Her predecessor, Neil Portnow, had a calm, gentlemanly and old-school demeanor that contrasts with Dugan’s more hard-charging approach, Internet savvy and agenda for change. Insiders say that she could be impatient and dismissive, especially with staffers whom she felt were not able to keep up with her. Little was believed to have borne the brunt of some of that impatience and was seen “visibly upset” a few times. They also say that Dugan was difficult to get on the phone or for a meeting. And perhaps most of all, she often was at odds not only with the Portnow loyalists remaining at the organization, but with the Board of Trustees that hired her and controls the Academy. … [Read more...] about Executive Assistant Preparing Lawsuit Against Ousted Grammy Chief
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New England's season ended with a 20-13 loss in the wild-card round to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. A six-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Most Valuable Player of the NFL title game and three-time winner of the league MVP, Brady could become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career when his contract ends in March. … [Read more...] about Brady says ‘I still have more to prove’ in Instagram post
Though Charlie Gibson says he and Diane Sawyer “developed a strong mutual bond” during their seven years of working together, insiders claim he’s “always given Diane the stink eye” and he wants George Stephanopoulos to be his This Week successor. Senator Chuck Schumer pushed his cart through Brooklyn’s Costco, and Nancy Pelosi breakfasted at Tarallucci e Vino. While en route to dinner with Ricky Martin and Bulgari CEO Francesco Trapani, Gloria Estefan lost her $220,000 diamond bracelet. Fortunately, Emilio found and fetched it. Before Sex and the City 2 hits theaters in May, Candace Bushnell is releasing The Carrie Diaries, a young-adult novel set during Carrie’s high-school years. 50 Cent had his arm tattoos removed because he doesn’t like having to show up to acting jobs four hours early to get them covered with makeup. … [Read more...] about Wilmer Valderrama Is Back!
Warren is a gifted storyteller. She speaks elegantly of how the economic system is rigged against all but the wealthiest Americans, and of “our chance to rewrite the rules of power in our country,” as she put it in a speech last month. In her hands, that story has the passion of a convert, a longtime Republican from Oklahoma and a middle-class family, whose work studying economic realities left her increasingly worried about the future of the country. The word “rigged” feels less bombastic than rooted in an informed assessment of what the nation needs to do to reassert its historic ideals like fairness, generosity and equality. … [Read more...] about Editorial: Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren Are Democrats’ Top Choices for President
4. "So what?" helps Democrats, not Republicans. When Trump's lawyers holler that the House was out to get Trump or that Hunter Biden was trading on his father's name or that the aid eventually reached Ukraine, it's Democrats who must say, "So what?" In a trial, there is no whataboutism or ad hominem attacks; there are facts. The only question is what did this president do. Pointing out over and over again that Trump has no facts on his side will be critical in convincing the public that acquittal is simply a whitewash. By contrast, if Republicans want to argue that even if all the facts present are true but that a president can abuse his office and obstruct Congress, the task of Democratic managers is to make certain persuadable Republicans and the public understand Trump is arguing for a monarchy. (See No. 3.) … [Read more...] about Five guidelines for the House impeachment managers