Throughout my career, I have frequently been responsible for hiring and firing staff under my supervision. I’ve always considered extending an employment opportunity to be a sacred trust, and have found terminating an employee to be uncomfortable at best, and often deeply painful. But I have always considered it imperative that the termination be face-to-face, … Continue reading Fired on Twitter
Gary Cohn, President Trump’s chief economic adviser and 11th director of the National Economic Council, is the latest in the exodus of Senior staff from the White House. Brookings Fellow, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas brilliantly lays out a comprehensive accounting of these departures—a higher rate than all five immediate past presidents, including more than twice that of … Continue reading The Way He Treats People
As usual, this week’s daily news cycles prompted multiple beginnings to this post. Early in the week, I was appalled by the testimony before Congress of Adm. Michael Rogers, head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, on the lack of Presidential leadership in halting Russia’s continuing attempts to “invade” our election systems in … Continue reading Now That Hope Is Gone
I intended to write on this topic last week, but then—well, you know—the national security chiefs declared that Russians had definitely tried to impact our 2016 elections; there was the horrific school shooting in Florida; thirteen Russians were indicted by a grand jury (remember, a grand jury consists of ordinary citizens, chosen by lottery, not … Continue reading Break Up The Big Four?
The horror of what happened this week in Parkland, Florida—made even more gut wrenching by eye witness interviews and on-site cellphone footage—brought home yet again the senseless tragedy of mass shootings in this country. Thirty-four times since Sandy Hook, when we vowed as a society that we would “do something” about this ongoing carnage that … Continue reading What If He Was a Muslim Extremist?