Seven Points Which Make The Beginnings Of A Trump-Russia Collusion Case

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

1) Russia stole Democratic emails. US intelligence agencies have confirmed that emails from the Democratic National Committee and from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta were stolen by Russian hackers. The emails were ultimately released in a smartly sequenced way to maximize damage to Hillary Clinton. 2) At least one Trump adviser knew of the theft in advance, and lied about it. Shortly after the emails were … Read More

The Pushback On Mueller Began A Week Before The Indictments

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Fox News really is now the Trump network. It is not even the GOP network.  Just Trump.  They have been questioning Mueller’s credibility. Vox explains the evolution: To put it bluntly: As Mueller brings charges against top Trump officials, Fox News is trying to plant doubt in its viewers’ minds. We analyzed the past week of Fox News transcripts, measuring … Read More

Mueller Time

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Well, life has been busy. I wasn’t able to blog about yesterday’s big news: the indictments of Paul Manafort and his assistant Richard Gates — as well as the indictment and guilty plea of George Papadopolous.  The talking heads are correct — it is the Papadopolous news that should scare the White House since it goes to collusion. On the … Read More

Breaking: Mueller Hands Down First Indictment

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CNN broke it: Washington (CNN) — A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter. The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, … Read More

Fox News Trying Hard To Smear Mueller

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Fox News Headline reads: Mueller facing new Republican pressure to resign in Russia probe Wow.  Who is pressuring him to do this?  And on what basis?  So here’s the story: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is facing a fresh round of calls from conservative critics for his resignation from the Russia collusion probe, amid revelations that have called into question … Read More

The “Uranium One” Non-Scandal

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Political Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Yawn: In a news conference Tuesday, House Republicans announced that two panels — the House Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — would jointly probe the Obama administration’s October 2010 approval of a deal that gave a Russian company control of more than 20 percent of this country’s uranium production capacity. “It’s important we find out … Read More

The JFK Files

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

The federal government just released thousands of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The papers were posted online by the National Archives in compliance with a 1992 law requiring their release after 25 years. After a chaotic last-minute review in which intelligence agencies lobbied against full disclosure, the White House said it would take more time to process … Read More

The Wishful Thinking Solution To The Opioid Crisis

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Call it Just-Say-No 2.00.  Trump declared a war on the opioid crisis: President Trump on Thursday directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, taking long-anticipated action to address a rapidly escalating epidemic of drug use. He didn’t fulfill his campaign promise of making it a “national emergency” because that would have real-world … Read More

Nothing To See Here

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Puerto Rico is a boondoggle for a Trump donor: Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a reported $300 million for the restoration of its power grid to a tiny utility company that is primarily financed by a private-equity firm founded and run by a man who contributed large sums of money to President Trump, an investigation conducted by The Daily Beast has found. Whitefish … Read More

We Know Now Why We Were In Niger

Ken AshfordAfrica, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

CNN: The US Army team that was ambushed in Niger was gathering intelligence on a terrorist leader operating in the area when it was attacked, two military officials told CNN on Tuesday. The officials said the unit was not under orders to conduct a kill or capture mission on the leader, since such missions are typically reserved for other elite … Read More

Flake Bows Out

Ken AshfordCongress, RepublicansLeave a Comment

In a growing sign of discontentment with their President, another Republican Senator has announced he will not run for re-election: Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona: Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018. The bombshell, … Read More

Trump Gets The Healthcare Bill He’s Been Clamoring For, But Now He Doesn’t Want It

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Truth is, Trump never wanted to fix Obamacare. He said it was dead, and now he’s going to kill it. But the bill in question is a modest one. The compromise offered by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) yesterday gives a bit to both sides but does not fundamentally alter the Affordable Care Act. For Democrats, the … Read More