss out on $16,000 every year. The consequences of moms’ pay inequity impact the future of our country because a child’s propensity to go to college, the probability of them becoming a teen parent, and their future earning potential are all influenced by a parent’s income. Beyond the issue of pay equity, Harris believes we must bring gender into talks around major policy issues, including national security (“the scourge of sexual assault in the military”), criminal justice reform (“the abhorrent way that pregnant women are still treated in our country’s prisons”), and immigration (“women [are] brutally separated from their children without being told where their children would be held”). Harris believes that while we have made progress toward gender equity, “gender mainstreaming is still lacking in the way leaders view our public policy.” And the lack of a true gender mainstreaming standard across all policies means people wrongly assume issues such as equal pay, paid family leave, and healthcare “are the only, or even the primary, issues important to women voters.” Mayor Pete Buttigieg Buttigieg released a four-point plan to make America a better place for women. His proposal embodies gender mainstreaming in everything but name, the crux of which is to “work systematically to build women’s power in our economy, our political system and in every part of our society.” In other words, he’s signaling to the voting public that his administration would institutionalize gender equity at every level. First, Buttigieg wants to close not only gender pay gaps (U.S. women earn, on average, 80 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn) but also gender wealth gaps. Closing both gaps matters to our economy and democracy, especially considering that wealth and political power go hand in hand. Among the top 10% of current members of Congress ranked by overall wealth, the collective worth of men is 10 times greater than the collective worth of women. Second, Buttigieg plans to ensure all women have access to affordable health care. “My administration will tackle disparities in health, whether that means ensuring that LGBTQ+ people receive respectful care or eliminating racial disparities in maternal mortality.” Third, he’s pledged to nominate at least 50% women to his Cabinet and to the judiciary, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would formally recognize women’s legal equality (note: on November 11 the House Judiciary Committee advanced legislation to revive the Equal Rights Amendment by scrapping a 1982 deadline for its ratification by the states), and promote gender-diverse and racially diverse leadership. For a democracy that represents a 51% female population with a Congress that is only 24% female, we must take systemic approaches such as the ones Buttigieg has proposed to reach gender parity in politics. Finally, Buttigieg will make our country safer for women. He will reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, close the “boyfriend loophole” so partners convicted of domestic abuse cannot buy firearms, and tackle online harassment. Vice President Joe Biden Biden believes the U.S. needs gender equity for two fundamental reasons. One, because it’s “critical to the fight for the soul of our nation.” According to Biden, “The American creed, that we are all created equal, was written long ago. We’ve never fully lived up to that goal as a nation, but we’ve never walked away from it.” Biden’s statements are supported by the fact that the U.S. is still another 208 years away from reaching gender equity. At the global level, we’ve fallen six spots in gender equity in the past two years. And domestically, 70% of the states have either stood still or moved backward on gender equity since 2015. Second, Biden believes in achieving gender equity because he understands the importance of opportunity—that the world’s strongest nation must provide everyone with the opportunity to succeed. In the great American experiment of democracy, we must work diligently so that no one gets left behind. For Biden, who has fought for gender equality throughout his career, securing the passage of the Violence Against Women Act remains one of his proudest moments. Looking forward, Biden stated, “[My] campaign has ensured addressing issues of gender is a priority in every policy proposal considered, from foreign policy, to higher education to criminal justice reform.” Senator Cory Booker Booker has a vision to create an economy that works for the benefit of all. He realizes that even 99 years after the 19th Amendment’s ratification, women continue to face barriers to opportunity in the workplace, in the criminal justice system, and in healthcare. He also realizes that women of color and trans women face even greater challenges. A campaign spokesperson for Booker pointed to his vision of gender equity starts with his Opportunity and Justice for Workers plan. The plan presents a multipronged strategy to close gender equity gaps in the workplace. This includes closing the gender pay gap, ensuring universal paid family leave (so workers can earn income while caring for family members), and making sure all workers have access to high-quality, affordable childcare. Further, Booker says he will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to hold companies accountable for pay equity. As a cosponsor of the Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act, Booker believes that greater diversity is a national economic imperative—not a box to be checked. The act requires public companies to release the gender, racial, and ethnic makeup of senior management and corporate boards. As president, Booker would expand on his Diversity Act and incentivize gender diversity among federal contractors. He has also put forth the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act to improve the treatment of incarcerated women and their families. And, considering that women hold a disproportionate burden of U.S. student loan debt, Booker’s fight for debt-free college, free community college, and expanded access to high-quality apprenticeships is a step in the right direction for gender equity. November’s debate is a step in the right direction for gender equity. It’s also a win for our nation because closing the gender equity gap has the potential to expand GDP by $2 trillion. After the candidates leave the debate stage in Atlanta and the post-debate commentaries come out, we must never forget the significance of this unprecedented moment in our nation’s history. Katica Roy is the founder and CEO of Pipeline Equity.

FloridaPolitics.com

Jeanette Núñez leads trade mission to Colombia

Jeanette Núñez leads trade mission to Colombia

It’s the executive branch’s second trade mission since Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis took office in January. The post Jeanette Núñez leads trade mission to Colombia appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Why Orlando’s not getting a baseball team

Why Orlando’s not getting a baseball team

The Orlando Dreamers unveiled a website Wednesday ... and that’s about it The post Why Orlando’s not getting a baseball team appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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North Florida judge’s history raised as angry ...

North Florida judge’s history raised as angry ...

Gloria Walker dismissed charges against a teen with plans for a school shooting. The post North Florida judge’s history raised as angry citizens push for removal from bench appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Joe Henderson: How many Trump-connected insults are ...

Joe Henderson: How many Trump-connected insults are ...

Leaked emails show how top Trump adviser Stephen Miller relentlessly targeted Rubio during 2016 campaign The post Joe Henderson: How many Trump-connected insults are too many for Marco Rubio? appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Monday conference call first step to filling ...

Monday conference call first step to filling ...

The Judicial Nominating Commission talks procedure, timing. The post Monday conference call first step to filling Supreme Court holes appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Ukraine takes its place as the borderland ...

Ukraine takes its place as the borderland ...

Now a very important country for the same reason it had long been fought over The post Ukraine takes its place as the borderland of geopolitical battles appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Last Call for 11.20.19 — A prime-time ...

Last Call for 11.20.19 — A prime-time ...

A digest of the day's politics and policy while the bartender refreshes your drink. The post Last Call for 11.20.19 — A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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FBI has asked for interview with whistleblower

FBI has asked for interview with whistleblower

Whistleblower sought by FBI as a witness, not a subject The post FBI has asked for interview with whistleblower appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB ...

Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB ...

“Orlando keeps growing and sports needs to be a part of that." The post Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB to Orlando appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..

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Self-driving car test facility to start next ...

Self-driving car test facility to start next ...

The SunTrax facility will enter phase two this fall. The post Self-driving car test facility to start next construction phase appeared first on Florida Politics - Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government..