Donald Trump set to be acquitted in impeachment trial

first_img whatsapp The second was for obstruction of Congress. Democrats allege that Trump purposefully obstructed the Congressional impeachment investigation. Saturday 1 February 2020 2:05 pm Only two sided with the Democrats in the end. On Friday, senators voted against calling witnesses or admitting new evidence. Michael Searles It was a move from Democrats that would have in all likelihood only extended the trial without changing its outcome. The final vote whether to acquit Trump will be held on 5 February. However, they had been dependent on four possible swing Republicans to vote for witnesses. Tags: Donald Trump Share The Republican Party were reported as pushing for a quick trial without witness or new evidence from the off. Its senior members wanted to avoid former National Security Adviser John Bolton from being called to the stands. whatsapp Donald Trump set to be acquitted in impeachment trial If the senators had heard Bolton’s testimony it would have threatened to undermine the case made by Trump’s lawyers during the trial. Donald Trump is on course to be acquitted in impeachment trial after senators vote against new evidence and witnesses (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Donald Trump set to be acquitted in impeachment trial Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and Trump was impeached on two charges. One being the abuse of power, which stemmed from an alleged he had pressured Ukraine to damage Biden for political gain. US President Donald Trump is all but certain of being acquitted in his impeachment trial. Donald Trump is on course to be acquitted in impeachment trial after senators vote against new evidence and witnesses (AFP via Getty Images) The next phase of the trial is a vote on whether to acquit Trump and it is overwhelming likely he will win. Donald Trump is on course to be acquitted in impeachment trial after senators vote against new evidence and witnesses (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Donald Trump set to be acquitted in impeachment trial Biden is a Democratic political rival. The New York Times says Bolton has written in an upcoming book that he was instructed to withhold military aid from Ukraine in exchange for dirt on a Joe Biden.last_img read more

Guardian to axe 180 jobs as revenue plunges

first_imgThe Guardian said it will not make changes to its free-to-read model by introducing a paywall service used by many of its rivals. Viner and Thomas said the group will instead concentrate on the Guardian’s online growth, and refocus its revenue model. Share (Getty Images) whatsapp The newspaper group said the job cuts will mostly affect its advertising, Guardian Jobs, marketing and Guardian Live departments, with 70 additional redundancies in its editorial unit. The job cuts will reduce the Guardian’s overall workforce by 12 per cent. (Getty Images) Also Read: Guardian to axe 180 jobs as revenue plunges GMG said strong growth in reader revenues was offset by steep declines in advertising revenues and ongoing structural declines in its newsstand. They added that GMG, the parent company of the Guardian and its Sunday paper the Observer, was facing “unsustainable annual losses in future years unless we take decisive action” to reduce costs. whatsapp Wednesday 15 July 2020 11:31 am Guardian to axe 180 jobs as revenue plunges GMG reported an overall loss of £36.8m for the year, with finances expected to take a further hit in the wake of the pandemic. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USANoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost Fun The Guardian has announced plans to cut 180 jobs in both its editorial and commercial departments, after revenue plunged more than £25m during the coronavirus crisis. (Getty Images) Also Read: Guardian to axe 180 jobs as revenue plunges Group earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) plummeted from a £3.7m loss last year to losses of £9.3m in the 12 months to March. The announcements came as GMG released its annual results for the 12 months to 29 March. Show Comments ▼ “Despite the pressures that coronavirus has placed on our business, our unique reader relationship model has proved successful, and the strategy of the past few years has been the right one,” they said. Group revenue remained mostly flat before the pandemic dipping slightly from £224.5m last year to £223.5m in 2020. Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner and the Guardian Media Group (GMG) chief executive Annette Thomas said in a joint statement to staff that the pandemic had created an “unsustainable financial outlook for the Guardian” with revenues expected to slump more than £25m over the year. Poppy Wood last_img read more

PM congratulates vaccine taskforce boss Kate Bingham amid spending scandal

first_img “The vaccines taskforce…has done an absolutely brilliant job over the last few months,” he said. Boris Johnson congratulates vaccine taskforce boss Kate Bingham amidst spending scandal Share Johnson tweeted his congratulations today to Bingham about her role in procuring future units of Pfizer and BioNTech’s trial vaccine, which could be approved by UK regulators this year. “We have managed to secure 350m doses over six of the most promising vaccine candidates.” Boris Johnson has congratulated outgoing government vaccine taskforce chief Kate Bingham on her efforts just days after being embroiled in a spending scandal. Labour has called for Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to investigate Bingham’s spending record while in the public sector job. Business secretary Alok Sharma responded by also pouring praise on the work of the vaccine taskforce. It has also been reported by the Financial Times that Bingham is close associates with the father-in-law of Johnson’s top aide Dominic Cummings. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldNews SharperChrissy Metz Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A Model (Photos)News SharperDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definition Kate Bingham (right) at a New York health sector event in 2019 The contracts for the PR advisers span until the end of this year when she is expected to step down from the role.center_img whatsapp “We were the first country in the world to secure access to that particular vaccine candidate. “Huge thanks to Kate Bingham and the vaccine taskforce for all their fantastic work in securing 40m doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine and over 300m doses of other promising vaccine candidates,” he said. It was revealed by the Sunday Times that Bingham, who is married to Tory minister Jesse Norman, had spent £670,000 of public money on PR advisers from a boutique company since being appointed to the role in May. Tuesday 10 November 2020 1:23 pm Darren Jones, Labour MP and parliament’s business committee chair, called for Bingham to resign in the House of Commons today. Stefan Boscia Kate Bingham (right) at a New York health sector event in 2019 Also Read: Boris Johnson congratulates vaccine taskforce boss Kate Bingham amidst spending scandal whatsapp Kate Bingham (right) at a New York health sector event in 2019 Also Read: Boris Johnson congratulates vaccine taskforce boss Kate Bingham amidst spending scandal Show Comments ▼last_img read more

2 primary races flip, but several incumbent Republicans now face steeper odds

first_imgElection Coverage | Interior | Politics | Southcentral | State Government2 primary races flip, but several incumbent Republicans now face steeper oddsAugust 26, 2020 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:People at the Alaska Division of Elections double-check voter information on Tuesday in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The results of the Alaska primary started to become clearer on Tuesday, as more than 32,000 absentee and questioned ballots were counted.Five incumbent Republican House members face difficult odds. It’s unlikely there are enough votes left to count for them to make up the amounts they’re trailing. They include Reps. Chuck Kopp and Jennifer Johnston, who caucused with the mostly Democratic House majority since last year. Kopp trails retired petroleum engineer Tom McKay, while Johnston is losing to James Kaufman, who also is a retired oil industry worker. Kaufman said he’s cautiously optimistic.“I’ve been feeling good for quite a while, just based upon the interactions that I’ve had with the people,” he said.Senate President Cathy Giessel also appears to face an insurmountable margin against challenger Roger Holland.North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill is nearly tied with challenger Robert Myers, trailing by just eight votes. A few hundred ballots remain to be counted in the district. But some incumbent Republicans took leads after trailing on primary election night. State Sens. Natasha von Imhof of Anchorage and Gary Stevens of Kodiak moved into the lead against their challengers — pastor Stephen Duplantis for von Imhof and small business owner John Cox for Stevens.The other trailing Republicans aren’t caucusing with the current House majority.Eagle River Rep. Sharon Jackson is losing to challenger Ken McCarty, who is a family therapist. Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, who represents the area around Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson, is losing to military contractor David Nelson. LeDoux is facing a trial on voter misconduct charges. And longtime Big Lake Rep. Mark Neuman is losing to home builder Kevin McCabe. While the current vote counts are unofficial, Giessel and the five House incumbents who are losing would need dramatic changes in the remaining votes to win.Votes will continue to be counted through the end of the week.  Share this story:last_img read more

The 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

first_imgThings to DoThe 7 Best Things to Do in L.A. This WeekMarc Maron, Hocus Pocus, and lots of ChampagneBy Brittany Martin – October 1, 2018799ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThis fall is filled with fantastic things to do around L.A. There’s music, theater, film screenings, and more to enjoy every day, which can get a little overwhelming. That’s why, each week, we pick some of the best for your entertainment enjoyment.Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic Jazz NightMonday, October 1 celebration of the upcoming Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic’s annual arrival in town, jazz enthusiasts (or Champagne enthusiasts) will enjoy a swanky night of bubbles and tunes, including a chance to sample the brand’s newest release, Veuve Cliquot Rich Rosé. And, unlike attending the Polo Classic, entry to this soiree is free.Ty Segall and White FenceTuesday, October 2, garage-y rockers Ty Segall and Tim Presley (aka White Fence) put out a collaborative album this summer and it’s been the soundtrack to backyard parties and hip coffee shops ever sense. Catch them performing together at this show, presented as part of a program leading up to the Desert Daze fest, where they will also play.“In Dreams” – Roy Orbison in Concert: The Hologram TourTuesday, October 2, you read that right. Roy Orbison hologram tour. The American musician passed away in 1988, but thanks to the magic of modern technology, his music lives on in this unusual new “performance” (if that’s the word). We’re not quite sure how this one is going to go, but we’re extremely curious.Comedians Cinema Club Presents Drunk Hocus PocusWednesday, October 3 you’ve caught an episode of Drunk History, you’ll recognize the basic conceit here. A group of funny folks get tipsy, and then do their best to recreate a story, as silliness ensues. In this case, the plan is to recreate the entirety of kitschy Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus.Marc MaronThursday, October 4 mayor of Highland Park and dean of the L.A. comedy podcast corps, Marc Maron performs a live stand-up comedy set at Dynasty Typewriter. If you can’t make it out the Thursday night show, he performs again on Saturday at the same venue.Interpol with The Kills and Sunflower BeanThursday, October 4’s an extremely New York City night at the Hollywood Bowl. Three strong bands share the stage, starting with the buzzy young band Sunflower Bean, and building to the headliner, Interpol, who got together in the ’90s, but still sound fresh.Adult Swim FestivalFriday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7 first-ever Adult Swim Festival of music, comedy, and general Adult Swim-inspired amusements kicks off today and continues through the weekend at ROW DTLA.RELATED: The 13 Best Things to Do in L.A. in OctoberStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSComedyFilmMarc MaronMusicRoy OrbisonPrevious articleHow to Have Opinions Without Offending Anyone: A Guide for WomenNext article4 L.A.-to-Vegas Train Projects That Bit the DustBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Hip-Hop and R&B Fest Coming to L.A. in December Has a Ridiculously Stacked LineupHollywood Is Embracing a Post-Vax Slate Made to Fill TheatersSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?last_img read more

Business confidence in Germany picks up after year of decline

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share whatsapp Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Monday 24 November 2014 8:53 pm Business confidence in Germany has suddenly halted its sharp decline,a set of new data shows.The Ifo business climate index published yesterday by the Centre for Economic studies at Munich University rose to 104.7 in Nov­ember from 103.2 in October, ending six months of decline.The score is such that 2005’s level is marked as being 100, so levels of sentiment are now marginally higher than in 2005. The rise reflected an improved assessment of the current economic situation and better expectations for the Germany economy.At the beginning of the year, the business climate index was 110 and has been falling since.“It is far from certain that any rise in business confidence will have any material impact at least in the short term in lifting investment plans and supporting employment,” said economist Howard Archer of market analyst firm IHS.“It will highly likely need sus­tained improvement in business confidence for this to happen.”A turnaround in German fortunes would be welcomed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has so far refused to bow to pressure to provide the economy with fiscal stimulus. Instead, Merkel has insisted on balancing the books. Tags: NULL Business confidence in Germany picks up after year of decline last_img read more

London Fashion Week ditches Somerset House for Soho

first_imgMonday 27 April 2015 9:00 am London Fashion Week is leaving its home at Somerset Home to take up a new venue in Soho.  The 62nd edition of the biannual fashion show will take place in September at Brewer Street Car Park, across two floors. It will host more than 100 designers exhibiting their latest collections to buyers from the UK and around the world, as well as press and bloggers.  The new location was praised by the British Fashion Council as “providing an epicentre for a city-wide fashion celebration with close proximity to major retail spaces”. Although it sounds like – well – a car park, the venue is in fact an iconic art deco building, designed by architect JJ Joass, which is already being used to host a number of events including art exhibitions and music installations.  Brewer Street Car Park (Source: BFC)In February the space was used by the BFC and British Council as part of LFW’s International Fashion Showcase.  LFW has been at Somerset House since 2009, and the BFC’s offices will remain at the iconic buiding on the Strand.  BFC chief executive Caroline Rush said: “The long term growth of the UK’s designer fashion market is reflected geographically in this move that will see London Fashion Week designers showcasing collections in one of London’s most vibrant, diverse and creative hubs set within a mile of Bond Street, Dover Street, Mount Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street.  “The new and exciting venue has already been dubbed as Brewer Street’s ‘Fashion Park’ and will offer freedom and flexibility to designers who will be able to transform the show space to reflect their own aesthetics and identity.” Munira Mirza, deputy mayor for education and culture, added: “Brewer Street Car Park as the host venue is a brilliant development for London Fashion Week.  “With its position in Soho, it is at the heart of an area that has long been associated with fashion and creativity in general. I am sure the move will literally drive even more interest in one of the most important sectors for our economy.” London Fashion Week takes place from 18 – 22 September. The provisional schedule will be announced in July.  Show Comments ▼ Catherine Neilan London Fashion Week ditches Somerset House for Soho Share whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told whatsapplast_img read more

CBI says UK economic growth slowed in the second quarter, warns of the effects of Greek debt crisis on UK trade

first_imgUK manufacturing, retail, and services growth was down for the second quarter of the year.According to a survey business lobby group the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the main reason for the drop was the fast rate of growth reported in the previous quarter. The CBI has said it expects growth to be strong during the rest of the year. Read more: Greece referendum: Greek banks prepare to trim clients’ savings as fears circulate ATMs could run out of cash next weekThe CBI’s survey reported a reading of 14 per cent growth in the three months to June, compared with 33 per cent in May. Rain Newton-Smith, CBI director of Economics, said:Despite an easing in performance this month, activity over the quarter as a whole has been good. We expect the economy to sustain a solid pace of growth over the remainder of the year as lower oil prices and inflation continue to boost real incomes and consumer spending.Newton-Smith also warned that UK trade could suffer as a result of the Greek debt crisis.Exporters face real challenges, especially from the impact of a stronger pound against the Euro and still weak global export markets. And whatever the results of the referendum in Greece, we urge Eurozone leaders to move quickly towards a deal that underpins both growth and financial stability, providing certainty for Greece and the wider Eurozone. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily Winnerszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Saturday 4 July 2015 11:38 am whatsapp Show Comments ▼ CBI says UK economic growth slowed in the second quarter, warns of the effects of Greek debt crisis on UK trade Billy Ehrenberg whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Buoyant HMM unveils ambitious market share target with new ULCVs

first_img South Korean container carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is targeting a 7% market share in the major deepsea east-west trades as it prepares to take delivery of 20 new ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs).And it sought to reassure investors and customers alike that, after seeing increased volumes in its network over the past couple of years, it would have little problem filling the new capacity.“We see 7% market share in east-west trades by 2021 as achievable for HMM. Therefore, we believe apprehension that HMM might have difficulties filling the mega containerships is unwarranted,” it said in a statement today.It added that this confidence was further demonstrated by demand for its standalone Asia-Europe service.“Support and trust from our valued customers is evidenced by HMM increasing its Far East-Europe service market share by over 50% through its newly introduced AEX service, which has continually recorded full booking since its first sailing in April,” it said.The line said that over the past two years it had seen volume growth of around 50% across its global network, and vessel utilisation levels had also improved.It carried 3m teu in 2016, which grew to 4m teu last year. This year it has forecast liftings of 4.5m teu, and while utilisation has gone from 75% in 2016 to 78% in the first half of this year, it is predicted to end the year at over 80%.In September the carrier ordered 12 23,000 teu and eight 15,000 teu vessels, which are scheduled to be delivered in 2020,“HMM expects fixed costs will significantly decrease, fuel efficiency will largely improve and that bunker costs will moderately decrease through installed scrubber systems for compliance with IMO 2020 environmental regulations. The timely deployment with this combination of cost competitiveness is expected to attract customers, partners and investors,” said HMM.“Cost competitiveness and the mega-containerships is in line with our  ‘capacity of 1 million teu’ strategy that will play an important role for HMM in obtaining economies of scale. This strategy will lead to additional cost reduction,” it added.It also claimed that the Won 1trn ($890m) bond it secured in October would make it attractive for investors to return to the company.“HMM’s financial ratios including the debt ratio and cash flow have significantly improved,” it said. “Further, HMM will improve its operating profits, though it is not an easy target in a short term.  HMM will explore autonomous financing in the market if needed.“HMM expects that its credit rating will be restored and capital attraction will accelerate from the second half of 2020 due to increasing operating profits, plus investor and customer confidence,” it added. By Gavin van Marle 29/11/2018last_img read more

Acknowledging its ‘white patriarchy’ and racist past, the AMA pledges to dismantle causes of health inequities

first_imgIt includes a long list of troubling actions taken by the AMA that were unearthed by its archives team, with some being revealed publicly for the first time in the report. “Some of them were new to me,” Maybank told STAT. “No organization can do this antiracism work without looking at their own past.”The vile and painful episodes described in the report include the AMA publishing an 1849 state medical association policy that called for “‘irregular-bred pretenders,’ like ‘Indian Doctors,’ to be considered illegal practitioners”; then-AMA president Alfred Stillé calling women inferior to men in all respects in 1871; AMA’s president from the late 1870s, J. Marion Sims, practicing vaginal surgeries on enslaved women without anesthesia; the AMA-supported Flexner Report leading to the closure of many Black and female-only medical schools; the Journal of the American Medical Association supporting the Chinese Exclusion Act; and references to diseases caused by “Jew peddlers” in official AMA documents. The report also calls out the AMA’s “longstanding archival silence,” a willful disregard of the organization’s documented history that resulted in an inaccurate representation of its past.It’s not all ancient history, though. The association was pilloried earlier this year for a podcast produced by its flagship medical journal, JAMA, in which the host questioned the existence of structural racism and suggested the term racism “might be hurting us.” And a subsequent JAMA promotional tweet said “no physician is racist.” As the report itself notes, its release comes “in the aftermath of our own journal’s egregious, harmful error and failure in posting a podcast denying structural racism; keeping old wounds open while new ones form.” About the Author Reprints Related: National Science Correspondent Usha covers the toll of Covid-19 as well as people and trends behind biomedical advances in the western U.S. Related: HealthAcknowledging its ‘white patriarchy’ and racist past, the AMA pledges to dismantle causes of health inequities Adobe The report is heavily educational — it includes a primer on equity full of definitions, “to make sure it met the medical community where they are at and to move them along,” said Aletha Maybank, the AMA’s chief health equity officer, who started work on the report soon after she was appointed in 2019. “It goes beyond the typical strategic plan. It goes to the roots of why these inequities exist in the first place.”advertisement “We cannot deny that AMA’s silence has … contributed to and had a negative impact on historically marginalized and minoritized communities,” the report says, adding, “As a national leader in health care, it is incumbent on us to lean into our influence and play a more prominent role in the current national reckoning on equity and justice.” While the report mentions the podcast, it is not a direct result of that controversy. The work for the report began in 2019 when the AMA launched its Center for Health Equity and hired Maybank to run it. The document outlines a three-year road map for action, including implementing antiracist strategies throughout the AMA, building alliances with marginalized physicians of color, and helping physicians work to dismantle “upstream” root causes of inequities. “Embedding equity is an all-hands-on-deck effort,” AMA CEO James Madara said in a statement.Physicians who have sharply criticized the AMA over issues of race in the past and were asked by STAT to review the report said their feelings were mixed, but the report was definitely a step in the right direction. One physician who asked that their name not be used said that more change is needed than what is listed in the report, but that they took comfort in seeing that the AMA was beginning to seriously tackle issues of race.Others were more critical. “While it’s thoughtful and earnest, I think it’s lacking in targets, timelines, and teeth,” said Raymond Givens, a cardiologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center who has been outspoken about the lack of diversity at the AMA’s suite of medical journals. He said he was disappointed the report focused so much on diversity training, something he is skeptical does much to cause change, and said there should be more of a focus on increasing actual diversity at the AMA, at journals, and in medicine. The report does set increasing diversity at the journals and within the AMA as a goal, but Givens said the targets in the report were “remarkably weak and nonspecific” given how clearly the diversity deficits at the journals have been established.“While there’s discussion about truth, reconciliation, racial healing, and transformation, there’s no discussion about the specific debt AMA owes in light of the damage it has caused with its historic policies and its more recent refusal to step in and move beyond sloganeering and advocacy to being a bully for social justice,” Givens said. “What’s needed is a big, bold, aggressive, heavily endowed, and disruptive approach — a Marshall Plan for health equity. I’m still waiting for that.”Givens added there was no specific plan to address the fact that JAMA and other medical journals overseen by the AMA have been criticized for repeatedly refusing to publish or downplaying research on the impact of systemic racism on health and were staffed by largely white editorial boards.Maybank acknowledged the document was not complete or finished and would change and evolve over time. “We do think it’s a strong foundation,” she said. Saying it needs to “pivot from ambivalence to urgent action” and hold itself accountable for deeply embedded health inequities, the American Medical Association has vowed in a new strategic plan to use its influence as one of the world’s most powerful medical organizations to fight and dismantle white supremacy and racism in the U.S. health care system — and within its own walls.The 83-page report on racial justice and health equity, which is the culmination of two years of work and was scheduled to be released on Wednesday, was obtained by STAT and has now been released by the AMA. By pledging to ground all of the AMA’s work in racial justice, the plan marks a major change for a 174-year-old organization marred by a racist history of excluding Black physicians for more than a century. More recently, critics say the AMA, which the report describes as “rooted in white patriarchy and affluent supremacy,” has paid scant attention to how racism has affected medicine and caused detrimental health outcomes for many communities of color, as the ongoing pandemic has sharply delineated.The AMA catalogues in detail many of the ways it has excluded Black, brown, and Native physicians, espoused racism, and harmed people of color its members take an oath to not harm, and the report serves as a reckoning — with its racist past and its refusal to engage with many of the issues now roiling medicine and the country at large. The AMA is the largest trade and lobbying organization of U.S. doctors; its membership includes some 270,000 physicians and medical students.advertisement By Usha Lee McFarling May 11, 2021 Reprints Tags Health Disparitiesphysiciansracism Related: After 40 years, medical schools are admitting fewer Black male or Native American students [email protected] Usha Lee McFarling @ushamcfarling When a cardiologist flagged the lack of diversity at premier medical journals, the silence was telling In a statement, AMA President-elect Gerald Harmon acknowledged his organization has much work ahead, calling the report “a step forward in a much longer journey.” Other actions the organization vowed to take include working to ensure that AI technology used in medicine is free from biased algorithms, trying to boost the low number of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students who enter — and also lead — medical schools, and acknowledging the past harms caused by racism at the AMA and other medical institutions.The AMA apologized publicly for its past exclusion of Black physicians in 2008. In recent years, it has moved to acknowledge structural racism as a public health issue, clearly stated that race is a cultural and not biological construct, removed the name of AMA founder and acknowledged racist Nathan Davis from an annual award and display, and invested $6 million to close the health gap in neighborhoods on the West Side of Chicago, where residents live up to 14 years less than those who live downtown, where the AMA is headquartered.While the report focused largely on issues of race, the organization said its quest for equity extended to women, the LGBTQ+ community, and people who are disabled, groups that have also experienced a history of harm and discrimination in medical settings. The report said increasing access to care by removing obstacles such as discrimination would lead to better health for individuals and the nation as a whole.Maybank said the organization vowed to analyze the structures, systems, policies, and practices that had allowed systemic racism to cause harm both within her organization and beyond, saying the issue was urgent. She said the AMA had provided the resources needed to create the report and that it pushed forward work to address racism that was already in place before she arrived. “When I came to this job, there was so much demand for doing this work, from the staff and membership,” she said. “The majority of folks were ready for this.” Troubling podcast puts JAMA, the ‘voice of medicine,’ under fire for its mishandling of race last_img read more