World U.S. Military Donald Trump Syria ISIS Iran Russia Bashar al-Assad Turkey Syrian Kurds YPG President Donald Trump has reportedly told top military officials to prepare to withdraw from Syria, a decision that would conclude a four-year battle against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in a country already beset by a seven-year civil war. Experts consulted by Newsweek are split, however, as to whether Trump's eagerness to leave Syria represents a premature decision or a step toward fulfilling a key campaign promise to end his country's lengthy and costly intervention in the Middle East. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told reporters Wednesday that the country's leading national security officials held on Tuesday an "all-hands-on-deck" meeting in which "some decisions were made," according to the Associated Press. But Trump's advisers reportedly pushed back, citing a need to finish off ISIS and check Iranian influence. Trump said he would … [Read more...] about Trump Wants U.S. out of Syria. Is It Finally Time to Leave or Is This One Big Mistake?
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A Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., has published his research into various categories of treatment of patients in hospitals. These categories ranged from more simplistic “bad doctors” to “more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.”Dr. Makary explained that “when a plane crashes, we don’t say this is confidential proprietary information the airline company owns… we consider it part of public safety. Hospitals should be held to the same standards.” The study and research was done to illuminate problems which are normally swept under the rug by hospitals and healthcare facilities. Often, these facilities will go out of their way to avoid discussing any issues or risks, and frankly bend over backwards to keep such information confidential, arguing it is “privileged.”The analysis led by Dr. Makary … [Read more...] about Medical Errors are Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) published its proposed regulations (the “Proposed Rule”) regarding Borrower Defenses to Repayment (DTR) and related matters. The Proposed Rule is available here. The Proposed Rule establishes a 45-day notice and comment period, with comments due on or before August 1, 2016. Following the comment period, the Department must publish its final regulations by November 1, 2016, in order to take effect on July 1, 2017. This alert provides a high-level summary of the various components of the Proposed Rule, which remains subject to our continued review.Standards for DTR Claims, Time Period of Availability, and Procedural FrameworkThe Proposed Rule permits both individual and group discharges of Federal Direct Loans received by students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA), with proposed discharge grounds and their respective periods of availability as follows:The student obtained a … [Read more...] about U.S. Department of Education Issues Proposed Borrower Relief Regulations
The U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) has published its final rule (the “Final Rule”) regarding Borrower Defenses to Repayment (“BDTR”) and related matters. Subject to our continued review, this alert summarizes the key components of the Final Rule and notes, at a high level, significant departures from the Department’s Proposed Rule.The Final Rule will take effect on July 1, 2017 (the “Effective Date”) but certain elements of the Final Rule will be implemented early. Other portions of the Final Rule indicate that the Department has yet to establish detailed procedural requirements, and will promulgate further procedural rules in the future.I. BDTR Claims: Standards, Time Limits, Procedural Framework, and Recoupment from SchoolsThe Final Rule permits both individual and group discharges of Federal Direct Loans made to students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. Substantive differences in … [Read more...] about U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Rule on Borrower Defense to Repayment
On Sept. 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), issued new federal guidance called "Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0." The new federal guidance, composed of an industry-facing section called "Voluntary Guidance" and a state-facing section called "Technical Assistance to States," replaces the Federal Automated Policy released in 2016. This newsletter provides an overview of both sections.This guidance will be an important roadmap for businesses interested in supplying parts and services that are integrated into the supply chain for the development of autonomous vehicles. In addition, the businesses in this market sector should be vigilant to ensure that the best practices highlighted in this guidance for legislatures regulating autonomous vehicles are followed.Section 1: Voluntary guidanceThe Voluntary Guidance, although lacking a compliance requirement or enforcement mechanism, is … [Read more...] about U.S. Department of Transportation issues new Automated Driving Systems (ADS) guidance