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Michael Franken: Vote for independent, principled, experienced leadership

michael franken: vote for independent, principled, experienced leadership

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Michael Franken, Iowa View contributor
Published 6:05 a.m. CT May 31, 2020
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In this recording from Zoom, Michael Franken, candidate in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, meets with Des Moines Register journalists.

Des Moines RegisterIowans need a senator who can match the challenges we face today: ensuring access to health care, defeating climate change in this generation, and banishing special interests from our politics.Iowans are famous for our independent streak. Ours is the state that bucks party bosses, the state that chooses presidents. Independence is our legacy and our birthright.Unfortunately, D.C. Democrats and dark money groups have had enough of Iowa’s independence.CLOSING ARGUMENTS: Essays by Democrats running for U.S. Senate — Eddie Mauro | Theresa Greenfield | Kimberly Graham | Michael FrankenRight now, outside money groups — funded by dark money, corporate money, and lobbyist money — are pouring unprecedented sums into Iowa to purchase a United States Senator who will do their bidding. Chuck Schumer’s Senate Majority PAC and other outside groups, funded by such firms as Bain Capital, are spending over $8 million in this race.The principle of independent elections is being violated in our state. This is Washington interference in Iowa’s primary. The nation …

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Recent Penn State basketball commit Mallette holds leadership in high esteem

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STATE COLLEGE – For recent Penn State basketball verbal commit Houston Mallette, the ability to score, pull down rebounds and dish assists are just part of his game he holds in high esteem.The Nittany Lions’ latest class of 2021 commit, however, takes even greater pride in a trait he possesses that doesn’t involve a basketball or a court.“I pride myself in leadership and the ability to help others,” Mallette said on Thursday. “I think it comes from the root of my heart. One of my goals in life is to provide for my family. When it comes to being a leader and being professional and working for something that’s greater than yourself, and it goes off of (being a leader).”
That leadership, coupled with Mallette’s on-court skills last season, helped Pacifica Christian (Newport Beach, California) to a 22-8 record and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division 2A quarterfinals. Mallette ranked second on Pacifica Christian in scoring (15.7 points per game) and rebounds (seven per game), and his 4.9 assists per contest were team-leading. Mallette, who turned 17 on April 9, posted those numbers as a 16-year-old junior.Although Mallette currently calls Southern California home, his family’s roots span …

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Tanzania’s COVID-19 response puts Magufuli’s leadership style in sharp relief

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One of the main points of discussion around the various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic is governance. Different countries have reacted to the pandemic in different ways. These differences are informed by varying styles of leadership and governance around the globe.

Countries with open and transparent governing styles have taken a more hands-on approach by engaging diverse stakeholders. Scholars who examined the COVID-19 responses in China, Japan and South Korea, for example, found that there was systematic evidence that different governance decisions led to different results.

In the case of Tanzania, I argue that COVID-19 has revealed, rather than informed, the governance style under the current administration.

Writing about India’s handling of the new coronavirus, Amartya Sen – professor of economics and 1998 economics Nobel laureate – said:

tackling a social calamity is not like fighting a war, which works best when a leader can use top-down power to order everyone to do what the leader wants — with no need for consultation.

In line with this thinking, being transparent and engaging diverse groups, including both loyalists and critics, is crucial for governments in the fight against the virus.

In Tanzania, President John Magufuli has taken the opposite view. He has framed COVID-19 …

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Trump delays ‘outdated’ G7 leaders’ summit

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US President Donald Trump has said he will postpone this year’s G7 summit and invite leaders of other countries to participate in the talks.”I don’t feel that… it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,” Mr Trump said on Saturday.The G7 group, which the US hosts this year, includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. The president said Russia, South Korea, Australia and India should be invited.Speaking to reporters on board the presidential plane Air Force One, Mr Trump said that he was delaying the summit – which was scheduled to take place later in June – until September. What is the G7 summit and what does it do?Last week, Mr Trump said it might be possible to hold a gathering at the White House and potentially parts of Camp David, the US presidential country retreat, despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.German Chancellor Angela Merkel later rejected the president’s invitation to attend a summit in person because of the outbreak. Her spokesman thanked Mr Trump, but said the German leader “cannot agree to her personal participation, to a journey to Washington”.On Friday, UK Prime …

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European Union Leaders Urge U.S. To Remain In WHO

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Top officials with the European Union urged President Trump to rethink his plans to leave the international agency. Trump announced his decision Friday after weeks of levying criticisms and threatening to pull funding.

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Officials with the European Union are urging President Trump to rethink his recently announced plans to pull the United States from the World Health Organization. The president told reporters on Friday of his intentions to immediately cut ties with the international health agency. On Saturday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, called on Trump to reconsider his plans, saying “actions that weaken international results” during the coronavirus pandemic “must be avoided.” “The WHO needs to continue being able to lead the international response to pandemics, current and future,” said von der Leyen and Borrell in a joint statement. “For this, the participation and support of all is required and very much needed.” The officials also note that the members of the WHO had agreed earlier this month to review lessons learned from the pandemic response. In April, Trump temporarily halted U.S. funding for the WHO …

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US faith leaders wrestle twin traumas in protests, virus

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NEW YORK — American religious leaders across faiths are grappling with the heavy burden of helping to heal two active traumas: rising civil unrest driven by the police killing of George Floyd and the coronavirus pandemic.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have raised their voices to condemn racial bias in the justice system while discouraging violence in response to the killing of Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck. Those words of solidarity, for many clergy, came as their worship routines remained upended by a virus that has forced them to rely on digital or outdoor gathering.

At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, which has provided relief and medical help to demonstrators this week as protests roiled the city, associate pastor Angela T. Khabeb said the shared pain caused by Floyd’s death was exposing the brutal double toll being exacted on people of color.

“There were other pandemics we didn’t always talk about that faced black communities, indigenous, Latinx” before the virus outbreak, Khabeb said, citing “institutionalized racism” and poverty. “And then we layer on COVID-19, which disproportionately affects black, indigenous, Latinx communities.”

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Layla Moran resumes Lib Dem leadership bid – Cherwell

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Layla Moran MP has reaffirmed her bid to become party leader, following a decision by the Liberal Democrat Federal Board to bring the leadership contest forward. Moran was re-elected in December to represent Oxford West and Abingdon, a marginal seat. 

Moran first announced she would be running in March 2020, after previous leader Jo Swinson lost her seat in the 2019 general election. The election was initially postponed to May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has since been brought forward to August 2020. 

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath and current Climate Spokesperson, has also announced her intention to run. Other potential candidates include Ed Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton and current acting co-leader of the party. Most recently, Justice Spokesperson and MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper has issued a statement saying she will not be running, following previous speculation.

Speaking to Cherwell, Moran said: “I was glad the federal board decided to bring the leadership contest forward, I think this gives our party a fantastic opportunity to debate how we approach the next election, and I look forward to taking part in it.

“The overwhelming message that I’ve heard on the doorsteps as I travelled across the country meeting …

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Jacinda Ardern: ‘Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong’

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Jacinda Ardern: ‘Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong’

In this book extract, the New Zealand PM says too much focus on power and strength means leaders can lose sight of the need for kindness

‘The world doesn’t need a whole lot of massively thickskinned politicians; they do need people who care’ – New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.
Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jacinda Ardern and I’m the prime minister of New Zealand. And I’m the third female prime minister, the second youngest, and the youngest female prime minister.
You were 17 when you joined the Labour party in New Zealand?
Yes, I joined a political party when I was a teenager and for me it wasn’t because I thought a life in politics was for me. Absolutely no! In fact, if anything, I thought it looked like a very hard life. It was because I was one of those young people that thought I’d like to change the world, even if it was in the smallest of ways, it just felt like I was doing something that would make a difference.
At 17 did …

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Angela Holmes: Calling all leaders, organizations need you

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Alveda King calls for leadership, unity and faith over fear after third night of riots over death of George Floyd

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Evangelist Alveda King called for unity and leadership from community and spiritual leaders Saturday after riots spread across the country, protesting the death of an unarmed black man in the hands of Minneapolis police.King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” that there must be justice in the killing of George Floyd and other innocent black men and women, but first there must be calm — and faith.”Acts 17:26 says, ‘Of one blood, God made all people to live together on the face of the Earth,'” she said. “Martin Luther King Jr. said we must learn to live together as brothers — and I’ll add ‘as sisters’ — or perish together as fools. Our president, Donald John Trump, has said we all believe the same.”Floyd’s death was recorded in multiple videos earlier this month. Officer Derek Chauvin is shown pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for around eight minutes as the handcuffed Floyd cries for him to stop and then becomes unresponsive.After Floyd, 46, was killed, Chauvin and other officers involved were fired. Chauvin was arrested on Friday afternoon and charged with murder and manslaughter.MINNEAPOLIS COP WHO KNELT ON HANDCUFFED BLACK …

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