😎 Good Monday morning! Frank Bruni has a memorable column that ends with the magic of asking someone how they are — and being ready to really listen:
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Medicare for All takes on every major health care industry — insurers, doctors, hospitals, drug companies — in her quest to expand coverage and lower costs for the middle class, Caitlin Owens writes.
Experts say you can only wring so much money out of the system before it starts to impact care — and Warren is wringing out a lot.
To pay for all of this, providers would see drastic payment reductions.
The bottom line: The days of American health care as big business would likely be over. Patients may win financially, but there's no way of knowing at what cost to the quality of their care.
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The biggest reasons: Politicization makes it harder for nominees to be confirmed by the Senate. And the difficulties dealing with the border crisis, along with the White House’s singular focus on immigration, makes the job look toxic.
Trump has said he prefers acting secretaries, who don't have to go through Senate scrutiny, because it gives him "more flexibility."
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Josh Harris, once one of America's most famous evangelical pastors, admitted in his first interview since renouncing Christianity that he ruined lives and marriages, so he excommunicated himself from the faith that made him famous.
Harris, author of the million-selling "I Kissed Dating Goodbye," stunned his tight-knit world by going on Instagram in July and announcing that he was leaving his marriage and — nine days later — that he was no longer a Christian.
Video: See an excerpt of our conversation.
This photo, of Iranian demonstrators chanting slogans as they set fire to an American flag, is from today — not 40 years ago.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, unveiling a $2.5 billion plan to help alleviate California's housing availability and affordability crisis, told me in an interview that Apple feels "a profound responsibility" to the region where it was born and thrived.
Why it matters: Many teachers and emergency workers can't afford to live in the Bay Area communities they serve. "Super-commutes" of 90 minutes or more, often from distant counties, have become a grim regional phenomenon.
Cook told me Apple is making this move now in part because Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is the right partner.
McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook was pushed out after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, per AP.
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"I cover energy and climate change, and yet even I do little to reduce my own environmental footprint," Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
Eating: I eat beef, at most, a couple times a week, usually when I’m at restaurants.
Electricity: I really try to conserve — but to save money, not the planet.
Mobility: I don’t own a car, and I’m among the 18% of Americans who use public transport.
The Republican Jewish Coalition today will launch its first attack ad of the 2020 campaign — an inflammatory spot titled "Shanda" (Yiddish for "shame"), Jonathan Swan scoops.
Why it matters: The RJC, which is backed by billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson, has spent millions over the past two presidential elections, leading the Republican Party's outreach to Jewish voters. In April, the RJC board authorized its largest ever campaign budget: $10 million.
The RJC's 2020 goal is to identify every Jewish voter in the battleground states, contact them and then turn out as many as possible to vote for President Trump and Republicans.
Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor, will be out Nov. 12 with "With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace" (represented by Robert Barnett):
When I had an idea about a direction for U.S. foreign policy — with regard to Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, or elsewhere — I could pick up the phone and call the president. Our communication was nearly constant, and it was straightforward. We didn’t always see eye-to-eye. Sometimes I called to privately express my disagreement with a policy. But he always took the call and he always listened. ...
The result was that I had unusual latitude to operate as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. ... President Trump and I understood each other.
Last week started with the Baghdadi raid and ended with the first formal vote on impeachment, with Lt. Col. Vindman's testimony in between.
But the week's most read N.Y. Times article was restaurant critic Pete Wells' entertaining pan of the legendary Brooklyn steakhouse, "Peter Luger Used to Sizzle. Now It Sputters":
What gnaws at me every time I eat a Luger porterhouse is the realization that it’s just another steak, and far from the best New York has to offer. ...
Luger is not the city’s oldest, but it’s the one in which age, tradition, superb beef, blistering heat, an instinctive avoidance of anything fancy and an immensely attractive self-assurance came together to produce something that felt less like a restaurant than an affirmation of life, or at least life as it is lived in New York City. This sounds ridiculously grand. Years ago I thought it was true, though, and so did other people.
Go deeper ... "How a Food Critic Plots His Pans," by Pete Wells: "I try to avoid negative reviews — unless I think readers are at risk of wasting their money."
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