The First Hard Evidence of Collusion

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

And it comes from the staunch conservative outlet, The Wall Street Journal. New: GOP operative sought Clinton emails from Russian hackers, implied he was working with Mike Flynn. https://t.co/25qjKRRYRA — Shane Harris (@shaneharris) June 29, 2017 WSJ writes: Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he believed were stolen from … Read More

Healthcare Update

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Yesterday was a strange news day and not just because of the Trump’s tweets about Morning Joe.  I want to cover much of it, and it is going to take a couple of posts. First, healthcare. The Senate Health Care bill looks dead.  McConnell wanted to get the Senate bill, BCRA, passed before the July 4 extended break.  He wanted … Read More

How’s “Energy Week” Going?

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The White House said this was “Energy Week”, but it just seems to be more bad-news-on-healthcare week. The Ashford Zone’s correspondent*, Amy Da Luz is in Raleigh outside Senator Burr’s office at an anti-BCRA rally.  It is a pretty decent turnout. * She doesn’t know she’s our correspondent. By the way, I wrote something large on Facebook which I will … Read More

The New O’Keefe Video

Ken AshfordFake News, L'Affaire Russe, Right Wing and Inept Media, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

WH spox Sarah Sanders: “There’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not I don’t know.” Encourages everyone in nation to watch. — Steve Peoples (@sppeoples) June 27, 2017 So, the White House spokesman wants people to watch a video even though she doesn’t know if it is accurate.  How’s that for devotion to the truth? The video is … Read More

Senate Health Care Bill Off Fast Track

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, RepublicansLeave a Comment

It looks like BHCA (the Better Health Care Act, which isn’t) is not going to be voted on before the July 4 break, as Senator McConnell had hoped. I don’t see how he thought he could put such a terrible bill through committee, without hearings, without almost no debate, without amendments, and get a vote passed.  The horrible CBO score … Read More

Breaking: The Senate Health Care Bill Gets Scored

Ken AshfordClass Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Health Care, RepublicansLeave a Comment

The House Bill said 23 million would lose insurance under the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare. Now the Senate version has been scored and it is…. just as bad. The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026, a figure that is only slightly lower than the 23 … Read More

Trump Again Tweets Against His Self-Interest

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017 Sooooo…… is Trump finally admitting that Russia meddled?  Because he rarely admits that. Maybe this says it best: Let me get this right: Trump says Obama colluded/obstructed by … Read More

All Hail ACHA 2.0

Ken AshfordCongress, Health Care, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Well, after weeks of secrecy, the Senate version of Obamacare “Repeal and Rewhatever” (PDF) is here. Remember, the House version of the ACHA would result in 23 million people becoming uninsured, and even Trump called it “mean”.  Is the Senate version any better?  Not much: Here is how the Senate bill works: The Senate bill begins to phase out the Medicaid … Read More

GA-6 Fallout

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2016, Election 2018, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Ossoff lost in the 6th District of Georgia last night. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Handel leads Ossoff 53 percent to 47 percent in a race that many expected to be much closer. Handel had 127,021 votes to the Democrat’s 114,390 ballots. And so now the Republicans are gloating… Well, the Special Elections are over and those that want … Read More

Georgia 6th On My Mind

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2016, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Well today is the big day.  Georgia-6th, a strong Republican district, might actually flip to Democratic in what many see as a referendum on Trump’s presidency. The truth is, whether Joel Ossoff wins today or loses, it is almost irrelevant.  Polls show him barely ahead but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that a district which “split” on Trump and … Read More

Breaking: Otto Warmbier Has Died

Ken AshfordBreaking News, In Passing, North KoreaLeave a Comment

From ABC News yesterday: Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati talked animatedly about the “severe crime” … Read More