Democrats seek suspension of Jared Kushner s security clearance, pending Russia




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Democrats seek suspension of Jared Kushner’s security clearance, pending Russia probe

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House Democrats are raising concerns about the security clearance held by President Trump ’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. saying suspicions about his contacts with Russian officials should be enough to suspend his access to sensitive information.

“When there are credible allegations that employees may be unfit to continue accessing classified information, security clearances are supposed to be suspended while the allegations are investigated,” wrote Rep. Elijah Cummings. the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, in a letter to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. “Mr. Kushner reportedly failed to disclose contacts with dozens of foreign officials on his security clearance application.”

Aides to Kushner did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the letter from Cummings and the other Democrats on the Oversight Committee, which was accompanied by a demand for Kushner’s security clearance application and for “all documents and communications referring or relating to Mr. Kushner’s contacts or communications with Russian government officials or business representatives.” Cummings’ letter is the latest in a drumbeat of efforts by Democrats in Congress. More than 40 members wrote with similar concerns in May.

A White House spokesperson declined to comment.

As a senior adviser to Trump and as someone tasked with helping orchestrate Middle East peace talks, Kushner likely has access to highly sensitive intelligence. According to the letter, his top-secret clearance is temporary, pending a routine screening by the FBI.

The FBI has not identified Kushner as a target of its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, recently taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller. Sources familiar with a parallel probe by the Senate Intelligence Committee, however, have confirmed to ABC News that Kushner’s previously undisclosed meetings with Russian officials have drawn the attention of its investigators. Senate investigators have requested documents from Kushner and are negotiating with him to arrange an interview. Through his attorney, Kushner has indicated his desire to cooperate with that probe.

The challenge to Kushner’s security clearance comes as the White House is facing questions about its decision to continue to allow retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to access to the nation’s most carefully guarded secrets when he served as Trump’s national security adviser, even after Department of Justice officials warned that Flynn may have been susceptible to blackmail by Russian diplomats. The New York Times reported Wednesday that, for three weeks before he was fired, Flynn sat in on the most sensitive intelligence briefings in the White House.

He has denied anything improper occurred during his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and sources close to Flynn have told ABC News they consider it ludicrous that anyone could have concluded he was vulnerable to blackmail.

Cummings, however, takes issue with the administration’s decision to continue allowing Flynn access to sensitive information after Justice Department lawyers notified the White House of their concerns.

“Concerns about Gen. Flynn’s false statements — as well as his concealment of communications with the Russian ambassador — raised obvious security concerns that should have resulted in an immediate suspension of his clearance while an investigation of the allegations proceeded,” Cummings wrote.

Kushner’s lawyer Jamie Gorelick. a deputy attorney general under Bill Clinton, said that on Jan. 18, Kushner filed an extensive security questionnaire known as the SF86, with an offer the next day to the FBI to provide omitted details of his Russian contacts during his background check interview by agents in person, The New York Times reported.

The SF86 requires applicants for security clearances to disclose — under criminal penalty for significant omissions — minute details of their life, including specific dates and purposes of foreign travel and any “close and/or continuing contact” with foreign nationals or receipt of foreign payments in the previous seven years.

The fact that Kushner received an interim security clearance despite failing to disclose all his contacts with the Russian ambassador and a Kremlin-owned bank is very unusual, according to one legal expert.

“It’s highly out of the ordinary for how it’s supposed to be done,” said Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer who handles cases involving intelligence community workers’ clearance problems.

Investigators conducting government background checks for those applying for top-secret clearances understand that people make mistakes on their SF86 disclosures and sometimes have to submit supplemental information, but Moss said he has never heard of an interim clearance being given to anyone who failed to disclose contacts with a foreign government.

“If Kushner’s clearance is still being adjudicated and there is this red flag of his failure to properly report numerous contacts with foreign government officials on his SF86, that would be major matter of concern, in terms of him being in charge of this mission to the Middle East,” Moss said.

Cummings and other House Democrats have no power to force the administration to rescind Kushner’s clearance. Trump has final word on who gets a security clearance when it comes to his staff, as the chief executive, by law, is the ultimate authority.


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Michael Porter biography – quotes – competitive advantage #michael #porter #competitive


Michael Porter

The power of Michael Porter ’s publications lies in their practical character.

Michael Porter ’s publications provide entrepreneurs with extensive guidelines for obtaining better operating results.

10 famous quotes by Michael Porter

  1. Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.
  2. The best CEO s I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy.
  3. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
  4. The company without a strategy is willing to try anything.
  5. If all you re trying to do is essentially the same thing as your rivals, then it s unlikely that you ll be very successful.
  6. Finally, strategy must have continuity. It can t be constantly reinvented.
  7. Strategy 101 is about choices: You can t be all things to all people.
  8. The essence of strategy is that you must set limits on what you re trying to accomplish.
  9. Companies operating in urban communities have a tremendous ripple effect.
  10. Good leaders need a positive agenda, not just an agenda of dealing with crisis.

Publications and books by Michael Porter et al.

  • 2011. Creating shared value. Harvard business review, 89(1/2), 62-77.
  • 2011, 1990. Competitive advantage of nations: creating and sustaining superior performance . Simon and Schuster.
  • 2008. On competition . Harvard Business Press.
  • 2008. The five competitive forces that shape strategy. Harvard business review, 86(1), 25-40.
  • 2008. Competitive strategy: Techniques for analyzing industries and competitors . Simon and Schuster.
  • 2006. Redefining health care: creating value-based competition on results . Harvard Business Press.
  • 2003. The Economic Performance of Regions. Journal: Regional Studies REG STUD. vol. 37, no. 6-7, pp. 545-546.
  • 2002. The determinants of national innovative capacity. Journal: Research Policy RES POLICY. vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 899-933.
  • 2002. The competitive advantage of corporate philanthropy. Harvard business review, 80(12), 56-68.
  • 2002. The determinants of national innovative capacity. Research policy, 31(6), 899-933.
  • 2001. Strategy and the Internet. Harvard business review, 79(3), 62-79.
  • 2000. Location, Competition, and Economic Development: Local Clusters in a Global Economy. Journal: Economic Development Quarterly ECON DEV Q, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 15-34.
  • 1998. Clusters and the new economics of competition (Vol. 76, No. 6, pp. 77-90). Boston: Harvard Business Review .
  • 1998. Clusters and competition: New agendas for companies, governments, and institutions (pp. 197-287). Boston: Harvard Business School Press.
  • 1998, 1985. Competitive advantage: creating and sustaining superior performance . FreePress.
  • 1997. How much does industry matter, really? .
  • 1997. Competitive Strategy. Journal: Measuring Business Excellence. vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 12-17.
  • 1996. What is strategy?. Published November.
  • 1996. Competitive advantage, agglomeration economies, and regional policy. International regional science review, 19(1-2), 85-90.
  • 1995. Green and competitive: ending the stalemate. Reader In Business And The Environment, 61.
  • 1995. Toward a new conception of the environment-competitiveness relationship. The journal of economic perspectives, 97-118.
  • 1995. The competitive advantage of the inner city. The city reader, 274-286.
  • 1994. The Role of Location in Competition. International Journal of The Economics of Business. vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 35-40.
  • 1992. Capital choices: Changing the way America invests in industry. Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, 5(2), 4-16.
  • 1991. Strategy: Seeking and Securing Competitive Advantage . Harvard Business Review Press.
  • 1991. Towards a dynamic theory of strategy. Strategic management journal, 12(S2), 95-117.
  • 1991. Capital disadvantage: America s failing capital investment system. Harvard business review, 70(5), 65-82.
  • 1991. Towards a dynamic theory of strategy. Journal: Strategic Management Journal STRATEG MANAGE J. vol. 12, no. S2, pp. 95-117.
  • 1990. Competitive Advantage of Nations. Journal: Competitive Intelligence Review. vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 14-14.
  • 1987. From competitive advantage to corporate strategy (Vol. 59). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business Review.
  • 1986. Competition in global industries . Harvard Business Press.
  • 1986. Coalitions and global strategy. Competition in global industries, 1(10), 315-343.
  • 1986. Changing patterns of international competition. Journal: The International Executive, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 13-14.
  • 1985. How information gives you competitive advantage .
  • 1982. Business policy: Text and cases (p. 7). RD Irwin.
  • 1981. The contributions of industrial organization to strategic management. Academy of management review, 6(4), 609-620.
  • 1980. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors . Free Press.
  • 1979. The structure within industries and companies performance. The review of economics and statistics, 214-227.
  • 1979. How competitive forces shape strategy (pp. 21-38). Boston: Harvard Business Review.
  • 1985. How Information Gives You Competitive Advantage .
  • 1979. The Structure within Industries and Companies Performance .
  • 1979. How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy . Harvard Business Review.
  • 1977. From entry barriers to mobility barriers: Conjectural decisions and contrived deterrence to new competition. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 241-261.

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Dentsu Acquires Digital Agency Firstborn #bryan #weiner, #dan #lacivita, #joonyong #park,


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Dentsu Acquires Digital Indie Firstborn

By Kunur Patel. Published on January 31, 2011.

NEW YORK ( — Dentsu West, the U.S. arm of the Japanese holding company giant, has acquired 65-person indie digital shop Firstborn.

The New York-based digital agency is the latest in Dentsu’s buying spree under Tim Andree, CEO of Dentsu West. Terms of the Firstborn deal, which has been in the works since last summer, were not disclosed. Firstborn will maintain its name and clients, and says its trio of senior leaders, CEO Michael Ferdman, President Dan LaCivita and Chief Creative JoonYong Park, will all stay onboard at the shop.

Firstborn’s revenue was an estimated $12 million to $13 million in 2010, up more than 30% from 2009, the year it was named to Ad Age’s A-List. It counts PepsiCo’s Sobe, Wrigley and Aflac as clients.

In keeping with Mr. Andree’s usual form, no investment bankers were involved in the purchase; the sole matchmaker was Bryan Wiener, CEO of 360i. the digital agency Dentsu acquired nearly a year ago to the date. He introduced Mr. Ferdman and Mr. Andree over dinner just after Labor Day, at Tribeca Grill in Manhattan.

The two digital-agency CEOs have been friends for years, and prior to that dinner, Mr. Ferdman asked Mr. Wiener: “For real, tell me, what’s changed?” This was not the first union Mr. Ferdman had considered; other media and holding companies have tried to court Firstborn, but he had always turned them away. “None of [ 360i ‘s] key people are gone and they’re a bigger company than we are,” he said. “Everyone knows horror stories of what can happen [with acquisitions], and all I’ve seen at Bryan’s company is positive.” With 25% revenue growth one year after the acquisition, 360i was recently named to Ad Age’s Agency A-List. McGarryBowen, another major Dentsu acquisition before that, has also grown substantially since its sale and was named Ad Age Agency of the Year for 2009 and again to the Agency A-List in 2010.

While Firstborn is the second digital agency to join Dentsu West, Mr. Andree insists there’s no overlap between 360i and its new sibling. He calls the agencies “completely complementary,” since Firstborn brings new services to the network, such as 3D animation and web development. “We’re not adding competitors,” he said. “We’re adding new talent and capabilities.”

One major point of difference is that, where most agencies use the influx of cash to set up new offices around the globe, Firstborn isn’t looking to expand beyond its single, New York office. Mr. Ferdman is insistent on keeping all staffers within the same office in the hopes of keeping the agency’s culture intact.

However, the acquisition could potentially raise conflicts with Firstborn’s existing agency clients — 25% of revenue comes from production work for other agencies. For example, the agency has a long-standing relationship with WPP’s Team Detroit for car websites and customization tools. Another consideration will be the fact Firstborn counts PepsiCo a client, while 360i works with Coca-Cola, but Mr. Andree there will be sufficient firewalls put in place to safeguard those relationships.

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Ketamine not effective in surgery study #delirium, #ketamine, #opioids, #surgery, #pain,


Ketamine not effective in surgery study

At a Glance

  • Researchers found that low doses of ketamine didn’t reduce delirium, postoperative pain, or other complications related to major surgeries.
  • The results suggest that the common practice of giving ketamine to patients during surgery may need to be re-evaluated.

Ketamine is commonly used in the operating room as an alternative to opioids, but results from a new study suggest the practice should be reconsidered. Purestock/Thinkstock

Patients who are ill or undergoing surgery sometimes experience delirium, a confused mental state that includes changes in awareness, thinking, judgment, sleeping patterns, and behavior. This is most common in adults over 60 years old. Many episodes of delirium are caused by medicine or dehydration and are reversible. However, some episodes of delirium can have long-term effects. Patients who become delirious after surgery can have longer hospital stays and be at a higher risk of dying.

Opioid pain relievers are thought to be a risk factor for delirium and are addictive. Ketamine is commonly used in the operating room as an alternative to opioids to prevent pain from surgery and reduce the need for opioids.

To investigate whether ketamine alleviates pain and prevents delirium from surgery, a team led by Dr. Michael Avidan of Washington University followed 672 patients (254 women and 418 men) over the age of 60 who were undergoing major surgery in the United States, Canada, India, and South Korea. The study was funded in part by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and National Cancer Institute (NCI). Results were published online on May 30, 2017, in the Lancet .

The team randomly assigned the patients to three treatment groups. Patients received either a placebo, a 0.5 mg/kg dose of ketamine, or a 1.0 mg/kg dose ketamine following general anesthesia but prior to any surgical incision. Patients were evaluated for delirium from 1 to 3 days following the surgery.

There were no significant differences between the groups in patients experiencing delirium (19.82%, placebo; 17.65%, 0.5 mg/kg; 21.3%, 1.0 mg/kg). Nor were there any significant differences across groups in pain experienced in the days following the surgery.

Patients given ketamine didn’t show any increased risk for adverse events. However, as the dose of ketamine increased, so did the reports of hallucinations and nightmares over the 3 days following surgery.

“We were particularly surprised by the lack of an effect on postoperative pain,” says the study’s senior author, Dr. George Mashour of the University of Michigan. “Giving single doses of ketamine during surgery to prevent postoperative pain is increasingly common, but our data challenge that practice and suggest that even after decades of use, more research is required if we hope to understand ketamine.”

“We found that the current practice of giving low doses of ketamine to patients during surgery is not having the desired effect,” Avidan says. “So we need to determine whether higher doses might be more effective, or we need to find other alternatives to opioids.”

—by Tianna Hicklin, Ph.D.

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References: Intraoperative ketamine for prevention of postoperative delirium or pain after major surgery in older adults: an international, multicentre, double-blind, randomised clinical trial. Avidan MS, Maybrier HR, Abdallah AB, Jacobsohn E, Vlisides PE, Pryor KO, Veselis RA, Grocott HP, Emmert DA, Rogers EM, Downey RJ, Yulico H, Noh GJ, Lee YH, Waszynski CM, Arya VK, Pagel PS, Hudetz JA, Muench MR, Fritz BA, Waberski W, Inouye SK, Mashour GA; PODCAST Research Group. Lancet. 2017 May 30. pii: S0140-6736(17)31467-8. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31467-8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 28576285.

Funding: National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and National Cancer Institute (NCI); the Dr Seymour and Rose T Brown Endowed Chair; and all the participating international institutions provided generous additional support for the study.

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Cheap michael kors 5 Cheap Flights to Italy from #maritime #travel

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After flights to Italy, you will need transportation. From Leonardo Airport, buses operate nearly 24 hours to Tiburtina. Rails run until late evening to Termini Station every hour, with the trip lasting 30 minutes. Rail lines to Turbtina Station operate until late at night and run every 20 minutes. A courtesy shuttles transports between terminals. Transport fares are generally under EUR 10. Taking a taxi is typically more expensive than other transport methods, except for rental cars.

The Malpensa Shuttle bus runs every half hour to Milano Central Station. The bus ride is about one hour, and the Shuttle service is just under one hour. The Malpensa Express rail to Cadorna station runs every 20 minutes and takes 45 minutes to arrive. Taxi service takes one hour.

In Italy, taxis and rental cars are more expensive than bus or train. Tourists can find train travel discounts with online ticket merchants. Transport is convenient and almost as easy as finding airfare to Italy.

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