In an unusual move, The New York Times published an anonymous opinion piece Wednesday written by a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration. The person wrote in the piece, titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” that he or she was “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [the president’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.” The op-ed portrayed Trump as a danger to the country and drew indignation from him and his aides, who called on the author to resign. It also launched a frantic guessing game, as startled aides canceled meetings and huddled behind closed doors trying to discern the person’s identity. [WaPost]

Happy Thursday.

Topping the news: Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday, helping the candidate distance himself from the president through questions about his allegiance to Trump, separation of powers and his relationship with a judge accused of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh said he isn’t loyal to any individual but to the U.S. Constitution. [Trib] [DNews]

-> A candidate representing the United Utah Party has qualified for an official Utah election debate after a poll found he held the support of 6.6 percent of the district’s voters. Only the Republican and Democratic candidates qualified for debate in Utah’s other congressional district races. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13]

-> Broadway Media says it will no longer air an advertisement by Drug Safe Utah opposing a November ballot initiative that would allow to obtain a medical marijuana card after the company received more than 50 complaints that the spot included false and misleading statements about medical marijuana. [Trib]

Tweets of the day: From @petridishes, “it is important that we hear about Brett Kavanaugh’s basketball coaching experience since he is being nominated to the highest COURT in the land. *sighs heavily* *leaps through a plate-glass window*”

-> From @PLFino: “Motion to call the anonymous op-ed writer DEEP GLOAT”

Happy Birthday: To former state Rep. David Lifferth and to Hayley Lewis.

Trib Talk: Former Tribune reporter Taylor W. Anderson and Utah graphic designer Jorrien Peterson join Benjamin Wood to discuss the importance and power of a well-designed city flag and what can be done to improve Salt Lake City’s municipal imagery. [Trib]

In other news: At the Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit, Gov. Gary Herbert called for a balance between environmental preservation and business interests. [Trib] [Fox13]

-> Officials at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reached a settlement with a Salt Lake City apartment complex whose owners and managers it says wrongly refused a woman’s request for a parking space close to her apartment. [Trib]

-> A Timpanogos High School student formed a community gun reform group after an adviser told her not to create the club at school because it was “too political" — even though a districtwide policy says a club can’t be blocked based on topic or ideology. [Trib]

-> John Schaff, Utah’s legislative auditor general, will retire on Nov. 30 after 42 years of service. He described his career with the Legislature, assigned the duty of examining and evaluating taxpayer-funded programs and operations, as a “grand experience." [DNews]

-> Several Utah farmers are looking into growing hemp, a newly legalized crop, and say they are excited by the prospect that it could enhance their incomes. To grow hemp, they would have to register with the state, pay a $500 or $1,000 fee and keep the THC content below 0.3 percent. [Fox13]

-> The Trump administration elected David Vela, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, to be the new director of the National Parks Service. The selection was met with mixed reviews, with critics claiming the nomination could have “done much better." [KUER]

-> Attorneys for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are requesting a jury trial in a member’s lawsuit alleging she was raped by a man who was the Missionary Training Center president in 1984. [Fox13]

-> Pat Bagley illustrates the controversy among Trump’s base over Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, a football player who is known for kneeling to protest police brutality during the national anthem at games. [Trib]

Nationally: Day two of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings verged on pandemonium as Democrats tore into the candidate and 70 frustrated protestors were arrested. [NYTimes] [WSJ]

-> After Canada refused to sign on to Trump’s proposed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal last week, the United States has given it until the end of September to come to an agreement before moving forward with Mexico and leaving the country out of the deal. Leaders from the two countries continue to insist they will not concede their priorities. [NYTimes]

-> Following a slow start, the Trump administration has launched a counter-attack against Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward and his contentious new book: “Fear: Trump in the White House." The president has called it a “work of fiction," as well as “boring,” “untrue” and potentially slanderous. [Politico]

-> Former President Barack Obama has decided to rejoin the political fray with a full-frontal effort to campaign for Democrats in the midterm elections. His schedule for the coming months is still to be determined but he is set to begin by helping candidates in California and Ohio. [NYTimes]

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-- Taylor Stevens and Cara MacDonald