6.2 Magnitude Hits Central Italy

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy early Wednesday and rescuers are searching for survivors. 73 people have died, according to Italian officials [UPDATE 1:45 pm EST: Now 120 dead and still rising] Rescuers struggle to reach some remote towns Amatrice, town at epicenter, “is no more” says mayor Witness: We woke up shaking side to side in bed

Ugh! More Damn Emails!

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Election 2016Leave a Comment

I don’t care, but everyone else will: The FBI uncovered nearly 15,000 more emails and materials sent to or from Hillary Clinton as part of the agency’s investigation into her use of private email at the State Department. The documents were not among the 30,000 work-related emails turned over to the State Department by her attorneys in December 2014. The … Read More

Trump Campaign Appears To Be In Disarray About His Pet Topic: Immigration

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

Ever since he announced his presidency, Trump has been firm about two things: (1) “We’re going to build a wall” keeping Mexicans out of the U.S. (and Mexico will pay for the wall) and (2)  “We’re going to deport all illegals so fast…..” In fact, Trump’s stance on immigration may be the only consistent part of his campaign. Except maybe … Read More

Tantaros’ Complaint Against Fox News, O’Reilly, Ailes, and Others

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

What kind of a place is Fox News?  These allegations keep on coming. Some excerpts: [C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where … Read More

Hillary And The Squeaky Clean President

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

The Clinton Foundation has announced that, should Hillary Clinton win, it will stop accepting donations from corporations or foreign entities.  In a normal year, this would not even be news. But this is a Clinton candidacy, and she has been tainted with 19 years of a false narrative that she is dishonest, that she engages in pay-for-play, etc.  So this … Read More

Louisiana Flood – How Did It Happen?

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You had rain like it was from a slow-moving tropical depression.  It dropped 24+ inches of rain in some places.  That is more rain than what Bakersfield, California, has seen in 5+ years, or Omaha, Nebraska in one year. Radar of #LouisianaFlood from Thu am when heavy rain started evolving inland to Sat pm when it finally diminished pic.twitter.com/Cat919VqEL — Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) August … Read More

Trump Regrets Being Like He Is

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

In a speech last night in Charlotte, Trump said this (reading off the teleprompter): Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it. And I do regret it, particularly where it may … Read More

North Carolina GOP Hoping To Set Voting Rules To Favor Republicans

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Local InterestLeave a Comment

On the heels of appeals court ruling that restored a week’s worth of early voting in North Carolina, the executive director of the state’s Republican Party emailed a memo to members of local elections boards urging them to push for “party line changes” that cut back on early voting hours, The News and Observer reported. The memo, sent by NCGOP … Read More

What Syrian Refugees Are About

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CNN’s Kate Bolduan is a reporter who asks tough questions and is often expressive and emphatic when she does it. Today, however, she was expressive in a very different way. While sharing a video of a five-year-old Syrian named Omran Daqneesh sitting in the back of an ambulance with blood and soot all over him, Bolduan was tasked with explaining … Read More

RIP John McLaughlin

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His show, the McLaughlin Group, was a stable in political programming for three decades. He worked right up until the end. McLaughlin was 89 years old, and the cause of death was prostate cancer that was diagnosed some time ago and that had spread. The last show he presided over was taped the Friday after the Republican Convention, and it was … Read More

Trump Staff Shakeup — And Trump Pivots….. 360 Degrees

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

There was something about Trump’s rally yesterday in Michigan that was odd.  I tweeted about it.  He was reading from a teleprompter, but this wasn’t a policy speech (which is the only time he uses a teleprompter).  This was a message speech.  It was, for the most part, directed at the African-American community (although there were none in the house). … Read More