The New York Times published an essay Wednesday that the newspaper said was written by a “senior official” in the Trump administration, supporting a central claim in Bob Woodward’s forthcoming book: members of the president’s staff are actively working to subvert him.The unnamed official painted a portrait of a divided White House because of misgivings over the behavior of President Trump himself.“The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the author of the piece wrote. A tweet by the newspaper gave a clue about the gender of the author:In Opinionhttps://t.co/qW1IoM3AYYpic.twitter.com/rCHnQfcRjG— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 5, 2018In an editorial note that accompanies the essay, the Times notes that it withheld the author’s identity to … [Read more...] about Anonymous White House ‘senior official’ rips Trump in scathing New York Times op-ed
Administrative officer work
A former top administrator for the University of Wisconsin System got a severance payout of nearly $54,000 through an agreement that called for her resignation, after an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against her proved inconclusive, newly released state records show.An additional payout for unused leave time brings the total paid to Jessica Tormey upon her departure to nearly $125,000.In the documents, Tormey says “my conscience is clear” about the allegations and that she was the victim of a scheme by colleagues to “collude” and “take me out.”Tormey had been the system’s vice president for university relations and a top lieutenant of system president Ray Cross, serving as his chief of staff. She resigned from the system in January after pleading guilty to first-offense drunken driving in connection with a citation she received while attending an event last fall at UW-Stout.Records released by the UW System Monday in response … [Read more...] about UW administrator got $54K in severance after alleged harassment probe was inconclusive
Grainger Games' founder and managing director Stephen Bowyer sent a rushed and emotional note to stores over Easter weekend ahead of administrators taking control of the business, which I've been told by reliable sources will happen today. Bowyer's note, which was sent to all stores, had spelling mistakes and grammatical errors suggesting it had been written in a hurry. I've tidied those up in the quoted passage below but you can see the unaltered original in the embedded screenshot. "Hi everyone, "Following on from the official comms I would just like to say a massive personal thank you to everyone I've been lucky enough to work with in [head office] and stores over the years - incredible, incredible people. "The effort, trust and loyalty, and attitude of everyone I've been lucky enough to work closely with will always be the highlight for me personally. "We all built a very competitive little business that gave the big boys a run for their money. "As a team we really didn't … [Read more...] about Grainger Games boss’s rushed farewell to staff as administrators take over
It's almost frightening when Ben Brode laughs. It is a subterranean, multi-decibel, overpowering noise. A sharp inhale followed by a barrage of cackles that demolishes any empty space between freshly-minted acquaintances. You feel the bass in your chest. The coffee mugs on the table tremble like a T. Rex is stomping through the jungle canopy. How the hell did this man, this ridiculous, gigantic man, choose a children's card game to make his career? He should be leading troops through the breach, or teaching trembling grade-schoolers how to snare a rabbit. He should be on-stage with Outkast, or rather, Outkast should be onstage with him. It's an early Sunday morning in Amsterdam, the fourth and final day of the Hearthstone World Championship, and I'm nursing a grainy hangover with a blend of buffet-grade breakfast meats. Across from me is The Brode. Immaculate, untouched, in one of his perfectly ironed flannel shirts and a springy plume of caramel hair that makes him look part mad … [Read more...] about The unstoppable rise of Hearthstone’s Ben Brode
A growing number of Democrats are boycotting Tuesday’s State of the Union address, underscoring the depth of disdain the Democratic lawmakers hold for President Trump. Only two Democrats — Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Al Green (Texas) — skipped Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last year, though more than 60 Democrats boycotted Trump’s inauguration. This year, boycotts appear to be spiking. Here’s a running tally of those skipping the address. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Blumenauer was the first Democrat to announce he would boycott this year’s State of the Union. “Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress,” Blumenauer said in a statement on Jan. 5. “Instead, like I did during Trump’s Inauguration, I will be working here at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the … [Read more...] about The Hill’s List of Democrats boycotting Trump’s SOTU.